Title: The Patriot Bride
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
Series: Daughters of the Mayflower #4
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publishing Date: August 1, 2018
About the Book:
Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber are both working covertly to aid the Patriot cause. But will they be willing to sacrifice all for their fledgling country?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.
Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause
Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country?
Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse.
I believe I have found my new favorite book from this series! Both of my favorites happen to be the ones written by Kimberly Woodhouse. The Daughters of the Mayflower series is unique in that the different books in the series are not only different time periods, but different authors. While the characters are related going back to the first book, there is enough of a gap (along with only a few references), that enable the stories to be read as stand-alone.
The Patriot Bride takes place in the year leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is while working as spies that Faith and Matthew come to know each other and grow in their affections for one another. In my opinion the relationship flowed more naturally than the other books in the series. Being a spy during the time was dangerous business, but how much more to fall in love with one too!
As with many other historical fiction books, I strongly encourage reading the author’s notes at the end. Kimberley Woodhouse does a lot of research when writing her stories and shares both what is accurate and what has been altered. I always manage to learn something new from the notes and I find them extremely valuable. I really like how even though the main characters are fictional, she manages to have supporting characters who were real people, with real stories.
I am highly impressed by her ability to add George Washington along with Ben Franklin and his son William to the story in a way that seamlessly blended history and fiction. I think that Ben and William’s relationship really added a vital dimension to the story. There were people in families who fought for opposite sides in the war. It damaged relationships before lives. It was more than a battle of “good guys vs bad guys” on a field–it infiltrated homes and destroyed families. I feel that Kimberley captured this conflict spectacularly.
I highly recommend this book (and series) to historical fiction fans! It will stretch you to read about time periods you may not have otherwise, and/or may even spark your interest to learn about those times. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and I hope you will too!
*I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley and the author in hopes of an honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.