The Patriot Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower Series #4)

The Patriot Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower Series #4)

by Kimberley Woodhouse

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Overview

Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber are both working covertly to aid the Patriot cause. But will they be willing to sacrifice all for their fledgling country?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause
Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country?

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

More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)​
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683226086
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Series: Daughters of the Mayflower Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 162,615
File size: 2 MB

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. 
You can connect with Kimberley at: www.kimberleywoodhouse.com and www.facebook.com/KimberleyWoodhouseAuthor  

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CHAPTER 1

Thursday, September 22, 1774 Philadelphia

Matthew Weber sat hidden in the corner of Charles Thomson's study and waited for word from him. Charles was not only a good friend but the secretary of the Continental Congress as well. His appointment as secretary had been fortuitous for them all. The plan had been to meet after the Congress so they could discuss what needed to be done next. A tap sounded on the door, and Matthew ducked deeper into the dark shadows. His heart pounded.

It wasn't the planned signal.

Who would be coming to the secretary's home tonight?

Matthew couldn't let anyone loyal to the King know he was here. And no one knew for sure when they might run into a Loyalist. It made things exceedingly difficult as the weeks passed.

A familiar face entered. A broad grin stretched across his face, Benjamin Franklin shut the door. "Matthew, I presume that is you hidden over there?"

Relief rushed through his veins. Shaking his head and letting his breath out in a great whoosh, Matthew laughed and stepped into the light. "Yes, 'tis me, Ben. But you did not use the appropriate signal, and by the way, wouldn't that have been a tad risky — mentioning my name — when you were not sure 'twas me?"

"If I had not been sure, yes." The older man shook a finger at him. His gray eyes twinkling. "But Simpson acknowledged you were already here. And frankly, I wanted to see how you would handle the situation. Good show, had I not known you were here, I wouldn't have seen you."

"Ah, I see." Matthew moved forward to shake Franklin's hand still working to get his heart back to normal. "These days, we can be none too careful." The definite need to practice at hiding and controlling his anxiousness pressed into his mind. The job before him grew more stressful by the day.

"I agree." The older gentleman nodded several times and placed his hands behind his back as he paced the room. "'Tis hard to believe how things have changed over the years."

"Yes, indeed."

"How's Deborah?" Matthew hadn't seen Ben's wife in a while.

Ben smiled. "As lovely as ever."

"Please give her my regards. Have you spoken to William?" Matthew kept his tone low.

"No." The instant frown and gravity of the single word gave Matthew more than enough to understand the man's disappointment. William and Benjamin Franklin had been on different sides of the political spectrum for some time.

Matthew turned back to look at the bookshelves. "I am sorry to hear that."

"I appreciate your sincerity, but you know William. This is, I fear, what comes from a thirst for power." Franklin took a deep breath and then let it out in a long sigh. "Back to business, how are you, dear boy?"

A slight smile lifted his lips. Only Benjamin Franklin could think of him — a thirty-six-year-old man — as a dear boy. "I am faring quite well."

"Ah ... an answer that is vague." Light laughter came out of his friend's mouth as he shook his head.

"You taught me well." Matthew grinned back.

"We will get to the crux of it in a moment. ... Have you tried an air bath yet?"

"No." Matthew tried to keep a straight face. "I cannot say that I have. Nor have I had the privacy."

"'Tis quite invigorating. Stimulating to the system."

"I am sure." Goodness, the subject needed to change. Sitting in front of an open window in nary a piece of clothing wasn't his idea of healthy.

"Still no word from Thomson?" Franklin tapped his fingers on the back of the chair in front of him.

"Not yet."

"Well, things are escalating quickly, and we must act." Franklin rubbed his hands together. "With the British troops occupying Boston, I believe they have drawn a line."

"What do you mean?"

"A line that will only lead to war."

Relations with Britain had been declining for a long time. The Tea Act giving the East India Trading Company a monopoly on tea trade made men in Boston so angry they dressed up as Indians and tossed over three hundred crates of tea into the harbor. In retaliation, Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts — laws denying constitutional rights, natural rights, and colonial charters to Massachusetts. Fear this denial of basic rights would spread through all the Colonies had pushed many in America to the point of revolution.

Loyalists still faithful to the Crown of England were in direct conflict with the Patriots and their quest for independence and relief from taxation.

Matthew pondered the quandary. What did the King seek to gain?

