“The Captured Bride” is a novel from The Daughters of the Mayflower series by Michelle Griep. This novel is set during the French and Indian War and takes place in Upper New York in 1759, about five years into the war. Actually the British fought both the French and Indians for control of more land.
At this point in history, the British and American colonists fought against the French presence in the Ohio River Valley. The Native Americans tribes aligned themselves at various time with the two sides, frequently changing their allegiance. The colonists were moving farther into the Ohio Valley and were not welcomed by the Indians and French trappers.
In this story set during this time, we follow Mercy Lytton, a half-breed scout raised among the Mohawk Indians, her fellow scout Matthew Pinn, and a condemned traiter, Elias Dubois. No one is sure which side Dubois is on, but he is forced to see a gold shipment to its destination. Mercy, Matthew, and a young, brash private are required to go also, posing as a family travelling to a new land.
This novel is fraught with tension as the group heads into hostile territory. Not only are they trying to evade the French, but also hostile natives. At one point, Mercy is captured by the Wyandot Indians, and Elias diverts his focus on rescuing her instead of accomplishing his mission.
I’m sure you will enjoy reading about this perilous time in history. I found that I was more interested in this time period after reading this story and decided to research a little more into that conflict. Ms. Griep is an excellent author whose characters have a depth of faith, loyalty, and compassion that will draw you in to the story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.