The Captured Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower Series #3)

The Captured Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower Series #3)

by Michelle Griep

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ISBN-13: 9781683224747
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Series: Daughters of the Mayflower Series , #3
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 102,656
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michelle Griep has been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle. Michelle is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild). Keep up with her adventures at her blog “Writer off the Leash” or visit michellegriep.com.

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CHAPTER 1

It ain't right. You ain't right."

Mercy Lytton brushed off Captain Matthew Prinn's comment as easily as she rubbed off the dried mud marring her buckskin leggings. Too bad she couldn't so easily rid herself of the bone-deep weariness dogging her steps. Matthew had a point — somewhat. Going from a scouting campaign and on to the next mission without a few hours of sleep wasn't right.

She glanced at her self-appointed protector as they crossed the Fort Wilderness parade ground. "'Taint about right. 'Tis about duty."

Despite the blood under his nails and bruises on his jaw, Matthew scratched at three weeks' worth of whiskers on his face. "Seems to me by now your duty ought to be raisin' a troop of your own littles."

And there it was. Again.

She bit back one of the many curses embedded in her head from a life amongst warriors. A bitter smile twisted her lips, yet she said nothing. It was a losing argument — and she'd had her fill of loss.

So they walked in silence, save for the guffaws of a group of soldiers nearby, smoking pipes just outside a casement doorway. A late March breeze skimmed over the top of the palisade surrounding the outpost, and she shivered. She could forgo rest for a few more hours, but changing out of the damp trade shirt beneath her hunting frock was mandatory.

As they neared the brigadier general's door, a grim-faced Mohawk strode out and stopped in front of her, blocking her path.

"There is ice in that one's veins." Black-Fox-Running spoke in Kanien'keha, tipping his head back toward the general's quarters. Afternoon sun flashed like lightning in his dark eyes. "Return home, Kahente. We are done here."

Captain Prinn bypassed them both and disappeared inside the rugged log building. Ever the quick-witted strategist when it came to fighting, he clearly sensed a coming battle between her and her father.

Mercy widened her stance yet bowed her head in deference. Searching for the right words, she studied the fine layer of gray dirt hardened on the toes of her moccasins. Appeasement was never a clever policy, but sometimes a necessary evil. "Your wisdom is unequaled, my father."

He grabbed her chin and lifted her face. His black gaze bored into hers. Even so, a hint of a curve lifted the edges of his lips. "Wise counsel or not, you will do as you will."

She stared at him but said nothing. A survival tactic — one her mother should have learned.

"The best sachem is not the one who persuades people to his point of view. He is the one in whose presence most people find truth." Releasing her, he squared his shoulders. "There is no truth left in the English father Bragg."

She sighed, long and low. He needn't have told her what she already knew. But this wasn't about General Bragg or Black-Fox-Running — and never had been. Reaching out, she placed her hand on her father's arm, where hard muscle still knotted beneath four decades of scars. "I respect your insight, Rake'niha. I will consider it."

His teeth bared with the closest semblance of a smile he ever gave. "That is the most I can expect from you, for you will land wherever the wind blows. Ó:nen Kahente."

"No!" Her breath caught. Why use a forever goodbye? She tightened her grip on her father's arm. "Only until we meet again."

Shrugging out of her grasp, he stalked past her, leaving behind his familiar scent of bear grease and strength. She watched him go, tears blurring her sight. While she hated yielding to the will of any man, for him she would almost bend.

Proud head lifted high, Black-Fox-Running called to a group of warriors, her brother amongst them, clustered in front of the pen with their horses. Without a word, they mounted. She turned from the sight, unwilling to watch them ride off, and focused on the task at hand. Better that than second-guess her decision.

She shoved open the brigadier general's door, and the peppery scent of sage greeted her. Across the small chamber, a few leftover leaves were scattered on the floor in front of the hearth. She bit her lip, fighting a sneeze. Did the man really think he duped anyone with this ruse? Even if she couldn't detect the smell of whiskey on his breath, his red nose betrayed his daily indulgence. He rose from his seat at her entrance.