The taxations were getting out of hand and many of the colonists were tired of being ruled by a monarchy across the ocean and paying the debts of England through their taxes. Something wasn't right. And people knew it.

Now the British were keeping trade from other countries from coming to the Colonies, so of course, the Patriots were discussing boycotting all trade from Britain. All appeals to the Crown had no effect, so they were once again at an impasse. The Continental Congress was meeting to determine a way to appeal to the King. Again.

Matthew shook his head.

"What is ruminating in that fine mind of yours?" Ben cocked an eyebrow.

"Just thinking on how we arrived at this place in time. You are correct to say that we must act. Tumultuous times are upon us."

"But they are also exciting times, don't you agree? Our thirteen governments with their people cover a great deal more land than that of England. We have got fifty-six men from twelve of the Colonies coming together for the first time at this Continental Congress. We are going through growing pangs, are we not? Imagine what could be accomplished if we can persuade the Loyalists that we'd be better off independent of England?"

Matthew held up a hand and gave a slight laugh. "I admire your enthusiasm, my friend. And I do agree, but it has been almost ten years already, and we have a long way to go before we are free of British rule. Besides, the Loyalists are too afraid of the British military." He couldn't help the sigh that escaped his lips. Exhaustion pounded behind his eyes. It was a legitimate fear. England's army and navy were the mightiest in the world.

"I hear the weariness in your voice, my boy. This has taken its toll on you, has it not?"

Could he tell his mentor the truth? That any thoughts of a bright future seemed blotted out by the prospect of war? Matthew could manage a simple nod but couldn't allow his emotions to climb their way to the surface. "We'll do anything for our cause, will we not?"

"Yes, we have all made sacrifices, but this is me you're speaking to. You may not be my flesh and blood, but I can see what's lurking behind your eyes and I understand, even though you are working so hard to keep it hidden." Ben came forward and put a hand on Matthew's shoulder. "The future is hard to look forward to now, yes, but remember that all we are seeking to accomplish is for a better future for our children and grandchildren."

But what if he never had a family to give a brighter future to? Those children and grandchildren that Ben spoke of. He was already sacrificing his life and reputation for the cause of the Patriots — which was a truly great endeavor — but the thought of having not one soul to pass along that bright future to made a deep sorrow wash over him. At age thirty-six, settling down and starting a family in the middle of this turmoil were hard to imagine. In fact, they were quite unthinkable. And very selfish of him. Time to get his mind back on the tasks at hand.

Three taps on the door — the signal they were supposed to use — brought Matthew out of his thoughts and back to the present. He gave Ben a look and smirk. "See? That is how it works."

Benjamin just winked at him.

The master of the house entered the room with a smile on his face. "Good evening, gentlemen."

As Charles walked over to his desk, he motioned for them to sit. "A boycott will be in place the first of December."

"Of all British goods? That should shake things up quite a bit." Benjamin tapped his knee.

"It should, yes." Charles pulled out papers. Most likely his notes from the meeting. He perused them for a moment. "Each of the Colonies has been encouraged to develop and train their own militia."

Another hearty nod from Benjamin. "Good, good."

Matthew took a deep breath. Just what he'd suspected. At some point soon, war would be upon them. A reminder that it was a good thing he didn't have a family. This was no way to live — with no foreseeable, positive outlook for the future. Would this revolution ever end?

Another three taps on the door.

"Come in." Charles looked to the door.

George Washington opened the door and walked in with a nod. Matthew stood to greet his childhood friend. As a delegate to Congress, George would also have good insight into the meeting. "Good to see you, Matthew. I hope I have not missed too much." He smiled as he gave a firm handshake.

"Not at all." Matthew shook his head. "Charles had just begun to tell us of the boycott and preparations for militia."

George took a deep breath and then sighed heavily. "I believe the time has come." He ran fingers through his powdered hair leaving streaks of auburn in their wake. "We have much to discuss."

The group gathered chairs closer to the fire as George launched into his recall of the Continental Congress.

As the youngest in the group, Matthew sat back and listened to the insight from the men around him. While George was only a few years his senior, his longtime friend had much more experience in practically everything. The smartest and strongest man he'd ever known, George was steadfast and noble, and Matthew couldn't think of a man he respected more. Thomson was a few years older than George and had the distinguished appointment of secretary for the Congress. Then there was Benjamin Franklin. The eldest in the group was one of the most amazing men Matthew had ever met. Author, inventor, and statesman — and everything in between — Benjamin was his mentor and friend. Providence had blessed Matthew to be among these ranks.

