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The Captured Bride

(The Daughters of the Mayflower #3)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,082 ratings  ·  402 reviews
Mercy Lytton, a scout with keen eyesight raised among the Mohawks, and Elias Dubois, a condemned traitor working both sides of the conflict, must join together to get a shipment of gold safely into British hands.
A war-torn countryside is no place for a lady

Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2018 by Barbour Books
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Michelle Griep
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
In true Last of the Mohicans style, follow the adventure of half-breed scout Mercy Lytton as she attempts to help get a load of gold across war-torn countryside. Dangers abound, without and within, and especially from the handsome traitor, Elias Dubois.
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
The Daughters of the Mayflower Series is such a wonderful premise. Historical romance novels written in chronological order by different authors. And the covers are lovely.

In The Captured Bride, readers are taken to the French and Indian War set in 1760. Mercy Lytton has lived an unusual life. Her white mother was taken captive and married a Mohawk Indian. Mercy was raised among the Mohawk tribe and taught about Jesus by her mother. She is definitely not an easily broken female and is more comfo
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
"My terms are these: You will be part of a four-person squad, traveling under the guise of a family moving back to civilization. Reach Fort Edward with the gold intact, and your execution will be pardoned, though the required jail time is non-negotiable."

The Captured Bride (2018, Barbour) by Michelle Griep is third in The Daughters of the Mayflower series. For my reviews of some of the other books, see the links below.

Book One: The Mayflower Bride
Book Two: The Pirate Bride

The Capt
Deanne Patterson
Wow, I've really loved all of the books in the Daughter's of the Mayflower series and this one is no exception! I am really impressed by how much research author, Michelle Griep puts into her books. It was fascinating to read the book and then read the carefully researched facts she added after the story pertaining to it. Historical fiction at it's best. Mercy Lytton, a half white half Mohawk knows the lay of the land. This is one woman you have to admire, she is a truly independent woman workin ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Don’t be sad’s past one AM here, and I just finished. I couldn’t put it down! The Captured Bride, captured me. This author has the power to pull the reader into a story fairly early on, and she keeps you turning the pages!

The plot was original and so well done, the characters seemed so very real, and the storyline was totally captivating! There are many twists and turns in this read, and I loved the history contained in the pages.

I did receive a book from the publisher. All opini
Julie Carpenter

I love diving into books. I especially really love diving into books because of the characters. They are what make a great book for me. If I can connect with them and go on their journey with them, feeling the emotions they must experience, watching the struggles, witnessing the joys and growth. That is why I come away from books absolutely loving the experience. Yes, I love the storyline as well. If I'm honest, the storyline is what initially draws me to a book. But, in the end it's the cha
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a complex book depicting a highly-volatile time in history.

In true Griep fashion, the sense of setting is immersive, so full of historical details and behavior. The conflict and tension doesn't let go until the very end, only shifting in nature (will she go one way or the other)?

Elias and Mercy are very different. At least, they think they have nothing in common with each other. As the story progresses, they discover they are bound by the same sense of honor and justice.
Elias is a tru
J. W. Garrett
“Pioneer women were very tough – they had to be, because the men go off for long periods of time, and the women would have to be able to protect themselves and their homes.” –Haley Bennett

This review may contain SPOILERS… Rating: clean, faith based. This is book 3 in the Daughters of the Mayflower series.

Anyone familiar with the 1992 movie The Last of the Mohicans, or have read the novel by James Fenimore Cooper, will love this story by Michelle Griep. Having seen the movie starring Daniel Day-
Andrea Boyd
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one ranks right up there with my other favorite by Michelle Griep, The Captive Heart. I love it! This intriguing tale kept the pages turning. And I always enjoy getting a glimpse in to Native American history when it is done right, which this story does.
I received this advance copy from the publisher, but as always, my opinions are my own.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
The Captured Bride is a fun, adventurous novel. It starts off a little slow but then hold on to your seat because before you know it your on a wild and rough adventure! I love this time period. The history seems to be well researched. The plot really kept me guessing. Elias, who was he? Where do his loyalty's lie? The romance is sweet and believable. I would have like to have known more about Elias a little earlier on. Like how old he is and more of a physical description. We do find out later t ...more
3.5 stars

This one is a bit hard to review because there were times I was really interested and times I was really not. I felt like the second half was the best part and I had to reread the beginning twice to figure out what was going on and who was related to whom. The part with the bad guys after them was superbly written, so that I could feel the suspense and danger, but I didn't get much about what the leads' careers meant to felt more scene by scene than getting a real sense of the
Susan Snodgrass
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"If the world had an end, she'd find it and fling herself off the edge, putting a stop to all the ragged emotions burning inside."

