The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower Series #1)

The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower Series #1)

by Kimberley Woodhouse


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ISBN-13: 9781683224198
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Series: Daughters of the Mayflower Series , #1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 210,954
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifteen fiction and nonfiction books. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She’s passionate about music and Bible study and loves the gift of story. 
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The Mayflower Bride 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 99 reviews.
DianaFlow More than 1 year ago
The Mayflower Bride was a fast-paced, heartrending tale of the Separatists who braved the tumultuous seas, disease, and hunger, to establish the first colony in Virginia. Distress clutched my heart at the many trials and hardships our courageous forefathers had to face on the crossing of The Mayflower to the New World. The romance was not very passionate, but it does permeate the story keeping it somewhat less depressing. I enjoyed the diverse characters (factual and fiction), their solid faith during adversity, and the courage to follow their dreams no matter what the cost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh the hardships that our ancestors braved and conquered. The desire for freedom and adventure drove them forward and gave them strength and endurance. A sweet love story and a true glimpse of history.
lesacap1262 4 months ago
Did you ever wonder what it might have been like to cross the ocean in a ship? How about in the 1600's? How about on the Mayflower? We have all heard the stories of the Pilgrims, the first Thanksgiving, and certain historical figures. But what was it like for the people, the families, the mothers and children? What were the trials, what was day to day life like aboard the Mayflower? The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse gives us an idea. Based on her extensive research, we see actual historical figures interact with her fictional characters. What the experience was like to travel to the new world? I remembered much and learned so much more. Such a great story here! The Separatists are setting sail to the new world to finally reach their dream of religious freedom, the embark on this journey aboard The Speedwell in 1620. Aboard this ship is Mary Elizabeth Chapman, her father, and her brother. Aboard the Mayflower is a carpenter trying to shed the old and seek opportunity and success in the new world. After a few different delays due to a leaking ship the Separatists are made to board the Mayflower as the Speedwell is deemed unsafe. The delays have cost the travelers precious time and it is really far too late in the year to be making this journey. Will the Mayflower make it, will the waters become too stormy for safe passage? How will the crowded conditions affect the travelers. So many questions! As Mary Elizabeth board the Mayflower she meets William Lytton, who just happens to be there to lend a hand! One meeting and Mary Elizabeth can't get him out of her mind. Is this a time for even considering such a thing? Of course, he isn't part of the Separatists group either, so it's silly to think of him. On the ship for months they face so much together that a romance begins, something sweet between the hardships and tragedies, and it is unheard of for Separatists and Strangers to even consider such. We see the deep faith of the Separatist people as well throughout this book. I loved this small glimpse into what was surely an extremely difficult, almost impossible voyage and the beginning of the new world. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I loved getting a closer look at this event in our history!
Anonymous 8 months ago
It started slow but quickly picked up a very good book. Gave a lot of insight on life on the Mayflower
rkfall 9 months ago
Kimberley Woodhouse did an amazing job of penning this intense, moving, hard-working, and tear bringing book. To set the imagination of what these people faced while crossing the great, deep, dark ocean in search of being able to live in freedom for their faith. The times of sea storms, sicknesses, and death, she's included it all. As we study American History in school this year, I felt that this book was right on time and a great read gearing us up for our year of study ahead. I really look forward to continuing this series as new books come out! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Sam1219 11 months ago
I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving a copy of this ebook via NetGalley. In this first installment of the Daughters of the Mayflower series, Kimberley Woodhouse introduces us to Mary Elizabeth Chapman, a young woman emigrating to the American colonies with her family in search of a better life. On board, she falls in love with carpenter William Lytton, and together they face the many perils in their late-season arrival in the New World. This book did not hold my interest well. The pace was too slow, and the high volume of religious content made the book too preachy for my taste. At times, this book reads more like a sermon than a novel. In addition, the writing style suggests to me that young adult readers might be a more appropriate audience for this book. While I didn't particularly enjoy this book, I will read the next book in the series because having different authors write each installment is an intriguing idea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book, The Mayflower Bride, has romance, adventure, secrets and intrigue, along with characters who are charming, witty, cunning and leaving all they know to enter into an unknown world to have a better life. Kimberley Woodhouse is an amazing author! Except i just cant get into the religious aspect. I dont think i disliked this book because of the way it was written or the plot because the writing was superb, im just not the demographic this book is geared toward. I habe an extremely hard time ever getting into or liking anything that has too much religion strung along. In my opinion all religion folklore are fairytales that adults should habe outgrown centuries ago and i just cant take anything seriously that involves it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful characters & true to history....
AmyB72 More than 1 year ago
Very slow reading. Enjoyed some of the characters but did feel like they were flat and not well developed. The conversations between the young ladies seemed more modern and immature than I expected. Not bad but not what I was expecting. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
The Mayflower Bride What a magical, warming, loving, tender and historical tale of the riders on the Mayflower. Oh how the author brought this tale to life. It was so original and real. The author did such a fantastic job catching your attention and bringing you along for the ride with the travelers; you honestly felt like you were on it with them but felt so grateful that we have the shot for pneumonia and bad that they didn't an awful for the result because of it. If this sounds good - which I know it does - go get this and enjoy for yourself…. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mayflower Bride is well written and is a lovely story. I'm not a history buff. It's usually dry and boring. Yet this one brought history alive and has me wanting more! So glad that I read this book. It drew me in from the very beginning and kept me running back for more. Recommend! ***** esk 04/2018 *****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were so interesting The book made cry and laugh at times. I loved it and would recommend it.