She strode past a silent private on watch near the door and joined Captain Prinn, who stood in front of the commanding officer's desk. Matthew raised his brow at her — his silent way of inquiring after her conversation with Black-Fox-Running — but she ignored him and greeted the general instead.

"Pardon my appearance, sir. Captain Prinn and I only recently returned, and I had no time to make myself presentable."

"No pardon needed. It is I who am keeping you from the comfort of a hot meal and a good rest. God knows you deserve it." The general swept out his hand. "Please sit, the both of you."

General Bragg fairly crashed into his seat, knocking loose a long blond hair that had been ornamenting the red wool of his sleeve. Apparently the man had visited the supply shed with Molly the laundress as well as imbibing until he wobbled.

He coughed into one hand, clearing his throat with an excessive amount of rattling. "Now then, Captain Prinn has filled me in on the intelligence the two of you gained. It is my understanding you had quite the adventure keeping hidden from a Wyandot war party. Between Prinn's tactical strategies and your keen eye, I daresay we will win this war."

She shifted in her seat. Praise always prickled, for it usually meant she'd be asked for more than she was willing to give.

The general folded his hands on the desktop. No calluses thickened his skin. No ink stained his fingers. What did the man do all day besides chase skirts and drink?

"Normally I'd give you both some leave, but these are not normal days. There's been a recent development in your absence." Reaching for a stack of papers, the general lifted the topmost parchment.

Next to her, Matthew stretched out one long leg and leaned forward. "What would that be, General?"

"The Frogs are running scared, and that is good. Many are scuttling back over the border. A sortie of our men captured a group of them shorthanded, traveling with a load of French gold. We've got hold of one of them now ... or I should say one of ours." He squinted at the parchment, then held it out to Matthew. "You recognize this name?"

Matthew's eyes scanned the paper before he handed it back. "No, sir. It means nothing to me. Congratulations on your fine catch, but what has any of this to do with us? Miss Lytton and I have done more than our fair share of duty." Emphasizing the last word, he flashed her a look from the corner of his eye.

She flattened her lips to keep from smiling. The rascal. Using her own sentiment of duty.

"I needn't tell you our position here is tenuous, especially now with Black-Fox-Running pulling his aid. Fickle natives." Shoving back his chair, the general stood and planted his palms on the desk. "That gold's got to be moved into secure British lands. I want you and Miss Lytton to be part of that team. You will leave first thing come morning."

Matthew shook his head. "Why us? You have stronger, younger, more bloodthirsty men in the garrison. Why send a worn-out soldier like me and a young lady who spots trouble a mile away but can't fire a gun to save her life?"

"It is precisely for those reasons I chose you."

Mercy rubbed her eyes. Something wasn't right here. She lifted her face to the general. "Excuse me, sir, but what's to stop the French from simply taking back the gold as we move it, just as you took it from them?"

His wide mouth stretched ever wider, and a low chuckle rumbled in his chest. "That is the beauty of my plan. It won't be a shipment of gold."

Matthew cocked his head. "Come again?"

"We'll hide the crates in plain sight, under the guise of two wagonloads carrying naught but homestead belongings. The longer this war drags on, the more families are pulling up stakes and escaping back to civilization. You shall simply be yet more of those tired settlers who've had their fill of frontier life."

Matthew shifted in his chair, the scrape of his tomahawk handle against his seat as offsetting as the lowering of his voice. "You want us to move that gold overland instead of by river? Do you have any idea how long that will take?"

"A fortnight, if luck smiles on you."

A frown weighted Mercy's brow, and she glanced at Matthew. The hard lines on his face were unreadable. Scouting out danger from the safety of forest cover was one thing, but rolling along on a wagon in the open was quite another. Suddenly her words of duty tasted sour at the back of her throat.

She shot her gaze back to the general. "Captain Prinn and I hardly make up a family, sir."

