Putting Legs On Fact
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse is a marvellous Christian historical novel. It is the fourth book in The Daughters Of The Mayflower series but can be read as a stand-alone.
This novel surrounds the battle for independence. It opens in 1752 but quickly jumps to 1774 as we follow the action, Loyalists and Patriots are everywhere. People choose whether to support the king or are they for independence? There are spies in the midst, infiltrating life everywhere. There is the theme of trust as no one knows who the betrayers are, with spies and double dealings.
The women are shown to be strong and brave. “You were the one who taught me to follow my instincts and not let anyone think less of me because I was a woman.” The women do what they can to support the cause. Unwanted attention towards a young widow from a hopeful suitor creates much amusement for the reader as the women conspire to thwart his attentions.
The fight for freedom from the crown is only half the story. To gain real freedom, we need to know Jesus and follow His rules for our lives. “The only way they’d gain freedom was if they followed Him.” We need to fix our eyes on Jesus and trust Him.
The Patriot Bride is based on fact. Kimberley Woodhouse has woven a fabulous story. She has put legs on historical details and characters. George Washington is no longer just a character in a painting but has been created as a fully rounded and likable character.
The Patriot Bride will educate you as you read. It is an exciting page turner that will have you glued from the start.
I received this book for free from Barbour publishing on Net Galley. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.