The Book ✯✯✯
I so wanted to adore this book. I love Christian, historical fiction, and clean romances. And honestly, I don't expect a ton from them because I read them knowing they'll be light, fluffy, and sweet.
The Mayflower Bride is the first in a generational series written by multiple authors. Though it is incredibly obvious that Woodhouse did her research and attempted to make things as accurate as possible, Mayflower lacked luster. We knew who would fall in love from the start, yet the romance didn't seem to burn or build because they spent so much time apart. And the feelings tended to be told instead of shown. We know she wanted to marry for love instead of arrangement, we know they said they loved each other. But there was so much else going on when it came to how many people freaking died that the fictional romance lost all its spotlight to the historical figures.
This one wasn't personally my cup of tea, but it was quick and sweet and still set the series up well to be a good generational tale. And I am eagerly devouring the next one in the series.
Thank you to NetGalley, Kimberly Woodhouse, and Barbour Publishing for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review.