The Daughters of the Mayflower series has become a definite favourite for me. My American history was decidedly lacking and this series has remedied that! The Liberty Birde by MaryLu Tyndall is a fantastic addition. In the midst of the war between the British and the Americans, Emeline finds she has to walk the line of remaining alive and remaining true to herself. What transcends the battle is her empathy for her fellow man, no matter his nationality or allegiance. Spunky, opinionated and entertaining, Emeline is easy to relate to and to root for!
Owen is more of a lost soul, the spy under cover with the Brits, he is burying emotions, trying to investigate without raising suspicion and wholly unable to make heads or tails of Emeline. The tension between right and wrong leads the two into many tricky situations and keeps the novel full of suspense and intrigue. The ending is so satisfying on every front, it’s a testimony to this great writer.
Christianity is put through it’s paces with misinterpretation and questions being lobbied at it. Our lead characters struggle with what’s central to living a God-centered life and why it matters to have a relationship with Him but MaryLu introduces the answers elegantly and hopefully. I thoroughly enjoyed her perspective on the age-old challenges of why pain and loss is allowed in the world and what makes a “good” Christian.
It’s five out of five on the en-joy-ment scale and I highly recommend picking this one up! I’m looking forward to reading the next one out soon, The Alamo Bride Kathleen Y’Barbo.
From the back cover:
Lieutenant Owen Masters and Emeline Baratt meet on a British warship as sworn enemies. Where will Emeline place her loyalties when forced to spy against her country?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.
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.
Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.