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The Rebel Bride

(Daughters of the Mayflower #10)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Can Love Form Amidst Tensions of War?

During the clash between Union and Confederacy, quiet Tennessean Pearl MacFarlane is compelled to nurse both Rebel and Yankee wounded who seek refuge at her family’s farm. She is determined to remain unmoved by the Yankee cause—until she faces the silent struggle of Union soldier Joshua Wheeler, a recent amputee. The MacFarlane family fi
Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2019 by Barbour Books
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Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had all the feel goods for me - the Civil War and Chattanooga. It was a perfect book to continue the Daughter of the Mayflower series. I whooped at the mention of the Wisconsin/Minnesota family - Halvorson - I will forgive the author for choosing this variation because it is common in that area, even though mine is Halverson (NE/NW Iowa).

This is the story of Pearl MacFarlane, the granddaughter of Kate and Thomas MacFarlane from The Cumberland Bride, along with her father an
Karen R
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another captivating story in the Daughters of the Mayflower series!
A grieving family is prevailed upon to harbor wounded enemy soldiers in their home near Chattanooga, Tennessee in the fall of 1863. Nursing the enemy challenges Pearl to put her faith into action in ways she'd never imagined.

“If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink...”
Great characters that grew in depth as the story progressed, and descriptive writing drew me into this interesting tale. I
Caroline arrow_reads
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 ⭐

This is a sweet, encouraging story set in Tennessee during the Civil War. With heartache of her own, Pearl is told to take in and care for Union soldiers. There is a delightful, slow romance that develops. Between all their differences, will they be able to one day live their lives together? I was encouraged by Pearl’s prayers and Scripture throughout the book.
Thank you NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for this advanced copy. Publish date is December 1, 2019.
I plan to read the other book
Debby "Piene Raven"
Another good novel and another new author to this reader in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, "The Rebel Bride" takes place in Tennessee during the Civil War where Pearl MacFarlane is a dominant Southern belle. Although a confederate, her religious belief is one of not believing that people should owned by other people…especially slaves.

Pearl and Josh Wheeler are wonderful characters and others in the story have their own distinctive characteristics. My only drawback is the very hypocritic
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Civil War. A time discussed often, but only on the surface. Most often the stories of this period are told from two perspectives- one being the plantation owner who wants to keep slaves, the other a person from the North who is fighting to abolish slavery. The Rebel Bride is an in depth tale from very different points of view. Perhaps ones not many have thought about. Shannon McNear definitely did research, and left no fact buried. Historically accurate this novel could act as a sort of text ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been loving this series since the Mayflower and it just keeps getting better and better!
There's just something about the Civil War that fascinates me. I don't know what it is. Maybe it had to do with courage, beliefs, who knows.
I liked this book for what it had to offer.
Trust is the issue here And we can't leave out Hope at the end of the line.
Trust is the hardest thing to do in life. Heck it's even hard to put our love and trust in God. All because we think we can d
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Rebel Bride is the tenth book in The Daughters of the Mayflower series. If you haven't read any of the books in this unique series, you need to know that they are all loosely connected by the Lytton family tree and each book can be read as a stand alone. I have enjoyed that the books are written by different authors and because of this I was introduced to new authors I have come to enjoy reading including Shannon McNear. I have also enjoyed the covers and how they highlight the progression o ...more
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
A very sweet, slow romance between a Union soldier and a Southern young woman, “The Rebel Bride”, by Shannon McNear (Barbour Publishing), addresses the ravage and horrors of war and features a wounded soldier who wonders if he’ll ever have the chance of “a plain, ordinary life”.
Josh is a great character, solid, kind, level-headed. Pearl is an amazing heroine, too, her strength and braveness coexisting with her fears and vul
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
Book 10 in the series was a good read!
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the roles almost reversed. Being from the South and knowing my family wasn't slave owners, I enjoyed reading that there really were others in the South (while this was fiction) that opposed slavery and the North being disrespectful towards "colored" folk. I am quite sure this was very accurate. Growing up, there were plenty of mixed-race marriages and families. I'm not sure why this makes people weird but to this day, there
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed the Daughters of the Mayflower series immensely. With each book being a standalone story and often written by a different author, this has been a joy to follow.

