The Cumberland Bride

The Cumberland Bride

Thomas Bledsoe and Kate Gruener are traveling the Wilderness Road when conflicts between natives and settlers reach a peak that will require each of them to tap into a well of courage.Love and Adventure Are Discovered on the Wilderness RoadIn 1794, when Kate Gruener’s father is ready to move the family farther west into the wilderness to farm untouched land, Kate is eager...

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Title:The Cumberland Bride
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The Cumberland Bride Reviews

  • Susan

    4.5 stars

    Shannon McNear's lyrical prose weaves a magnificent tale of the early settlers along the Wilderness Road of the late 1700's. Her setting literally spring to life, as the story slowly unfolds describing the many hardships the early settlers faced as they moved westward. McNear alternates the POV between one of the settlers traveling the Wilderness Road Kate Gruenner and Thomas Bledsoe, their guide. Though she initially appears to be unprepared to face the hardships and survive in the wil

    4.5 stars

    Shannon McNear's lyrical prose weaves a magnificent tale of the early settlers along the Wilderness Road of the late 1700's. Her setting literally spring to life, as the story slowly unfolds describing the many hardships the early settlers faced as they moved westward. McNear alternates the POV between one of the settlers traveling the Wilderness Road Kate Gruenner and Thomas Bledsoe, their guide. Though she initially appears to be unprepared to face the hardships and survive in the wilderness, McNear has given us a courageous heroine. While trying to keep his distance, Thomas is drawn to Kate. He is torn between two worlds, searching for a place to call home. As they face many dangers along the way, they also find this a journey of faith.

    Reminiscent of Lori Benton, Laura Frantz and Michelle Griep, fans of historical fiction will be captivated by Kate and Thomas' story. McNear has written a tale rich in historical detail and with a spiritual message that is relevant regardless of setting. She has also given us a romance that is tender and sweet.

    I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I loved the expansive wilderness setting in this book and the various feelings it gave throughout the story- anticipation and adventure, trepidation and danger. I could relate to Kate as she shows her inexperience in the elements, but also her strength, determination, and grit. Like Thomas, I couldn't help but admire her lack of complaints and selfless attitude. Even though it takes a while for Thomas to warm up to her enough to spark a friendship, she doesn't go unnoticed. I enjoyed learning ab

    I loved the expansive wilderness setting in this book and the various feelings it gave throughout the story- anticipation and adventure, trepidation and danger. I could relate to Kate as she shows her inexperience in the elements, but also her strength, determination, and grit. Like Thomas, I couldn't help but admire her lack of complaints and selfless attitude. Even though it takes a while for Thomas to warm up to her enough to spark a friendship, she doesn't go unnoticed. I enjoyed learning about his past as a former captive of the Indians and the unique perspective and skills it gave him. The journey begins with a slow but steady pace, but definitely picks up with action and conflict that draws Kate and Thomas closer together. I finished the book with a satisfied feeling, and I think it's a story that would be enjoyed by fans of Laura Frantz and Lori Benton. Highly recommend!

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Julie Carpenter

    It's official...This is my favorite book of the Daughters of the Mayflower series. Not that I don't love other books in this series, or enjoy all of them. But this one was fabulous! Life has been a little busy the last several months and I was super slow reading and reviewing this book by its publication date. But I'm slowly going back and catching up on several books that I missed. I figured that I'd pick this one up and skim through it quickly to finish it so I could write a review for it and

    It's official...This is my favorite book of the Daughters of the Mayflower series. Not that I don't love other books in this series, or enjoy all of them. But this one was fabulous! Life has been a little busy the last several months and I was super slow reading and reviewing this book by its publication date. But I'm slowly going back and catching up on several books that I missed. I figured that I'd pick this one up and skim through it quickly to finish it so I could write a review for it and get myself all caught up. Ha! Yeah right! My plan backfired completely on me. Thanks to this author that I've never read before. I was sucked in completely! I couldn't set it down. It was so good! I was completely pulled in and transfixed throughout the story of the Cumberland Bride.

    I love historical fiction. I love any era honestly. I think it's all fascinating and amazing to learn about the different time periods and how people lived and thrived. These early settlers were so amazing. I live in an old town that was settled back when the West was very young and it became a major hub for travelers, so it is very rich in history. I love the history of it and the surrounding areas as well. Although where I live and the setting of this story aren't close by each other, it still felt like the histories of both places were similar and very fascinating.

    There is most definitely a love story involved in this one and I have to say that I loved watching the relationship develop between the two main characters. Thomas Bledsoe has been hired by the Gruener family to scout for them as they are journeying to the new land they plan to settle on. Thomas and the Gruener's daughter, Kate, have plenty of great encounters. Several of them little mishaps but they are drawn to each other, even when they try to avoid the pull that they feel.

    I'm not going to go into detail because I don't want to spoil anything. I will tell you that there are moments of suspense, laughter, heartache, friendship, sweet and tender moments and plenty of adventure. I loved the main characters but I also thought that the author did a great job of supporting characters to help round out the cast in this book. The adventures that this group experiences along their travels resembled the lifestyle and struggles of the time. The struggles with trying to settle the land peacefully with the Native Americans and yet the anger and hurt caused by both sides of that land battle kept some suspense going throughout the story. Well done for sure!