Ben looked to him. "Matthew, I know you have been preparing for this for a good while, but the risks are high. Are you sure you are fully ready for what lies ahead?"

Knowing what his mentor spoke of, Matthew took a deep breath and nodded. "I am a Patriot and will do whatever it takes." He might have just laid his whole life and future on the line. But he couldn't be selfish. Not at a time like this. At least he could help provide a brighter future for those who would come behind him.

Several hours later, the group disbanded. While everyone else could go out the front door, Matthew had to wait and exit through a tunnel from the main house that came up into the barn. It had been dug for just this purpose, and now was the time to put it to use. Even though Philadelphia wasn't as tricky as Boston, there were still eyes and ears everywhere. He'd worked too long for the cause and built relationships to aid in it for him to be caught this early in the game.

As he pulled the black cloak around his shoulders, he made his way through the tunnel. Once in the barn, he tugged his cocked, felt hat lower over his brow. The sweet smell of the hay mixed with the strong aroma of manure. As he left the protection of the building, a crisp wind hit his face and gave him an even better excuse for concealment.

Lifting the stock around his neck closer to his chin, he moved forward. With a flick of his hand, he pulled his cloak's collar high up around his ears. Even though it was dark, he couldn't take the risk of being seen. From here on out Matthew must play the part of the Loyalist. He needed to entrench himself among the enemy. Abandon his friends and everyone else he knew, so that he could become the man he'd been creating for such a time as this. The only way to win independence would be to win the trust of those loyal to the Crown and gather every bit of information that he could.

It hadn't been easy forging friendships the past couple of years. Especially with his ties to George. Many had been hesitant to allow a childhood friend of a staunch Patriot into their midst. But since William Franklin — the Royal Governor of New Jersey — had vouched for Matthew, and William was known to be at odds with his own father — a Patriot — Matthew had finally found some footing among the men who had influence.

His secret advantage was Ben. The older man had incredible ties and relationships to England. In fact, he'd spent a lot of his time traveling back and forth and speaking on behalf of the Colonies. But the open lines of communication were failing. While deep down, Matthew knew that the elder Franklin was heartbroken the revolution was dividing him from his son, it still amazed Matthew how Ben didn't hesitate to share what he could about how to work his way into William's good graces. For the good of the cause.

And it had worked. Matthew found himself in the inner circle with the Royal Governor. But as tensions mounted, he would have to be on guard continually.

The depth of the situation hit him. No one could know he wasn't just another affluent Loyalist seeking to better his country.

No one could know the real Matthew Weber. Not anymore.

His life was now on the altar of the Patriot's cause. And he'd give everything — even his last breath — for freedom.

He was a spy.

* * *

Friday, October 21, 1774 Boston

Faith Lytton Jackson stood and smiled as her butler announced Mrs. White. "Thank you, Clayton." She nodded and rushed across the parlor to greet her friend. "Lavonia, what a pleasure to see you." The lavender silk on her friend was lovely. "Your dress is enchanting. Is it new?"

"The pleasure is all mine, my dear. Although I wish the circumstances were different." The white-haired woman smiled back and gave Faith a brief hug. "And yes, this just arrived from Paris, but I wasn't sure if the color suited me. I must say, that yellow silk taffeta on you is simply gorgeous. I knew it would be."

"You do have a talent for choosing the best fabrics, Lavonia."

"I might have an eye for the fabric, but you, my dear, you make them exquisite."

Clayton announced several other guests and kept Faith from responding although she shot Lavonia a smile. Even in the direst of circumstances, her friend always found something to compliment.

Warmth filled the room as women she adored and trusted entered. A crackling fire in the massive stone fireplace added to the cozy feeling as everyone spoke of the contrasting chill in the air outside.

Faith greeted each one and invited them to sit. "Clayton, would you ask Sylvia to serve the tea, please?"

"Yes, ma'am." Her stoic butler had been with her for more than a decade. He would do anything for her, she had no doubt. But she often wondered about his friends. Did he have any close confidants? Did anyone other than her staff care for the man? And was he always so stiff and reserved? The thoughts made her chuckle to herself. Why on earth was she all of a sudden so concerned with Clayton? He'd always puzzled her, but he was loyal and trustworthy.

