The Mayflower Bride

The Mayflower Bride

A New Series Begins for Lovers of History, Adventure, Romance, and Ancestry A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees. 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—a...

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Title:The Mayflower Bride
Author:Kimberley Woodhouse
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The Mayflower Bride Reviews

  • Jocelyn Green

    A marvelous feat. Through The Mayflower Bride, Kimberley Woodhouse has woven a tender tale of love and endurance through a rich historical tapestry. The momentous voyage and landing takes on new depths of meaning through every carefully crafted page. What an inspiring tribute to the hope that filled those men and women’s sails, and to the courage that buoyed them through their storms.

  • Deanne Patterson

    I was really excited to have an opportunity to read and review the first book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series,The Mayflower bride. I really love reading historical facts and learning historical things in books I read. Now I know this is a fiction book but many of the facts presented I was not aware of since I don't regularly read in the time period presented. The author included a glossary of terms used in the book and I found it so helpful since a lot of the terms refer to parts of a s

    I was really excited to have an opportunity to read and review the first book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series,The Mayflower bride. I really love reading historical facts and learning historical things in books I read. Now I know this is a fiction book but many of the facts presented I was not aware of since I don't regularly read in the time period presented. The author included a glossary of terms used in the book and I found it so helpful since a lot of the terms refer to parts of a ship which I'll admit I am not familiar with. The cast of characters listed was also very helpful as well. Beautiful historical story that is the introduction to the series as it sets up the story for the upcoming books in the series. The hardships,hunger,depression,sickness,loss and raging storms is just incredible on this voyage. When they make it to land will it be too late for the planting season? Will things work out for Mary Elizabeth Chapman so she is able to marry William or will he be branded a traitor and expelled?

    This was a smooth reading fabulous book that I had trouble putting down. I can't wait to read the next books and continue the series.

    Pub Date 01 Feb 2018

    Thank you to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Candace

    Mary Elizabeth Chapman, with her father and younger brother, David, are sailing on the Speedwell to the New World. William Lytton, a carpenter, is sailing on the Mayflower to the same destination. As the Speedwell has to make port several times because of leaks, it is decided that she is not seaworthy and its passengers transfer to the Mayflower.

    Mary Elizabeth is member of a religious group known as Separatist. They want to completely separate from the Church of England. They believe the Bible

    Mary Elizabeth Chapman, with her father and younger brother, David, are sailing on the Speedwell to the New World. William Lytton, a carpenter, is sailing on the Mayflower to the same destination. As the Speedwell has to make port several times because of leaks, it is decided that she is not seaworthy and its passengers transfer to the Mayflower.

    Mary Elizabeth is member of a religious group known as Separatist. They want to completely separate from the Church of England. They believe the Bible is the final authority. Separatist call themselves Saints. Anyone who isn't a Saint is called a Stranger. William is a Stranger.

    The sea journey is rough and the faith of the Saints is tested. Mary Elizabeth prays for courage. Mary Elizabeth's faith means everything to her. William, new to the Separatist's faith, prays for strength and wisdom. His new faith is tested on this voyage and when they reach the new land.

    Mary Elizabeth and William feel an instant attraction. This insta-love grows to genuine affection over the course of the Mayflower voyage and the settling of the New World. They become betrothed.

    William's secret job of recording in a journal the progress of the new colony could be seen as spying on the passengers. William is a trustworthy and godly man. Can his new reputation among the Saints stand through accusations of spying? What kind of life could he provide for Mary Elizabeth and David if he is accused of spying?

    Mary Elizabeth has lost he father and her best friend Dorothy to sickness. As the death toll rises on the Mayflower, her faith will spiral downward into despair. Can Mary Elizabeth pull herself out of the deep depression the sickness and deaths have put her under? Is her faith in the goodness of God strong enough to lift the depression?

    I found this Historical Christian novel captivating. Mary Elizabeth and William are fictional characters playing out their role among the historical ones. It makes for an engrossing and fascinating read. The prayers and scripture citations feel authentic to the characters and the plot. The writing flows smoothly. Changing the 'thee,' 'thou' and 'thy' to modern English and spellings helped to keep the characters straight and clear. Kimberly Woodhouse has written a historical fiction account of the voyage of the Mayflower. I look forward to reading her next book in the series. This is a clean novel.