"Indeed. And so I've enlisted a few others to add to your numbers. You shall have a recruit to play the part of your nephew. Captain Prinn here"— he aimed his finger at Matthew —"will pose as the kindly father figure in your life, as he always does. And you, Miss Lytton, will no longer be a miss."

She tensed. If she ran out the door now and saddled a horse, she could catch up to her father in no time. She gripped the chair arms to keep from fleeing. "Pardon me, General, but what are you saying?"

"Why, my dear Miss Lytton." A grin spread on his face. "You will be wed by tomorrow."

CHAPTER 2

Mercy bolted out the general's door, heedless of the stares of milling soldiers. Without slowing her stride, she crossed the parade ground and raced to the sanctity of the women's tents. This being an outpost garrison, the men were afforded timbered shelters. The women got canvas, unless they were an officer's wife. There were only six ladies living in the tents — three who refused to leave their husbands, herself, and two who stayed simply because they had nowhere else to go.

Flinging aside the door flap, she ducked inside and closed the stained canvas behind her. Three empty cots were lined up before her like fallen soldiers. The farthest one called her weary bones to lie down and forget the world. Pah! As if she could. The general's words boiled her blood hotter with each pump of her heart.

"You will be wed by tomorrow."

"We'll see about that," she muttered, glad her tentmates were either out washing regimentals or nursing sick soldiers. "Men! Pigheaded, the lot of them."

Reaching up, she fumbled at her collar and pulled out the locket she never took off. She ran her thumb over the center of a ruby heart, surrounded by gold filigree, and slowed her breathing. Years ago, she'd worn the necklace out of rebellion. Now the heavy stone was a weight of penance and — oddly enough — comfort.

Oh Mother ...

Wind riffled the canvas walls. She felt more alone now than she had in years.

With a sigh, she shrugged off a man's trade shirt that hung to her knees, untied her leggings and peeled them off, and lastly loosened the breechclout at her waist. She'd have to hang them up to dry before packing them away, but for now, she gave the heap a good kick, tired of straddling the line between male and female, native and white. Tired of everything, really.

Shivering, she knelt in front of her trunk and opened the lid. Pulling out a clean gown and undergarments, she frowned at the feminine attire as fiercely as she'd scowled at the hunting clothes. Why was she so different? Why could she not be like other women?

She blew out a sigh and slipped into a dry shift and front-lacing stays, knowing all the while there were no answers to be had. She'd been born different, and there was nothing to be done about that.

After retrieving a hairbrush, she closed the lid on her trunk and sank onto its top. For the moment, she set the brush in her lap, then began the arduous process of unpinning her long hair, her thoughts every bit as snarly. Why must everyone push her into marriage, as if she were some precious bauble that required protection? Little good it had done her mother. Brushing her hair with more force than necessary, she winced. In a man's world, survival came by acting and thinking like a man.

With deft fingers, she braided her hair into a long tail and was tying a leather lace at the end when footsteps pounded the ground outside her tent.

"Mercy, come on out." Matthew's voice leached through the weathered canvas. "We need to talk."

She dropped her hands to her lap. What was there to say? She'd given her answer. Not even a war party of Wyandots could make her change her mind.

"I know you're in there," he growled. "And I won't go away."

Of course he wouldn't. She rolled her eyes. The man was as determined as a river swollen by winter melt. Tucking up a stray strand, she rose and opened the flap. "You're wasting your time. I will not entertain the general's suggestion."

"At least hear me out. Then make up your mind." He held up a blackened tin pot. "Besides, I've brought stew. Don't tell me you're not hungry."

Her stomach growled, and she frowned. Of all the inopportune times to remind him — and her — that she was human.

Matthew smirked.

She sighed. Ignoring him would sure be a lot easier with a belly full of hot food. "Very well. Give me a moment."

Darting back inside, she retrieved a shawl, then grabbed a horn spoon and wooden bowl.

