Historical Fiction Book Review: The Captured Bride

Publisher's Description

"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.
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

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."

My Review

The Captured Bride, the third book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, is a stand-alone novel written by the talented Michelle Griep. This memorable novel is genuinely captivating and compelling. Ms. Griep’s writing is not subtle, and that might be why I like it so much. She has a talent for creating sentences that are stories within themselves. And in this novel, her richly descriptive style and attention to historical detail are deeply satisfying and enjoyable. 
 
Lush with scenes of adventure, intrigue, courage, romance, faith, and redemption, the swiftly paced plot is altogether engaging. The characters, authentic and well-developed, are the highlights that make this novel truly shine. Their talents, motivations, fears, desires, convictions, and actions radiate meaningfully with value and purpose.

The Captured Bride is well-written and entertaining. The story it tells is gripping, inspiring, suspenseful, and romantic. It is a book that deserves ardent praise and copious attention. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

My Reflections

How inspiring that even a plot brimming with danger, adventure, and intrigue can also overflow with faith, forgiveness, and restoration. As the main characters struggle with tough choices and formidable trials, they persevere and find their hope in God. They pray for guidance, seek his mercy, and ultimately trust in his faithfulness. Even as they make mistakes, they grow in their faith and learn to rest securely in God’s grace, forgiveness, and provision. I find it uplifting and deeply motivating to read a novel that not only pleases the mind, but also inspires the heart and the soul to cultivate an unshakeable faith in God.

About the Author

"I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write--except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager." --Michelle Griep as quoted on her author page on Amazon.com.

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*I was given a copy of this novel from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.

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