Friday, December 27, 2019

The Rebel Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower) by Shannon McNear [Giveaway 3 Winners]

My thoughts:  The author continues the Daughters of the Mayflower series with a look at a woman of the South during the Civil War. The author's presentation takes a look at the issues of the north and south and in this story primarily focuses on that of the MacFarlane family who owns a home and land in Tennessee. They don't believe in slavery nor own any slaves to work their land or home.

After a major battle between the Union and Confederacy near their home, Pearl MacFarlane is confronted by her cousin who desires to marry her, with a bevy of Union soldiers gravely injured in the battle and tells her she is to care for them. Sorely lacking in provisions for themselves, they now must undertake the care of wounds and save the lives of the enemy. For truly they are the enemy of their beloved State and Confederacy even though the MacFarlanes don't own slaves.

The story examines the inner conflict of Pearl, the emotional and mental deterioration of her father, the issue of intermarriage, and the dangers that await a young woman during wartime. A sweet, conflicting romance develops between Pearl and a Union officer in her care and keeping. 

This is a carefully crafted fictional story of the lives of those involved in the Civil War and gives readers an opportunity to explore the feelings of those on both sides of this war that nearly ruined the United States.

About the Book: Setting - 1863, Tennessee, Civil War

Can Love Form Amidst Tensions of War?

During the clash between Union and Confederacy, quiet Tennessean Pearl MacFarlane is compelled to nurse both Rebel and Yankee wounded who seek refuge at her family’s farm. She is determined to remain unmoved by the Yankee cause—until she faces the silent struggle of Union soldier Joshua Wheeler, a recent amputee. The MacFarlane family fits no stereotype Joshua believed in; still he is desperate to regain his footing—as a soldier, as a man, as a Christian—in the aftermath of his debilitating injury. He will use his time behind enemy lines to gather useful intelligence for the Union—if the courageous Rebel woman will stay out of the line of danger.

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)
  • The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1836 Texas (February 2019)
3 Winners Receive A Copy
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Barbour publishing to facilitate a review, though a review is not required. Giveaway contest is held by Chat With Vera and prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by Barbour Publishing or its publicist.


  1. Shannon McNear has had 9 children and is a homeschooling mom. I wonder where she finds the time to write?
    perrianne (DOT) askew (AT) me (DOT) com
    Perrianne Askew

  2. She wrote her first book at age 15!

  3. I learned that the author completed her first novel at fifteen—but waited more than thirty years for her first book contract. That should be encouraging for budding writers - persistence and patience pay off.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  4. I learned that she is now living close to me in North Dakota and that she loves local history!

  5. I wonder what made her move from SC to ND and what thing she would say was the biggest adjustment from the move.

  6. Shannon has two new books coming out in 2020
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  7. I learned that her first published novella, Defending Truth, in A Pioneer Christmas Collection, was a 2014 RITA nominee.


  9. She has lived a full life. She birthed nine children.


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