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Mercy Lytton, a scout with keen eyesight raised among the Mohawks, and Elias Dubois, a condemned traitor working both sides of the conflict, must join together to get a shipment of gold safely into British hands. A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees. A War-Torn Countryside Is No Place for a Lady Mercy Ly Mercy Lytton, a scout with keen eyesight raised among the Mohawks, and Elias Dubois, a condemned traitor working both sides of the conflict, must join together to get a shipment of gold safely into British hands. A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees. 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 that 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? Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep. 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 (coming August 2018)? The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (coming October 2018) The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (coming December 2018)


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Mercy Lytton, a scout with keen eyesight raised among the Mohawks, and Elias Dubois, a condemned traitor working both sides of the conflict, must join together to get a shipment of gold safely into British hands. A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees. A War-Torn Countryside Is No Place for a Lady Mercy Ly Mercy Lytton, a scout with keen eyesight raised among the Mohawks, and Elias Dubois, a condemned traitor working both sides of the conflict, must join together to get a shipment of gold safely into British hands. A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees. 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 that 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? Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep. 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 (coming August 2018)? The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (coming October 2018) The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (coming December 2018)

30 review for The Captured Bride

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I endorsed this book and received it from the author/publisher ahead of release day so am mystified why there are 2 other reviews here left by people who can't possibly have read it (see author's website/blog post for confirmation). My review, after thoroughly enjoying this 18th-century story, is 5 glowing stars for high quality writing, witty dialogue, gritty characters, setting, and plot, and far more. Griep is one of the finest historical authors out there, in the CBA or otherwise, and her ab I endorsed this book and received it from the author/publisher ahead of release day so am mystified why there are 2 other reviews here left by people who can't possibly have read it (see author's website/blog post for confirmation). My review, after thoroughly enjoying this 18th-century story, is 5 glowing stars for high quality writing, witty dialogue, gritty characters, setting, and plot, and far more. Griep is one of the finest historical authors out there, in the CBA or otherwise, and her ability to cross genres and pen novels in different time periods is a boon for readers interested in other historical eras and original, un-cliched stories. Well done, Michelle Griep!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Griep

    In true Last of the Mohicans style, follow the adventure of half-breed scout Mercy Lytton as she attempts to help get a load of gold across war-torn countryside. Dangers abound, without and within, and especially from the handsome traitor, Elias Dubois.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    "My terms are these: You will be part of a four-person squad, traveling under the guise of a family moving back to civilization. Reach Fort Edward with the gold intact, and your execution will be pardoned, though the required jail time is non-negotiable." The Captured Bride (2018, Barbour) by Michelle Griep is third in The Daughters of the Mayflower series. For my reviews of the first two books, see the links below. Book One: The Mayflower Bride Book Two: The Pirate Bride The Captured Bride "My terms are these: You will be part of a four-person squad, traveling under the guise of a family moving back to civilization. Reach Fort Edward with the gold intact, and your execution will be pardoned, though the required jail time is non-negotiable." The Captured Bride (2018, Barbour) by Michelle Griep is third in The Daughters of the Mayflower series. For my reviews of the first two books, see the links below. Book One: The Mayflower Bride Book Two: The Pirate Bride The Captured Bride is a Christian historical romance set in fictional "Fort Wilderness, upper New York, 1759, five years into the French and Indian War." Historical Background from Wikipedia: For those who need a refresher (like me): "The French and Indian War comprised the North American theater of the worldwide Seven Years' War of 1756–63. It pitted the colonies of British America against those of New France." This is definitely a standalone story, linked to the previous book only in that the heroine is a descendant of characters in book one and/or two. (I recognized the heroine's last name, but didn't find information to piece together the exact connection. My ARC copy has the heading "The Lytton Family Tree" in the preface, but no family tree underneath. I assume this information is in the final copy.) I requested The Captured Bride from Netgalley because Michelle Griep is one of my favorite authors! Rating: 4 1/2 stars The heroine: Mercy Lytton is a scout for a British army brigadier general, and she is "tired of straddling the line between male and female, native and white." She still has a chip on her shoulder against her deceased mother, which colors how she sees life. Mercy is now at a crossroads in her life, as this is her captain's last mission before retirement. The hero: Elias Dubois, a Frenchman and a "condemned traitor," has been assigned to be a fake husband to Mercy for the duration of her mission. He's an unusual choice for a hero. Throughout his life, Elias has been a source of disappointment for his father and grandfather, which is a recurring throughout the book. Christian elements: *Mercy's captain is a Christian and helps to teach her wisdom in the Lord. "The man was forever prattling on about God's great love for her." This book does not have Bible verses - or if it does, there aren't many, for I don't remember any. God is definitely present, but I might still call this book Christian Lite. Is it clean/chaste? Yes! See additional comments below. *Swearing: "Blast" is used several times, including by at least one main character. At one point, Mercy "bit back one of the many curses embedded in her head from a life amongst warriors." At another, Elias "bit back a curse and spit out the nasty taste in his mouth….." and then asked forgiveness for the men harming him. *Drinking: The brigadier general drinks and "his red nose betrayed his daily indulgence." A Christian main character trades rum for food. What I liked: *A lie by a main character is immediately acknowledged - to the reader and himself - for what it is. *The following made me laugh: Dubois, lifting his face to the ceiling: "You never stop surprising me." General Bragg "We've only recently met. Dubois: "I was not talking to you. What I didn’t like: *The unknown fate of a minor character (I prefer all plot points to be wrapped up at the end.) *The kisses between the main characters. I feel that Griep tries to make the kisses follow a clean standard, while simultaneously describing the jittery butterfly-in-your-stomach feeling. I don't read romances for simulated fire in the belly feelings. I read them for the sweet stories - to make me happy! There were several kisses - which is fine - but I think each one was accompanied by a chaste description of a fiery belly. Which I could just do without. *********** The bottom line: This was a very enjoyable read, and I recommend this book to any fan of historical fiction. I look forward to reading more by this author, and plan to read A Tale of Two Hearts this summer.

