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The Captured Bride: Daughters of the Mayflower - book 3 Paperback – 1 June 2018
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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?
Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep.
More 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 (coming August 2018)
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear - set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (coming October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall - set 1814 Baltimore (coming December 2018)
A must for all who love period pieces. I gave it five stars only because you can't go higher.-- (09/12/2018)
Griep delivers a sweet, action-filled romance that will please fans of the series.-- (06/01/2018)
"Taut and timeless, the heart of liberty beats strong and sure in this breathless Colonial tale where the counterfeit marriage of two patriots is as divided as the fledgling nation for which they fight. Steeped in rich historical adventure, The Captured Bride will not only capture your heart and your sleep, but inspire your soul."
-Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Isle of Hope series
"Michelle Griep is at the top of her game with The Captured Bride, a riveting tale of divided loyalties and enduring love set in colonial America. The exciting plot is filled with intrigue and danger, and the characters so real, they practically jump off the page. This is one for the keeper shelf!"
-Margaret Brownley, New York Times bestselling author and author of Cowboy Charm School
"What an adventure! Michelle Griep's beautifully written, intricately plotted story blends fascinating details of life during the French and Indian War with unforgettable characters and high-stakes adventure. The Captured Bride should come with a warning: Reading this book may lead to sleepless nights as you tell yourself, 'Just one more chapter, just one more.' "
-Amanda Cabot, bestselling author of A Borrowed Dream
"Michelle Griep has done it again--sweeping adventure, a man of honor, a woman of strength, heart-stopping romance, and a pace that will not let you go! Venture with Mercy and Elias deep into the wilderness of Upstate New York during the French and Indian War, and taste the peril that so often defined the American colonial era, weathered by the courage and faith of those who went before us."
-Shannon McNear, author of The Counterfeit Tory in The Backcountry Brides Collection and 2014 RITA finalist
"A heart-pounding read, Michelle Griep takes us deep into the New York wilderness where only the tough survive, and only by God's grace. The characters spring to life from the first pages, keeping you spellbound through each peril while the romance captures your heart. With this epic novel, Griep has firmly established herself as a top frontier writer. A must-read!"
-Misty M. Beller, bestselling author of This Treacherous Journey
The Captured Bride captured me with its fast-paced plot, flesh and bone characters, and gritty portrayal of the American frontier. But it was the can't-turn-the-page-fast-enough romance between Mercy and Elias that sparked like gunpowder and won me over completely. Well done!
Laura Frantz, author of The Lacemaker
I've never met a Michelle Griep book I didn't love! I felt like I was traveling through the colonial backwoods of New York State where dangers, adventures, and mystery confronted the characters at every turn. But the best part? The romance that truly made me breathless. Another winner from this fabulous author!
MaryLu Tyndall, author of the best-selling Legacy of the King's Pirates series
Mercy Lytton may be a Captured Bride, but I was captured by her, Elias Dubois, and Matthew Prinn from page one. Griep's eloquent style, masterful storytelling, and natural infused humor carry you through to the end before you realize it. Totally sigh-worthy!
Ane Mulligan, award-winning author of Home to Chapel Springs
"Breathtaking. Unforgettable. Just two of my thoughts as I paused only a few pages into this magnificent story. From the gritty depths of a traitor's prison to the pristine but dangerous beauty of the lush scenery along the trail, I tumbled into the tale of Mercy and Elias and did not want to put this book down. Griep has outdone herself with this historical masterpiece."
-Kathleen Y'Barbo, author of Pirate Bride and the Fairweather Key series
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- Publisher : Barbour Publishing; Gld edition (1 June 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1683224744
- ISBN-13 : 978-1683224747
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.73 x 21.27 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 996,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm not always thrilled with American historical fiction, but this was definitely worth a read. Combining action, romance and a bit of suspense, this book expertly draws the reader into the plights of Mercy and Elias. The last book I read by the author took a bit of getting into, but this drew me in from the first page and kept my attention throughout. Highly recommended, and I hope to read more by the author.
Characters: All well drawn, though Rufas always felt fairly 'in the background'. But the main characters were all people I came to care about, and felt realistic.
Storyline: Good - exciting and moving by turns. I very much enjoyed the ending, but really the whole thing was good.
Content and language: Some violence that might bother some people, but nothing that worried me. Otherwise no issues.
Message: Good message spread at intervals throughout about the need to trust in God, not overdone.
Note that I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and this is my considered opinion of the book.
