Tidewater Bride

Reviewed by:

Jane Ahrens, Church Librarian

Review Introduction:


Tidewater Bride


Laura Frantz






Print Book


398 pages


In seventeenth century, Virginia, “fair maids” are sent from the Old World to the new world to provide
brides for the many male settlers in James Towne. Selah Hopewell is tasked with helping these
prospective brides sort through their many suitors before settling on one for their husband. Although
she is unmarried herself, Selah is drawn to Xander Renick, a foremost lord and landowner. Xander acts
as a mediator between the colonists and the Powhatan nation. He is still grieving the loss of his wife,
who was the daughter of the Powhatan chief and a friend of Selah’s. Circumstances bring them
together, but both have to overcome challenges before they can build on their relationship.
The story is based on actual history and is rooted in the legend of Pocahontas, John Smith and those
early settlers. I found the interactions between the settlers and the Indians interesting as well as the
tensions that ensue between them. The novel is a fascinating look at this time period along with an
element of romance.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Older teens and Adults

Christian Impact:

Faith is woven through the story in how the characters deal with tragedy and challenges.

Tidewater Bride

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