  4. 3 out of 5

    Staci

    The Daughters of the Mayflower Series is such a wonderful premise. Historical romance novels written in chronological order by different authors. And the covers are lovely. In The Captured Bride, readers are taken to the French and Indian War set in 1760. Mercy Lytton has lived an unusual life. Her white mother was taken captive and married a Mohawk Indian. Mercy was raised among the Mohawk tribe and taught about Jesus by her mother. She is definitely not an easily broken female and is more comfo The Daughters of the Mayflower Series is such a wonderful premise. Historical romance novels written in chronological order by different authors. And the covers are lovely. In The Captured Bride, readers are taken to the French and Indian War set in 1760. Mercy Lytton has lived an unusual life. Her white mother was taken captive and married a Mohawk Indian. Mercy was raised among the Mohawk tribe and taught about Jesus by her mother. She is definitely not an easily broken female and is more comfortable in pants in the outdoors than in a dress in a ballroom. The entire novel is about a mission she is charged with and as part of the cover story she is to pose as a traveling family. Traitor Elias Dubois poses as her husband. They meet a number of challenges along their journey. It was a lovely tale and I enjoyed my time with Mercy and Elias. My gratitude to publisher Barbour for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    “Don’t be sad Fantastic....it’s past one AM here, and I just finished. I couldn’t put it down! The Captured Bride, captured me. This author has the power to pull the reader into a story fairly early on, and she keeps you turning the pages! The plot was original and so well done, the characters seemed so very real, and the storyline was totally captivating! There are many twists and turns in this read, and I loved the history contained in the pages. I did receive a book from the publisher. All opini “Don’t be sad Fantastic....it’s past one AM here, and I just finished. I couldn’t put it down! The Captured Bride, captured me. This author has the power to pull the reader into a story fairly early on, and she keeps you turning the pages! The plot was original and so well done, the characters seemed so very real, and the storyline was totally captivating! There are many twists and turns in this read, and I loved the history contained in the pages. I did receive a book from the publisher. All opinions are my own. I liked it SO much that I preordered a copy which is set to arrive in a few days. This is a wonderful story with a great faith theme, romance story, and historical war story all rolled into a read you must go buy! “My mother used to tell me there’s more love in Christ for us than therecan ever be brokenness. Only in turning to Himcan you be healed on the inside.”

  6. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Wow, I've really loved all of the books in the Daughter's of the Mayflower series and this one is no exception! I am really impressed by how much research author, Michelle Griep puts into her books. It was fascinating to read the book and then read the carefully researched facts she added after the story pertaining to it. Historical fiction at it's best. Mercy Lytton, a half white half Mohawk knows the lay of the land. This is one woman you have to admire, she is a truly independent woman workin Wow, I've really loved all of the books in the Daughter's of the Mayflower series and this one is no exception! I am really impressed by how much research author, Michelle Griep puts into her books. It was fascinating to read the book and then read the carefully researched facts she added after the story pertaining to it. Historical fiction at it's best. Mercy Lytton, a half white half Mohawk knows the lay of the land. This is one woman you have to admire, she is a truly independent woman working as a scout with her older male friend, Matthew. Now this is not a romantic relationship as he sees her as a daughter and will do everything in his power to protect her. Scouting in the wilderness takes a special woman, one who has the smarts to withstand the elements and surprise attacks by man and beast alike. Elias Dubois faces the gallows as a condemned traitor . When he's offered his freedom in exchange for accompanying a stolen shipment of gold to a nearby fort. Feel the tension and drama when the buried gold disappears. The romantic tension between Mercy and Elias is apparent throughout the book. I loved both main characters, both outdoors,rough around the edges types but yet gentle with each other. Intriguing, this will capture your attention and you'll still think about it when you've completed the book. Pub Date 01 Jun 2018 I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing, Inc. through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    4.5* I love diving into books. I especially really love diving into books because of the characters. They are what make a great book for me. If I can connect with them and go on their journey with them, feeling the emotions they must experience, watching the struggles, witnessing the joys and growth. That is why I come away from books absolutely loving the experience. Yes, I love the storyline as well. If I'm honest, the storyline is what initially draws me to a book. But, in the end it's the cha 4.5* I love diving into books. I especially really love diving into books because of the characters. They are what make a great book for me. If I can connect with them and go on their journey with them, feeling the emotions they must experience, watching the struggles, witnessing the joys and growth. That is why I come away from books absolutely loving the experience. Yes, I love the storyline as well. If I'm honest, the storyline is what initially draws me to a book. But, in the end it's the characters who create the story and the experience. The more books that I read by Michelle Griep, the more I really enjoy and appreciate her ability to create beautiful characters. I love the journey she leads me on as she writes these characters' stories. The Captured Bride is definitely another great novel by this author where I enjoyed the journey and came to truly feel invested and connected to the characters. I love redemption and the power behind redemption. Michelle Griep is able to capture and portray redemption in a very moving and personal way. The two main characters of this book are Mercy Sutton and Elias Dubois. They are two very strong characters right from the beginning of the novel. We meet them at a pretty critical time in their lives and right before they meet each other. Or maybe I should say, right before they are forced to be "married" to accomplish a mission. At first glance they are complete opposites, but I loved all the little moments where they were stripped down to become their complete and unhidden selves. This book takes place during the French and Indian wars. These characters are in some pretty stressful situations and there is plenty of tension throughout the book showing those moments. But, if I had a word to describe this book and characters, it would be gentle. I know, you're probably thinking I'm crazy for using the word 'gentle' to describe a book about war time. Maybe I am, maybe I'm not. But for me, these characters (not just Mercy and Elias, but a few others) and their storyline, 'gentle' is the word that I would use. There is so much past hurt, sorrow and struggles that these characters are holding onto and trying to hide away. But with the gentleness and kindness of friendship they are able to heal and feel that gentleness. This book is Christian fiction, so much of that healing is by the characters allowing healing to come from Christ. I loved the journey of watching redemption and peace to come into their lives. Mercy is a character who is very strong (or possibly hardened might be another word to use). She has quite an interesting history and as the reader we don't know much about it until quite a ways into the story. She has so many walls of protection up that it is in those gentle moments with Elias and her friend Matthew that we see her true self and not the facade she puts up for everyone else. The same is true of Elias. I don't want to say much about him though because of not wanting to spoil anything for the story. Just know that I loved he and Mercy's characters and friendship a lot. There is a sweet romance in this book. It wasn't the insta-love and sparks flying type of love story. It was a slow, friendship and trust building relationship that grew to love. And even then, it took time for them to recognize that love. Sweet is definitely another word for this story and characters. Those of you who enjoy some action, there are plenty of those moments in this book. Plenty of suspense, tension, anticipation, unknown peril, to keep you turning the pages. It is a well rounded novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. And that ending. Yes! I loved it! If you've been reading the Daughters of the Mayflower series, I think you'll definitely enjoy this one. If you haven't been following the series, that's ok, you can read them all as stand alones, and enjoy this one now! If you're a fan of Michelle Griep, get ready to dive in and enjoy another well written novel! Content: Clean. Moments of war, talk of death, some fights, nothing overly graphic. Religious aspects are very mild, a character thinks and talks to God and talks to another character about God. No sex scenes. This is a book I'd let my teenage daughters read. I'm pretty conservative in what I read and what I allow them to read but I'd still say read it first to see if you're comfortable letting your teenagers read it. I received a copy from the publisher, Barbour Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. I also won an official kindle copy in a Goodreads giveaway! Yay! Thanks Goodreads! Happy Reading!!!

