The Mayflower Bride

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Christian historical fiction tale about the voyage of the Mayflower. While I can appreciate how hard it may be to make a book that takes place primarily on a ship exciting, I struggled to get through this book. The slow pace and lack of depth made it difficult, and the entire passages of Bible verse will be off-putting to the non-religious reader. The author did a decent amount of research and chose to write the book in modern English to help with readability, which I appreciate. The main characters are fictional and have a sweet, innocent romance. The book portrays the hardships faced by those making the journey to the New World. If you are into Christian romance/historical fiction, go...

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Mary Elizabeth Chapman starts out on the Speedwell with her father & brother from Holland. They are among the Separatists coming to the ne world along with the Mayflower. After several tries to leave England they transfer to the Mayflower for the voyage. She meets William Lytton & they become friends. As time passes they have more feelings for each other. William is not a Separatist but gradually becomes more interested in the Bible. There are many hardships and illness on the voyage. When they finally spot land they are in the wrong place. This is a love story but then it is so much more. It gives you a look at how hard it was to cross the ocean with so many people and when they...

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I had a hard time getting into this book every time I started it I just could not get into it.  I was just bored with it sorry no recommendation from me.
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Wonderful historical novel! The first of a series of three books by different authors following the stories of three ladies generations apart of the same family. This, I felt, was the most historically accurate of the three. It's main characters were fictional but there were many many real characters, events and motives that really did happen. Best way to learn about history is through a story! The characters were also very endearing, and though there were sad and realistic parts like support characters dying that are not normally a part of a romance, it added to the authentic feel of the story and made me all the more appreciate the resiliency and authenticity of the events. Great...

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The Mayflower Bride is such an eye-opening book! I had no idea that the Separatists originally left from the Netherlands. I also had forgotten that it took them quite some time to establish Plimouth Colony once they finally arrived in America. I certainly don't envy all of their hardships and the harsh conditions that they had to endure. However, Kimberley so beautifully portrays the Saints' struggles and their devout faith throughout their entire journey. Mary Elizabeth's and William's relationship developed slowly and sweetly under these trying circumstances, and understandably, this book has a lot of emphasis on faithful endurance through life's trials. I...

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I enjoyed reading the Mayflower Bride. It is a really good historical christian story about life aboard the Mayflower and how much faith and prayer helped the people endure such a hard voyage with a sweet romance added in.
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I received the e-version of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher!

Slow moving at the beginning, hallmarky, the kind of book you know is going to end well- excuse me sir, “the fairer sex”? Go away. Now. You were doing good till that point, you are no longer accepted. Classic boy meets girl and nothing goes wrong? Quite possibly. A two minute meeting (or less) and she’s dreaming about the guy? Uh-huh. Of all the cliche books I’ve read, this is top five. Maybe three? Honestly, I’m trying to get into this book and it just isn’t happening. The idea is great, the execution? Eh. Mary Elizabeth sounds like a 12 year old at times. Can the eight year old...

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While I felt this book was fairly well written I found I did not care for it at all. I liked the idea of the story line, but I found it to be quite depressing. The main character was always facing a major tragedy.  I would have a hard time purchasing a book by this author or recommending it to anyone
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I really enjoyed this book!  I loved the characters, but I also really loved that this was actually historical fiction - the settings and descriptions made the time period realistic.  There were a few things off about the historical aspect, but nothing too jarring.  William's friendship and developing relationship with Mary Elizabeth was well done.  Overall, a good read in a time period that I don't typically read.
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We all know the story.
But with The Mayflower Bride, you won’t just know what happened, you will live what happened!
This book is not historical fiction. This is history come to life! The Daughters of the Mayflower series begins with The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse and I whole-heartedly give this book 5 stars. The amount of effort put into the historical research for this book was magnanimous. Of all the characters in the story, only seven of them are fictitious. I learned so much about the lives of those first settlers than I knew before.
As you experience the pain and struggles endured by the Mayflower voyagers, you will, as I was, be impressed by their strength and...