Outside, Matthew already sat on a log next to a smoldering fire, dipping his spoon into his own bowl. She joined him. The rich scent of broth curling up to her nose nearly made her weep. And the first bite ... aah. There wasn't much finer in the world than thick stew on a chill day — especially after going without for so long.

She shoveled in a mouthful before eyeing Matthew sideways. "What'd you trade for this?"

"Rum."

"Your loss. Much as I'm obliged" — she paused for another big bite — "I won't be bought for a bowl of pottage."

"'Course not." Afternoon sun glinted off the stew droplets collecting on Matthew's beard as he spoke. "You're worth far more than that."

The soup in her mouth soured, and she swallowed it like a bitter medicine. The man was forever prattling on about God's great love for her. "Don't start, Matthew. I can't bear a sermon right now."

"Fair enough." Lifting the bowl to his lips, Matthew tipped back his head and finished the rest of his meal. He swiped his mouth with his sleeve while setting down the dish, then angled to face her head-on. "Look, I don't like this any more than you do, but despite the danger of it, General Bragg's plan is solid. Like he said, with clear weather, it'll take but a fortnight to get the load over to Fort Edward."

"Fort Edward?" Her appetite suddenly stalled. The rangers were stationed out of that fort. Matthew's former cohort. Was this his way of saying goodbye?

She swallowed, the stew having lost its appeal. "I see."

His brows gathered together like a coming storm. "No, you don't. When it comes to that falcon eyesight of yours, you are unequaled. But in matters of the heart, you are blind."

"Matthew!" She spluttered and choked. After three years of scouting sorties with this man, surely he wasn't pledging troth to her. He was old enough to be her father!

"Certainly you are not hinting at ..." She cleared her throat once more, unable to force out any more words.

For a moment his eyes narrowed, then shot wide. His shoulders shook as he chuckled. "No, girl. Nothing like that. Look at me, Mercy. Really look. What do you see?"

Lowering her bowl, she focused first on her breaths. In. Out. Slower. And slower. Sound was next. One by one, she closed off the hum of the camp — the whickering of a horse, coarse laughter from afar. The thud of men tromping about. Even the beat of her own pulse quieted until silence took on a life of its own. Only then could she see, and in the seeing, her heart broke.

Where whiskers were absent, lines etched a life map on Matthew Prinn's face. A chart of the years — decades — of toil and grief. Spent vigor peppered his beard and hair that were once raven. Even his eyes were washed out and gray now. In the three years she'd known him, he'd earned a new scar near his temple and a larger bump on his nose — all in the service of the king.

And her.

She set her bowl on the log beside her, no longer hungry. "What I see is a great man who faithfully serves the crown, relentlessly brings back intelligence, and keeps me safe in the process."

He shook his head. "That is what you want to see. The truth of it is I'm tired. This fight is winding down, and so am I." Pausing, he looked up at a sky as sullen as the furrows on his forehead. "I aim to go to Fort Edward, then keep on going east till I find me a nice patch of land and put down stakes."

(Continues…)