  8. 3 out of 5

    J. W. Garrett

    “Pioneer women were very tough – they had to be, because the men go off for long periods of time, and the women would have to be able to protect themselves and their homes.” –Haley Bennett This review may contain SPOILERS… Rating: clean, faith based. This is book 3 in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. Anyone familiar with the 1992 movie The Last of the Mohicans, or have read the novel by James Fenimore Cooper, will love this story by Michelle Griep. Having seen the movie starring Daniel Day- “Pioneer women were very tough – they had to be, because the men go off for long periods of time, and the women would have to be able to protect themselves and their homes.” –Haley Bennett This review may contain SPOILERS… Rating: clean, faith based. This is book 3 in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. Anyone familiar with the 1992 movie The Last of the Mohicans, or have read the novel by James Fenimore Cooper, will love this story by Michelle Griep. Having seen the movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis, I could easily picture the atmosphere and characters in Griep’s story. Timeline: 1759, 5-years into the struggle between France and England for dominance of North America. Our characters and their situations were believable, realistic and I could-not-put-this-down. I was caught up in the conflict immediately. WOW! Our three main characters: Mercy Lytton ‘Kahente’ was returning from a scouting campaign with Captain Matthew Prinn, her mentor/friend and scouting companion. Elias Dubois, a condemned traitor, was in jail awaiting a date with the gallows. Brigadier General Bragg called a meeting with his scouts to discuss their next mission… escort a load of gold [stolen from the French… and Dubois] to another British fort. They would be disguised as a family unit… father, daughter and her husband… at that statement Mercy bolted from the room. She was having none of that… a husband…??? Never! When she finally calmed down enough to hear the mission … she discovered that it was to be a pretend marriage… that… she could agree to. Thus, our group began their journey. It would not take Mercy long to discover that there was more to Elias Dubois then appearances dictated. He, we would soon learn, had a mission of his own. General Bragg had his own agenda in the adding of his son to their traveling party. Lawd help them… that boy was useless. He was never around when you needed him… nor when there was work to be done. Religious element: This was a faith-based story and not preachy. Our characters were realistic as they talked/prayed to a higher power and were very personal regarding their God. They also related well with each other whether the other was a person of faith or not. When a character was facing their own death or approaching a huge trial in their life… they often sought the guidance/peace/deliverance and reassurance from that higher power. It was well done. What I didn’t like: Not really didn’t like… just a little niggling thing. It was the explanation for the secret weapon. I realize it was a difficult decision on the part of the author in producing something dangerous and necessary to the advancement of the war. She explained that difficulty in the author’s comments following the story. However, I think it leaned a bit modern and every time it was described… it pulled me from the story. It could just be me… perhaps our modern use of chemical warfare… jaded me a bit. I volunteered to read an advanced reader copy with no expectations of a review. I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this work. The views expressed are my own. Expected publication date is June 1, 2018.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Lucinda