  • Marlene

    (2018, Barbour), first in the

    series by

    , is a historical Christian romance set between 1620-1621 mostly on the open seas. The novel is a standalone story. I chose to read this book because two of my absolute favorite authors,

    and

    (2018, Barbour), first in the

    series by

    , is a historical Christian romance set between 1620-1621 mostly on the open seas. The novel is a standalone story. I chose to read this book because two of my absolute favorite authors,

    and

    , are contributing books three and six, respectively. I decided I might as well start at the beginning of the series even though I was nervous that a story set on the Mayflower would be too depressing. Not because of what I remember from school, but because of what I remember from the

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    !

    Mary Elizabeth Chapman, 17, is a Separatist. Years previously, the Separatists "fled England and King James' religious persecution… [and] made it to Holland." Holland has been her home for as long as she can remember, and now a group of Separatists has been chosen to be the first to travel to the New World. Mary Elizabeth's family is in this group, and she's devastated.

    William Lytton, 20, is a Stranger, defined as anyone who is

    a Separatist. A group of Strangers are going to travel to the New World to settle there along with the Separatists. William, orphaned at birth, has become a respected carpenter, and is now excited to leave for a new life. "They would all have to start with nothing. They would have to build or create everything with their own hands. They would be far away from everyone and everything they'd ever known. That was fine. Making a new life took hard work and sacrifice. He was ready." Needless to say, William is elated.

    *In the Ms. Woodhouse's dedication, she writes of Tracie Peterson, a veteran Christian fiction author: "You are my dearest friend other than my precious husband…my prayer and Bible study partner, accountability partner, and listening ear."

    *Of the Separatists: "The Saints, as they preferred to call themselves… believed only what the Bible told them, so they considered all the man-made rules and traditions of the Church of England to be wrong."

    *Of the prevalence of God and the Bible: This is possibly the most scripture-laden book I've ever read. The scriptures and prayers included seem culturally appropriate as well as

    . To me, it didn't feel preachy; it felt authentic. For example, in the face of very real fear, Mary Elizabeth's friend asks, "Why don't we recite the Twenty-Third Psalm together?" And

    I thought it was a wonderful application. It's atypical in the Christian fiction I read, but I did like it. "The fear was because of her doubt and worry - neither of which was honoring to God. She'd have to work on those areas of her life." Amen!

    Oh, yes!

    *As described in the foreword, Ms. Woodhouse "had to research each person on the ship and then bring aboard only a few fictional people." I really liked this approach, as opposed to the usual approach of sprinkling in historical figures and events. Thankfully, there is a list of characters before the story which indicates which characters are entirely fictional.

    *There was also a glossary of seafaring terms at the

    of the book. That was fabulous, because I have read Kindle books with a glossary at the

    and in almost every case, I didn't even realize it was there until after I finished the story!

    *The villain. I didn't think he was necessary. I cannot know for sure, but it seems as though the villain was created in order to manufacture conflict at the "right" time in a story arc. I think this story had enough hardships without a villain in the mix. Fortunately, he did not come into play overmuch. I tried to not take much notice of him

    *Instalove. Mary Elizabeth and William are instantly attracted to each other, and it seems like that attraction equals love. Once I got over that, I was fine with their relationship.

    *The use of the word prayerfully. This word was used several times to mean thankfully. I don't know whether this is a correct use of the word, but it jarred me out of the story each time.

    ***********

    This was a good rendering of the Mayflower's journey. I recommend this book to Christian fiction readers who won't mind that this book is NOT Christian Lite. I look forward to reading the rest of this series, including book 4, which will be by the same author.

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    I received this book from NetGalley.

  • Kellyn Roth

    4.5 stars

    That was a great book! Made me remember how much I love about the

    story. It was

    well-researched, which I appreciated because I apparently know everything about the

    . (That awkward moment when you suddenly realize you know everything about a historic event and you had no idea?)

    Also, finishing it on Thanksgiving was picture-perfect because it reminds me of Thanksgiving even though the first Thanksgiving never actually happened on-page.

    4.5 stars

    That was a great book! Made me remember how much I love about the

    story. It was

    well-researched, which I appreciated because I apparently know everything about the

    . (That awkward moment when you suddenly realize you know everything about a historic event and you had no idea?)

    Also, finishing it on Thanksgiving was picture-perfect because it reminds me of Thanksgiving even though the first Thanksgiving never actually happened on-page.

