Book Reviews

The Cumberland Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #5) by Shannon McNear

The Cumberland BrideTitle: The Cumberland Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #5)
Author: Shannon McNear
Rating: ★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thomas Bledsoe and Kate Gruener are traveling the Wilderness Road when conflicts between natives and settlers reach a peak that will require each of them to tap into a well of courage.
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Love and Adventure Are Discovered on the Wilderness Road
In 1794, when Kate Gruener’s father is ready to move the family farther west into the wilderness to farm untouched land, Kate is eager to live out her own story of adventure like he did during the War for Independence and to see untamed lands. And she sets her sights on learning more about their scout, Thomas Bledsoe. Thomas’s job is to get settlers safely across the Kentucky Wilderness Road to their destination while keeping an ear open for news of Shawnee unrest. But naïve Kate’s inquisitive nature could put them both in the middle of a rising tide of conflict. Is there more to Thomas’s story than he is willing to tell? Is there an untapped courage in Kate that can thwart a coming disaster?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear.

More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)​
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)

Let me start off by saying that I absolutely love how all of the “Daughters of the Mayflower” are related to each other and it is shown as a timeline through each of their own unique stories.

You just haven’t found the right girl. One of these days, you’re going to meet one, get so attached that you won’t want to be without her.

I could already see where the story was going and which man she was going to choose in the first half of the novel and let’s just say that I wasn’t the happiest. “Why can’t the good guy ever get picked?!”, was my initial impression.

He lifted her hand from his waist and brought it to his mouth. How was it this girl could seem such a complete match for him, after such a short time? And that he felt such a deep connection with her already? As if…his heart had found its home, at last.

Honestly, while predictable and a little cheesy, I did enjoy the story. I wanted to keep on reading and there was just enough conflict to keep the reader interested, but not overtake the idea of love present in the novel. One day, maybe, the guy will be able to change one of the daughters instead of the guy changing 🙂 (Sons of the Mayflower?)

Expected publication date is October 1, 2018.

Book Reviews

The Patriot Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #4) by Kimberley Woodhouse

The Patriot BrideTitle: The Patriot Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #4)
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was an enjoyable, light, easy read that I finished so fast! The pace was constant and the banter enjoyable. While predictable, it was still an enjoyable experience.

The Patriot Bride is set during the colonial era in the year of 1752. We start by following 10-year-old Faith Lytton, who happens to be friends with none other than George Washington himself. 

Fast forward to 1774, when Faith Lytton Jackson is all grown up and a widow. Managing a ladies’ group, she is asked by her dear friend, George, to assist with a dangerous mission. While partaking in this task, Faith meets George Weber, a spy for the Patriots who has infiltrated the Loyalists. Faith has been tasked with coding letters and delivering them in the name of the Patriots.

Anthony James is in hot pursuit of Faith and her inheritance. After stalking Faith and finding her with George, he is determined to get even with Faith. George Weber, mentee of Benjamin Franklin, is imprisoned by the Patriots for “working for the Loyalists”. Faith and two of her loyal employees, work to help George escape, but they are too late. 

What happened to George Weber? Is there something growing between George and Faith beyond a work relationship? What trouble lies ahead if they’re not too careful? What is Anthony Jameson really after in his pursuits of Faith?

Expected publication date is August 1, 2018.

Book Reviews

The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1) by Kimberley Woodhouse

The Mayflower BrideTitle: The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1)
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
Rating: ★★★★

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.