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The Mayflower Bride

(The Daughters of the Mayflower #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,633 ratings  ·  429 reviews
Mary Elizabeth sails on a voyage that seems doomed from the start

Mary Elizabeth Chapman boards the Speedwell in 1620 alongside her father and brother as Separatists seeking a better life in the New World.

William Lytton embarks on the Mayflower as a carpenter looking for opportunities to succeed—and he may have found one when a man from the Virginia Company offers William
Paperback, 253 pages
Published February 1st 2018 by Barbour Books
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Deanne Patterson
I was really excited to have an opportunity to read and review the first book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series,The Mayflower bride. I really love reading historical facts and learning historical things in books I read. Now I know this is a fiction book but many of the facts presented I was not aware of since I don't regularly read in the time period presented. The author included a glossary of terms used in the book and I found it so helpful since a lot of the terms refer to parts of a s ...more
Preliminary thoughts:
I liked Mary and William as characters and enjoyed the descriptions of what they faced on the Speedwell and the Mayflower.

Jarring historical errors:
—Pneumonia: Not only were the symptoms and treatment and the statistics of fatality off, pneumonia wasn’t even discovered and named until 1881
—Washing one’s mouth out with soap as a treatment of swearing: First, there wasn’t bar soap as we know it. Most soap was “brown soap,” with lye sourced from ash, which doesn’t fully harden
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I have to admit, I first wanted to read this book because of the amazing cover. I was intrigued by the historical setting and what story the author would tell. While the book has plenty of details of the Speedwell and Mayflower voyages, they were basic and I didn't find them very compelling and didn't feel immersed in the setting. I felt like I was being told facts instead of experiencing it along with the characters. I liked Mary Elizabeth and the realistic portrayal of her fears, and how she r ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-5-star
Mary Elizabeth Chapman, with her father and younger brother, David, are sailing on the Speedwell to the New World. William Lytton, a carpenter, is sailing on the Mayflower to the same destination. As the Speedwell has to make port several times because of leaks, it is decided that she is not seaworthy and its passengers transfer to the Mayflower.

Mary Elizabeth is member of a religious group known as Separatist. They want to completely separate from the Church of England. They believe the Bible
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
The lovely cover is what drew me first to this novel. Then when I saw it was a series starting with the crossing of the Mayflower, be still my historical loving heart!

The author does a fabulous job of setting up the story in the introductory comments to the reader. Likewise, the afterward provides additional details about what was Fiction and which parts were fact in the afterward. I especially loved reading about some famous descendants from those that sailed and survived the crossing of the Ma
Jocelyn Green
A marvelous feat. Through The Mayflower Bride, Kimberley Woodhouse has woven a tender tale of love and endurance through a rich historical tapestry. The momentous voyage and landing takes on new depths of meaning through every carefully crafted page. What an inspiring tribute to the hope that filled those men and women’s sails, and to the courage that buoyed them through their storms.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, series
The Mayflower Bride was an okay read. I didn't really like or dislike the characters, so that made it hard to connect to the story. I found parts very interesting, but overall it was just okay. I'm hoping I like the next book in this series better... ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
" 'When you don't know what to pray, Mary Elizabeth, pray the words Jesus taught us… pray scripture.' Mother's words floated over her, and a single tear slipped down her cheek."

The Mayflower Bride (2018, Barbour), first in the The Daughters of the Mayflower series by Kimberley Woodhouse, is a historical Christian romance set between 1620-1621 mostly on the open seas. The novel is a standalone story. I chose to read this book because two of my absolute favorite authors, Michelle Griep and
Maureen Timerman
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Putting faces to the story that we have known about forever, or at least we thought we did, this sure was not an easy ride, and from the beginning with three tries to leave England, we commence on the long journey,
When I first considered reading this book, I remembered that Priscilla Mullens and John Alden are my children’s ancestors from my husband’s side of the family. So, I tried to make this personal as to what it felt like on that life changing move.
Such struggles, and with so much death, y
Julie Carpenter
I've often wondered what it would be like to live during some of the more famous events from history. Not that I necessarily want to live during some of those events but just wondering about the people who did live during those events. I have several ancestors who have been in some amazing parts of history, reading some of the stories that have been kept about those events have been neat. One of my favorite movies is based on the book, North and South. In it Margaret goes to the Great Exhibition ...more
Kellyn Roth
4.5 stars

Original Review:

That was a great book! Made me remember how much I love about the Mayflower story. It was extremely well-researched, which I appreciated because I apparently know everything about the Mayflower. (That awkward moment when you suddenly realize you know everything about a historic event and you had no idea?)

Also, finishing it on Thanksgiving was picture-perfect because it reminds me of Thanksgiving even though the first Thanksgiving never actually happened on-page.

Actual Re
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 th ...more
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tragedy and Hope

A fictional yet very real look into the voyage of the Mayflower. The author does an amazing job of portraying the danger, sickness, and tragic losses the passengers endured mixed with the hope of a new life in the new world. There is a romance in the story as well. I don't feel it is the main focus. I recommend reading the author notes. They are very informative.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faith, hunger, hardship, sickness, loss, and grief are strong threads through this story, though they failed to engage me as a reader. The mixing of the fictional leads, however, with the historical figures was well done. I found I quite liked the portrayals of Miles Standish, John Alden, and especially Priscilla Mullins. The fictional characters did not fare so well and I found I had little sympathy or liking for them.

As a draft, this would be fine, though in need of some work to give the story
Amanda Geaney
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Years ago, my husband and I took a tour of the Mayflower II, a replica of the historic vessel that delivered Saints and Strangers to the New World. Kimberley Woodhouse drew those memories to the forefront of my mind as I began reading her newest novel, The Mayflower Bride. Pairing the two together, I felt a new appreciation for all the Separatists risked to escape persecution and gain religious freedom.

