Book Review: The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear

The Rebel Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #10)

by: Shannon McNear

About the Book:

Can Love Form Amidst Tensions of War?

During the clash between Union and Confederacy, quiet Tennessean Pearl MacFarlane is compelled to nurse both Rebel and Yankee wounded who seek refuge at her family’s farm. She is determined to remain unmoved by the Yankee cause—until she faces the silent struggle of Union soldier Joshua Wheeler, a recent amputee. The MacFarlane family fits no stereotype Joshua believed in; still he is desperate to regain his footing—as a soldier, as a man, as a Christian—in the aftermath of his debilitating injury. He will use his time behind enemy lines to gather useful intelligence for the Union—if the courageous Rebel woman will stay out of the line of danger.

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear.

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 Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1849 San Francisco (April 2019)
The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1860 Utah (July 2019)

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My Thoughts:

The Rebel Bride is the 10th book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series by Barbour Publishing. I’ve enjoyed each of these books as they’ve been released and am pleased to see many more still to come. This is Shannon McNear’s second book in this series. She also wrote The Cumberland Bride (#5). The best thing about this series is that each book stands on its own so you can begin reading anywhere and won’t be confused. They are all relatively short, so they’re great for those who don’t have the time or effort to delve into thick books, but they still have all the spiritual impact and story layers people look for in Christian historical romances, at least I think so.

My favorite part of this book is how well the author brought-out the beliefs and stands of both the North and the South during this challenging time in history. She presented a well-balanced look at both sides while still bring out the prejudices the two had against each other. It wasn’t as cut and dry as we would like it to be.

After seeing a note from the author on Facebook, I was concerned about the level of gruesomeness considering this is a war book and we are dealing with amputation. I’m pleased to say that it was tactfully described and while it is repulsive, it wasn’t too much. If you can watch war movies, you won’t have a problem with this book. If you avoid blood and guts like the plague, this may not be the book for you.

I loved that the author didn’t make the resolution easy for these characters. The trials and internal struggles that they dealt with took effort to overcome.

About the Author:

Shannon McNear loves losing herself in local history. A Midwestern farm girl who lived in Charleston, South Carolina, for more than two decades before being transplanted to North Dakota, she’s a military wife, mother of 8, and a member of ACFW and RWA. When not sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the northern prairies.

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