Saturday, October 20, 2018

Review: The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear

Heidi Reads... The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear

My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing


Love and Adventure Are Discovered on the Wilderness Road
In 1794, when Kate Gruener’s father is ready to move the family farther west into the wilderness to farm untouched land, Kate is eager to live out her own story of adventure like he did during the War for Independence and to see untamed lands. And she sets her sights on learning more about their scout, Thomas Bledsoe. Thomas’s job is to get settlers safely across the Kentucky Wilderness Road to their destination while keeping an ear open for news of Shawnee unrest. But na├»ve Kate’s inquisitive nature could put them both in the middle of a rising tide of conflict. Is there more to Thomas’s story than he is willing to tell? Is there an untapped courage in Kate that can thwart a coming disaster?

My Review

I loved the expansive wilderness setting in this book and the various feelings it gave throughout the story- anticipation and adventure, trepidation and danger. I could relate to Kate as she shows her inexperience in the elements, but also her strength, determination, and grit. Like Thomas, I couldn't help but admire her lack of complaints and selfless attitude. Even though it takes a while for Thomas to warm up to her enough to spark a friendship, she doesn't go unnoticed. I enjoyed learning about his past as a former captive of the Indians and the unique perspective and skills it gave him. The journey begins with a slow but steady pace, but definitely picks up with action and conflict that draws Kate and Thomas closer together. I finished the book with a satisfied feeling, and I think it's a story that would be enjoyed by fans of Laura Frantz and Lori Benton. Highly recommend!

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

Check out the other books in the Daughters of the Mayflower series . . .

Book One

Heidi Reads... The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean

Book Two
 Heidi Reads... The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo

The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo - set 1725 New Orleans

 Read my 4 star review here

Book Three
Heidi Reads... The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep

The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep - set 1760 during the French and Indian War

Read my 5 star review here

Book Four

The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia 
Read my 4 star review here

Book Six

The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore 
(coming December 2018)

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