This story follows the path of a young woman by the name of Mary Elizabeth. Mary, along with h
Dana Michael
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love history. This book was filled with actual hisrtorical events and it is fascinating. This author did her research. I can't even imagine being on the Mayflower and experiencing all the hardships that they endured. These pilgrims were Faith filled people and knew God had called them to this new land. The story uses fictional characters as for the hero and heroine and the romance was so sweet. What I loved the most besides the history and romance was the inspirational message throughout the b ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Mayflower Bride showed through a simple story the dangerous and life altering decisions that brought the Pilgrims to the New World and brought that story to life. I was very impressed with how the author included the important true events that happened on the Speedwell, the Mayflower, and life in America. This is a story of a young woman who is starting out on a new adventure and a new life that is far from what she knows and it is an uncertain life at that. Going with her father and young b ...more
Amy Leigh
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Young Adult/Historical Fiction novel about the voyage of The Mayflower. This is about the separatists who wanted refuge from religious persecution and sought that in the New World. The MC, Mary, and her family were chosen to be on the first voyage after failed attempts with the Speedwell. She's not happy about this and it takes a lot of looking within to be brave and have faith on her journey. She meets William, a carpenter, who doesn't share her beliefs but wanted a fresh start and th ...more
Rachel McMillan
An expertly researched look into a time period rarely explored in CBA fiction and the worthy first bookend to Barbour's new (and ambitious) span through American history.

No one can doubt the author's research nor the attention to detail. I, did, however think there were some limitations in the pairing of historical authenticity with the dialogue and world created. I must, however, assume that this was to create a sense of accessibility for the modern reader while sparking their interest into a l
Asheley T.
Parts of this story reminded me of the Colonial House series that ran on PBS several years ago. I love this period of history and it was really neat to have a first-hand perspective of what it may have been like on the Mayflower as it sailed to America in 1620.

It took great faith and perseverance to make the journey to the New World. I'm not sure that I'd have been able to do something that BIG. The 100+ passengers were crammed on the small-ish boat, where it was most often dark and smelly, and
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The characters will take a hold of your heart, in this deeply poignant story. I was glued to the pages of this story, even though I know the history of the Mayflower, and have read journal accounts of those on board. Kimberley Woodhouse breathes new life into the history of not only the Mayflower but also the beginnings of what would become the United States of America.

This eloquent story gives readers an intimate look at what life was
Karen R
"We are persecuted, but not forsaken; cast downe, but we perish not."

After reading this book about the 'Separatists'--the group we commonly call the Pilgrims--I find myself very thankful, like Mary Elizabeth, for all the seemingly small things that I take for granted. Clean water, fresh fruit and vegetables, a warm house, and clean clothes. This group was amazing in their zeal for worshipping God as they believed from their Bible study, leaving everything (more than once) to live according to th
I heard a lot of great things about this book, "The Mayflower Bride"and that is what drew me to read it. This was the first book by Kimberley Woodhouse that I have read and I was quite disappointed. The plot was centered around the hardships endured by a young separatist woman traveling via the Mayflower to the 'New World.'

I really wanted to enjoy this book but I was bored to death and it was a struggle to finish the book. I found the dialogue lacking realistic elements. I was unable to connect
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, and thank you Kimberly Woodhouse for writing it.

My goodness the perils the first colonists endured to get religious freedom. Which in turn caused me to not want to put this book down. The story is about Mary Elizabeth Chapman, her brother, and father,. It also follows the lives of her best friend Dorothy, and William Lytton - a carpenter on the Mayflower. The ships encounter setbacks, illness, and terrible seas. But through it all Mary
Suzie Waltner
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Personally, I've not read many (or any) fiction books set on The Mayflower. Ships, yes. This particular ship, nope. The author was intentional about leaving those people who truly sailed to The New World on this ship in her story. She even included events that occurred during their voyage.
And yet, she managed to weave a fictionalized story within the details of history that both honors and brings to life the long and treacherous voyage across an ocean. One fraught with storms, sickness, and disa
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the history in this read. The characters are wonderful, and it helps give a real perspective to what the people suffered that took on the adventure of coming to the New World.

The book is written in a somewhat YA type...for which I’m thrilled because it is a book I can let my teenager daughter enjoy. Finding books like that is really hard to do these days.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read and highly recommend any history lovers to purchase this book and the series!
Lisa Johnson
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1)
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
Pages: 256
Year: 2018
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 tho
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
The historical aspect of the story was fascinating - I don’t think I’ve read another book set during this time period - but everything else was rather weak. None of the characters or relationships were fleshed out - maybe that’s due to the restrictions of writing about real people?

I received a copy of this book as a Goodread giveaway.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I appreciated the research the author put into the history of the Mayflower and it’s inhabitants. I was glad to learn more about the Separatists, especially the group in this book, who fled England to Holland.

The author carefully did her research and while the main characters were fictional, the supporting characters did exist. I also appreciated the faith perspective in the book, though it did seem a little overdone. There was a good deal of showing rather than telling. At times it felt like a
Ashlee Clayton
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Bringing to life the plight of the pilgrims, The Mayflower Bride follows Mary Elizabeth and her family as they leave their beloved home to journey to the New World. Along the way, Mary Elizabeth meets handsome William, and their love story blossoms.

I was fascinated by the factual events portrayed in the book, for example, I never knew they had to return to England several times before abandoning a ship to join the Mayflower. And I didn't realize they spent so much time on that ship even after r
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Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling author of more than twenty-five books who loves the JOY of story. A lover of history and research, she often gets sucked into the past and then her husband has to lure her out with chocolate. She's spoken to more than 2 million people at more than 2,500 venues and has taught the craft of writing around the country. Married to the love of her life for thirty ...more

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