Mary Elizabeth Chapman boards the Speedwell in 1620 as a Separatist seeking a better life in the New World. William Lytton embarks on the Mayflower as a carpenter looking for opportunities to succeed—and he may have found one when a man from the Virginia Company offers William a hefty sum to keep a stealth eye on company interests in the new colony. The season is far too late for good sailing and storms rage, but reaching land is no better as food is scarce and the people are weak. Will Mary Elizabeth survive to face the spring planting and unknown natives? Will William be branded a traitor and expelled?
I am so excited about this new series! First of all I love the cover of this book. I confess that I have gotten on Goodreads and taken a peek at all the covers in this upcoming series, and they are all incredible! A good cover of a book can make me impulse buy every time! Back to the story! This book was loaded with history. I mean really jam packed. I wanted to fall in love with this book, and the characters because I just love historical fiction as a rule. The descriptions in this book really do transport you to another time and place. I am just not sure its a time and place I want to visit for long. This book was a difficult read for me. Now, don’t get me wrong, the author did a wonderful job describing the life and trials of the time period, but it was very heavy and heartbreaking subject matter for most of the book. I do realize that intent was to provide a more historically accurate viewpoint of this time and setting, but I wanted some relief. The sickness, the death, and the hardship left me feeling hopeless for most of the book. I truly enjoyed Mary and William’s character’s. Their friendship and romance was a tiny bright spot in a very tragic story. Williams coming to his faith was another thing I really loved about this book. All in all I can not say that I enjoyed this book from cover to cover, but it was full of history and well written. I would have loved to see a bit more romance, or lighthearted conversation, even the tiniest bit of humor in the characters to offer a bit of a break from the rough situation they were going through. I am still excited to read this series and will definitely be grabbing up each book as it comes out!
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