Book Review: The Cumberland Bride

This book is written by Shannon McNear and is part of The Daughters of the Mayflower series. Katarina Gruener is a descendant of the main characters in the previous books, most recently Faith Lytton. I felt an instant connection with her because our names are pronounced the same, only spelled differently, and we each have a parent coming from Germany. Her love story with Thomas is very long and drawn out due to the detail the author includes in the description of setting and events. Even though I felt like it was a slower read than others it was more relatable and easy to make sense of their affection toward each other at the end.

It did annoy me that the plot seemed to be over long before the book was. The author includes a great dialogue between the main characters and their families, yet seems to make their love a plot on its own when it is evident that the events, such as discoveries of family secrets and Indian slayings and abductions are the plots that drives the characters to each other. Once that was all said and done I questioned why the book kept going. I love long books, by all means! This book had nothing left to say though and though their love was written sincerely, I found no emotion to getting to the end because it was more drawn out than it should have been.

I give the book a 4 out of 5.

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