Title: The Captured Bride
Author: Michelle Griep
Series: Daughters of the Mayflower (Book 3)
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
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.
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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?”
I would be lying if I said I love this book, but I don’t fault the author as much as my lack of knowledge of the French and Indian War. I remember studying it in school and know the basics of it but it’s not a common event for me to read about. I just found myself feeling like I was missing something as I was reading, and I’m not sure what that was. I will say the romance was much more believable in this book compared to the previous one in this series, but the story-line just didn’t hold me as much as I hoped it would. There was a lot of native language spoken in the book and although the beginning had a page of translations, it didn’t help me when I was reading an e-book and couldn’t switch easily back-and-forth to translate. I was able to read through without losing too much of what they were saying, but unfortunately I also sped through those sections knowing I wouldn’t be able to get much out of them. About 3/4 of the way through I started to enjoy the book more and found myself more interested in what was going on, but I wish I felt that way through more of the book.
Please note: As I shared previously for this series since I don’t believe I have come across this before, I feel it is important to note that each of the books in this series (Daughters of the Mayflower), is written by a different author. So while this is third book in the series, it’s the first by this author. Although new to me, I think it can be a good experience to see how multiple authors are able to work together and have their creative differences come together to form a single series.
*I received a complimentary advanced copy for an honest review from NetGalley and the publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are mine only.
*At the time of this posting this book has not yet been released. The expected release date is currently June 1, 2018.
Age Appropriateness: There was some violence in this book that I would compare to a “western film.” Other than that I would consider the content clean. I honestly feel that some of the Native language that is sprinkled throughout could lose the attention of some younger readers, but don’t feel that content–wise there is really anything preventing them. All together my personal recommendation would be for 12 and up but don’t see a major issue with a younger reader showing interest.