The Captured Bride

Daughters of the Mayflower Series, Book 3
Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
Series: Daughters of the Mayflower, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 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?

©2018 Michelle Griep (P)2018 Tantor

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Anachronisms Abound

Disclosure: I won a paperback copy of this book in an online giveaway. A favorable review was not required. Even though I won a paperback copy of the book, I Whispersynced between a purchased Kindle version and Audible (Escape Package) version. This is not historical fiction. I hesitate to even call it a historical romance. It is a romance (a good one, at that) in a historical setting. The setting is the French and Indian War (1754-1763), specifically in the year of 1759. I’ve enjoyed this series so far, but Book 3 has left me muttering “Sweet suffering cats!”—a euphemism the hero of this story (Elias DuBois) thinks to himself (about 75% of the way in). I’ve read a few other works by Griep and enjoyed them very much. She’s a master at description, no doubt about it. However, this book is loaded with anachronisms. Perhaps that is apropos given that the heroine of the story, Mercy Lytton, who is half Mayflower descendant-half Mohawk Indian, is named Kahente also, meaning “before her time” in Mohawk. Many of the anachronisms involve Mercy/Kahente—who apparently thinks, acts, and especially talks like a woman who might have lived more comfortably in the 19th and 20th centuries rather than her own 18th century. The first anachronism is only 11 pages in (Kindle version) referring to a British Brigadier General who “chase[s] skirts”. I counted at least seven anachronisms. Generally, in the historical fiction/romance I read, two anachronisms per book is two too many for me. (I have published my notes on the anachronisms I found.) Even though I’ve praised this author’s ability to be descriptive, there were a couple of instances where I wished she’d think up new ways to describe Mercy’s lips pressed flat and Elias’ smoky scent. There are a few instances where the reader might have to suspend belief to enjoy to story. There is one scene I would put a PG-13 rating on for violence. Euphemisms are liberally peppered throughout the book, along w/numerous references to cursing—in a book marketed by a Christian publishing house. One of the reasons I like reading historical fiction or historical romance is that l learn something. If it’s well-written, I’m driven to do some research of my own into the historical setting. If you’re looking for a book that enlightens you on the history of the French and Indian War, this won’t be that book. I did a fair amount of research spurred by the anachronisms and suspect data in this book. It really isn’t enjoyable to be jolted out of the story that way. If this were any other book, I probably would have stopped reading about a quarter of the way in and I would not have given it a three star rating. But I like this series. And I like this author’s writing. There are real gems to be mined in this book, particularly when the two main characters deal with their emotions and their pasts. Griep is in her element in those sections. They are downright poignant. The series itself deals with strong (strong-willed, stubborn) women who don’t shy away from adventure or danger, who learn that the strong, stubborn men in their lives are the men who have the most to offer them. I like the religious element of the series, as well. Hopefully, the rest of the series won’t be as loaded with anachronisms and suspect data as this book was. If that kind of thing bothers you, you might have to grit your teeth to read it, but I recommend this book anyway.

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Loved it!!

strong and interesting story line. kept me intrigued throughout the entire book. Loved how the author incorporated the characters spiritual struggles and resolutions.

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Wonderful story and description of setting. I could see and feel it all.

This was written and narrated very well. The descriptive text and characters made me feel as if I were experiencing it along with Mercy. I especially appreciated the references to God and their thankfulness for their safety. I also appreciated the sweet way it was written regarding their attraction to each other. I would eagerly suggest this book to others!

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I loved Mercy and Elias.

I love that this series is following one family line through many generations and years of history here in America. Mercy is a plucky heroine much like the heroines from the previous two stories in this series. She works for the military, and she is on a mission along with Elias Dubois, a traitor and prisoner. They must pretend they are married and carry a shipment of gold on their wagons through the dangerous wilderness. I loved their sweet romance that developed throughout the story and I loved the French and Indian War setting. I normally love stories set in the wilderness, but this one felt like it dragged on for a long time and I struggled to care about finishing it. I did, though, and I really liked the way everything ended. Elias had a much more complicated story than I initially realized. I'm really sad to find that this is the last audio that has been published in this series. I would listen to the audio for this entire series if they were available. Sarah Zimmerman is a great narrator.

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A story to get lost in

Historical elements, cultural treasures, character development - all brought to life by most talented Sarah Zimmerman. Raising the issues of honour, redemption, forgiveness & restoration on many complex levels. The story leaves wonders to discover right till the last words. Language is beautiful and suitable to each character. Loved how God is brought into the story - surely and steady, despite the harshness of realities. Warning: not for sensitive listeners. Wanted to listen to this story with my kids - but the fight scenes are quite graphic. Although well backed up by the thought patterns of the characters. Would love a continuation to this story.