    This is a complex book depicting a highly-volatile time in history. In true Griep fashion, the sense of setting is immersive, so full of historical details and behavior. The conflict and tension doesn't let go until the very end, only shifting in nature (will she go one way or the other)? Elias and Mercy are very different. At least, they think they have nothing in common with each other. As the story progresses, they discover they are bound by the same sense of honor and justice. Elias is a tru This is a complex book depicting a highly-volatile time in history. In true Griep fashion, the sense of setting is immersive, so full of historical details and behavior. The conflict and tension doesn't let go until the very end, only shifting in nature (will she go one way or the other)? Elias and Mercy are very different. At least, they think they have nothing in common with each other. As the story progresses, they discover they are bound by the same sense of honor and justice. Elias is a true gentleman disguising as a traitor and Mercy is a woman of great moral character, even when she believes she's not deserving. I really liked the way their relationship developed to the point where they're so worried about the other and making deep sacrifices. Such a deep love. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Boyd

    This one ranks right up there with my other favorite by Michelle Griep, The Captive Heart. I love it! This intriguing tale kept the pages turning. And I always enjoy getting a glimpse in to Native American history when it is done right, which this story does. I received this advance copy from the publisher, but as always, my opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emilee

    The Captured Bride is a fun, adventurous novel. It starts off a little slow but then hold on to your seat because before you know it your on a wild and rough adventure! I love this time period. The history seems to be well researched. The plot really kept me guessing. Elias, who was he? Where do his loyalty's lie? The romance is sweet and believable. I would have like to have known more about Elias a little earlier on. Like how old he is and more of a physical description. We do find out later t The Captured Bride is a fun, adventurous novel. It starts off a little slow but then hold on to your seat because before you know it your on a wild and rough adventure! I love this time period. The history seems to be well researched. The plot really kept me guessing. Elias, who was he? Where do his loyalty's lie? The romance is sweet and believable. I would have like to have known more about Elias a little earlier on. Like how old he is and more of a physical description. We do find out later that he is 27. I LOVE this cover it's BEAUTIFUL! The whole book is! The family tree, the chapter headings, the spine. I really Love it! One of my favorite covers ever! This is the first one I've read from this series. I would like to read the others in the future. This is the 3rd book I've read by this author and I look forward to reading many more!

  12. 3 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    "If the world had an end, she'd find it and fling herself off the edge, putting a stop to all the ragged emotions burning inside." The year is 1759, the place is Fort Wilderness in upper New York, and the French and Indian war is raging. Elias Dubois is a condemned traitor, offered a chance to escape the noose by helping haul a shipment of gold to another fort. He takes the offer, but he must go along with three others: one a no account, one an old scout who must pretend to be his father in law a "If the world had an end, she'd find it and fling herself off the edge, putting a stop to all the ragged emotions burning inside." The year is 1759, the place is Fort Wilderness in upper New York, and the French and Indian war is raging. Elias Dubois is a condemned traitor, offered a chance to escape the noose by helping haul a shipment of gold to another fort. He takes the offer, but he must go along with three others: one a no account, one an old scout who must pretend to be his father in law and Mercy Lytton, a scout herself with a gift of keen eyesight, who must pretend to be his wife. Mercy Lytton was raised among the Mohawk Indians, so she knows her business. But she balks at taking Elias Dubois along on this mission. Why would anyone want to keep company with a traitor, for that's exactly what Dubois is. Still, she agrees to the bargain and off they go. Not far into the trip, they encounter difficulty and they only continue to experience more. Doubts arise as to whether they will reach their destination. Soon Mercy realizes it's more than her life she is risking on this journey; it's her heart that's in just as much danger. I absolutely love history and this one will satisfy any history lover, especially those who love the frontier time period of America. The author's descriptions of everything: flora, fauna, wagons, cookware, clothing, etc, ingrained themselves into my mind and I felt as if I were there in the novel. I love it so much when an author manages to involve me in the story. And I was completely invested in this story. Totally. I couldn't wait to finish but wanted it to last longer! I could barely tear myself away to necessary duties. I love all Michelle Griep's books. She is very adept at switching genres seamlessly, proving herself a wonderful talent. I devour everything she writes. This one captivated me from the very first page. Seriously, this was a crazy good book! Highly recommended! Worthy of more than the 5 allowed stars. *My thanks to Barbour Publishing for a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Becky Lewis

