Sunday, October 7, 2018
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear
With that being said, I truly enjoyed this 5th book in Mayflower Brides series. The author took her time researching the territory and the trail in late 1700's. With her words, I can actually visualize everything she penned down. This had to be hard for her to write this because of the time period with the slaves and the indians. I know for a fact in that time period, life was hard especially after the Revolutionary War where there were bitterness among the traitors and the Tories.
This is a light contemporary Christian romance novel. It can be a stand-alone alone novel which I had no problem reading. I normally don't care for romance but in this book, it was more realistic.
The traveling from Shenandoah Valley to Cumberland Gap to find a place to find a home was a breathtaking, mesmerizing, daring, and daunting task to travel by foot/horses in those days. There was hardly any wagon in those days yet. Covered wagons came later. This is the period of time I would have so loved to live in that fresh clean wilderness. I wouldn't mind the hardship because I would be embracing life.
I truly embraced living in the book for several hours.
The only problem I have with this book is at the beginning of the book where a genealogy tree was revealed. Bear with me, I love family trees. But I must not comprehending how that tree and the family in the story match up. Am I missing g something here?
I'm going to give this book a low four stars because of the political correctness of the indians and the slavery. I know the author held back because she wanted to focus more on other aspects of the book, rightfully so and the family tree which threw me off. I applaud the author for doing her research on history, genealogy, and geography for this book.
I would not mind picking up earlier books and am looking forward to the next installments. Cannot wait!
I received this adventurous ARC from Barbour Books through Net Galley in an exchange for my unbiased and honest review. Thank you!