Title: The Rebel Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #10)
Author: Shannon McNear
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publishing Date: Dec 1, 2019
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Length: 256 Pages
About the Book:
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.
Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear.
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 (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)
The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1849 San Francisco (April 2019)
The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1860 Utah (July 2019)
The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1863 Tennessee (December 2019)
The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze – set 1888 Nebraska (February 2020)
The Chisholm Trail Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – (April 2020)
I know that I say it all the time but I just adore this series. For anyone who appreciates family lineage and stretching their knowledge about lesser-known history of our country, this series is amazing. Each of the stories are standalones but the characters are connected through a bond of lineage.
One thing that I love the most about this series is that it slowly takes readers through American history in a way that stretches their knowledge while awakening a deeper appreciation for our nation’s lineage. I cherish the fact that even the authors who have written in the more popular time periods, have searched for events and storylines that are unique in ways that they are still able to stand out from the norm. In her note to the readers, Shannon McNear expresses this very intent. The Civil War is easily one of the most common time periods for historical fiction but her hope was to find a story with a unique yet respective narrative.
When we think of war we tend to think in terms of “good guys” and “bad guys.” For the Civil War we consider “North” and “South” or “Unionists” and “Secessionists,” but do we really consider what it was actually like when it was brother against brother, father against son, etc? I wish I had highlighted the quote, but there was a part in the novel where it was said that both sides used the same Bible and had the same God. It was sad that it had to come to war in the first place. But what’s unique is seeing multiple people from opposite sides of the battle still able to connect and develop friendships with one another through their circumstances despite the war raging on around them.
I really appreciated how the relationship between Pearl and Josh developed. At first the animosity that existed was tangible, but as she was convicted to “love her enemies,” her feelings slowly changed. The more she was able to see Josh as another person instead of simply the enemy, the more she was able to see that there was more to him than his political opinions. It’s amazing what happens when we actively choose to love others despite our differences.
Again, I don’t think I can recommend this series enough. I have adored each and every one of them and can’t wait to continue with the next one. If you haven’t read any of them yet you need to change that!
*I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.