REVIEW: THE MAYFLOWER BRIDE, Daughters of the Mayflower Book 1, by Kimberley Woodhouse
From the Publisher, Barbour Publishing:
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? My Thoughts: In The Mayflower Bride, Kimberly Woodhouse created a word picture of the Mayflower voyage that captures the imagination and fills the mind's eye with vivid images. From the sailors climbing up the sails to the tumultuous tossing of the sea, and the horrific conditions of the Pilgrims trapped below deck by the tossing sea, I could see it all. I thought that the characters (most of them) were pretty likable. I learned a bit about the Mayflower journey that I did not know before. That's saying something since we studied it every year when the kids were little as part of our homeschooling. I think that the author used a bit of poetic license, but it did make for a good story. Most of the story does take place on the ship during the journey. Compassion and service were two important themes through the novel. I enjoyed the novel. I think that it is a nice, relaxing read. I didn't feel compelled to keep reading, but not every good book needs to be compelling. Sometimes just spending time with the characters is enough. Although it may not be expressly accurate, I think this book gives a good taste of what life on the Mayflower was like. Therefore, it is good for historical fiction and romance readers alike. Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series begins with The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse.
More to come 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) Disclosure: I was sent an e-book of this product for review purposes only. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own based on my experience with this product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."