Years ago, my husband and I took a tour of the Mayflower II, a replica of the historic vessel that delivered Saints and Strangers to the New World. Kimberley Woodhouse drew those memories to the forefront of my mind as I began reading her newest novel, The Mayflower Bride. Pairing the two together, I felt a new appreciation for all the Separatists risked to escape persecution and gain religious freedom.
This story follows the path of a young woman by the name of Mary Elizabeth. Mary, along with her father and brother initially embark on the Speedwell, but after two failed attempts at the passing, they join the passengers of the Mayflower. Friendships, faith, and romance are forged amid the physical and emotional trials of the journey. Mary and her friend, Dorthy, were great examples of iron sharpening iron since they prayed for one another and encouraged each other to serve their fellow shipmates. Knowing the Separatists to be pious people, I was not surprised that the characters often voiced their reliance and trust in God. That being said, their positive influence on the Strangers (particularly William Lytton) seemed to be based equally upon their deeds as their speech.
I enjoyed the interpersonal relationships as well as the history Woodhouse has woven into this story. Even though the novel is fraught with tragedy, the messages of hope and perseverance prevail in the end. For this reason, I am looking forward to reading additional titles in The Daughters of the Mayflower series.
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?
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)