Can a religious separatist and an opportunistic spy make it in the New World?
Mary Elizabeth Chapman boards the Speedwell in 1620 as a Separatist seeking a better life in the New World. William Lytton embarks on the Mayflower as a carpenter looking for opportunities to succeed—and he may have found one when a man from the Virginia Company offers William a hefty sum to keep a stealth eye on company interests in the new colony. The season is far too late for good sailing and storms rage, but reaching land is no better as food is scarce and the people are weak. Will Mary Elizabeth survive to face the spring planting and unknown natives? Will William be branded a traitor and expelled?
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The Mayflower Bride showed through a simple story the dangerous and life altering decisions that brought the Pilgrims to the New World and brought that story to life. I was impressed with how the author included the very important true events that happened on the Speedwell, the Mayflower, and life in America. This is a story of a young woman who is starting out on a new adventure and a new life that is far from what she knows and it is an uncertain life at that. Going with her father and young brother, Mary Elizabeth finds a strength inside of her that she was not aware she possessed. Her faith, along with the other Pilgrims’ faith brought them through much trouble, trials, sickness, and death.
Mary Elizabeth also meets and falls in love with the carpenter, William Lytton. Unfortunately he is considered a Stranger as he is not part of the Pilgrims congregation. This was a very dangerous voyage and I am amazed at the courage and bravery shown by these early pioneers and still believe I could not have made such a life changing decision, though I am very grateful for those that did. This was a great historical read with a romance and I am looking forward to the rest of this series. Some of my favorite authors are writing for it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.