20 October 2018

Giveaway - The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear

The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear

The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear
Barbour Publishing (2018)
Book 5 in The Daughters of the Mayflower series

by Carrie Fancett Pagels

I had the privilege and honor of reading the ARC of Shannon McNear's wonderful novel, The Cumberland Bride. This colonial era story is part of The Daughters of the Mayflower series from Barbour Books. Shannon brings her own distinctive voice to the story which is perfect for the setting -- crossing the back country along the Kentucky Wilderness Road in 1794. My own ancestors settled in eastern Kentucky sometime near this era of Early American history. Being a bit of a klutz myself, I enjoyed Kate's struggles. Thomas is a strong hero and definitely needs all his wits about him in this tremendous journey. Fans of Laura Frantz will find this book a great companion to Laura's stories as some are in comparable story worlds.

Shannon McNear was a finalist in the prestigious Rita Awards for her colonial-era novella set in Virginia (I like to say she won for Inspirational Novella for the Rita's since it was the only Inspirational category finalist!). Shannon has been an ongoing blessing over at the Colonial Quills blog. I can't wait to read the next stories she comes up with!

Note, Shannon also has a novella in The Backcountry Brides collection which released from Barbour this past spring which is another great book to read. The cover on this book doesn't match up with the story, as Kate is tromping across the countryside in clothes that wouldn't have looked anything like this. But I think you'd have to agree that this is a gorgeous cover! Even prettier in person!

The book is available in multiple formats including ebook, paperback, and large print hardcover (from Thorndike).
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From the Publisher:
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.
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Love and Adventure Are Discovered on the Wilderness Road
In 1794, when Kate Gruener’s father is ready to move the family farther west into the wilderness to farm untouched land, Kate is eager to live out her own story of adventure like he did during the War for Independence and to see untamed lands. And she sets her sights on learning more about their scout, Thomas Bledsoe. Thomas’s job is to get settlers safely across the Kentucky Wilderness Road to their destination while keeping an ear open for news of Shawnee unrest. But na├»ve Kate’s inquisitive nature could put them both in the middle of a rising tide of conflict. Is there more to Thomas’s story than he is willing to tell? Is there an untapped courage in Kate that can thwart a coming disaster?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Cumberland 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)


Giveaway: A copy of Shannon's novel The Cumberland Bride, from Barbour Publishing. Leave a comment to enter.

38 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the sweet comments, Carrie! <3

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  2. Vera Wilson Should be a good one. Thanks for the chance.

    snoopysnop1 at yahoo dot com

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  3. I am loving this series and this is the one I’ve been waiting on! My family actually helped settle Kentucky. I even had an ancestor who came through the Gap with Daniel Boone!

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    1. Oh, that's exciting, Teresa! I've traced a few of my own ancestors to this area as well but haven't been able to dig in as deeply as I'd like. Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. I enjoyed the adventure of this book so much. My great-great grandparents settled in Kentucky, though I'm not certain how they arrived.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Andrea! I haven't been able to find that out about mine, either....

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  5. I am just loving this series, so rich in history and real life... just give us such a real sense of the time and how folks lived back then. Really nice review Carrie !
    I can't wait to read this one ! it would be a blessing to win for sure !
    Linda Marie Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. Faithful Acres Books now has its own Author Shannon McNear Board !!!
      on Pinterest. So exciting for you Shannon to have a new book out !!!
      Linda

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    2. Oh my goodness, thank you so much, Linda! I'll have to run over and check it out!

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  6. I enjoyed the other books in this series and can't wait to read more.

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  7. What a wonderful book with a beautiful cover. I would love to read it! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Barbour did an amazing job with the covers, didn't they?? :-)

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  8. Please sign me up. Thanks.
    Theresa N
    weceno at yahoo dot com

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  9. This is such a gorgeous cover!

    alander87(AT)allcom(DOT)net

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  10. I would love to read this book, thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. This does look like a wonderful read.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  12. This will be my first in this series and it sounds so interesting and intriguing. I hope to win.

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  13. I would love to read this book.it looks so good. Thanks for the chance to win.

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  14. I would feel blessed if I won a copy of this book, thank you for the chance.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  15. I haven’t read this series yet but I really like the covers. This sounds like a fun story. Thanks for the chance.
    ttmom42 at gmail dot com

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    1. I hope you get to read and enjoy it! They've definitely done some amazing work with the covers. :-)

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  16. Wonderful review, Carrie! This series sounds amazing!
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  17. Great review. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  18. This is a great series and I am looking forward to reading The Cumberland Bride book! jumpforjoy at gmail dot com

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  19. I love reading historicals. The Kentucky setting intrigues me and this book has such a lovely cover. Would love to read this. Thanks for the chance.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Merry

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  20. We have some of these books in this series in the church library but not this one.
    Thanks for giving me a chance to win it.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. I have loved this series!!! The history is rich and each one has just the perfect amount of suspense and romance; not too heavy on either, which I appreciate. I would love to add this one to my keeper shelf. :-)

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  22. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    maddycroneATgmailDOTcom

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  23. This has been so weird but I can't even comment on my own blogs! So again I congratulate Shannon on her new release! And our winner is Faith Creech!

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