My friend’s husband, Kenny, has two bosses. Most of the time this isn’t a big deal, but on occasion this has been a big problem for him when they disagree with what his priorities should be. I can’t imagine how difficult this would be. It is bad enough for me when my one boss can’t decide what is most important!
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” Matthew 6:24 NLT
Even worse than Kenny’s dilemma is the one described by Jesus. At least for Kenny, the bosses ultimately have a common goal – to further the cause of his company. It is when we try to serve two masters who are diametrically opposed to one another that we have an impossible situation. If we are pleasing Jesus, then the things we do are displeasing to Satan. When we are serving money, Satan, our own pleasures, then Jesus is displeased.
I am so encouraged by the verses that follow this statement. Jesus tells us here to not worry. Not about food. Not about drink. Not about clothing. Not about anything. God provides for us everything we need. We are valuable to Him and our worrying can’t accomplish a single thing. All we need to do is be faithful to follow Him and trust Him to take care of the details!
The Patriot Bride
by Kimberley Woodhouse
Series: Daughters of the Mayflower #4
Published by Barbour Books
Publication Date August 1, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Virginia, Massachuttes American Revolution Era - US - 1760 - 1783
Main Character Ages: 25-34, 35-60
Written for: Adults
Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber are both working covertly to aid the Patriot cause. But will they be willing to sacrifice all for their fledgling country?A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.
Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country?
Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse.
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)
I would like to thank Just Read Publicity Tours, Netgalley for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.Also in this series: The Mayflower Bride, The Pirate Bride, The Captured Bride
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Spies, double-agents, traitors, intrigue, and marriage proposals. Who would have thought a feisty widow would be entrenched in such dealings!
Anthony Jameson didn’t really care which side was right or which cause was just. And he wasn’t confident about who was going to win the war. So instead of taking the risk of making the wrong choice, he decided to play both sides and come out on top either way. It wasn’t the wisest decision he ever made. Anthony made for a perfect villain and did his best to cause problems for the lovely widow, Faith.
Faith had been orphaned as a young girl and her dear friend, George, was appointed her guardian. Tragedy struck her life again when she was just a young lady and her husband of just one week was killed in battle. Despite these things, she had a close relationship with the Lord and was strong and dedicated to serving her country. She was confident and clever which served her well when faced with a persistent and unwanted suitor and enemy soldiers taking over her city.
The majority of the story revolved around Faith, which was in my opinion, wonderful! Seeing the way she and her neighbors served the Patriots, not only in making yarn and cloth but also in coding messages that could be delivered as needed. Who knew! I loved the parts of the story that were told from her point of view and the perspective they gave to how women might have felt during significant events leading to the war, especially the night of Paul Revere’s famous ride. (As a side note, I was fascinated at learning that the events of that night didn’t take place the way I had always imagined – with men on horseback loudly yelling through the streets “The British are coming!”)
Authors of novels that include “real” people have quite a challenge – that of staying true to known facts so as to not be taken to task for not knowing what they are talking about. Author Kimberley Woodhouse bravely included not just one prominent historical figure but two in The Patriot Bride. I really enjoyed the portrayals of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in this book and seeing them in such a personal light – as mentors, guardians, and friends. It was almost strange seeing them referred to so familiarly, as George and Ben – how often do you hear them referred to in this manner?
This series follows a family who had come over on the Mayflower. Each book is designed to stand alone, though reference may be made to the original family. If you read just one or read them out of order you will not feel lost or that you have missed anything. I have loved each of them, though, so I can recommend that you read them all.
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