The Captured Bride

The Captured Bride, by Michelle Griep, is the 3rd book of the Daughters of the Mayflower series. This series is different from most, in that the books are written by different authors, but all follow the adventures, triumphs, and tragedies of the daughters of the Lytton family through several generations as this country is being established.

Set during the tumultuous and dangerous years of the French and Indian War, The Captured Bride explores this time in American History, not only as a political and territorial dispute, but as it affected individual lives.

Mercy Lytton is the adult child of an English mother and a Mohawk father. Mercy, having been raised with both cultures, is fed up with being seen as a half-breed by both sides; and although her mother raised her in the Christian faith, she has none, and resents her mother’s “weakness”. Born with unusually good eyesight, Mercy becomes an excellent tracker and scout, and prefers the outdoor life.

Captain Matthew Prinn is a Queen’s Ranger tasked, along with Mercy, with delivering stolen gold to an English fort. Matthew and Mercy have worked together for years.

The handsome, courteous, and Christian believer, Elias DuBois, is labeled a traitor by the English, and is scheduled to hang – his French surname doesn’t help. He is offered freedom in exchange for accompanying Mercy and Matthew. Elias has many secrets. Can he be trusted?

The Captured Bride explores human foibles that have existed since the beginning of time:

  • prejudice against innocent bi-racial children;
  • depression suffered by a mother who lost her baby;
  • the plain-spokenness between men vs. the catty remarks often made by women who feel threatened by another woman;
  • the assumption that women should not be independent;
  • the need to make peace with our parents, even after they are deceased;
  • recognizing that Christ has far more love for us than we can ever find in brokenness; and
  • recognizing that loving is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness.

What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy?

  • using “begs the question” in place of “raises the question”:  an error that began in the late 20thcentury;
  • using “bring” in place of “take”:  another bad habit of the late 20thcentury;
  • “Handfuls” should be “handsful”; and
  • a large number of split infinitives.

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