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Homesteading More than 1 year ago
In this third installment of The Daughters of the Mayflower series, Griep excels at descriptive prose with scenes that are vivid and detailed. Seriously! She is amazing at creating word pictures. And my emotions were tugged even though I didn’t feel any connection to Mercy. Action and mild intrigue kept me turning pages, but I felt lost and confused most of the time. Maybe it’s because I don’t know much about the French and Indian War but whatever it was, it made the story hard to get through. I liked Elias’s character and the mystery surrounding his identity. I feel like an epic fail at articulating my thoughts on this one. The story was okay but not as enjoyable as some of the authors other works. Please don’t skip reading The Captured Bride based on my opinion! I am definitely in the minority on this one. :) I received a copy of the book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. No compensation has been received.
JLYoung More than 1 year ago
What a great adventure story; Full of action, intrigue, mystery, love and loss! Ms Griep is a wonderful storyteller who captures her reader and doesn’t let them go. She weaves mystery into a story that leaves you at the end of your seat at every twist and turn. Love the slow love that develops between Mercy and Elias. There were hooks that I never expected and tons of action that kept me reading hours into the night. I questioned the addition of a few of the characters that just showed up for what seems like such a brief part of the story. I wish they would have been tied back in again at the end. They seemed like the served no strong purpose. This is my favorite of the Daughters of the Mayflower series yet! Loved this story as I have every Michelle Griep book I’ve read so far. She doesn’t disappoint. Her characters are so deep and richly developed. Her stories are layers deep and captivating. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no compulsion to write a review.
KaileyBechtel More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! It’s full of adventure and a bit of romance. So much happens through the course of this story, yet it doesn’t feel rushed at all. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. I loved Mercy and Elias. Matthew was a great character as well. This is a very well written book. Michelle did a wonderful job! I highly recommend this book! This book is perfect for readers of Laura Frantz and Lori Benton. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Holly Gustafson More than 1 year ago
Be aware that this book is part of a series. At first I felt like I was missing out on a lot, but about 40 pages in, I felt like I started to understand who the characters are a little better. Towards the middle, I feel like this is a good stand-alone book, as I have not read any of the others in this series. The margins are very small. The book is just under 250 pages but it would be longer if it had standard margins. I didn’t mind but some people might like shorter books and would want to know this. At first, I had a hard time getting into the story. There are quite a few italicized words in the Native American Mohawk language in first couple of pages, and I had to keep turning back to the table that lists their English meanings. After the first 40 or so pages, the book started to pick up the pace for me. It’s a Christian story that made me think about someone else’s perspective who believes in God but, as she puts it: “[s]he just wasn’t sure if she could trust Him.” Learning about these characters’ lives made me think outside of my “Christian bubble” about who I could influence. I found myself practicing greater patience with my husband, which I believe was a direct result of reading of the lives of Mercy and Elias and how meeting one another changed them for the better. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
Mercy was called a "Half Breed" by strangers, but those who knew her were fiercely respectful and loyal, sure of her skills . Matthew Prinn , a ranger had been her partner for three years. He respected her more than most men he knew, but he knew her temper and fierce determination could be her downfall. An assignment had her pretending to be wed to Elias Dubois, a French traitor. Sent on a dangerous mission, could they succeed? What would she see in the traitor, DuBois? Michelle Griep has crafted a story of the French and Indian war, that will keep you on your toes in it's twists and turns. Satisfying and intense, it is a pleasurable read!
Christianfictionandmore More than 1 year ago
Possessing an extraordinary gift of keen sight, Mercy Lytton, daughter of a captured white woman and the Mohawk sachem who rescued her from the Wyandots, now works as a scout for the English alongside her ranger friend and partner, Matthew Prinn. Before now, her assignments had never included acting a part. This assignment calls for Mercy to play the part of wife to Elias Dubois , suspected traitor, accompanied by Matthew and General Bragg’s son, Rufus, who would play the part of Matthew’s grandson. Mercy had never intended to give up her independence to any man, acting or otherwise. This “family unit” would be taking a load of gold captured from the French to another English fort through hostile territory. Elias agreed to accompany the gold that had been taken from him when he was labeled traitor in order to avoid the noose. In addition to the gold, Elias would be secretly transporting a new, and quite deadly, weapon along with a bevy of other secrets. The thing he wouldn’t be allowed to take along was a personal weapon of any kind. How long would he survive this trek through dangerous territory with no way to defend himself? The Captured Bride is a great adventure story, filled with intrigue and a bit of romance. Michelle Griep shows us how the flames of faith are fanned during adversity, and the freedom that is won through surrender. I read during every spare moment, as cliff hangers continued to appear making me quite anxious to know the outcome. I highly recommend this book, and thank NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for providing a review.