She gazed around the room and shot a prayer heavenward. Lord, I need Your focus and divine wisdom. We need Your guidance now more than ever. Help us to do what we can.

Strengthened by her prayer and resolve, Faith quieted the women and stood before them. "We shall begin our meeting today by continuing through the reading of the Psalms." She picked up her Bible. "I believe we are beginning the 119th?"

Several murmurs of affirmation filled the room.

Faith began reading:

"Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."

The ladies looked to her when she was done reading. Where to begin?

(Continues…)


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FHlady More than 1 year ago
As a Daughter of the American Revolution whose 4th great grandfather served in Patrick Henry's, Lighthorse Brigade, I love to read Revolutionary War fiction, and Kimberley Woodhouse did not disappoint. Focusing on the time period just before the Revolution began, our hero, Matthew Weber is embroiled in the Patriot movement and finds himself pretending to be a Loyalist in order to spy for the Patriots. The heroine, Faith Lytton Jackson, a descendent of the Mayflower Lyttons, is an extremely wealthy widow who aligns herself with the Patriot movement. Throw in important names like Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, a group of women who learn to send coded messages, knit socks, and pray for the movement; and you have a wonderfully written pre-Revolution novel Woodhouse's obvious research into the pre-Revolution time period and its events is displayed throughout the novel. I felt like I had stepped right into the midst of that period. Her main characters are well developed and feel very realistic. I loved her ending which was the Declaration of Independence. Well done and highly recommended.
fromtheheartJH More than 1 year ago
Kimberly Woodhouse has written an historical novel complete with spies, romance, and historical figures like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin playing a part in it. The Revolutionary War takes on a reality that makes you feel a part of it. It makes you see what it was like to live in that time period. Besides being historical fiction, it also has romance. Could Faith end up with an unwanted suitor? Or can two spies wind up together? Will they have to sacrifice more than they thought for their country and freedom? I particularly enjoyed this story as we have just recently toured Mount Vernon and are on our way to Boston. I could imagine the places and how the stories took place. This was an excellent read and I look forward to more in this series of The Mayflower Brides.
RobinWillson 6 months ago
Stories about our American revolution are fascinating to me. I feel we need a reminder sometimes of how our government was formed, to appreciate what it took to gain our independence and form this strong foundation. This story is set in those early days and starts out with Faith, a smart, spunky girl - skilled in strategy - and a friend of George Washington. She grows into a lovely young lady who gives her efforts to the winning of our independence. Her household staff and close friends as well. They are able to incorporate their bible studies and quilting/sewing to the revolution effort. Faith meets a fellow Patriot, also friends with George, and their relationship grows along with the work they do. Of course it's very well written as Kimberley Woodhouse does. An excellent addition to the Mayflower Brides collection! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. 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.”
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkable historical romance! I love both of the main characters. Faith is an incredibly strong woman. She has learned how to survive without a man in charge of her household because of her strength. She knows how to lead and she expects those around her to follow her instructions. She helps immensely in the difficult situations that she faces during the beginning of the war. Matthew is everything you can ask for in a hero in a book. He is strong, handsome, and very dedicated to his beliefs and doing all that he can to support the cause. Throw in there the fact that he is always willing to protect Faith is just perfect. The storyline is captivating. I was drawn into it and anxious to find out how things turn out for Faith and Matthew. It was a nice fictional story built into the history of the Revolutionary War. Seeing George Washington and Benjamin Franklin brought into the story and interacting with Faith and Matthew was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the author’s note at the end of the book to see what she had to say about the use of actual historical characters in her book. It was great to read her thoughts and see a glimpse into how she views history. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher 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.*
JLink More than 1 year ago
Solid 3.5 Stars. The Patriot Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse was my least favorite of the Daughters of the Mayflower Series so far. I thought it was a little slow in spots. I'm sure some thought that integrating actual Revolutionary War heroes into the story was great. I don't particularly like mixing fictional characters with historical figures in such a personal way. George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were significant secondary characters and putting words in their mouths disturbs me some. That's just my personal preference. Faith Jackson was a unique heroine. She laid it all on the line in the name of freedom. I am sure that there are many untold stories of brave women like her in history. Unfortunately, I found the stalker scenario was a little over the top. I have to say that I am also a little disappointed in the lack of connection to the other Daughters of the Mayflower characters. There were only a few passing comments about Faith visiting her family. For a series, there should be a greater connection with these women based on their faith and courage and the blessing God bestowed on the family. For me, this book was okay. I do look forward to more books in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