And what a history lesson in the process! From the Mayflower's landing to the Civil War, I have learned much. In The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear, we meet Pearl MacFarlane, who is forced to care for Union soldiers in her home. As the war drags on and injured men continue to arrive, Pearl struggles with her desi
Jenelle Hovde
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Poetic, fast-paced, and thoughtful. Fans of Laura Frantz and Lori Benton will find another author to cherish.

Pearl MacFarlane, the granddaughter of Kate and Thomas MacFarlane from The Cumberland Bride, has no choice but to set up a hospital for wounded enemy soldiers within her own farm. Joshua Wheeler, a soldier from Ohio, receives a terrible injury and convalescences within the MacFarlane home. Joshua can't help but be intrigued with the practical, yet gentle Pearl.

I loved the set
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Rebel Bride
By Shannon McNear
This installment of Daughters of the Mayflower series hit my “sweet spot.” I have enjoyed this series as it travels through time following the same family line. The Rebel Bride is set in Tennessee where the locals are asked to house and care for the injured Union men following battle. Pearl MacFarlane is no exception despite already caring for her ailing father and younger brother. As Pearl adjusts to her new responsibilities, she struggles with remain
Patti Wolff
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The 10th novel of the Daughters of the Mayflower series, "The Rebel Bride" takes place in Tennessee during the Civil War. A rebel family is forced to house and tend injured Union soldiers, a common practice then. This fact always surprises me.

Pearl MacFarlane is no simpering Southern belle. She's religious and while a Confederate, she does not believe in owning slaves. Her Yankee love interest Josh Wheeler is a wonderful hero. The characters are well-drawn. Little brother Clem is swe
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another entrancing novel in the continuing Mayflower Brides series, A Rebel Bride was a study in contrasts: North versus South, Union against Confederate, slave versus free, love against hate, foe or friend. Did God assign favor to the Confederates or the Federalists? How did a southern family find the strength needed to care for several wounded Union soldiers? Pearl MacFarlane pondered these many questions as she and her small family were forced to do just that from their home in eastern Tennes ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am enjoying the entire Daughters of the Mayflower series. Each book builds my knowledge of history and appreciation for our country. While each book stands alone, I eagerly look forward to each new installment.

The Civil War is not an easy subject. There is so much emotion (even still today) on both sides. The author did an excellent job presenting both sides. The protagonists struggled with the issues, but also presented their viewpoints to the other characters. I appreciated seein
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked the approached this author took in regards to the Civil War. There is no clear cut way to view this era in American history. A great number of ideas and beliefs went into this dark period of our nations history. The prayer of both the Union and Confederate was for God to let their "righteous" side win the conflict.
This story takes you to the hills of Tennessee. Where the poor, non-owning slave families lived, supporting themselves. But war would come to them. Forced to take in woun
Crystal Brothers
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author did an amazing job representing some of the intricacies involved with the Civil War. This book also delves into the nuances of right and wrong, and how the line may not always be as clear as we think. I loved watching the characters wrestle with this and see their humility and growth.

Though there is a solid romance, this book is not “just” a romance. There is so much substance, heart, and depth. I really appreciated the secondary characters as well.

Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book. All opinions belong to me and were not influenced in any way.

I have never read a book by Shannon McNear or any of the Daughter of the Mayflower series. This book was quite good though. The story revolved around Pearl MacFarlane, a Confederate sympathizer from Tennessee, who is forced to care for Yankee POWs. She has to make the decision of whether to keep to her beliefs or allow love to soften her. The storyline was interestin
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading a novel by Shannon McNear, and I was pleasantly surprised! Her book centered around Pearl MacFarlane, a strong Confederate sympathizer who is forced to care for dying Yankee prisoners of war. Pearl has to decide whether to hold to her strong beliefs or allow love to soften her stubborn sensibilities. I greatly enjoyed this book!

