This is actually one of the first Christian Romances I’ve ever read that featured the Alamo. The last one to even mention it that I read was Karen Witemeyer’s Short Straw Bride (all of the men were named after famous people/places from the Alamo). So when it was released, I was curious to see how the history was incorporated into the story.
Will Ellis Lose All at the Alamo?
Ellis Dumont finds a man in New Orleans Grey unconscious on Dumont property in 1836. As his fevers rage, the man mutters strange things about treasures and war. Either Claiborne Gentry has lost his mind or he’s a spy for the American president—or worse, for the Mexican enemy that threatens their very lives. With the men of her family away, Ellis must stand courageous and decide who she can trust. Will she put her selfish wants ahead of the future of the republic or travel with Clay to Mission San Jose to help end the war?
While the story and the history were interesting, and the amnesia case reeled me in, I felt a bit disappointed as I read the story. Ellis was hard to connect to as a character. She seems like she ought to be a strong female lead, but in reality, behaves more like a southern belle who makes poor choices.
Clay on the other hand was fascinating and I wish more emphasis and time in the story had been given to finding his grandfather’s treasure. He was the comic relief in this story because – word to the wise – Ellis’ herbs pack a powerful punch.
And as rich as the history could have been, it felt somewhat removed, and I would have loved to get closer to the conflict. Much of the conflict felt relative to what was happening at the Alamo, but non-specific.
Overall, this story had a lot of potential, but just didn’t quite do it for me. Even the romance fell a bit flat, and the story meandered more than it followed a particular direction. I wish good luck to the upcoming titles in this series. The concepts keep luring me in, but the early installments haven’t been all they could be in my book.
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 (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1836 Texas (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse – set 1849 (coming April 2019)
The Express Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse – set 1860 (coming July 2019)
I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own