    Mercy Lytton is the strangest thing Elias DuBois has ever seen. A slip of a woman, both Mohawk and white, she is a renowned scout for the English. And her pride and stubbornness, ooh, la, la!! Almost as great as her talent. Elias DuBois is perhaps the sorriest thing Mercy Lytton has ever seen. Beaten until he is half-dead, condemned as a traitor to the English, DuBois can only escape the hangman’s noose by joining an elaborate scheme. One that forces him and Mercy to work closely together, trust Mercy Lytton is the strangest thing Elias DuBois has ever seen. A slip of a woman, both Mohawk and white, she is a renowned scout for the English. And her pride and stubbornness, ooh, la, la!! Almost as great as her talent. Elias DuBois is perhaps the sorriest thing Mercy Lytton has ever seen. Beaten until he is half-dead, condemned as a traitor to the English, DuBois can only escape the hangman’s noose by joining an elaborate scheme. One that forces him and Mercy to work closely together, trust or not. This is the premise of The Captured Bride, Daughters of the Mayflower #3, by Michelle Griep. Michelle Griep has earned her way onto my favorite authors' list. She can take any period of history (in this case the French and Indian War) and turn it into a living, breathing, “I-dare-you-to-escape-by-the-nape-of your-neck” experience. Griep was once a protégé of Laura Frantz; if you like Frantz, you will love Griep. She has a painter’s way with words that causes me to smile at the stunning visual images she evokes. A couple of favorite phrases: “An arrow once shot could not be re-quivered.” “Strength without common sense was worse than dangerous.” I highly recommend this book and this series for history lovers or those who want to learn what history may have been. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and NetGalley as well. (I also bought a copy as a gift.) My opinions, for which I am solely responsible, are not influenced by the complimentary copies.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Set during the French and Indian War in the United States, 4 disparate people - an Indian woman scout both Mohawk and white, a male Ranger scout, a young, inexperienced Army soldier, and a condemned traitor, have been assigned to transport a shipment of gold between two forts. From start to finish, there is plenty of action as the 4 main characters attempt to transport the gold, and each of the characters show their true colors. Rich with historical detail which shows Griep's obvious research in Set during the French and Indian War in the United States, 4 disparate people - an Indian woman scout both Mohawk and white, a male Ranger scout, a young, inexperienced Army soldier, and a condemned traitor, have been assigned to transport a shipment of gold between two forts. From start to finish, there is plenty of action as the 4 main characters attempt to transport the gold, and each of the characters show their true colors. Rich with historical detail which shows Griep's obvious research into this war, the plot displays the horrors of war and the way various people handle the stresses that accompany it as well as make money off of it. Mercy Lytton was an incredibly strong woman but often filled with stubbornness and pride yet an amazing scout. Elias DuBois, the condemned traitor, has been beaten and starved, yet he has skills and abilities that make Mercy wonder who he really is. Rufus Bragg, the inexperience soldier son of General Bragg, was lazy as anything and always seemed to be plotting or planning how to get out of work. Put these four together and a difficult journey in the midst of war becomes even harder. Griep has the ability to take any historical time period and create an amazing story within it. This is the third book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series and continues following the Lyttton family descendants. This book continues the strong stories told in Books 1 and 2. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  15. 3 out of 5

    Crystal

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book for several reasons. First, the plot was intriguing, kept me guessing, and involved several twists and turns. I love the spy angle with Elias's character which of course brought the elements of surprise, danger, and deception into the plot line! Second, this story is full of lovable characters. Matthew was one of my favorites and was so endearing with his fatherly protection and sage advice. Livvy was a surprise addition to the cast a little later in the bo I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book for several reasons. First, the plot was intriguing, kept me guessing, and involved several twists and turns. I love the spy angle with Elias's character which of course brought the elements of surprise, danger, and deception into the plot line! Second, this story is full of lovable characters. Matthew was one of my favorites and was so endearing with his fatherly protection and sage advice. Livvy was a surprise addition to the cast a little later in the book that you just couldn't help but grin over! And of course there's Elias and Mercy which brings me to favorite reason #3- the romance. These two had chemistry from the start and the romantic tension was high throughout the book. I loved their bantering and even their stubbornness! As the story progressed and their feelings for each other deepened, a sweet and tender romance surfaced bringing all of the soul-satisfying moments romantics like me look for in a good love story! My favorite segment thus far in the Daughters of the Mayflower series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required but was voluntary and contains my own thoughts and opinions.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen R

    Absolutely loved this third book in the Mayflower series! Set in 1759, New York during the French and Indian War, this exciting story held my attention from the first to last page with plenty of action, danger, and romantic tension. Snappy dialogue between the main characters including their own struggles towards personal redemption and faith. Perfectly paced with a satisfying finish. Historical fiction fans will enjoy this one, based on some true events, reminiscent of classic Colonial era tale Absolutely loved this third book in the Mayflower series! Set in 1759, New York during the French and Indian War, this exciting story held my attention from the first to last page with plenty of action, danger, and romantic tension. Snappy dialogue between the main characters including their own struggles towards personal redemption and faith. Perfectly paced with a satisfying finish. Historical fiction fans will enjoy this one, based on some true events, reminiscent of classic Colonial era tales. A solid 5 star read! (An e-book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)

