Sunday, January 27, 2019

#BookReview: The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo

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Will Ellis Lose All at the Alamo?

Ellis Dumont finds a man in New Orleans Grey unconscious on Dumont property in 1836. As his fevers rage, the man mutters strange things about treasures and war. Either Claiborne Gentry has lost his mind or he’s a spy for the American president—or worse, for the Mexican enemy that threatens their very lives. With the men of her family away, Ellis must stand courageous and decide who she can trust. Will she put her selfish wants ahead of the future of the republic or travel with Clay to Mission San Jose to help end the war?

I want to begin by noting that while I read Christian fiction fairly regularly, I do not consider myself a genre reader. I am a reader of historical fiction first, and that perspective colors my assessment of this story. This is not to say that I discount the novel’s incorporation of faith, just that I might not weight it as heavily as someone who is more invested in the religious aspects of Y’Barbo’s work.

The Alamo Bride marks my first experience with the Daughters of the Mayflower series, so I’m not entirely sure how it fits in the grander scheme of things, but I enjoyed the novel well-enough as a standalone and thought the scope of its historic content creatively presented in the experiences of Ellis Valmont and Claiborne "Clay" Gentry.

Historically speaking, the book covers the Texas Revolution and includes a wealth of research on the time period. Y’Barbo offers many introductions to key players in the conflict, and I love what she did in highlighting the New Orleans Greys. That said, I think the story offers a far wider view than the title suggests and encourages readers to understand these pages chronicle more than a single siege.

As far as the religious elements of the story are concerned, I’d classify the content as moderate to heavy. I did not find Y’Barbo’s themes abrasive by any means, but I’d mention it when recommending The Alamo Bride to secular readers.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Obtained from: Netgalley
Read: November 3, 2018

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