I read an advance readers’ copy of The Rebel Bride, by Shannon McNear, courtesy of NetGalley and publisher, Barbour Books, in exchange for an honest review. This is the 10th book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, a historically accurate series that follows fictitious descendants of the Mayflower through American history. I have read and reviewed eight of them, and thoroughly enjoyed each one, but then, I am a serious history buff.
The story is set during The War Between the States during the time surrounding the Battle of Chickamauga, near Chattanooga, Tennessee. When the Rebels conscript local homes to be used as hospitals for injured prisoners of war, Pearl McFarlane, finds herself caring for Yankee prisoners. One of them, Joshua (Josh) Wheeler, is desperately ill, and Pearl is drawn to the handsome Yankee. In fact, she can’t seem to take her eyes off him.
I was especially impressed that, through the voices of Pearl and Josh, Ms. McNear expressed the views of both sides on the issues surrounding the war. Most Southerners were too poor to own slaves. The McFarlane family was not poor, but chose not to own slaves, and Pearl made her views known, much to the dislike of the obviously bigoted local minister. For historical accuracy, I give the author an A+.
One thing that bothered me while reading is the voice of the narrator frequently referring to Portius as “the Negro”. Once it had been established for the reader that Portius was black, free, and that he stayed to help around the farm by choice, no further mention of his race was necessary.
I believe The Rebel Bride may be one of the best, if not the best book so far in this series. If you are a history buff, or a lover of historical fiction and romance, you will thoroughly enjoy this wonderful book.
What made The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?
- Verb tense disagreement within a sentence;
- A lot of split infinitives;
- Confusing further with farther;
- Replacing go with come.