  17. 3 out of 5

    Susan

    Wow! Michelle Griep is at the top of her game in The Captured Bride. Griep's descriptive prose appeals to the senses, drawing her readers into this unique setting of the French- Indian War. She is adept at switching from one historical setting to another with ease, satisfying readers of historical fiction. Her research is impeccable. This book has everything that appeals to this reader's heart: a fast moving plot filled with danger, soul-searching and a developing romance that appeases every rom Wow! Michelle Griep is at the top of her game in The Captured Bride. Griep's descriptive prose appeals to the senses, drawing her readers into this unique setting of the French- Indian War. She is adept at switching from one historical setting to another with ease, satisfying readers of historical fiction. Her research is impeccable. This book has everything that appeals to this reader's heart: a fast moving plot filled with danger, soul-searching and a developing romance that appeases every romantic heart. She is a master at creating memorable characters who are filled with spirit, courageous yet vulnerable. The underlying spiritual thread is woven with ease throughout Mercy and Elias's story. Michelle Griep has risen to the top of my author watch-list. One of my favorite quotes: "He stood and faced her,taking a moment to brand this image of her on his memory. She belonged here, framed by green wilds, one with God's creation. He'd never seen a lioness other than as a child in one of his grandfather's books, but this woman embodied all the traits of the queen of hunters. The way her chin tipped proud, that thick mane of hair riding her shoulders, the confident look in her eye. And now that she knew his secret, the power to crush him with a single swipe." I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "Kahente means 'before her time'. . . . . . . .You speak your mind without pausing to listen to reason. You don't wait for danger to pass but run headlong after it. So in those respects, I would say you are before your time, for there's nothing patient about you. Kahente." My, but Mercy Lytton was a beautiful woman; strong, proud, intelligent and gifted with the eyes of an eagle. She fascinated Elias Dubois, but fascination with a woman could prove to be a dangerous thing when your life was on t "Kahente means 'before her time'. . . . . . . .You speak your mind without pausing to listen to reason. You don't wait for danger to pass but run headlong after it. So in those respects, I would say you are before your time, for there's nothing patient about you. Kahente." My, but Mercy Lytton was a beautiful woman; strong, proud, intelligent and gifted with the eyes of an eagle. She fascinated Elias Dubois, but fascination with a woman could prove to be a dangerous thing when your life was on the line, and there was a wagon load of French gold to be delivered into the hands of the British; unfortunately, upon its safe arrival Elias faced prison time as a traitor. He was a man without a country, truly, for no one knew his secrets or when he would have to resume his real mission. Mohawk blood runs fast and furious within Mercy Lytton's veins; her mixed heritage both a blessing and a curse. Working as a British scout had paired her with the best of the best, Captain Matthew Prinn, who had become a surrogate grandfather over the years. When tasked with escorting an enormous cache of gold and silver, she never imagined that a condemned criminal would be added to their team. . . . . . posing as her husband. Slowly Mercy and Elias develop a mutual respect, all while Elias is becoming increasingly aware of the predicament that he soon faces, for "he would . . . be putting a forever kind of distance between him and the only woman he's ever thought twice about." This story, filled with the kind of danger that only the wild frontier during the tumultuous years of the French and Indian War could possess, will undoubtedly capture many hearts; the hearts of its readers. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    Oh my goodness! What a journey! This book was an amazing story of frontier life during the French and Indian war. The heroine was a half breed named Mercy. She was a scout because of her amazing eyesight. She was beautiful and feisty. The hero was a French/English man who was on a mission as a spy. The sparks flew and so did the attraction between the two. I can't even imagine living in the wilderness like that. Or worse traveling through the wilderness like that. This was a wonderful story for Oh my goodness! What a journey! This book was an amazing story of frontier life during the French and Indian war. The heroine was a half breed named Mercy. She was a scout because of her amazing eyesight. She was beautiful and feisty. The hero was a French/English man who was on a mission as a spy. The sparks flew and so did the attraction between the two. I can't even imagine living in the wilderness like that. Or worse traveling through the wilderness like that. This was a wonderful story for all historical readers. I highly recommend it. 4 and a half stars. *I was given a copy by Barbour publishing and was under no obligation to leave a reviww.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kailey

    I absolutely loved this book! It’s full of adventure and a bit of romance. So much happens through the course of this story, yet it doesn’t feel rushed at all. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. I loved Mercy and Elias. Matthew was a great character as well. This is a very well written book. Michelle did a wonderful job! I highly recommend this book! This book is perfect for readers of Laura Frantz and Lori Benton. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a I absolutely loved this book! It’s full of adventure and a bit of romance. So much happens through the course of this story, yet it doesn’t feel rushed at all. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. I loved Mercy and Elias. Matthew was a great character as well. This is a very well written book. Michelle did a wonderful job! I highly recommend this book! This book is perfect for readers of Laura Frantz and Lori Benton. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    I think one of the things that really attracted me to this story was the setting. I haven't read many (or any?) book set during this time of the French/Indian War. It was fascinating to me! This author is one of my favorites so I knew going into this book that I would be fully immersed in a story that was textured and exciting. This story starts off right in the thick of the conflict. It has a steady pace and felt well balanced between moments of action and moments of stillness where we come to I think one of the things that really attracted me to this story was the setting. I haven't read many (or any?) book set during this time of the French/Indian War. It was fascinating to me! This author is one of my favorites so I knew going into this book that I would be fully immersed in a story that was textured and exciting. This story starts off right in the thick of the conflict. It has a steady pace and felt well balanced between moments of action and moments of stillness where we come to understand the characters better. Mercy is troubled and conflicted in so many ways. When you add that to her strong personality and determined nature, she comes across as volatile and aggressive. Only a select few who truly take the time to know her see her other strengths and beauty. I loved getting to know Mercy throughout this book. It felt like a journey for me as a reader as her layers were slowly pulled away to reveal the heart at her core. Watching Mercy through Elias's eyes also helped me understand her better. I just loved Elias. Information in this story came slowly but I never felt frustrated as a reader. I knew enough to keep me going, trusting that more would come. It really helped me develop a deeper connection to these characters and feel their growing connection to each other. I connected to so many emotions throughout this book and enjoyed it so much. Content: war time violence, death, kissing. This is a Christian fiction book so there is talk of God, praying and forgiveness. - I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher at my request. All opinions expressed are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)

    4. 5 Stars I am adding Griep to my preferred author list. Over the course of two novels, I've come to appreciate her effortless prose and her delightfully complex characters. Set against the backdrop of the French and Indian War, I feel this particular story will appeal to readers who have enjoyed Lori Benton's novels. May I also suggest 12 Days at Bleakly Manor https://christianshelfesteem.wordpres...

  23. 3 out of 5

    Missy

    This is was my favorite of the Mayflower Brides series so far. The first two took me a little to get into, but this one had me from the beginning. It is the story of Mercy Lytton, a scout with keen eyesight, Matthew, Rufus Bragg (the son of the General ordering the transport) and Elias Dubois, a “traitor” raised by the Wayendot Indians, who are tasked with getting a load of gold through the wilderness safely to Fort Edward. From the very beginning, though they try to discourage any mention of an This is was my favorite of the Mayflower Brides series so far. The first two took me a little to get into, but this one had me from the beginning. It is the story of Mercy Lytton, a scout with keen eyesight, Matthew, Rufus Bragg (the son of the General ordering the transport) and Elias Dubois, a “traitor” raised by the Wayendot Indians, who are tasked with getting a load of gold through the wilderness safely to Fort Edward. From the very beginning, though they try to discourage any mention of an attraction, you feel Mercy and Elias are meant for each other. They encounter many trials, heartbreak, and surprises along the way, but Mercy and Elias cannot deny their attraction any more. Mercy does not understand Elias’s faith and how he can have so much trust in someone he cannot see until she comes in danger, and meets Livvy a small child with faith greater than Mercy could imagine. It is then that Mercy leans on this faith that Livvy and Elias both have, and finds that she feels so much lighter. After losing her mother’s at young ages, Mercy finally learns what her mother means by being captive and to let others help her. I loved this book, I totally could have read it faster if I had more reading time, it was that good. If you enjoyed the first two books of the series, you will definitely enjoy this one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amber Stokes