    I'm so glad that I finally picked up this story and devoured it. Yes, I did devour it. I read it super fast and absolutely loved it!

    If you're wondering about this being a series and needing to read all of them to understand the story, you don't need to. The books are connected by a family line but you are able to read them individually and not feel like you've missed something by doing so. The authors may mention the couple who came over on the Mayflower throughout this series but only in referencing who the main characters of each book descend from. So pick and choose or read them all. I hope you enjoy whatever you choose to do.

    Content: Clean. Some moments of peril. Some kisses and mild innuendos about relations between a married couple but nothing graphic. This is a Christian fiction so the characters do occasionally pray to God for help and guidance and a couple small scenes of Sunday worship but nothing that felt over the top for those readers who might shy away from Christian fiction. I felt like it was well done and if you're interested in the book but not those small scenes, I think you'd be fine skipping over them and not missing any pertinent information for the storyline.

    I received a copy from the publisher, Barbour Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

    Happy Reading!!!

  • Paula Shreckhise

    The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear is the fifth book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series.

    It is a thoroughly captivating story of a wilderness journey in 1794.

    Kate Gruener and her family are making the difficult trek from Bean’s Station, Tennessee, through the Cumberland Gap then farther into the wilds of western Kentucky. Her father has hired Thomas Bledsoe to scout for the party. Thomas has experience with the Shawnee and Cherokee. The road is very primitive and there are many hardship

    The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear is the fifth book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series.

    It is a thoroughly captivating story of a wilderness journey in 1794.

    Kate Gruener and her family are making the difficult trek from Bean’s Station, Tennessee, through the Cumberland Gap then farther into the wilds of western Kentucky. Her father has hired Thomas Bledsoe to scout for the party. Thomas has experience with the Shawnee and Cherokee. The road is very primitive and there are many hardships and dangers along the way. But the travelers bathe their trip in prayer and trust they will make it through to a place where they can put down roots and prosper. By the end of the trip both Kate and Thomas will have answers to the questions of where they truly belong.

    Shannon McNear has done extensive research and her narrative puts you into the heart of the story. The historical detail is very interesting and she sheds light on customs and myths that are often associated with this time period. The characters are rich, with hopes and dreams that make them very relatable.

    If you like historical fiction that not only feeds your curiosity of the past but keeps you reading because of the exciting content.......don’t miss this wonderful book.

    * I was provided an ARC copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  • Deanne Patterson

    Even before I finished this I knew it would be my favorite book of the Daughter's of the Mayflower series! Wow, and I'm gonna say it again, WOW! Absolutely loved this book!

    This book was so rich in historical detail and I just gobbled it up. You want to tell me about the Wilderness Road in great detail, the terrain,weather conditions,native vegetation along the way? You want to tell me about the natives,their habitat,foods,customs, oh yes please I am all ears. I could visualize the story taking

    Even before I finished this I knew it would be my favorite book of the Daughter's of the Mayflower series! Wow, and I'm gonna say it again, WOW! Absolutely loved this book!

    This book was so rich in historical detail and I just gobbled it up. You want to tell me about the Wilderness Road in great detail, the terrain,weather conditions,native vegetation along the way? You want to tell me about the natives,their habitat,foods,customs, oh yes please I am all ears. I could visualize the story taking place as I read. I need a bit more time to digest this as I am still visualizing it. I am the person who reads a nonfiction historical book for enjoyment like a novel. As far as historical recommendations the author mentions Laura Frantz and Lori Benton, now I have another recommendation if I may, Jocelyn Green. Like the two previous author's her books are well steeped in historical detail. I loved the author sharing about more history of the area and historical filled facts in the back of her book. It's a shame only about one percent of author's research is able to be used in books but I can see how that's possible. Eagerly await what the author puts out next.

    Pub Date 01 Oct 2018

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing, Inc. through NetGalley, thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Michelle Griep

    I admit it. I'm a jaded reader. So when I give a book 5 stars, it's truly an event . . . and The Cumberland Bride is worthy of every hard-earned star I'm giving it. Shannon McNear can spin a tale like none other, and the romance side of it, whewie! The girl does relationships like a champ!

    If you're hankering to go back in time and visit the Colonial era, when life was tough and danger very real, then snatch yourself up a copy of this gem. You won't be sorry. It's just that good.

    And I'll be stal

    I admit it. I'm a jaded reader. So when I give a book 5 stars, it's truly an event . . . and The Cumberland Bride is worthy of every hard-earned star I'm giving it. Shannon McNear can spin a tale like none other, and the romance side of it, whewie! The girl does relationships like a champ!

    If you're hankering to go back in time and visit the Colonial era, when life was tough and danger very real, then snatch yourself up a copy of this gem. You won't be sorry. It's just that good.

    And I'll be stalking bookstore shelves, just waiting for her next book to come out, so I can grab myself the next awesome story she puts out.

