The Magnolia Duchess (Gulf Coast Chronicles Book # 3) by Beth White.
Little description:Fiona Lanier is the only woman in the tiny Gulf Coast settlement of Navy Cove. While her shipbuilding family races to fill the demand for American ships brought by the War of 1812, Fiona tries to rescue her brother who was forced into service by the British Navy.
Lieutenant Charlie Kincaid has been undercover for six months, obtaining information vital to the planned British invasion of New Orleans. When a summer storm south of Mobile Bay wrecks his ship and scatters the crew, Charlie suffers a head injury, ultimately collapsing in the arms of a beautiful mermaid who seems eerily familiar. As Charlie’s memory returns in agonizing jags and crashes, he and Fiona discover that falling in love may be as inevitable as the tide. But when political loyalties begin to collide, they’ll each have to decide where their true heart lies.
Genre: Christian Fiction/ Historical Romance
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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5
Fiona is well adopted in the world of men who are shipbuilders. With her parents dead in the accident, she learned to be an independent woman. Her love to horses made her the cavalry horse trainer, while she very enjoyed to dress up in the trousers and shirts. Her mother failed to make the lady out of her, but she wasn’t disappointed. While she was visiting her uncle’s estate nine years ago, the one that was supposed to make her ladylike, she met a handsome boy who left her day dreaming of the knight in the shining armors. Years passed….and to her surprise she found him on the beach unconscious washed from the sea. He lost his memory….What was he doing here? Is he pretended to lie about loss of memory? Fiona knows something is not right, he wouldn’t travel far for no reason from his wealthy house to this part of the country without a grave secret. She hides his British identity.
The rumors of war between Americans and British washed over her neighborhood. Will the man she saved on the shore be a spy for the Royal Crown?
PS. This book was provided by Revell for my review.