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I’m not sure I have read any stories that were set during the French and Indian War. Have you? If you enjoy historical fiction, you are in for a treat today. We are visiting with Michelle Griep about her brand new novel, The Captured Bride, which takes place during the French and Indian War. Before we begin, let’s take a quick look at the story.
Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in one cause. . .to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart.
Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he is offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort—but he is the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns out that the real thief is the beguiling woman, Mercy Lytton, for she steals his every waking thought. Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?
Welcome back, Michelle! You’ve certainly intrigued me with this story! What inspired you to write The Captured Bride?
I was asked by my publisher if I wanted to write a story that must include 3 things: the heroine must be related to the original couple that came over on the Mayflower (in The Mayflower Bride), there must be some sort of espionage in the plot, and it had to be set during the French & Indian War. Who could resist that challenge?
That does sound like an interesting challenge. Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novel, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
I love the young girl, Livvy. She’s such an inspiration and I really tried to show “out of the mouths of babes” via her character. But alas… Livvy will not have a story of her own except in the minds of readers.
She will surely have many different adventures that way. 😉 Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
I was assigned the era, but not the setting. So, I did a little research trip last summer to upstate New York. My, my! What a magical place that is. Lush and green and stocked full of history. It was easy to write the tale after that research trip!
How fun to be able to picture the area where your characters would be. What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
Though sometimes it doesn’t seem like it (especially in our current society), having faith isn’t a sign of weakness but of strength.
I have definitely heard that criticism, but walking in faith is not always easy! We’d love to know a little more about you personally. Would you share a few fast favorites? What is your favorite:
Writing snack: tortilla chips
Movie: The Count of Monte Cristo
Vacation destination: Ironbridge, England
Ice cream: salted caramel or maple nut (It’s a tie)
Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to share with us today, Michelle!
Your turn! Let’s go back to that very first question. Have you ever read a book set during the French and Indian War?
More about Michelle:
Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
Also by Michelle:
The Innkeeper’s Daughter
A London officer goes undercover to expose a plot against the Crown Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue… until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.
All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.
Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.
The Captured Bride Giveaway:
Michelle has generously offered to give away a copy of The Captured Bride. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.