Christianfictionandmore More than 1 year ago
Possessing an extraordinary gift of keen sight, Mercy Lytton, daughter of a captured white woman and the Mohawk sachem who rescued her from the Wyandots, now works as a scout for the English alongside her ranger friend and partner, Matthew Prinn. Before now, her assignments had never included acting a part. This assignment calls for Mercy to play the part of wife to Elias Dubois , suspected traitor, accompanied by Matthew and General Bragg’s son, Rufus, who would play the part of Matthew’s grandson. Mercy had never intended to give up her independence to any man, acting or otherwise. This “family unit” would be taking a load of gold captured from the French to another English fort through hostile territory. Elias agreed to accompany the gold that had been taken from him when he was labeled traitor in order to avoid the noose. In addition to the gold, Elias would be secretly transporting a new, and quite deadly, weapon along with a bevy of other secrets. The thing he wouldn’t be allowed to take along was a personal weapon of any kind. How long would he survive this trek through dangerous territory with no way to defend himself? The Captured Bride is a great adventure story, filled with intrigue and a bit of romance. Michelle Griep shows us how the flames of faith are fanned during adversity, and the freedom that is won through surrender. I read during every spare moment, as cliff hangers continued to appear making me quite anxious to know the outcome. I highly recommend this book, and thank NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for providing a review.
E_Espinoza More than 1 year ago
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. *I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
I have quickly become a fan of Michelle Griep's writing, and her latest release only solidified my admiration. The Captured Bride meets all my criteria for a compelling novel; a setting so real that my living room disappears as I am transported across time and space, authentically sketched characters that garner my admiration as well as my sympathy, a riveting adventure with enough danger and suspense to keep my heart pounding and my fingers rapidly turning pages, and a subtle but stirring romance. Griep perfectly paces this tale and tucks in a few surprises along the way. My jaw still hasn't recovered from its drop at the perfect, albeit unexpected, conclusion. Don't miss The Captured Bride and add this gifted author to your must-read list! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Barbour Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
eLynda More than 1 year ago
I enjoy a variety of writing styles and time periods, settings and types of characters; I have found a couple of authors who write in more than one genre, but Michelle Griep certainly ranks among the best who do so. This newest release, part of The Daughters of the Mayflower series but easily read as a standalone, is further proof of that. As always, her beautiful prose immediately drew me to another time and place. Her descriptions of a wild land, very unlike the modern day one I inhabit, has caused me to see the natural areas around me in a different way. And the land is populated with people who share many of the same struggles I may face today, and many more from which I am spared. Her description of one character's gray hair as "spent vigor," shows us with two words the kind of life he has lived. Mercy is a complex character in both her heritage and her motivations; while her parentage is known from early on, her motivations remain mysterious much longer, even to her own mind. I love that she comes to know herself through the events of the novel, surprising the reader with deeper meaning and profound impact beyond events that are monumental in and of themselves. God plays a heavy part in this story, in the places where He is very present, and interestingly, where the characters try to keep Him at arm's length. The characters both embrace and fight Him, depending on the situation and their mindset, but never do they deny His existence. Perhaps people were more honest in the past. Simply put, Griep's writing is incredible and highly enjoyable. I enthusiastically recommend this book for fans of historical romance, especially of stories with Native American elements or that take place during the time of the French and Indian War. Really, any reader from mid-teens and up who enjoys historical fiction will find a fast-paced storyline with complex characters and riveting prose. I received an advanced copy but was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.
Soupersally More than 1 year ago
Michelle Griep has become one of my favorite writers. The Captured Bride hits it out of the ball park, so it is said. She captures many emotions ie., mystery, adventure, romance, danger, insight of others, kindness, tragedy, plus more that would give away too much of the story. This is one of the Daughters of the Mayflower series and I have enjoyed each one tremendously! Due to the excellent descriptions of each character, I pictured them all so well. I plan to read all of this writer's books! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review
