Book Review: The Captured Bride

4 Jun

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?


Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of both Regency and Colonial historical romances but also leaped the writerly fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. Keep up with her escapades at www.michellegriep.comor stalk her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest.


My Impressions:

The third book in the Daughters of The Mayflower series, The Captured Bride, is another great journey back to the early days of America. Filled with adventure, intrigue, danger, and romance, this book has it all as it takes you away to another time and place. I know you’ll love the trip as much as I did. Recommended.

The wilds of New York colony is the setting of The Captured Bride. In 1759, the French and Indian War is still raging, and the western part of this British colony is a very dangerous place to be. But the main characters, Mercy Lytton and Elias Dubois, while seemingly on opposite sides, are up to the challenge, but perhaps not up to the attraction between them!

Setting is an important part of The Captured Bride. The reader gets a glimpse at the privation and peril that faced settlers, soldiers, and scouts during this time. Threats are abundant. You never know when you’ll come under attack by the French army, the Native Americans on the French side, or the fickleness of nature. Griep kept the characters and this reader off balance from the unknowns around each bend in the path. And what great main characters the author has created! Mercy, a determined young woman with her feet in two cultures, is strong and fearless. Elias is noble from the beginning, in contrast to his reputation as a thief and traitor. Their romance is an unlikely one, yet develops in a most satisfying way. There is also a strong spiritual thread that runs throughout the novel. Mercy has keen eyesight that makes her a valuable scout, yet she is blind to the truth that had been shared by her Mother and now Elias. Her reliance on her strength is tested when she begins to suspect that those she once viewed as weak were indeed strong through Christ.

Another great addition to a wonderful series celebrating the beginnings of America, The Captured Bride is a good choice for your summer reading, especially as July 4th approaches.


Audience: adults

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