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- File Size : 2666 KB
- Publication Date : October 1, 2018
- Publisher : Barbour Books (October 1, 2018)
- ASIN : B07BFNDX6T
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Print Length : 256 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #441,890 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What an intriguing supposition McNear starts out her narrative with. A Hessian siding with the Americans. The real question I saw, over and over throughout the book, is where does one end viewing another as an enemy? How does the forgiveness offered by one affect others around him? Or will an attempt at reconciliation between obvious enemies bring shame, betrayal, and untold danger?
How I loved these characters. Some followed their upbringing, some followed their hearts, and all followed dangerous trails. Who will have the strength of character to survive a time and place given to unrest and danger?
“It always seemed the more willing a body was to share their story, the more likely that story wasn’t worth hearing.”
“God could protect them...And if they could not put their hope in Him, then—what else was there?”
My heart is full after reading The Cumberland Bride. May we all learn to view conflicts from angles other than our own. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinions. I am not required to leave a positive review. I DID, however, pre-order my own copy for my keeper shelf.
"Be brave, sweet Kate."
It's 1794 and Kate Gruener's father has decided to move his family west; regaling them with stories about the wild, barely tamed Kentucky frontier and its wide, open opportunities. He hires experienced scout Thomas Bledsoe to lead their cluster of local families safely across the Wilderness Road, knowing that renegade Shawnees are continuing to stir up trouble throughout Cumberland Gap.
Kate's natural curiosity and propensity to record details, about people and places, prompts her to quiz the intriguing scout from time to time about his family history, to which he barely responds. But as the miles disappear under their feet, an invisible thread begins to form between them, causing Thomas much angst. He is determined to avoid attachments, he never wants a woman to cry over him again, and the lovely Kate is proving hard to resist with all of her annoying questions.
It seems the Almighty has His own plans for Thomas and Kate, for after Thomas' worst nightmare is realized, he turns to the only source of wisdom that he should have ever considered to begin with and listens to the still, small voice of the Spirit saying, " And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee saying, This is the way, walk ye in it."
Honestly, the first and second halves of this story differed remarkably in intensity, but make no mistake; the author ends strong and ultimately that is what matters.
As The Cumberland Bride parallels my own genealogy story, I read it with interest--looking for a sense of what my ancestors endured 200 years ago.
McNear provides plenty of description of Kentucky's flora and fauna at the end of the 18th century and the only description of the Cumberland Gap I've read.
This romance was just a little too focused on the romance for me--others will probably enjoy it--which why I only gave it three stars.
It's odd to think of western Kentucky as the frontier but in 1794 it was.
I loved the details and descriptions the author gives us in her telling of this family and group packing up to move west. The details of the journey had me on the trail with them.
Katarina (Kate) Gruener gets into all kinds of trouble. Thomas Bledsoe is there to rescue her.
Somewhere along the way, he finds himself breaking a promise he made to himself long ago. He also finds his faith again.
I can't say the rest of what I want to without giving spoilers.
Maybe a teaser...there is a sweet connection to the beautiful cover on this book. You'll have to read the story to find it.
I give The Cumberland Bride 5 stars for its enjoyable read.
I would recommend this book to Historical Fiction Fans.