PatriotMama More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Daughter’s of the Mayflower books & this one was my favorite. I have read a lot of Michelle Griep’s books so I am a fan. The Captured Bride was so intriguing. I loved the characters & was sad when some had to go. I enjoyed the storyline & the mystery. One of the plots kept me in suspense until the end. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this third book in the Mayflower series! Set in 1759, New York during the French and Indian War, this exciting story held my attention from the first to last page with plenty of action, danger, and romantic tension. Snappy dialogue between the main characters including their own struggles towards personal redemption and faith. Perfectly paced with a satisfying finish. Historical fiction fans will enjoy this one, based on some true events, reminiscent of classic Colonial era tales. A solid 5 star read! (An e-book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
Oh what an amazing and engaging story! This is one of those stories I want to gush over and demand everyone grab it and savor it. Such deep and moving characters that you can’t help but fall in love with them and feel their pain and struggles. Mercy is definitely caught between two cultures and that is what she fights against. I loved how she was so strong yet admitted to her weaknesses. Elias was so well written as a complex character! I couldn’t quite figure him out and that made it all the more a page turner. Heart wrenching ups and downs and such realistically written scenery and imagery. I honestly felt like I was immersed into the Indian camps and the military fort, then riding along the dusty trail waiting for the next danger to pop out of the bushes. This author is now a bookshelf keeper! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Stardust_Fiddle More than 1 year ago
Each installment of The Daughters of the Mayflower series proves to be better than the last. In this third installment in the series, Michelle Griep takes readers on a thrilling journey into the wilderness of New York in 1759, during the height of the French and Indian War. Mercy Lytton, the protagonist, descends from the Plymouth pilgrim couple whose story opened the series, but her father was a Mohawk chieftain. Raised in that tribe, Mercy is a very independent and feisty woman with a gift of keen eyesight, which has enabled her to become a scout. Her latest mission involves working alongside a condemned traitor to transport a shipment of gold, and that is when the danger truly begins. “The Captured Bride” is written in a very engaging and captivating manner, with quaint language that makes use of terms now mostly obsolete but entertaining, such as “cattywampus.” The characters span the spectrum from good to evil and keep the reader guessing while quiet, inspirational transformations occur. Similar to Griep’s “The Innkeeper’s Daughter”, this novel also features plenty of intrigue and plot twists. Mercy, in particular, is a fascinating character; she challenges female stereotypes and wrestles with her own past and where she belongs: “This was home, this maze of trees and rock. A place where she was master, where the only one she had to be sure about was herself.” Her story evokes cultural richness and both cultural and personal reconciliation in a fashion timely for contemporary society, making this a very pertinent novel. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
eim05 More than 1 year ago
I loved how I felt like I was a part of the action and it kept me intrigued through the whole book. I have always enjoyed reading Michelle Griep's books and this one did not let me down. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
NDowning More than 1 year ago
This is the third in a series called The Daughters of the Mayflower. It is by far my favorite. Michelle Griep is an exceptional writer, and awesome storyteller. Here is an example: "Twilight padded in from the wood's edge, silent, thick, and gray, like a great wolf on the hunt." I would highly recommend this book for those who like a good historical Christian romance. The only negative thing was that there was quite a bit of violence, but it was realistic for the time in history.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
This is the third installment in The Daughters of the Mayflower series, but works well as a stand-alone also. I was captivated with the premise of this story during the French and Indian War. Ms. Griep’s attention to detail keeps you on your toes and turning pages. I love the spark that ignites between Mercy and Elias and grows into a powder keg ready to explode. Mercy is a strong, self willed woman that is running from God and her attraction to Elias. Elias is not who you think he is and keeps you guessing to his loyalties. I loved the lesser character of Livvy and would love to read her story as she grows up. Well written, great characters, intrigue, romance, and faith will keep you reading all night if possible. This book pulls you in and makes you feel like you are there. Highly recommend. I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Madalyn More than 1 year ago
