Guys, I’m so excited about The Daughters of the Mayflower series, which starts with The Mayflower Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse. From my understanding, this book follows the descendants of the couple in this first book. What’s truly unique about this series is that different authors are writing each installment (we do get two installments from Kimberly Woodhouse, though)
In My Opinion
Personally, I’ve not read many (or any) fiction books set on The Mayflower. Ships, yes. This particular ship, nope. The author was intentional about leaving those people who truly sailed to The New World on this ship in her story. She even included events that occurred during their voyage.
And yet, she managed to weave a fictionalized story within the details of history that both honors and brings to life the long and treacherous voyage across an ocean. One fraught with storms, sickness, and disagreements.
Mary Elizabeth has led a sheltered life. William Lytton has lived a difficult life. When the two meet, there is something that draws each to the other and as they spend time together, they grow to admire the other. But will the long journey tear their budding relationship apart or will they whether the trials placed before them?
Woodhouse paints a picture of the heartbreaking journey, the difficulty of building a new colony with the Saints and the Strangers, and the long, exhausting journey to find a new home for all.
***Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
About the Book
Mary 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 survive to face the spring planting and unknown natives? Will William be branded a traitor and expelled?
Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series begins with The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse.
Keep your eye out for the next books in the series…
More to come in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:
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)