The year is 1759, the place is Fort Wilderness in upper New York, and the French and Indian war is raging. Elias Dubois is a condemned traitor, offered a chance to escape the noose by helping haul a shipment of gold to another fort. He takes the offer, but he must go along with three others: one a no account, one an old scout who must pretend to be his father in law a
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Kahente means 'before her time'. . . . . . . .You speak your mind without pausing to listen to reason. You don't wait for danger to pass but run headlong after it. So in those respects, I would say you are before your time, for there's nothing patient about you. Kahente."

My, but Mercy Lytton was a beautiful woman; strong, proud, intelligent and gifted with the eyes of an eagle. She fascinated Elias Dubois, but fascination with a woman could prove to be a dangerous thing when your life was on t
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I think one of the things that really attracted me to this story was the setting. I haven't read many (or any?) book set during this time of the French/Indian War. It was fascinating to me! This author is one of my favorites so I knew going into this book that I would be fully immersed in a story that was textured and exciting.

This story starts off right in the thick of the conflict. It has a steady pace and felt well balanced between moments of action and moments of stillness where we come to
Becky Lewis
Mercy Lytton is the strangest thing Elias DuBois has ever seen. A slip of a woman, both Mohawk and white, she is a renowned scout for the English. And her pride and stubbornness, ooh, la, la!! Almost as great as her talent.

Elias DuBois is perhaps the sorriest thing Mercy Lytton has ever seen. Beaten until he is half-dead, condemned as a traitor to the English, DuBois can only escape the hangman’s noose by joining an elaborate scheme. One that forces him and Mercy to work closely together, trust
Set during the French and Indian War in the United States, 4 disparate people - an Indian woman scout both Mohawk and white, a male Ranger scout, a young, inexperienced Army soldier, and a condemned traitor, have been assigned to transport a shipment of gold between two forts.

From start to finish, there is plenty of action as the 4 main characters attempt to transport the gold, and each of the characters show their true colors. Rich with historical detail which shows Griep's obvious research in
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 50-states
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book for several reasons. First, the plot was intriguing, kept me guessing, and involved several twists and turns. I love the spy angle with Elias's character which of course brought the elements of surprise, danger, and deception into the plot line! Second, this story is full of lovable characters. Matthew was one of my favorites and was so endearing with his fatherly protection and sage advice. Livvy was a surprise addition to the cast a little later in the bo ...more
Karen R
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this third book in the Mayflower series! Set in 1759, New York during the French and Indian War, this exciting story held my attention from the first to last page with plenty of action, danger, and romantic tension. Snappy dialogue between the main characters including their own struggles towards personal redemption and faith. Perfectly paced with a satisfying finish. Historical fiction fans will enjoy this one, based on some true events, reminiscent of classic Colonial era tale ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Michelle Griep is at the top of her game in The Captured Bride. Griep's descriptive prose appeals to the senses, drawing her readers into this unique setting of the French- Indian War. She is adept at switching from one historical setting to another with ease, satisfying readers of historical fiction. Her research is impeccable.
This book has everything that appeals to this reader's heart: a fast moving plot filled with danger, soul-searching and a developing romance that appeases every rom
Dana Michael
Oh my goodness! What a journey! This book was an amazing story of frontier life during the French and Indian war. The heroine was a half breed named Mercy. She was a scout because of her amazing eyesight. She was beautiful and feisty. The hero was a French/English man who was on a mission as a spy. The sparks flew and so did the attraction between the two. I can't even imagine living in the wilderness like that. Or worse traveling through the wilderness like that. This was a wonderful story for ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It’s full of adventure and a bit of romance. So much happens through the course of this story, yet it doesn’t feel rushed at all. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. I loved Mercy and Elias. Matthew was a great character as well. This is a very well written book. Michelle did a wonderful job! I highly recommend this book! This book is perfect for readers of Laura Frantz and Lori Benton.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is was my favorite of the Mayflower Brides series so far. The first two took me a little to get into, but this one had me from the beginning.

