Title: The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1)
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
So…let me just start this off with saying that I think I fell in love with William Lytton. Why don’t they make men like that anymore? William is a man who knows how to treat a lady: chivalrous, prays with Mary Elizabeth (sighs), spends time with her little brother, attempts to speak with her father, and most importantly, would do anything for the girl he loves. Not only all of those glorious things, but he is also handy and honest…the complete opposite of most men these days.
We are persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but we perish not.
Now, onto the story, the Separatists, originally from England and now living in Holland, are looking to adventure into the New World after facing religious persecution. Initially planning on settling in Virginia, and after several failed attempts on the Speedwell, the Separatists, the crew, and the craftsmen aboard the Mayflower and embark on the daunting journey of creating a settlement in Plymouth. Along the way, many characters struggle with faith, honesty within themselves, and of course, health.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I love that Psalm 18:2 is mentioned in this novel, since it is my favorite! I think a lot of times, many of us struggle with being strong, and especially in these times, we feel lonely. But we are never alone and we never have to fear because God is always with us. In the beginning of the novel, Mary Elizabeth is a quiet, soft-spoken woman uncertain about the New World. As the story continues, we see Mary Elizabeth growing into a confident, outspoken women certain of her abilities. She begins this process by helping the sick of those on the ships, faltering slightly with the death of those close to her, but then becoming the strong women others look to in times of trouble and heartache. Mary Elizabeth has the characteristics she admired of those around her: strength, bravery, and full-heartedness in God.
I would love to live in this time period and be able to experience the hardships and fulfillment of creating a new settlement completely from scratch, which is why I found it so enjoyable. If you are looking for a book that is Christian, historical, and slightly romantic, then this is the book for you.