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 a way with words and uses beautiful descriptions, especially of nature and the wilderness. There are great historical details about the time period woven throughout the novel. “The Captured Bride” is a part of the “Daughters of the Mayflower” series by various authors, but it is very much a standalone as well.
As usual, Ms. Griep is a master of characters. I love our main characters, Mercy and Elias, and even the side characters, like Matthew. Mercy, who is of mixed race, struggles with feeling like she’s straddling the line between male and female; native and white. She doesn’t feel like other women and is not sure she can trust God because she thinks that faith means weakness. That is, until she sees Elias and his faith in action. I like how Elias talks to God and that he feels it’s a privilege and an honor to do so.
This story is filled with as many twists and turns as the trail the characters are traveling! It contains great writing and characters (who are also very diverse, ranging from Native American to French). Most of all there is a beautiful faith theme woven throughout and a message that Christ is the only one who can truly heal!
Content: I would give this book a PG-13 rating for some content. Some examples of the content are: a character bites back a curse, but the curse isn’t actually written; men smoke pipes; mention of whiskey and rum; mention of a man visiting the supply shed with a woman and overindulging in alcohol; a reference to Lucifer; a Native American is referred to as a “half breed;” some details regarding childbirth; a woman is mentally ill; some violence and descriptions of violence and the aftermath.
Rating: I give this book 5 stars!
Genre: Christian fiction; Historical; Romance
I want to thank Michelle Griep, Barbour Books and Barbour Publishing for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.
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