A brief summary from Barbour Books:
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 naïve 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?
As if becoming of age wasn’t exciting enough, Kate Gruener’s father surprises the family by packing them up and heading West into the unknown, promising woodlands to take up farming. Idyllic and whimsical, the promise of the Western world sounds like the perfect adventure Kate has always longed for. But Kate’s adventurous ways turn into accidental incidents that per her on their scout’s radar, not that Kate minds too terribly since Thomas Bledsoe is the most intriguing man she’s ever met. Yet when conflict begins to stew amongst the families traveling and the Shawnee Indians, will Thomas’ past bring healing or more division?
Cumberland Bride is the 5th installment in the Daughters of Mayflower Series and is super enjoyable to read. Kate & Thomas’ relationship is fun to read as it unfolds throughout the book, and the conflict between the settlers and Native Americans will keep you hungry to read more. This makes a great stand-alone read too, even though its the 5th book in the series. If you love history, but this one on your TBR list!
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Barbour Books in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.