    Loyalties seem to lie all over the map, especially for the hero of The Captured Bride, Elias Dubois. And with all the intrigue and imminent dangers, Michelle Griep has created another engaging historical novel! I enjoyed getting to know the main characters of this story and following their mission of transporting gold to another fort. Secrets abound (along with a double cross or two), and there are enough questions and twists to set a good pace. Elias and Mercy make an effective team (when not st Loyalties seem to lie all over the map, especially for the hero of The Captured Bride, Elias Dubois. And with all the intrigue and imminent dangers, Michelle Griep has created another engaging historical novel! I enjoyed getting to know the main characters of this story and following their mission of transporting gold to another fort. Secrets abound (along with a double cross or two), and there are enough questions and twists to set a good pace. Elias and Mercy make an effective team (when not stepping on each other's toes), while the romantic tension between them keeps things interesting. I admit I didn't feel as drawn in emotionally as I was with Griep's time-travel romances, but it might just be the timing for me. I remember loving the mystery of those stories...but the historicals I've read have certainly been enjoyable too! And the backdrop of this story coupled with the unique personalities, skills, and occupations of the hero and heroine are right up my reading alley. This is a great addition to the Daughters of the Mayflower series with its historical premise, well-paced plot, and lessons on faith and trust. *With thanks to Barbour Publishing through NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-ARC of this book.*

  25. 3 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    I liked the setting as I’ve not read many books set during the French and Indian war and the covers of this series are so gorgeous. Overall this book was interesting and light, if not a little cheesy with the romance and heavy with the telling vs. showing. A good book when you’re looking for a little adventure in your reading but you don’t want to be consumed by your fiction.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep is book # 3 in the Daughter of the Mayflower series. This series has become one of my favorites. The story is totally captivating. It is reminiscent of The Last of the Mohicans by Cooper only infinitely more readable. In this case the scout is Mercy Lytton. Mercy Lytton is one tough lady. She is the offspring of an Indian chief and a captured, Christian, white woman. Mercy is very independent and she has exceptional eyesight, a good trait in a scout. She is cho The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep is book # 3 in the Daughter of the Mayflower series. This series has become one of my favorites. The story is totally captivating. It is reminiscent of The Last of the Mohicans by Cooper only infinitely more readable. In this case the scout is Mercy Lytton. Mercy Lytton is one tough lady. She is the offspring of an Indian chief and a captured, Christian, white woman. Mercy is very independent and she has exceptional eyesight, a good trait in a scout. She is chosen by Brigadier General Bragg to accompany a shipment of gold, hidden in two wagons, to a fort back East. Elias Dubois is a traitor to the British who escapes hanging by being forced to pose as Mercy’s husband on their trip to Fort Edward. Will this small band of travelers complete their dangerous journey intact? What has Elias hidden in the crates of supplies? Mercy was brought up with Huron ways, Elias knows the rival Wyandot. Will this help or hinder their progress? The rich historical detail shines through. Michelle Griep is climbing near the top of my favorite authors list. Listen to the lyrical way she describes the sunrise: “Night faded like a bruise, the predawn darkness lightening in increments from black to indigo, painting the world in deep blue” The faith of the main characters is part of them. Where Elias is a Christian and sometimes questions if he is compromising God’s principals, Mercy has learned of Jesus from her mother but is hesitant to trust God. Her faith is growing as is evidenced in this scene where she is comforting Mary Shaw who has lost an infant. “Oh, dear one, “ The words, her own mother’s, slipped past Mercy’s lips unbidden. “I don’t know how many babes you have lost, and I don’t need to, but what I do know is this kind of grief isn’t made to fit inside your body. You must allow your heart to break so that the sorrow runs out. My mother used to tell me there’s more love in Christ for us than can ever be brokenness. Only in turning to Him can you be healed on the inside.” She then realizes the true strength and faith that her mother had. This book has so much excitement, from confronting Indians to fording a swollen river. Michelle also pens a poignant love story with a solid portrayal of growing faith and trusting in God’s provision. I loved learning the history that was the underpinning. I recommend this to fans of Colonial American fiction. If you enjoyed books by Jocelyn Green, Beth White and Laura Frantz, then by all means try this book! It is wonderful! *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.*