lesacap1262 More than 1 year ago
Lesa Caputo's review Oct 14, 2018 · edit it was amazing This book was so much fun to read - reading about characters we all know from our history lessons, George Washington, Ben Franklin, as well as fictional characters we meet in this book! I'm enjoying the Daughters of the Mayflower series, such great American History, what was it like living around the time before the American Revolution! The story begins during the time of unrest in America, tired of the taxes from England and a ruler so far away the Patriot cause is more important than ever. Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow immersed in the cause, she and her lady friends are working to help the Patriots and she is willing to put herself in danger to help. Matthew Weber find himself working as a spy for the Patriot cause, he has planted himself in the Loyalist camp and will meet as needed with the spy arranged by the Patriots, none other than Faith Jackson! You can imagine the tense moments as the British troops infiltrate Boston and become much more visible. This story has great adventure for the fictional characters and it's fun to read as they interact with the actual historical figures. Kate has lost many people in her life beginning with her parents at a young age and then her husband. Why does she feel so drawn to Matthew? During this dangerous time falling in love is the last thing recommended. Matthew has not found anyone to hold his interest, which is why, without a wife or family, he is free to put himself in danger for the cause. As he and Faith begin their secret meetings, why does he look forward to seeing her, and what an inconvenient time to think on things of love. But perhaps God has other ideas! I enjoyed this book, it had plenty of adventure, danger, and keeps you on the edge with some twists and turns! I am completely enjoying this entire Daughters of the Mayflower series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Madalyn More than 1 year ago
The Patriot Bride Another great book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. I enjoyed the historical facts in the story and how the characters were developed. It was interesting to have real people mixed into the plot of the story. George and Martha Washington fit naturally into the story as does Benjamin Franklin. A most interesting read that I can easily give five stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
conniet729 More than 1 year ago
I am loving this multi-author series that I have been so lucky to read. I love the way that the author writes. She always creates unique characters, an intriguing storyline that will keep you turning pages. I love this time period in history, and the way the author writes it, you feel like you are there. I received a copy of this book through Barbour publishing, all thoughts are my own.
JLYoung More than 1 year ago
Super interesting plot line kept me interested and reading late into the night. A little suspense, war, love, friendship, political drama makes for a good story. The story is well written with well developed characters. Pace of reading is good. Not too slow! Definitely keeps your interest. I’m really enjoying this series. Don’t miss it!
Thimbleluvr More than 1 year ago
The Patriot Bride was, by far, my favorite of the the Daughters of the Mayflower series. Like all the books, it easily works as a stand-alone read. Set during the American Revolution with key characters like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin rubbing shoulders with the fictional characters, I found it hard to put down. The plot is full of spying and intrigue while skillfully weaving a romantic storyline for two characters who don't expect to find love. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Kelly-T More than 1 year ago
I read a lot and sometimes you run across a book that is just amazing and this is one of them. I have read all of the Daughters of the Mayflower books and they just keep getting better. In The Patriot Bride, Faith Jackson, is called on to help the Patriot cause. As a young wealthy widow, Faith and her friends do what they can to help the Patriots. Faith is best friends with George Washington so you get to really see a softer side of George and of his wife, Martha. When Faith is called upon to code and deliver messages for the Patriot side, she accepts, knowing the danger it puts her in. As Boston is surrounded with British troops, the danger is very real. Matthew Weber is a Patriot that is undercover in the middle of the Loyalist movement. He is personal friends with both George Washington and Ben Franklin. The exchanges between Matthew and Ben are so endearing. Matthew begins to meet with Faith as they exchange messages. Matthew and Faith are both caught off guard by the attraction they feel for one another, but is that even fair, to think of romance when war is pending. Added to the mix of Matthew being a spy and Faith coding and delivering messages, a man that has no loyalty but to himself, sets his sights on marrying Faith. He becomes quite insistent and can potentially be a danger to the movement. As the Colonists and the Loyalists come head to head in battle the danger is everywhere. You are right there in the middle of the movement in this book. You see the danger both Matthew and Faith are in. But how can love sustain in this situation? Oh but this book will keep you on your toes. It is a must read in my book. I have received an ARC of this book and this is my honest feedback.
Jf625 More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this book: the time period, the characters, etc. I have always enjoyed learning and reading about the Revolutionary War period. Faith had courage and gumption. She was a strong female. She wasn't a weak female who waited for a man to save her. Matthew was a man of integrity. He was the whole package. Swoon! Great story. I really loved that Ben Franklin and George Washington were a part of this wonderful story. I highly recommend reading this series "The Daughters of the Mayflower". I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
