About the Book (from the Daughters of the Mayflower website)
War Forces a Choice Between Love and Country
A trip home from England to Maryland in 1812 finds Emeline Baratt a captive on a British warship and forced to declare her allegiance between the British and Americans. Remaining somewhat politically neutral on a ship where her nursing skills are desperately needed is fairly easy—until she starts to have feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. However, when the captain sends her and Lieutenant Owen Masters on land to spy, she must choose between her love for him or her love for her country.
Releases December 1, 2018!
The Liberty Bride harks back to some of MaryLu Tyndall's earlier historical romances, particularly her Surrender to Destiny series, which is set in the same era. (One of the books is even referenced in the author's note.) And as with those novels, I enjoyed this new adventure with its tension and drama and rekindled hope.
Most of the first half of the story takes place at sea (albeit not far from land). While life aboard a British naval ship is quite different from the chaotic, dangerous atmosphere this author portrays aboard pirate ships in other books, there are still moments of violence, fear, and intrigue for this story's heroine, Emeline.
Then the plot shifts to land, bringing a few new characters and challenges to the fore. I love the way the hero, Owen, shines in this part—Emeline too! Their kindness and desire to do the right thing make for some sweet scenes in the midst of trying to outwit their enemies.
Some elements feel a bit too perfectly aligned or a little inauthentic in what some characters say and do. I wouldn't say this is my favorite MaryLu Tyndall book—although I think my tastes have changed somewhat over the years. Still, this story's conclusion is heartwarming, and fans of inspirational historical romance with some excitement (as well as fans of this author's style) should find The Liberty Bride very enjoyable.
*With thanks to Barbour Publishing through NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-ARC of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.*
My Reviews of Other Books in This Series...
The Mayflower Bride (#1)
The Captured Bride (#3)
The Cumberland Bride (#5)