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The Captured Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #3)

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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
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2018 by Barbour Books
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Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Michelle Griep
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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.
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
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
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“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
Julie Carpenter

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
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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-
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 50-states
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 ...more
Andrea Boyd
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just discovered Michelle Griep and her writing last year and have loved her books! Her new book, “The Captured Bride,” takes place during the French and Indian War in America, and is a little out of my comfort zone, as I don’t usually read as much about this period in history, but I had a strong feeling I would like it because it’s by this awesome author!

What a journey! This book sucked me in quickly and I was caught up in its dangerous adventure that I did not want to put down! Ms. Griep has
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
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"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
Sarah Monzon
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
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
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
*Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. A favorable review was not required.*

What drives me nuts is I want to know the genealogy from William and Mary Lytton to Mercy Lytton!

Mercy's mother was captured by Wyandot braves and then "saved" by a Mohwak brave. Mercy is a "mixed breed" as people meanly call her. But while her mother taught her about God and how to be a lady as best she could, Mercy grew up to be an Indian woman. A fine scout, she works with a ranger, Mat
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"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
Amber Stokes
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amber-s-kindle
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
Tiffany Jones

Neither a war torn countryside nor a dangerous mission are places for a lady. But, then, Mercy Lytton is no ordinary lady. Having been raised among the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, both of whom are united in the common goal of defeating the French. Because of her unusually keen eyesight, she has a
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Captured Bride is book three in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, a series where each book is written by a different author. The books all stand alone, so it is fine to jump in and read whichever stories grab your attention.

This novel was packed full of adventure and really made me feel like I was back in the time period, venturing out into the wilderness with these travelers. It also contained intrigue, danger, and the possibility of romance.

I enjoyed wondering who exactly Elias Dubios
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
For me this story had me at Hello! From the first page I was intrigued, curious, wanting more. This was not a predictable book...not even close. Ms. Griep kept me guessing until the end. A ton of research was done for this volume and it shows. The attention to detail and the technical descriptions during action scenes were phenomenal. The adventure never stops and is demonstrated at it's best! The romance was sweet and tastefully written. I felt each emotion as I immersed myself in this title.

May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Captured Bride is a great addition to the Daughters of the Mayflower series. I have loved this series so far and this third installment did not disappoint. I liked Mercy and Elias's story. A good, sweet, and clean read. I give it four stars.
I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review 100% my own honest opinion.
Lori Parrish
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome read by Michelle Griep.
Great characters and I just love Elias don't you?
Michelle has the knack for bringing her characters to life and befriending them.
I really enjoyed the plot because there was just so much going on that kept you to the edge of your seat waiting to see what would happen next.
I just can't wait for y'all to read this book!! It's so exciting that it makes you feel like you're in a movie setting and believe me I bet this would be a great movie!!!
I received this b
Kathryn at Book Ink Reivews
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A copy of this review can be found at Book Ink Reviews.

Thank you to NetGalley, Michelle Griep, and Barbour Books for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

By far and away, The Captured Bride is my current favorite in this series. This time, we follow a strong, independent woman that straddles the line between being Native American and English while also trailblazing feminism and becoming part of the man's world as a scout.

This book is the longest in the series so far, so I felt like I c
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 ...more
Lynda Edwards
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper-shelf
I enjoy a variety of writing styles and time periods, settings and types of characters; I have found a couple of authors who write in more than one genre, but Michelle Griep certainly ranks among the best who do so. This newest release, part of The Daughters of the Mayflower series but easily read as a standalone, is further proof of that.

As always, her beautiful prose immediately drew me to another time and place. Her descriptions of a wild land, very unlike the modern day one I inhabit, has ca
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
One of my favorites sports commentators has a quote he says when a player from my favorite team gets a home run. He says, "Mercer, Mercer me." Well in this book I found myself saying that, except about Mercy. This latest novel in the Daughters of the Mayflower series was so unique, adventurous and fun to read. Mercy is one of those characters I wish I could get to know even more of. Her heritage, gifts, and persona made her such an interesting character. I could picture myself next to her, tryin ...more
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