It is the story of Mercy Lytton, a scout with keen eyesight, Matthew, Rufus Bragg (the son of the General ordering the transport) and Elias Dubois, a “traitor” raised by the Wayendot Indians, who are tasked with getting a load of gold through the wilderness safely to Fort Edward. From the very beginning, though they try to discourage any mention of an
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just discovered Michelle Griep and her writing last year and have loved her books! Her new book, “The Captured Bride,” takes place during the French and Indian War in America, and is a little out of my comfort zone, as I don’t usually read as much about this period in history, but I had a strong feeling I would like it because it’s by this awesome author!

What a journey! This book sucked me in quickly and I was caught up in its dangerous adventure that I did not want to put down! Ms. Griep has
Chautona Havig
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, Did The Captured Bride Steal My Heart?
No. I didn’t love it.

But it did capture my interest, my imagination, and my attention. In fact, only knowing that I would be unable to function the next day forced me into bed at about the midpoint.

When I asked for a review copy of The Captured Bride from Celebrate Lit, I knew I’d like it. After two other books by Ms. Griep, I have a feel for how she approaches story. And I like it. A lot.

You know, when you absolutely love a book, it’s so easy to write a
Denise Weimer
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A riveting tale set during the raw and explosive time of the French & Indian War. Characters are well-drawn and multi-layered, rarely simply who they appear to be. While I love strong female leads, at first Mercy's mannerisms came off as a little too oafish, but as she learned to trust, she became much better rounded.

Griep does a great job embedding backstory with perfect timing, like a trail of bread crumbs for the reader to follow, and she was clearly well-versed with details of historical lif
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
This book held me captive as I read with its frontier wilderness setting and vivid characters. There is tension throughout the story with the dangers from the French and Indian tribes who are warring with the English. There is the sense that things are not as they seem, and the suspense is heightened as loyalties, motivations, and backgrounds are slowly revealed. The travel and action kept a swift pace, yet there was a good balance with showing the personalities and emotions of Mercy and Elias s ...more
Sarah Monzon
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the setting as I’ve not read many books set during the French and Indian war and the covers of this series are so gorgeous. Overall this book was interesting and light, if not a little cheesy with the romance and heavy with the telling vs. showing. A good book when you’re looking for a little adventure in your reading but you don’t want to be consumed by your fiction.
Paula Shreckhise
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep is book # 3 in the Daughter of the Mayflower series.
This series has become one of my favorites.

The story is totally captivating. It is reminiscent of The Last of the Mohicans by Cooper only infinitely more readable. In this case the scout is Mercy Lytton.

Mercy Lytton is one tough lady. She is the offspring of an Indian chief and a captured, Christian, white woman. Mercy is very independent and she has exceptional eyesight, a good trait in a scout. She is cho
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
4.5 stars

“It is in the darkest skies we see the brightest stars.”

Michelle Griep continues to be one of my consistently favorite authors, especially when she delves into the time period of Colonial America. The Captured Bride is everything I have come to expect from a Griep novel – rich in setting and historical details, strong characters, and breath-stealing romance!

Mercy Lytton is a heroine not to be messed with – a woman with a compassionate heart and a skilled scout entrusted with the most d
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Captured Bride is the third book in the Daughters of the Mayflower and my favorite so far in the series.

The book started off strong, but it was the second half of the story that was nearly unputdownable. I didn't expect the story to get so intense, but I loved it when that happened. I didn't know what was going to happen and wanted to just keep reading. :)

I liked how the romance built over time. It was sweet and I enjoyed reading it. The ending was great and I cannot wait to read the next b
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