Michelle Griep quickly is climbing my list of auto-read authors.
Her historical fiction always shows the signs of a meticulously researched and crated story. The Captured Bride was no different.
It starts with the intriguing premise of a scout and traitor working together to deliver a shipment of gold safely into British hands during the French and Indian War.
This is an unusual time period to see depicted in modern fiction and that was one of the things that drew me into the story.
The main characters, Mercy and Elias, are both very strong people thrown together to accomplish a mission for the good of their country.
While working to accomplish their mission, they grow and heal together, leading to a very deep and meaningful relationship.
The presence of faith in the story line is written so organically that it never feels false or forced, allowing the reader to absorb it without feeling like the author is preaching.
This novel definitely drew some of its inspiration from The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper — which is a wonderful book, as well — and will appeal to those who savor an engaging and emotionally complex adventure story.
While this is the third novel in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, it can be read as a standalone novel — although I would suggest reading the whole series for maximum enjoyment.
Overall, this is a great adventure story with a good message. I highly recommend this to fans of Christian fiction, as well as historical fiction.
I received a commentary copy of this book. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Book
Title: The Captured Bride
Author: Michelle Griep
Release Date: June 1, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
A war-torn countryside is no place for a lady — but Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised among 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’s offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort — but he’s 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.
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About Michelle Griep
Michelle Griep has been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas.
She is the author of several historical romances — The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, Undercurrent and Gallimore — but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery, Out of the Frying Pan.
Guest Post from Michelle Griep
A Visit to Fort Niagara
Whether you’re a history buff or don’t have a clue what the French and Indian War was about, there’s a destination in upstate New York that’s fun to visit for the whole family…
My husband and I made the trek to this living history site last summer. I had no idea what to expect, other than what was advertised as a “reenactment camp.”
For those who don’t know, this is when volunteers who adore history come together to present a particular event, such as a battle. These people usually choose a real person from the era upon whom they fashion their modern-day persona.
They dress, speak, eat and live as that person might have. Here I am with some of my new friends:
Generally around the Fourth of July, the 1759 Battle of Fort Niagara is recreated in a three-day extravaganza of soldiers, muskets, cannons and an entire marketplace to peruse period-related items. Some of the things that surprised me about stepping back into the mid-18th century were:
- How much smoke muskets kick out;
- Once the battle begins, it’s hard to see who is your enemy or ally;
- Cannons are really loud;
- Everything wasn’t as black and white as it seems in pictures — gowns and uniforms were very colorful.
What makes this event so spectacular is that they take the entire 20-day siege and condense it into three days. If you visit every day, you’ll see and experience exactly what happened.
You’ll be there to see the British, Colonial regulars and Iroquois allies sneak out of the tree line to shoot at some French soldiers who were pigeon hunting just outside the fort.
You’ll hear the war whoops and barrage of angry French epithets roaring on the air.
You’ll even get a chance to taste some of their food as you wander around inside the French encampment set up inside the fort walls.
To experience a bit of the danger, sights, and sounds of what Mercy and Elias lived through in The Captured Bride, Fort Niagara really is a fantastic place to visit.
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To celebrate her tour, Michelle Griep is giving away a grand prize of a signed copy of The Captured Bride and a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!
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