Book Review: The Mayflower Bride

8 Feb

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

Mary Elizabeth Chapman boards the Speedwell in 1620 as a Separatist seeking a better life in the New World. William Lytton embarks on the Mayflower as a carpenter looking for opportunities to succeed—and he may have found one when a man from the Virginia Company offers William a hefty sum to keep a stealth eye on company interests in the new colony. The season is far too late for good sailing and storms rage, but reaching land is no better as food is scarce and the people are weak. Will Mary Elizabeth survive to face the spring planting and unknown natives? Will William be branded a traitor and expelled?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series begins with The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse. 

Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than a dozen books. She is a wife, mother, author, and musician with a quick wit and positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. A popular speaker, she’s shared at more than 2,000 venues across the country. Kimberley and her family’s story have garnered national media attention for many years including ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Montel Williams Show, Discovery Health channel’s Mystery ER, The Hour of Power, The Harvest Show, and over 1,000 other TV appearances and radio interviews. She lives and writes in Colorado with her husband of twenty-five years and their two amazing kids. 

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My Impressions:

For fans of historical fiction featuring the early years of America, The Mayflower Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse is the perfect choice! This well-researched novel provides a view into the hardships that accompanied the colonists of Plymouth Plantation as they attempted to establish new lives in the New World. Fictional characters and historical figures mix seamlessly in this story of courage, perseverance and trust in God. This one is a recommended read.

The Mayflower Bride follows the fictional journeys of Mary Elizabeth Chapman, a young Separatist woman and William Lytton a London carpenter. These two endearing characters must learn to trust God as they seek to put the past aside and find a future and hope in America. Their romance adds a sweetness to the rich historical account. In addition to these characters, I loved how the author included some of the stories from the real passengers and crew of the Mayflower. Readers will recognize John Alden, Priscilla Mullins, and Miles Standish from their elementary school history lessons. But I found other lesser known characters fascinating. You’ll read about John Howland, an indentured servant who survives being washed overboard in the midst of the sea voyage and about Oceanus Hopkins, the first baby born while at sea. I found myself googling over and over to find out the rest of the story for the brave men and women that Woodhouse shares. And that’s what makes this novel unique — this book allows the reader to experience what our forefathers (and mothers 🙂 ) faced as they sought religious freedom and a chance to create new lives. Woodhouse presents an inspiring message of trusting God in the midst of heartache and hardship — especially meaningful because this is a true story! If your book club loves historical novels with some added romance, then this one is a good choice.

So if you are a fan of early American history, make sure to check out The Mayflower Bride. This book is just the first in the Daughters of The Mayflower series written by a variety of authors — I’m looking forward to more great reading!


Great for Book Clubs.

Audience: older teens to adults.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thank you to Barbour Publishing for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


2 Responses to “Book Review: The Mayflower Bride”

  1. Mary @StackingM BookShelves! February 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

    Sounds like a lovely historical book. I love when it has family in it.

    • rbclibrary February 10, 2018 at 5:34 am #

      I’m looking forward to tracing the family tree with the books to come.

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