  27. 3 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    4.5 stars “It is in the darkest skies we see the brightest stars.” Michelle Griep continues to be one of my consistently favorite authors, especially when she delves into the time period of Colonial America. The Captured Bride is everything I have come to expect from a Griep novel – rich in setting and historical details, strong characters, and breath-stealing romance! Mercy Lytton is a heroine not to be messed with – a woman with a compassionate heart and a skilled scout entrusted with the most d 4.5 stars “It is in the darkest skies we see the brightest stars.” Michelle Griep continues to be one of my consistently favorite authors, especially when she delves into the time period of Colonial America. The Captured Bride is everything I have come to expect from a Griep novel – rich in setting and historical details, strong characters, and breath-stealing romance! Mercy Lytton is a heroine not to be messed with – a woman with a compassionate heart and a skilled scout entrusted with the most dangerous of missions. A mission that includes Elias Dubois, a complex character in his own right and a condemned traitor with one last chance at freedom. In many cases, both Mercy and Elias walk a fine line between two worlds and watching them find common ground – and attraction – is truly a pleasure. Mutual respect, affection, and increasingly deeper feelings also walk a fine line between their cover (a married couple) and their reality, and Griep is masterful at conveying these tangled emotions with a look, a sigh, a thought. In the middle of this swoony romance and the riveting struggle to complete their mission (and survive to tell the tale), a gentle and authentic thread of faith weaves seamlessly through the story. Elias’ faith is relatively new but strong, while Mercy has a basic knowledge without any heart roots. I loved watching her observe Elias and his relationship with God – and how those observations affected her own soul over the course of their journey. Duplicity on many sides, as well as danger around every corner, means their journey is at times, as I mentioned a moment ago, an all-out battle for survival. Griep has truly captured the treacherous nature of the time period, yet at the same time the adventure never overpowers the characters. Rather it acts to heighten their strengths and weaknesses, and above all points to the Savior who redeems. Bottom Line: You will not want to put this book down! Adventure, romance, history, and faith all converge on a tumultuous era in American history to tell a story that will hold you captive from word one. Mercy and Elias and a cast of intriguing supporting characters keep you strongly invested in the outcome – and may even prompt you to do some historical research on your own. Perfect for fans of Laura Frantz and Lori Benton – and of Michelle Griep herself! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    The Captured Bride is the third book in the Daughters of the Mayflower and my favorite so far in the series. The book started off strong, but it was the second half of the story that was nearly unputdownable. I didn't expect the story to get so intense, but I loved it when that happened. I didn't know what was going to happen and wanted to just keep reading. :) I liked how the romance built over time. It was sweet and I enjoyed reading it. The ending was great and I cannot wait to read the next b The Captured Bride is the third book in the Daughters of the Mayflower and my favorite so far in the series. The book started off strong, but it was the second half of the story that was nearly unputdownable. I didn't expect the story to get so intense, but I loved it when that happened. I didn't know what was going to happen and wanted to just keep reading. :) I liked how the romance built over time. It was sweet and I enjoyed reading it. The ending was great and I cannot wait to read the next book. I recommend The Captured Bride if you like this genre. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above 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 and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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.*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    The Captured Bride is an exciting, fast-paced story that contains a wonderful mixture of mystery and romance. The two main characters, Mercy and Elias are complex, realistic, and I loved both of them. Mercy is strong-willed yet struggles with insecurities and guilt. Elias deals with feelings of failure and regret. As much as I love history, I don’t know more than the basics about the colonial days in America, so I greatly enjoyed the information the author weaves throughout the story. There is a The Captured Bride is an exciting, fast-paced story that contains a wonderful mixture of mystery and romance. The two main characters, Mercy and Elias are complex, realistic, and I loved both of them. Mercy is strong-willed yet struggles with insecurities and guilt. Elias deals with feelings of failure and regret. As much as I love history, I don’t know more than the basics about the colonial days in America, so I greatly enjoyed the information the author weaves throughout the story. There is also an afterward that contains additional interesting historic facts. The author uses all the senses in her descriptions giving me the ability to smell the forests, horses, and campfires; hear the jingle of bridles, bird song, and raging rivers; and feel the rain on my face. The time period is rustic and rugged, and there are some violent scenes, but they are not gory or gratuitous. I was breathless by the end of the book and look forward to reading it again and again. I received a copy of the book for free from CelebrateLit Publicity, and a positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Chautona Havig

    So, Did The Captured Bride Steal My Heart? No. I didn’t love it. But it did capture my interest, my imagination, and my attention. In fact, only knowing that I would be unable to function the next day forced me into bed at about the midpoint. When I asked for a review copy of The Captured Bride from Celebrate Lit, I knew I’d like it. After two other books by Ms. Griep, I have a feel for how she approaches story. And I like it. A lot. You know, when you absolutely love a book, it’s so easy to write a So, Did The Captured Bride Steal My Heart? No. I didn’t love it. But it did capture my interest, my imagination, and my attention. In fact, only knowing that I would be unable to function the next day forced me into bed at about the midpoint. When I asked for a review copy of The Captured Bride from Celebrate Lit, I knew I’d like it. After two other books by Ms. Griep, I have a feel for how she approaches story. And I like it. A lot. You know, when you absolutely love a book, it’s so easy to write a review. When you’re “meh” about a book or even if you hate it—it’s also easy. It might not be easy to write a kind one, but easy enough to write. But when you like a book… really like it, but don’t absolutely love it, things become difficult. Is it because you had unrealistic expectations? Was it just the wrong day to read it? Could you be too picky about things? With each chapter of The Captured Bride, my confusion grew. Like I said. I liked the book. I wanted to love it as I had Ms. Griep’s other books. But I didn’t. I mean, I really liked it. It’s a good book. Riveting action, excellent plot, engaging and convincing characters, rich description and attention to historical detail… I highly recommend it because it is an excellent book. The quibbles I have with it are minor… occasional lapses into speech that sound modern (regardless of whether it was authentic then, a couple of phrases sounded very now). A few repetitive turns of phrasing. Romantic moments that were just a bit much for me but most people really love. If I could give 4.5 stars, I would. Because I almost loved it… it almost captured my heart… but I didn’t quite love it. I just really liked it. And it sold me on on the first books in the series. I’m buyin’ them suckers ASAP!

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