Title: The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1)
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
Publisher: Barbour Books
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
When I start a story, it sometimes takes me a minute or two to find myself engaged in the book. It doesn’t matter what type of book I am reading. After I finished this book, I took time to contemplate and consider my review before I began writing. Kimberley Woodhouse is a favorite author of mine. I have read most of her stories, including those with Traci Peterson. One of the strongest points of Kim as an author is her attention to research and detail, which then carries over into her books.
I understand by reading other reviews that some didn’t care for the book or thought the hype of the book didn’t live up to the reality. Each person has an opinion, but what I don’t get is how or why reviews are downgraded simply because of marketing techniques used or it didn’t live up to a person’s expectations. Well, even if to you think the book was not worth a 5-star rating, it most certainly wasn’t worth a 3-star one. Appreciate the hard work authors do in telling a story the next time you write a review. They know not every book will be a blockbuster, but understand the work they do is time consuming and they give it their best.
For me, this book was a stark reminder of the price people paid for crossing an ocean to start a colony to worship freely. The lack of medical knowledge at that time or even privacy for months on a ship was really a humbling picture to me. I felt the heart of the main character, Mary Elizabeth, break every time she lost a loved one. In a time when there were so many uncertainties and daily life was dangerous, it was simply inspiring as the characters faced their trials. I loved seeing the holding onto God, prayer, and trusting in Him was a moment by moment choice at times.
This book and those that follow in the series will be well worth reading just to be reminded of the price people paid for religious freedom. The history, fighting the elements, and clinging to their faith was so captivating to my heart! Each day people faced was fraught with danger. They never knew if they would see their dreams or hopes become a reality and that should cause us all to thank God that He brought them safely across the ocean. Their faith, fighting to live, desire to bring glory to God in everything, gathering together to worship and pray are truths I won’t forget anytime soon!
So, thank you Kim for all your hard work in reminding the audience of the past so that we can be thankful for life today, and be actively living our faith for God’s glory!
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