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    Title: The Mayflower Bride

    Author: Kimberly Woodhouse

    Series: Daughters of the Mayflower, #1

    Genre: Historical/Christian Romance

    Era: 1620s (Pilgrims)

    Setting: England and then New England, 1620

    Publisher: Barbour Books

    Source: from NetGalley (in exchange for honest review)

    Time Taken to Read: seven days (during NaNoWriMo, too!)

    Overall Rating: 4.5/5 stars

    This novel is a lovely read about the Pilgrims of Plymouth. I enjoyed it quite thoroughly and would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in this era.

    It was so much fun to read it in the days leading up to Thanksgiving even though the first Thanksgiving didn’t happen on-page. Got me in the stuff-myself-to-death mood with all the starvation and what-not. *shudders*

    It was a light, clean historical romance read – though the romance thread wasn’t too heavy. Not the best I’ve ever read … but quite sweet.

    PLOT: 4/5

    At times, it did seem like it just wouldn’t get to the point. It was always quite interesting, and I never was exactly bored, but still. I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen out of the ordinary going-to-Plymouth of history (lol) … and it was forever until something did!

    I also take issue with the title. What bride? She was no longer on the Mayflower, per se, by the time she became a bride – at the very, very end of the book. This book should be The Mayflower Single Girl. ;)

    None of this is to say that I didn’t enjoy the book! It’s just easier to list the negatives than the positives. It was a really good book, and I’m happy to have read it.

    CHARACTERS: 5/5

    All very well-done! I liked them a lot, and they all seemed well-developed. The author plainly took time to create them all individually.

    There were quite a few characters, but it was never confusing. Don’t let that long list at the beginning deter you! They were all individualistic. I loved the way they all got along together and cooperated on the Mayflower and then when they finally arrived at Plymouth.

    Mary was a sweet, brave girl. I just want to give her a hug! Poor angel … she had to bear so much in her life. I really got to understand her feelings and thoughts as the book progressed. It was like being right there with her!

    William was also cool. I mean, he wasn’t exactly swoon-worthy, but he was still a neat, upstanding guy. It was cool to see him grow close to Christ. His backstory was so sad, poor baby. *gives him lots of chocolate*

    SETTING: 5/5

    Very well done! I was surprised by the depth of the research. I know a lot about this era and these people (got a little obsessed when I was younger – or rather my mom did, haha), and I was deeply impressed.

    A fellow reviewer has mentioned some historical errors. The first is that pneumonia was not diagnosed until the late 1800s (

    contains more details) and the second that washing a person’s mouth out with soup as a punishment for swearing wasn’t used until later.

    But … honestly, I didn’t even notice – nor do I care – and it didn’t decrease my enjoyment one whit. Still, if you’re a super history buff, I guess that’s something to think about.

    WRITING: 4/5

    I really appreciate that the author chose to use slightly more modern speech. I love Shakespeare as much as the next gal, but I don’t want to have to unravel what people are saying when I’m reading a just-for-fun novel!

    Still, it definitely wasn’t too modern. Modern enough to be understood – but not slangy or full of contemporary terms.

    The book was fairly well-written overall. There was a time or two when I thought sentences could have been improved upon, but these were few and far-between and more a matter of personal preference than anything. *is a writer who edits peoples’ books in my head* *shrugs*

    CONTENT: 1/5

    Language: n/a

    Violence: people fear that the local Indian tribe may attack

    Sexual: brief mentions of childbirth and pregnancy

    Other: passengers on the Mayflower are ill a great deal and many die, lots of hunger

    Squeaky clean! Probably 13+ for reading level, but no objectionable content.

    OVERALL: 4.5/5

    I really did love this book! I haven’t delved in the Pilgrims’ lives in forever, and I was so glad to have the opportunity to do so again! Definitely a book I’d recommend to anyone interested in or studying this era or simply historical romance/adventure readers looking for their next novel.

    ~Kellyn Roth,

  • Maureen Timerman

    Putting faces to the story that we have known about forever, or at least we thought we did, this sure was not an easy ride, and from the beginning with three tries to leave England, we commence on the long journey,

    When I first considered reading this book, I remembered that Priscilla Mullens and John Alden are my children’s ancestors from my husband’s side of the family. So, I tried to make this personal as to what it felt like on that life changing move.

    Such struggles, and with so much death, y

    Putting faces to the story that we have known about forever, or at least we thought we did, this sure was not an easy ride, and from the beginning with three tries to leave England, we commence on the long journey,

    When I first considered reading this book, I remembered that Priscilla Mullens and John Alden are my children’s ancestors from my husband’s side of the family. So, I tried to make this personal as to what it felt like on that life changing move.