Mylittlebirdie More than 1 year ago
The Mayflower Bride is such an eye-opening book! I had no idea that the Separatists originally left from the Netherlands. I also had forgotten that it took them quite some time to establish Plimouth Colony once they finally arrived in America. I certainly don't envy all of their hardships and the harsh conditions that they had to endure. However, Kimberley so beautifully portrays the Saints' struggles and their devout faith throughout their entire journey. Mary Elizabeth's and William's relationship developed slowly and sweetly under these trying circumstances, and understandably, this book has a lot of emphasis on faithful endurance through life's trials. I could've done without the one aspect of the story that involves William's record keeping for the Virginia Company. It added so little to the story, and its resolution wasn't very climactic or exciting. ***I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley and am under no obligation to provide a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse This is the first in a series: Daughters of the Mayflower. It is set in Holland, England and Plimouth, near Cape Cod in America in 1620. Most of the book takes place aboard the Speedwell and the Mayflower, ships that are making their way to the New World. I love learning about history and this is just like stepping back in time. A simpler time but a harder time. The players are the passengers of The Speedwell and Mayflower. Kimberly Woodhouse has used the original manifest from historical records. She has embellished the tale with her own set of fictional passengers as well. This does not take away from the sense that you are right there with the people as they endure cramped quarters, storms, seasickness and having to bail water because of the leaky Speedwell. They had to return to England and abandon the Speedwell pushing their arrival time in the Colonies to Winter. Mary Elizabeth Chapman and her companions are members of the Separatists seeking to find religious freedom in the New World. “Her faith. It meant everything to her. And the thought of freedom to worship and learn and grow in God’s Word thrilled her beyond imagining “. William Lytton is a carpenter looking for a fresh start and adventure in a place where he can leave his past behind. His kind, Christian mentor has died but although he showed the Gospel to William, William has yet to put his trust in Christ. Faith plays a huge part in our American history. These souls were venturing to the New World for the chance to worship away from the tyranny of England. Kimberly does an outstanding job of catching the perseverance and constancy of these brave voyagers. I liked the way she had Mary Elizabeth look for something to be thankful for in each new day. This was something she had to consciously do amidst the dire circumstances she faced. There is a lesson for us all! For fans of historical fiction, I highly recommend this book. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. * I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions are my own.* Paula Shreckhise
FHlady More than 1 year ago
My husband's 10th great grandfather was William Bradford, so I was definitely looking forward to reading this book; and it did not disappoint. This is the heartrending and horrifying fictional story of the Separatists voyage across the Atlantic to the eastern coast of the United States in 1600-01. This story is vividly written and closely follows the historic timeline of events while using a few fictional characters mixed among the actual sojourners. Woodhouse's historical research is evident throughout the story. Due to the inability of the Speedwell to continue the journey because of damage, the Separatists and the Strangers (those whose religious beliefs did not align with the Separatists) were crammed together onto the Mayflower. There was a high price paid for those who sought a new world where they would have religious freedom. Many were ill due to rough seas for the entire journey and some died. Others died due to scurvy or pneumonia. Of the women who braved the journey, only 5 arrived alive. Woodhouse does an incredible job of describing the efforts and bravery of the women who made the trip. One even delivered a baby during the voyage. The central focus of the story is the developing relationship between Mary Catherine Chapman, a Separatist, and William Lytton, the carpenter on the ship who is a Stranger. Bringing both a poignant love story that develops slowly and sweetly as well as the budding growth of William's faith in God to the forefront, made this along with the history an excellent story. I also appreciated the information Woodhouse included at the front regarding the cast of characters to understand which were fictional and which were real people. The notes following the story offered additional historical information that was quite interesting. Definitely made my 2018 Favorites list and highly recommended.