This Book Will Hold You Captive To The End What a delightful book. The Captured Bride is book three in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. All three of the books in the series are very good but this one is my favorite. The setting is in the backcountry wilderness of the Colony of New York during the French and Indian War. I loved the characters, Mercy and Elias but all of the characters of the book came alive in my mind. Michelle Griep is an amazing writer who always draws me deep into her stories. She is a master at putting together words to delight my heart. She does history well. I researched some about the war to refresh my memory and she was right on. I really hated for the book to end I was enjoying it so much. I highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
homeschoolmom24 More than 1 year ago
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own. About the Book: 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: Mercy is having to live a double life, in a sense. She has one foot in Mohawk country and the other in British territory helping defeat the French. What a twist on the story when the two lovebirds are actually enemies and don't really know it until it the gold has to be transported. The story of Mercy and Elias have literally had me on the edge of my seat. At times I couldn't believe that this story was headed in the direction that it was in and at other times I could feel the love between the two but the frustration of both. It was a captivating story with an unexpected ending that left me reeling. A turn of the century story thats actual a mix of several different cultures. War time has become a time of mystery and secrets. There are two caught in the middle and The Captured Bride shares their stories. A fantastic read!
ksucindy More than 1 year ago
Fair warning: You will not be able to close this book once you open it. Michelle Griep weaves a tale of blooming romance in the midst of war, spies, intrigue and danger in this gripping tale set during war with the French. Mercy Lytton, raised among the Mohawks serves as a scout for the English, her keen eyesight and wilderness skills, valuable assets to her missions.The task of delivering stolen gold safely to the British falls into her capable hands along with her partner, former Texas Ranger Matthew Primm. Elias DuBois, a condemned prisoner, is saved from the gallows at the last moment in order to accompany the gold, and Mercy, safely to the British fort. He is known as a traitor, and takes on the role in order to protect his true identity and purpose. The plan could work, except that he didn't expect to accompany a young woman who would capture his very heart and soul. Mercy and Elias find romance despite their better judgement along the dangerous trail to the fort. Both will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles as they struggle to complete their mission. They will also find their end goals changing in ways they could not have imagined as love overwhelms their hearts. Will Mercy find faith in a God who loves, or will it falter into nothingness when all seems lost? Can Elias save her from the warriors who have captured her? How can he choose between completing the mission that will save countless lives or rescuing the woman he loves? Once again Michelle Griep pours heartwarming romance over a boiling array of danger, heartache and trials in this unforgettable novel of courage and hope. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
A1Reads More than 1 year ago
Mercy Lytton captured my heart with her story. I loved this book so much! I took my time reading it, savoring every page. Mercy walks the line between the faith her mother instilled in her, that she can't quite understand and the ways of her Mohawk father. Seeing how Mercy's faith grew throughout the book was very moving. Elias Dubois. Let me just say he may be a traitor but he is one swoon-worthy hero. He has a few secrets and a past that haunts him but he is a strong, faith-filled man. I love the way Mercy and Elias both studied each other when they thought the other wasn't looking. I loved that Matthew saw it too. This is a thrilling adventure filled with many surprises, twists, and turns. I held my breath during many parts of the journey. I even shed a tear or two. I did not want the book to end but at the same time, I could not wait to find out how it ended. It's just so good! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
BMace More than 1 year ago
It's 1759 and the French and Indian war has been fought on a number of frontiers. History tells us that the French army was paid in gold. Imagine the upset if the payroll went missing and the wrong people found it. A 'family' loosely made up of a prisoner with a French name, a female scout with Indian connections, a fatherly figure, a scout that wants to retire and a recruit who is the general' nephew is tasked with the dangerous mission of moving that gold. With rich detail, the author takes us through the forests, streams and rivers of their travels between Fort Wilderness and Fort Edward. Will they succeed at their task and will she truly meet the man she is willing to give up her life if scouting for? I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. (less)
rkfall 14 days ago
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep is the 3rd book in a wonderful series that I’m really enjoying. This one is about a set up of a relationship between a guy and a girl. These two main characters have to agree to an arrangement that will help the ultimate goal come about. They need to take the direction of one another at times and there is battle of the wills being played out. There is an older mentor-type man character that I really enjoyed and watching them journey through this adventure was quite the ride. I liked how the author incorporated the American Indians in her writing of this Historical fiction. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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