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My husband's 10th great grandfather was William Bradford, so I was definitely looking forward to reading this book; and it did not disappoint. This is the heartrending and horrifying fictional story of the Separatists voyage across the Atlantic to the eastern coast of the United States in 1600-01. This story is vividly written and closely follows the historic timeline of events while using a few fictional characters mixed among the actual sojourners. Woodhouse's historical research is evident throughout the story.
Due to the inability of the Speedwell to continue the journey because of damage, the Separatists and the Strangers (those whose religious beliefs did not align...

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I really wanted to enjoy this book. In fact I tried really hard to. However it was poorly laid out and poorly edited, not to mention that the writing was rather sub par also. Which was a shame as the idea behind the story was really rather good. I liked seeing Southampton in the story (which was a given seeing as how the Mayflower sailed from there...). Sadly though, I couldn't finish this book. Mainly due to the bad lay out and poor editing. Had that been okay then I may have just about been able to get through this.
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My expectations for this book were a little bit different from what the book actually was. I was expecting more of a romance within the historical fiction story. While there are elements of romance, it is squeaky clean and full of scripture. Again, this isn’t bad, just not what I was expecting.

One of the things that I found most interesting about this book is how the author detailed people’s lives aboard the Mayflower. I think in general history gives us a romanticized image of their journey, but it was anything but. Quite a few times it is mentioned how dirty and smelly the ship was, and how sick people were. These little details really make a piece of historical fiction in my opinion.
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When I first heard about this series, I was super excited! Over the past year, I have researched my family history, and I discovered that I am a descendant of several passengers of The Mayflower.
We all know that the voyage of The Mayflower was horrible for the passengers. I feel that Kimberley Woodhouse did a wonderful job portraying what it would have been like on that voyage. The true story is compelling, and this book brought the story to life for me, though the main characters are fictional.
I enjoyed reading Mary Elizabeth and William's story. There was much for these characters to struggle through, but their love story was sweet and believable. I did, however, feel that the...

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I’m sorry, but I just didn’t get very far into this book before losing interest. It’s not that it’s badly written, because I thought the parts I read were interesting. And I normally am interested in the Mayflower and Separatists. Since this book has already been released, just thought I’d go ahead and submit this.
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I thought the author did a wonderful job mixing how difficult, tragic and loss filled the journey on the Mayflower was with the hope of his passengers.  There is a romance but it is not the main focus of the book. I was a little thrown by the title, it made me think the romance would be a larger focus. It's still a good book, one worth reading. I definitely recommend reading the author notes, they are very informative. 
I rounded the stars up to 4 because of the epilogue.
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The Mayflower Bride is the first book in a new series called The Daughters of the Mayflower. I was intrigued by the idea of a series that has a common theme (all of the books so far have the word "bride" in the title) and they are written by different authors. I am looking forward to comparing the different writing styles of each author and the way each approaches the theme.

I have never read a book about the first pilgrims and their journey to the New World on the Mayflower. Kimberley Woodhouse has obviously done a lot of research, as she notes several factual events and characters in the author's notes. I appreciated the realistic description of what the travelers went...

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This is my first read from Kimberley Woodhouse and my first look at the Mayflower, beyond school history books. I enjoyed learning more about this expedition and the sufferings and hardships experienced by those settlers. Her novel is obviously well researched and I appreciated the historical facts and truths kept in the story to give a true representation of history through fictional characters. The story was a quick, enjoyable read. Very clean story with a lot of reference to God and scripture, with the obvious hand of God in the storyline and in how the characters face their trials. A nice little romance as well.
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I so wanted to adore this book. I love Christian, historical fiction, and clean romances. And honestly, I don't expect a ton from them because I read them knowing they'll be light, fluffy, and sweet.

The Mayflower Bride is the first in a generational series written by multiple authors. Though it is incredibly obvious that Woodhouse did her research and attempted to make things as accurate as possible, Mayflower lacked luster. We knew who would fall in love from the start, yet the romance didn't seem to burn or build because they spent so much time apart. And the feelings tended to be told instead of shown. We know she wanted to marry for love instead of arrangement, we know...

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