Book 2 in the Gulf Coast Chronicles, this story focuses on Lyse Lanier, a Creole girl with spunk and passion. Set in 1776 in Mobile and New Orleans, the Colonies are finding their place in the fight for independence. Lyse is best friends with the British Commander's daughter (and she is the daughter of the town drunk.) Fiercely loyal, Lyse soon meets Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de Ripparda, a charming and supposed merchant from New Orleans. She quickly finds her loyalties put to the test as the political climate (slavery? independence? social standing?) is rapidly changing and she is growing up.
Although I struggled to really engage in this book at first, I am really glad I stuck it out. The author's telling of the time rings true and she weaves a great deal of historical fact in to the story in a natural way. I recommend this book and am looking forward to reading more from this author.
I was given a copy of this book by Revell publishers in exchange for my honest review.