Author: Michelle Griep
Genre: Historical Romance
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?
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
I have a confession to make. When it comes to series books I try to avoid them. Why? Usually, it is because by the time the next one comes out I've forgotten what went on before with the other books and I have to reacquaint myself with the characters. But in Daughters of the Mayflower, each book can be read as a standalone and each book is written by a different author. While they follow the basic premise (they are all descended from the Mayflower), each book therefore, is unique.
The Captured Bride, the third book in this series, by Michelle Griep, (a new author to me) did not disappoint. Mercy Lytton was raised among the Mohawks after her mother was captured by them. While her mother kept her faith and never once turned from it, Mercy grew up listening to her father and his ways, despising her mother for her beliefs, which she considered weak. I love how, throughout the story, Mercy grows to realize that her mother's faith was not a sign of weakness but of strength.
In contrast, the character of Elias Dubois is considered a traitor by his companions, but it is his belief in God and his Christian character that help Mercy see that faith in God is not a weakness as she believed, but a strength. The romance that develops between the two is all the more endearing in the end.
I look forward to continuing on with this series and reading more books by Michelle Griep.