BH More than 1 year ago
The Patriot Bride, written by Kimberley Woodhouse, is by far my favorite so far of this series. Loved how Woodhouse brought George Washington and Ben Franklin to life! I've not read another fiction book which took these historical figures to this level to flesh them out in such a way I just couldn't stop reading! Faith was a strong woman who I admired. Stood up for what and who she believed in and no one ever wondered where they stood with her. Great character! I would recommend this read along with the others in this series, but this is my favorite. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All thoughts and comments are my own.
SusanS More than 1 year ago
The Daughters of the Mayflower series continues to be a source of great enjoyment. The Patriot Bride is no exception. Kimberly Woodhouse expertly weaves the story of Faith Jackson, a widow who is a supporter of the patriot cause. Faith does her part to encourage the ladies in her circle of close friends to do all they can to be prepared to help in any way. However, when a someone is needed to carry messages to a spy entrenched in the Loyalists Faith decides the mission is too dangerous for anyone other than herself. As the war looms closer, the danger increases for this brave woman. Danger intensifies when Faith meets Matthew Weber. Sometimes it is difficult to determine how Matthew truly feels about the approaching war. And certainly, this is no time for Faith to be thinking about falling in love again. But our heart doesn't always listen to our head. Will the danger bring them closer together or push them apart? This book held my interest throughout. There was a great story line with enough twists and turns to keep me reading late into the evening. The only problem I had with the book is that I wanted more. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I was surprised that such well-known real-life historical figures George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were incorporated into this story, but I loved seeing them with relationships and conversations that made them seem more human rather than iconic. Faith is an intrepid character, full of bravery, strength, and conviction. I enjoyed the prologue with Faith as a ten-year-old playing war games with the neighborhood boys. It showcased her tenacity and clever intellect, and was an attention-catching beginning to a story that had a somewhat slow but steady pace. The spy activities brought a strong element of suspense and tension to the plot, and I was fascinated by the methods and strategies employed by the Patriots as they prepared for revolution. The romance between Faith and Matthew is sweet and gentle in the midst of the turmoil, and I loved their relationship. A story that will definitely be enjoyed by fans of historical fiction! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Nursiebeth More than 1 year ago
What an interesting story line! Faith Jackson is such a strong woman. Widowed at a young age, she decides that she will continue with her independent nature rather than re-marry to anyone who wants her to change that. I loved her tie to George Washington in the story. Their bond was so touching! Matthew Weber is friends with Ben Franklin and becomes a spy among the loyalists and begins to meet with Faith to pass messages on to the patriots. Meetings become increasingly difficult with war fast approaching and their feelings for each other grow. Will they be able to explore where their relationship may take them? Or will the danger be too great? This book was a wonderful fresh historical story and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review
Espan_Rose More than 1 year ago
This was probably my favorite book of the series so far! I love the American Revolution, and this book really brings the early days to light, that desire for peace yet understanding that war might be inevitable. I really enjoyed how the author brought in tricks created by Washington for his spy system, even in such early days, and Faith has become a favorite of mine as far as heroines go. She’s intelligent, spunky, and has such strength to stand for what she believes in. And Matthew is dashingly heroic, even as he’s struggling with the double life of a spy. There are some great heart-pounding moments, wonderful romance, a wicked villain that I honestly wanted to smack off the page, and of course the hope of what the future would bring, even if facing war. It’s a great book, a great continuation of the series, and I can’t wait to read more. *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher. I was under no obligation to write a review; all opinions are my own.
Espan_Rose More than 1 year ago
This was probably my favorite book of the series so far! I love the American Revolution, and this book really brings the early days to light, that desire for peace yet understanding that war might be inevitable. I really enjoyed how the author brought in tricks created by Washington for his spy system, even in such early days, and Faith has become a favorite of mine as far as heroines go. She’s intelligent, spunky, and has such strength to stand for what she believes in. And Matthew is dashingly heroic, even as he’s struggling with the double life of a spy. There are some great heart-pounding moments, wonderful romance, a wicked villain that I honestly wanted to smack off the page, and of course the hope of what the future would bring, even if facing war. It’s a great book, a great continuation of the series, and I can’t wait to read more. *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher. I was under no obligation to write a review; all opinions are my own.
Emma More than 1 year ago