Mercy Lytton is the kind of heroine I love to read about. She’s strong, self-sufficient, intelligent, and feisty, but in a very down-to-earth way. Even more than that, I loved the way Elias won her over by giving her the space she needed and by respecting her abilities. That’s not to say they didn’t butt heads (after all, where’s the fun in strong characters who don’t butt heads?), but I loved that the friction between them wasn’t deliberately antagonistic so much as naturally arising from having two strong personalities thrown together in an endeavour fraught with danger.
There was a fantastic sense of setting to the story, too, with the majority of it taking place in the great outdoors. I’m not much of a camper in real life, and I can’t even imagine how I would handle a trip like this, but for some reason I love it when God’s creation—and all the inherent beauty and danger that can be found in it—plays a large role in a story. Perhaps it’s because it gives me the chance to experience it without giving up the comfort of my own home. Who knows? But it may as well have been a character in its own right in this story, bringing challenges, danger, and often the unexpected.
And although this is only my second novel by Michelle Griep, I am very quickly becoming a fan of her way with words. Take for example this description of Rufus Bragg, often a thorn in the side of group transporting the gold: Rufus Bragg wasn’t much of a man, for he barely held on to sixteen years. So gawkily built was he, his bones put up a fair fight to support his garments. Were it not for the knobs of his joints, he’d have to tie the shirt to his skin to keep it from falling off…Not only did he own no manners, it seemed he never intended to purchase any. It’s like a description straight out of Dickens. I love it!
If you’re looking for a historical romance with plenty of adventure, this is it!
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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The author’s phrasing and word choices are impeccable. I underlined a ton of sentences because of fabulous wording and I will return to appreciate this aspect. Top of her game indeed!
Her characters were diverse and she kept each character consistent. Kudos for her ability to include indigenous, French, English without putting them in stereotypes. Elias, Mercy, Matthew, Rufus, and Red Bear were especially well drawn.
Just when I thought I knew where the plot was going, around the bend came a surprise. It kept me on my toes and I appreciated where the twists took the story. My only complaint was the ending felt underdeveloped.
Fantastic tale for those who enjoy American history set in the 1700s. Feels like a classic and I am anxious to read again.
Elias DuBois is perhaps the sorriest thing Mercy Lytton has ever seen. Beaten until he is half-dead, condemned as a traitor to the English, DuBois can only escape the hangman’s noose by joining an elaborate scheme. One that forces him and Mercy to work closely together, trust or not. This is the premise of The Captured Bride, Daughters of the Mayflower #3, by Michelle Griep.
Michelle Griep has earned her way onto my favorite authors' list. She can take any period of history (in this case the French and Indian War) and turn it into a living, breathing, “I-dare-you-to-escape-by-the-nape-of your-neck” experience. Griep was once a protégé of Laura Frantz; if you like Frantz, you will love Griep. She has a painter’s way with words that causes me to smile at the stunning visual images she evokes.
A couple of favorite phrases:
“An arrow once shot could not be re-quivered.”
“Strength without common sense was worse than dangerous.”
I highly recommend this book and this series for history lovers or those who want to learn what history may have been. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and NetGalley as well. (I also bought a copy as a gift.) My opinions, for which I am solely responsible, are not influenced by the complimentary copies.
The characters are very respectable and have real depth. I was blissfully swept away in this historical fiction and enjoyed every moment I spent there. I only wish I wasn't finished with the book so soon...
This story was filled with action, intrigue and romance. Both Elias and Mercy were easy to relate to and I liked the pace of their relationship. It felt authentic. Another thing that I thought was particularly well done was each character's inner journey, particularly Mercy. Her struggle to accept and understand her mother was very touching. The spiritual aspect of this book was week done, too. It was woven into the story realistically, without being preachy. All together there was a lot to like in The Captive Bride! I'll be reading more by Michelle Griep.
Fantastic....it’s past one AM here, and I just finished. I couldn’t put it down! The Captured Bride, captured me. This author has the power to pull the reader into a story fairly early on, and she keeps you turning the pages!
The plot was original and so well done, the characters seemed so very real, and the storyline was totally captivating! There are many twists and turns in this read, and I loved the history contained in the pages.
I did receive a book from the publisher. All opinions are my own. I liked it SO much that I preordered a copy which is set to arrive in a few days. This is a wonderful story with a great faith theme, romance story, and historical war story all rolled into a read you must go buy!
“My mother used to tell me there’s more love in Christ for us than therecan ever be brokenness. Only in turning to Himcan you be healed on the inside.”