Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Captured Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower) [Review & 5-Winner #Giveaway]

My thoughts:  This was an amazing foray into the raw era of the French and Indian Wars in the newly settled upper New York area. French and English at war and two tribes of Indians involved in this conflict of cultures.

I found that the writing style in The Captured Bride thoroughly portrayed the essence of the characters, the wilderness area, and the war torn spirit of the people involved in this struggle to control a contested land.

The main story had three men and one lady trekking through the wilderness from one military encampment to another to stealthily move gold treasure. The intense difference in the four character''s traits and skills as they travel slowly through the woods and try to avoid the French soldiers and Indians - both which seek to kill them - is skillfully depicted.

The action is fast and furious. The tension in the story is fascinating. The historical setting and sense of reality is captivating. The struggle to find faith and the strength of their faith are part of this story as the characters work through the life issues each faces.

I highly recommend The Captured Bride.

About the book: Mercy Lytton, a scout with keen eyesight raised among the Mohawks, and Elias Dubois, a condemned traitor working both sides of the conflict, must join together to get a shipment of gold safely into British hands.

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

A War-Torn Countryside Is No Place for a Lady. Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in one cause. . .to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart. 

Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he is offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort—but he is the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns out that the real thief is the beguiling woman, Mercy Lytton, for she steals his every waking thought.   Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?
Win 1 of 5 copies of "Captured Bride"
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing on behalf of the author to facilitate this review. Opinions are solely my own and are freely given. Winner's copy will be provided and shipped directly to the winner by publisher.


  1. this sounds like a fantastic book. on my to read list. i know very little about this time period, so i would be interested in learning.
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  2. A great series!

    1. To answer the question about tracing back to the 1700's, yes, I have because I am a professional genealogist and that's my job, hobby and passion! I myself have no Mayflower immigrants, but my son-in-law has quite a few!

  3. I don't know as much about that particular war as others I have researched more heavily, such as the Revolutionary War and WWII, particularly in doing family genealogy. Yes, I have a couple of ancestors here in the late 1600's but most arrived in the early to mid 1700's. An interesting idea for a series!

  4. I have read the first three books in this series. My favorite is The Captured Bride! It really is wonderful! No need to enter me!

  5. Unfortunately, I don't know much at all about the French and Indian War, but I'm very interested in history, so I'd love to learn more. And, no, I can't trace any of my ancestors back as far as the early years of the settling of America. It would be fascinating to do so, though.

  6. Sounds like a great book with history that most of us aren't even aware of! Visiting from Booknificent Thursdays.

  7. I know very little about the French/Indian war. This series sounds amazing!


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