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse. Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber are both working covertly to aid the Patriot cause. But will they be willing to sacrifice all for their fledgling country? A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees. Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country? Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse. this is Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber's story. this is Anthony and Lavonia's story. this is George and Martha Washington's story and other people. At age twenty, George began to feel the full scope of what lay before him. Faith had always been like a puppy following him around. She was like another little sister to him. She adored him. But now he was responsible for her well-being. The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse is a 4 star book. More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series: The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse set 1620 Atlantic Ocean The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y Barbo set 1725 New Orleans The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep set 1760 during the French and Indian War The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse set 1774 Philadelphia The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear set 1794 on the Wilderness Road The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall set 1814 Baltimore The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
This author has an amazing talent to send you back in time and immerse you into the history and era! As another book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series I was excited for this. Twists and turns with much danger abound in this story. It makes you keep turning the pages! You will feel right along with Faith and Matthew as they struggle with so much for their country and themselves. It tugs the heart strings! Deeply moving and fills my historical loving heart. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Sandra0808 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this fourth book in the Daughters of Mayflower series. I liked spunky Faith and how the author crafted her story to include historical figures such as George Washington and Ben Franklin during the pre-Revolutionary War period. Faith is a young wealthy widow working as a spy for the Patriot movement and this is how she meets fellow spy, Matthew Weber. It has been a long time since Faith has felt romantic feelings, however Matthew intrigues her and their encounters leave her wanting to learn more about the young man. As the danger mounts and Matthew infiltrates the Loyalists, a persistent and annoying suitor, Anthony Jameson, threatens to derail the whole operation. I enjoyed the historical details of this novel and learned several new things about this time period. The scenes with Jameson are amusing and the loyalty of Faith’s staff and the comradery of the women volunteers all add great ambiance to the novel. Woodhouse does a great job of whisking readers into the past and creating a rich and detailed account of a historical period in time.
academy252 More than 1 year ago
This particular story is of a young woman named Faith Jackson.  She is a descendant of Mary Elizabeth and William Lytton from the first novel in this series.  Faith has lost several loved ones in her lifetime... her parents and her husband.  She was taken in by a loving family as a child.  A close personal friend, a young George Washington, stood by her as she navigated the hardships that fell in her path growing up.  With the country on the brink of war with England she feels the call to support the Patriot cause but would it be too much of a risk to her and her household? Matthew Weber, a young Patriot, is torn between a friendship with Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin's son William.  Ben champions the Patriot cause while his son is a Loyalist to King George.  Matthew's loyalties are clearly in favor of this new country.  His relationship with William Franklin could prove beneficial, though.  His call to fight for his country pulls him into a situation of working as a Loyalist in order to gain information but can he deceive them long term in order to bring freedom to a new world? Faith and Matthew's desire to support the Patriot cause allows their paths to cross and their common mission could prove deadly for both of them.  They must stay focused on the task at hand.  With each meeting that they have the danger becomes greater and greater as the conflict pushes quickly toward an all out war for independence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read with vivid scenes from this early period in history. I totally fell in love with Faith and her courage in the midst of tragedy and danger. There was plenty of action and several sub plots to keep me reading and at the same time, enough romance and a bit of humor to keep me entertained. I love books from this period and The Patriot Bride ranks with my favorites.
lmnop99 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful look into the history of America. I was thrilled to read and Faith and Matthew as they find each other. This is a new time period for me to read in and I really enjoyed it. I loved all the references to George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. The author did a wonderful job giving new light to these historic heroes. She also balanced the suspense of the time with a romance in Matthew and Faith. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
The Patriot Bride provides a fascinating peek into the days leading up to the Revolutionary War. Kimberley Woodhouse brings to life the harrowing atmosphere in Philadelphia as neighbors and even family members align on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Perilous encounters, clandestine meetings, and guarded conversations exemplify the tension and danger that continually hovered. Faith's bravery and pure spunk garnered my admiration, especially as she dealt with her unwanted and obnoxiously persistent pursuer. Rich in historical detail, this captivating tale attests to the determination, honor, and sacrifice of those whose actions birthed a new and independent country. 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.”