  • Missy

    This series just keeps getting better and better. I read 60% of this book in one day. It is that good. I would give this one 4 1/2 stars.

    It is the story of a guide, Thomas Bledsoe, who takes the Gruener and Jenkins families from Virginia to Kentucky, through the Cumberland Gap. But it is Kate Gruener, who captures his eye. Even though he is determined not to let a woman cry over him as he is undetermined in what his future may hold. But it is Kate's inquisitive nature that brings him to the poin

    This series just keeps getting better and better. I read 60% of this book in one day. It is that good. I would give this one 4 1/2 stars.

    It is the story of a guide, Thomas Bledsoe, who takes the Gruener and Jenkins families from Virginia to Kentucky, through the Cumberland Gap. But it is Kate Gruener, who captures his eye. Even though he is determined not to let a woman cry over him as he is undetermined in what his future may hold. But it is Kate's inquisitive nature that brings him to the point of whether he cannot live without her. The trials along the way also bring them closer, especially once Thomas is confronted by some Shawnee Indians, who appear to be from his very secretive past. As he vowed never to let a woman cry over him, it is exactly what he has to do, to survive.

    This is the latest in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. I think the stories are building, each one getting better and better. This could be read as a stand alone, as it does not really tie into previous books, only the mention of her grandparents who came over on the Mayflower. I would recommend it to all who is reading this series, those that are interested in settlers coming though the Cumberland Gap, and how those trials brought the unrest with local Indians. Cannot wait for the next book to come out.

    I received this from Netgalley, Barbour Publishing, Inc, and author Shannon McNear for my honest review.

  • Brittany

    What a story! I absolutely loved this novel and it is definitely my favorite book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. This series is written by several different authors, with books that are all stand alone novels, and follows a family tree through important time periods in our history.

    These characters and the setting felt so real to me. From the vivid descriptions of what traveling the trace was like, to the dangers that arose as the settlers moved on day by day, I was rivited to the page

    What a story! I absolutely loved this novel and it is definitely my favorite book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. This series is written by several different authors, with books that are all stand alone novels, and follows a family tree through important time periods in our history.

    These characters and the setting felt so real to me. From the vivid descriptions of what traveling the trace was like, to the dangers that arose as the settlers moved on day by day, I was rivited to the page. I also was impressed with the peek into the Shawnee town and those who lived there.

    I loved the way the romantic feelings developed between the two main characters, Kate and Thomas. The interest and attraction that Kate couldn’t help but feel for Thomas was sweet and her attempts to get to know him seemed realistic. Thomas’ reticence to attach himself to anyone made sense, yet it was clear that feelings for Kate began to develop no matter how he tried to resist.

    This story was so interesting from start to finish and will definitely be one that I reread.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

    You can read this review on my blog:

  • Staci

    The Cumberland Bride is set between The American Revolution and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Some families were already traveling west to claim land of their own and forge a new life.

    Kate Gruener is traveling to Kentucky with her family. Their guide is Thomas Bledsoe. In the pages, readers get a sense of the difficulties of traveling on little traveled parts of the country and areas where the threat of Indian attack was very real. The author did a nice job of showing how there are good peopl

    The Cumberland Bride is set between The American Revolution and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Some families were already traveling west to claim land of their own and forge a new life.

    Kate Gruener is traveling to Kentucky with her family. Their guide is Thomas Bledsoe. In the pages, readers get a sense of the difficulties of traveling on little traveled parts of the country and areas where the threat of Indian attack was very real. The author did a nice job of showing how there are good people in a variety of allegiances.

    My favorite part of the novel was the sweet and slow romance that developed between Kate and Thomas.

    My gratitude to publisher Barbour for a complimentary NetGalley copy of this novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    I really love historical fiction and I love the time and setting for this book. It was such a time of turmoil and unrest as white settlers continued in their westward movement, pushing into the lands inhabited by the Shawnee and other Native American tribes. Tensions were high and I could really feel that in this story.

    This story has a really slow start and I was beginning to get impatient but I'm glad I stuck with it because once I reached about halfway through, things really began to pick up

    I really love historical fiction and I love the time and setting for this book. It was such a time of turmoil and unrest as white settlers continued in their westward movement, pushing into the lands inhabited by the Shawnee and other Native American tribes. Tensions were high and I could really feel that in this story.

    This story has a really slow start and I was beginning to get impatient but I'm glad I stuck with it because once I reached about halfway through, things really began to pick up and I was completely engrossed. I loved Thomas and his unique upbringing that gave an inside look into the Shawnee and their point of view. There was such a feeling of adventure and danger throughout the whole story, especially in the last half. Kate is an interesting character with her desire to document people's lives and stories. She is brave, uncomplaining, and kind. She compliments Thomas fantastically and it was awesome when he finally realized it.

    I would give the first half of this book 3 stars, the last half 5 stars. So, I guess that makes it a solid 4 stars from me.

    Content: some violence, mild peril, kissing. This is a Christian fiction book, a bit heavier on the Christian elements.

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