To be honest, The Alamo is the first historical event in this amazing series, The Daughters of the Mayflower, of which I had preconceived ideas and, as such, I cracked The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo open with hesitation. If I could read with my eyes closed that would have been how I tackled this one. At the same time, I don’t like skipping a book in a series, and thank goodness I don’t, this one is a gem! Sit back and enjoy it with the knowledge that, despite it’s historic setting, the author creates a beautiful story and the ending is a good one!

My knowledge of the Alamo was limited to the disaster and massive loss of life but this book expanded my horizon to the context, the people and complexity of the conflicts. Ellis is headstrong, independent and empathetic. Claiborne is, through his own behaviours, trying to work out who he is and where he stands in the war raging around them. For the most part, the discoveries are made from Ellis’ home through storytelling and reflection.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, five out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale and can’t wait to tuck into the next in the series! If you haven’t started reading this collection, don’t hold back, it’s fabulous!

From the back cover:

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?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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