Book Review: The Patriot Bride

36040949._UY630_SR1200,630_At 5:08am, my phone started to buzz. It’s been ringing off the hook the last few days as I’ve been finishing the process for substitute teaching. But once it rang, I was awake, which led me to think, “Why not finish off that book you’ve been reading?” And so, it was in the early hours of the morning that I finally finished Kimberly Woodhouse’s The Patriot Bride, book 4 of the Daughters of the Mayflower series.

Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber are both working covertly to aid the Patriot cause. But will they be willing to sacrifice all for their fledgling country?
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Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause
Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country?

This one took me a while to plow through, in all honesty. I didn’t feel very connected to either of the characters, and the stakes didn’t feel as high as they were made out to be, but the book finishes strong (around 3/4 of the way through) with some sweet moments between the two characters. There are several interesting references to events during the early years of the of the Revolution, and I was intrigued by her characterization of George Washington and Ben Franklin. I don’t think I ever realized before just how… eccentric Ben Franklin was. He made me laugh a few times.

I’ve never read anything by Kimberly Woodhouse before, so this was a first for me. She put a lot of attention to detail into the timing of the events, and wove more scripture and historical quotations into her writing than I’ve seen in a while. This book will quite literally take you through the psalms. If you are in the market for a low-stress book (it’s set during the Revolutionary War, but there is almost no physical conflict that comes up) that could almost be used as a devotional, this might be a great read for you.

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MORE IN THE DAUGHTERS OF THE MAYFLOWER SERIES:

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)​
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (coming October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (coming December 2018)

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 I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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