Author: Shannon McNear
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Daughters of the Mayflower #10
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Can Love Form Amidst Tensions of War? During the clash between Union and Confederacy, quiet Tennessean Pearl MacFarlane is compelled to nurse both Rebel and Yankee wounded who seek refuge at her family’s farm. She is determined to remain unmoved by the Yankee cause—until she faces the silent struggle of Union soldier Joshua Wheeler, a recent amputee.
The MacFarlane family fits no stereotype Joshua believed in; still he is desperate to regain his footing—as a soldier, as a man, as a Christian—in the aftermath of his debilitating injury. He will use his time behind enemy lines to gather useful intelligence for the Union—if the courageous Rebel woman will stay out of the line of danger.
Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
I have enjoyed the Daughters of the Mayflower series immensely. With each book being a standalone story and often written by a different author, this has been a joy to follow.
And what a history lesson in the process! From the Mayflower's landing to the Civil War, I have learned much. In The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear, we meet Pearl MacFarlane, who is forced to care for Union soldiers in her home. As the war drags on and injured men continue to arrive, Pearl struggles with her desire to not help the enemy with her willingness to obey the Scripture that says, "Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head." Being raised in a godly home, she obeys the Lord and finds herself seeing her enemy in a new light. Especially in one Yankee who steals her heart.
I loved the characters in this story and the questions it raised. Both sides prayed to God. Both sides had Christian believers, and yet only one side could win. On whose side was God? God does not involve himself in politics. But He does involve Himself in our lives and our hearts. How we respond to people who are against us, says a lot about our relationship with Him.
Our two main characters, Pearl and Joshua, find that true love conquers a lot of things, and when God's Word and His ways are uppermost in your mind, anything can happen.
I received this book courtesy of Barbour Publishing through NetGalley.