Wednesday, February 28, 2018

THE MAYFLOWER BRIDE by Kimberly Woodhouse, Review by Rebecca Maney

"Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness, but they cried unto the Lord and He heard their voice, and looked on their adversity . . .  - William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation

Mary Elizabeth Chapman is quite certain that leaving the body of her beloved mother behind in Holland is the most difficult thing that she has ever been required to do. She reluctantly boards the "Speedwell" in 1620, along with her father and young brother; among the Separatists, anxious for a life of religious freedom in Virginia. However, the journey ahead is going to be more difficult than any of them imagined.

William Lytton is considered a "Stranger", an investor and carpenter who has joined the group of Separatists heading across the ocean, hoping for new beginnings. He is drawn to the lovely Mary Elizabeth; her quiet, demure faith gives her courage and strength when those around her are ill and dying. What would it be like to share the future with such a woman?

A story simply told, with so much fascinating history, which the author has expertly dissected and reconstructed into a memorable series opener.


Can a religious separatist and an opportunistic spy make it in the New World?

A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Mary Elizabeth Chapman boards the Speedwell in 1620 as a Separatist seeking a better life in the New World. William Lytton embarks on the Mayflower as a carpenter looking for opportunities to succeed—and he may have found one when a man from the Virginia Company offers William a hefty sum to keep a stealth eye on company interests in the new colony. The season is far too late for good sailing and storms rage, but reaching land is no better as food is scarce and the people are weak. Will Mary Elizabeth survive to face the spring planting and unknown natives? Will William be branded a traitor and expelled?

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 *I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 
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  1. When Barbour announced this series I wondered why it hadn't happened before. Such a perfect idea to bring readers through American history! Thanks Rebecca! So many wonderful authors in this series and I'll want to read each one!

  2. I have this one and need to find a way to fit it into my list of books. I agree this is a great idea and some of the upcoming books in the series are written by some tried and true favorite authors! Thanks, Rebecca!

  3. Ever since I discovered that hubby's 8th great-grandfather was a Puritan and one of the founders of the Guildford Colony in New Haven, CT, I've been fascinated by this topic. And now I can't wait to read this series. Thanks for the review, Rebecca.

  4. This is such a lovely review! I recently read this myself and loved it so much. I certainly can't wait for the rest of this series to come out.


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