    Such struggles, and with so much death, you realize how very brave these people were, they struggled before they got on the ship because of their strong Christian beliefs, and then suffered immensely on the voyage.

    There is a sweet romance here, along with a bit of espionage, but these people live their faith, and I found myself walking in their shoes. I loved putting faces to these historical people and walking in their shoes through the eyes of author.

    Once I started the pages flew, and when finished I am now waiting for the next book in this series.

    I received this book through the Barbour Reviewer Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Hannah

    Preliminary thoughts:

    I liked Mary and William as characters and enjoyed the descriptions of what they faced on the Speedwell and the Mayflower.

    Jarring historical errors:

    —Pneumonia: Not only were the symptoms and treatment and the statistics of fatality off, pneumonia wasn’t even discovered and named until 1881

    —Washing one’s mouth out with soap as a treatment of swearing: First, there wasn’t bar soap as we know it. Most soap was “brown soap,” with lye sourced from ash, which doesn’t fully harden

    Preliminary thoughts:

    I liked Mary and William as characters and enjoyed the descriptions of what they faced on the Speedwell and the Mayflower.

    Jarring historical errors:

    —Pneumonia: Not only were the symptoms and treatment and the statistics of fatality off, pneumonia wasn’t even discovered and named until 1881

    —Washing one’s mouth out with soap as a treatment of swearing: First, there wasn’t bar soap as we know it. Most soap was “brown soap,” with lye sourced from ash, which doesn’t fully harden. Further, the earliest instance of using soap to wash out one’s mouth as a punishment was in 1832.

    Format choices: I get that she wanted to stay as close to Biblical quotes as possible, and included the ampersands for “and” in the quotes, but it was extra-distracting to try to interpret symbols instead of a simple word during character conversations.

    Later thoughts: I actually recall it more as a 2.5; I really won’t be rereading. There are just so many other Mayflower stories that are more historically accurate and better plotted.

    Thanks to the publisher for a free review copy.

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I have to admit, I first wanted to read this book because of the amazing cover. I was intrigued by the historical setting and what story the author would tell. While the book has plenty of details of the Speedwell and Mayflower voyages, they were basic and I didn't find them very compelling and didn't feel immersed in the setting. I felt like I was being told facts instead of experiencing it along with the characters. I liked Mary Elizabeth and the realistic portrayal of her fears, and how she r

    I have to admit, I first wanted to read this book because of the amazing cover. I was intrigued by the historical setting and what story the author would tell. While the book has plenty of details of the Speedwell and Mayflower voyages, they were basic and I didn't find them very compelling and didn't feel immersed in the setting. I felt like I was being told facts instead of experiencing it along with the characters. I liked Mary Elizabeth and the realistic portrayal of her fears, and how she relied on her faith to give her strength to overcome. Her friend Dorothy was a bright spot with her optimism and enthusiasm. William has a background that is tragic yet redeeming, and his developing friendship with Mary Elizabeth is sweet. Somehow I didn't feel a connection to the emotions they described, and felt like what depth was there was repeated throughout the book.

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Staci

    The lovely cover is what drew me first to this novel. Then when I saw it was a series starting with the crossing of the Mayflower, be still my historical loving heart!

    The author does a fabulous job of setting up the story in the introductory comments to the reader. Likewise, the afterward provides additional details about what was Fiction and which parts were fact in the afterward. I especially loved reading about some famous descendants from those that sailed and survived the crossing of the Ma

    The lovely cover is what drew me first to this novel. Then when I saw it was a series starting with the crossing of the Mayflower, be still my historical loving heart!

    The author does a fabulous job of setting up the story in the introductory comments to the reader. Likewise, the afterward provides additional details about what was Fiction and which parts were fact in the afterward. I especially loved reading about some famous descendants from those that sailed and survived the crossing of the Mayflower.

    I think it was the introductory comments to the reader that set my expectations high for the level of historical detail about to unfold in the pages. While the novel included historical details about the time, this could have been enhanced. I did feel the despair the passengers must have felt so the mood was established by the author.

    Overall, it was a good story. One of my favorite parts of reading historical fiction is learning something new. I absolutely learned a few new things from The Mayflower Bride and for that I come away from my time spent reading this novel gratified.

    My gratitude to the publisher Barbour Books for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. The opinions expressed are my own.

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