AFarley21 More than 1 year ago
Do you love historical fiction? Then this is a must read for you. I had not read anything by Kimberley Woodhouse before, but this book was like stepping back in time on the Mayflower! It’s a story that follows fictional characters on a historic ship. Have you ever thought about the trials endured by those early settlers? Kimberley Woodhouse paints the picture of William Lytton and Mary Elizabeth Chapman to bring that time period to life. They face the challenges of the time and grow closer together as William searches for God. How much loss can one person endure? I cannot wait to read the next story in the series. Enjoy!!!!! “I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”
SusanKC More than 1 year ago
The Mayflower Bride is an outstanding beginning to the Daughters of the Mayflower series. I was intrigued by the premise that this series will follow members of a family through the history of America. I was immediately drawn by the list of authors who would be writing the different books. Each book can be read as stand-alone. Kathleen Woodhouse is a new-to-me author. Her use of descriptive prose immediately drew me into the story. I was able to empathize with the Separatists as they struggled through significant hardship and sickness on their journey to the New World. Yet in spite of the insurmountable odds, the spirit of adventure was not quenched as they sought a better life in the New World. The romance between Mary Elizabeth and William is engaging but not the main story. The spiritual threads of salvation and finding strength in the Lord are skillfully woven throughout this story that visits a setting that has not been explored by many authors. I look forward to reading other books by this author in the future. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible historical novel! The author starts by explaining which characters are fictional. I really appreciate that information. I found these characters very well developed and easy to connect with as the story progressed. At times I found myself verbally counseling William, the male lead, in how I felt he needed to deal with situations and people. I had learned the story of the Mayflower in school. The story of these brave people came alive in this wonderful book. It is no longer just dry history facts. The people became more real to me. Their fears and heartaches were easy to take on personally while reading. I received a free eBook copy of this novel through NetGalley. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions 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.*
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Putting faces to the story that we have known about forever, or at least we thought we did, this sure was not an easy ride, and from the beginning with three tries to leave England, we commence on the long journey, When I first considered reading this book, I remembered that Priscilla Mullens and John Alden are my children’s ancestors from my husband’s side of the family. So, I tried to make this personal as to what it felt like on that life changing move. Such struggles, and with so much death, you realize how very brave these people were, they struggled before they got on the ship because of their strong Christian beliefs, and then suffered immensely on the voyage. There is a sweet romance here, along with a bit of espionage, but these people live their faith, and I found myself walking in their shoes. I loved putting faces to these historical people and walking in their shoes through the eyes of author. Once I started the pages flew, and when finished I am now waiting for the next book in this series. I received this book through the Barbour Reviewer Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
The Mayflower Bride tells the story of William Lytton and Mary Chapman and the hardships faced as they travel to America. Both William and Mary are strong, well-written characters. Mary and her family are Separatists while William is an orphan who does not have much religious background. I enjoyed The Mayflower Bride and recommend it to others who enjoy historical fiction. I received my copy of The Mayflower Bride from Barbour Books. This is my honest opinion.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
The Mayflower Bride is the first book that I've read by this author and I honestly enjoyed it. This book wasn't without flaws, however. The story stalled at times with the ridiculous (though accurate) amount of sickness and deaths aboard The Mayflower. While this was realistic, I almost became desensitized to the deaths and by the time that key figures in the book became ill, I found that I couldn't bring myself to be too upset about it. Overall, I thought the characters were endearing and likable. I enjoyed Mary Elizabeth's journey to the new world. I watched her struggle to overcome her fears and become a woman of great faith. William's conversion felt rushed and forced to me. I think this was because he was studying with the brethren while I was occupied with yet another round of illness aboard the ship. The ending felt slightly rushed, especially with the time jump. I felt there could have been more depth to the story but it wasn't a bad read. At 256 pages, this book is more of a novella. The length is what (in my opinion) contributes to the lack of depth. Having said all of that, I actually enjoyed the book and I'm interested in reading more by this author. This book was provided to me by Barbour Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
sesquius More than 1 year ago
The cover of this story drew me in, while the story and plot pulled me in to open the pages.  The writer, I believe, did a good job in describing the boat and the situation that Mary Elizabeth's family and friend encountered, and her blossoming interest in William. The same could be said for William.  The one thing I did notice is that twice we were given the story of William's background, which the one time, at the beginning when he met the fellow whom he would working on documentation of the pilgrims. Then later in the story, it's regurgitated again, albeit worded different, but the same gist of the background. While I enjoyed the story, I believe that it is perfect for a teenage audience. It is very clean and wholesome, and I could see myself reading this voraciously as a pre-teen. Historically it did we, despite a few hiccups here and there, that gives one a moment to pause. The only thing I didn't like is the quality of the book, and that is not a knock against the writer. The publisher did an awesome job with the book cover, front and back. It speaks quality and is on par with some of the big name publishers, such as Bethany House and Thomas Nelson, to name a few. However, the pages within is where the quality went down. The font is large and the words go too close to the edge of the pages. It felt like it was hovering on a large print book. As a print designer, the lack of breathability around the page almost made me put down the book. But, the author deserved a better opportunity than to throw it away on poor layout. All in all, I think it was a good book.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Barbour Books. All opinions are my own.
Linny67333 More than 1 year ago
A very clean Christian novel about a girl coming over in the Mayflower and finding love. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review".
JLink More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse. The author was new to me. She obviously did a significant amount of research for this book. Woodhouse thoughtfully listed the characters at the beginning and divided them by "fictional" and "historical". She also included an Note to the Reader at the end that was quite insightful. I sadly admit that I only knew the basics of the voyage of the Mayflower and the landing at Plymouth Rock. The bravery of the Separatists just amazes me. To survive the sickness, loss of loved ones, lack of food, and the harsh conditions was a miracle. The story was a little slow in parts with the mundane tasks and such. But, that is probably how it actually occurred. There was also some intrigue and romance here and there to keep it interesting. I truly like historical fiction and this book delivered on that. Thank you Kimberley Woodhouse for sharing this story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.