About the BookTitle: The Captured Bride
Author: Michelle Griep
Release Date: June 1, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
A war-torn countryside is no place for a lady—but Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in one cause . . . to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart.
Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he’s offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort—but he’s the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns out that the real thief is the beguiling woman, Mercy Lytton, for she steals his every waking thought.
Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?
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My thoughtsMichelle Griep is one of my favorite authors, and while I’ve enjoyed all that I’ve read by her, The Captured Bride is one of my favorites. All that Griep is known for is here – rich characterization, fascinating historical detail, romance, adventure, danger, and faith – but I think it is the 1759 American Colonial era setting that I especially enjoy. Griep shines at visually conveying a sense of the land, people, and what life was like during that period, easily drawing readers into every scene.
Mercy and Elias are wonderful characters, so realistically drawn. Raised by the Mohawk Indians and gifted with a rare keen sight, Mercy is the product of two cultures. Elias, presented initially as a condemned traitor, is never quite what he seems. The chemistry between these two is off the charts.
The faith element is gently woven throughout, contrasted between the commitment of Elias and Mercy’s doubt that God could be trusted. It was beautiful to see what she thought of as weakness in her mother grow into the realization that faith was a character strength.
I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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Guest Post from MichelleA Visit to Fort Niagara
My husband and I made the trek to this living history site last summer. I had no idea what to expect, other than what was advertised as a “reenactment camp.” For those who don’t know, this is when volunteers who adore history come together to present a particular event, such as a battle. These people usually choose a real person from the era upon whom they fashion their modern day persona. They dress, speak, eat and live as that person might have. Here I am with some of my new friends:
Generally around the 4th of July, the 1759 Battle of Fort Niagara is recreated in a 3-day extravaganza of soldiers, muskets, canons and an entire market place to peruse selling period-related items.
Some of the things that surprised me about stepping back into the mid-eighteenth century were:
- How much smoke muskets kick out
- Once the battle begins, it’s hard to see who is your enemy or ally
- Canons are really loud
- Everything wasn’t as black and white as it seems in pictures—gowns and uniforms were very colorful
To experience a bit of the danger, sights and sounds of what Mercy and Elias lived through in The Captured Bride, Fort Niagara really is a fantastic place to visit.
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a signed copy of The Captured Bride and a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!!
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