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was the first I have read by this author and I enjoyed it! It was a unique perspective on the Civil War because it was set during the battles rather than immediately following or leading up to. The love story was sweet and historical elements interesting. I was a little disappointed with the ending as I felt it was a bit rushed and would like to have seen more of the characters story. Overall, I would recommend this book!
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent installment of the Brides series! This was a beautifully written account of a young woman, Pearl, who, as a part of a confederate family, is forced to take care of enemy wounded in her home. One of the wounded, Josh, befriends her, and at one point, protects her from unwanted attention. As their friendship grows, the war comes closer, and he has to return. Great story I couldn't put down!
Dana Michael
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Rebel Bride is a wonderful historical romance set during the Civil War near Chattanooga, TN. This is a steady and easy book to read. I really enjoyed it because I am a born and bred Tennessean. (go Vols) I learned new things about the war and felt the book had a refreshing and a bit different slant about it compared to other stories out there. The heroine is a brave and feisty young woman who worked tirelessly nursing Union soldiers in her Confederate Tennessee home. The hero lost his left h ...more
Sarah Burich
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! I enjoyed the civil war setting. The two main characters drew me in and I couldn’t wait to see what ended up happening. Two people that shouldn’t have ended up together, thrown together in the worst circumstance. Can love win out?
The Rebel Bride is a slow burn romance taken place in Tennessee at the time of the Civil War. Pearl MacFarlane is a nurse and meets an amputee soldier. I haven’t read a novel surrounding this era before and i quite enjoyed it! This is also the first time i’ve read one of Shannon McNears works and i’m interested in read more in the “Daughters of the Mayflower” series.

I received a copy of The Rebel Bride from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Sep 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
The Rebel Bride is an excellent addition to the Daughters of the Mayflower series. The descriptions of battle scenes and the needed care of the wounded along with the emotional response of the characters in this book played out on a movie screen in my mind. The subject matter was difficult, yet the author was able weave hope into a tale that told of loss and destruction while presenting many biblical truths, though not through the annoying reverend.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story which I receiv
Becca-Rae Weidel
I know that I say it all the time but I just adore this series. For anyone who appreciates family lineage and stretching their knowledge about lesser-known history of our country, this series is amazing. Each of the stories are standalones but the characters are connected through a bond of lineage.

One thing that I love the most about this series is that it slowly takes readers through American history in a way that stretches their knowledge while awakening a deeper appreciation for o
J.M. Hochstetler
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shannon McNear’s The Rebel Bride riveted me from the first page. The vividly drawn setting and complex, authentic characters on opposite sides of the Civil War drew me right into the story and gripped me until its end. Even major secondary characters came alive and held my interest and sympathy as they dealt with their unexpected situation in individual ways according to their differing personalities.

In the aftermath of the Battle of Chickamauga, the Confederate MacFarlanes find themselves forc
“Sometimes all we can do sometimes is just keep choosing whatever seems the right thing to do, right in front of us, and trust He’ll bring good of it.”

Walk back through history with the Daughters of the Mayflower series. Book 10 takes us back to the Civil War era to Tennessee and the Battle of Chickamauga, one of the deadliest battles of the war. This story reinforces the fact all southerners did not believe in slavery and all northerners were not hard core abolitionists. People ofte
Jeanne Alfveby Crea
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear. The whole Daughter of the Mayflower series is an amazing walk through American history. Written by different authors, each can be read as stand alone stories, but I have truly enjoyed reading each of them in order. What a wonderful concept and an amazing series!

Shannon McNear gives us a taste of the brutal reality of the civil war, as well as the questions that surround the reasons for the civil war, that still exist even now. She d
Lavern Lindberg
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pearl lives in Tennessee during the Civil War. She has just buried her brother, who was killed during a recent battle, and her father is not well and the Confederate army is requiring her to house and nurse injured Federal soldiers. At first she fights against such an atrocity, but her father reminds her to "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares"; and "If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt he ...more
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Shannon has been writing one thing or another since third grade and finished her first novel at age fifteen—but waited more than thirty years for her first book contract. In the meantime, she graduated from high school, attended college, met and married her husband, birthed nine children, lost one, taught five to drive, revised that first story innumerable times, and completed six others.

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