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Book Review: The Mayflower Secret

The Mayflower Secret

The Mayflower Secret

written by Dave & Neta Jackson

157 pages

An interesting thing to read about this time of the year, is books about the Pilgrims... with Thanksgiving coming, it's nice to re-read about the Pilgrims journey. Here's a book I've enjoyed reading recently...

Elizabeth Tilley was a Pilgrim who crossed the ocean, from England to America in 1620. She was a real person, but this book is a fictional account of her life, written by Dave & Neta Jackson in their "Trailblazer" series. Elizabeth was 13 when the voyage began with her parents. Her family was not of the group of Puritans who were fleeing from England though. So the experience of living in close quarters on the same ship with these godly people adds a new perspective to Elizabeth's outlook on life.

Amid all the regular chaos aboard the ship, something horrible goes awry. It's Elizabeth's secret that she won't tell anyone. She's afraid that she'll get into a bigger mess of trouble than she'll be able to get out of. Everyone questions what had happened on that certain tragic night, but Elizabeth can't make herself tell.

The weary voyagers explore the new land of America and the Puritan leaders, including William Bradford, begin building their initial encampment. Through all this, Elizabeth must endure even greater pains and hardships, in addition to still keeping the burden of a secret. She now has a completely different life than she did before. And after all... living with Indians is not at all something that anyone would do back in England!

"Juvenile Fiction" - recommended for ages 9-12. Very nicely written book. I always enjoy the Trailblazer books. This is probably by second time (at least) to read "The Mayflower Secret"--still keeps me interested!

If you're interested in a couple other Pilgrim books I recommend, please visit my post on Walking in Thy Truth.


  1. I love historical fiction of any kind! =D

  2. I remember reading a few of the Trailblazer series when I was younger.

    Another really great novel about the Pilgrims is called Down Ryton Water. Very good!

  3. Haha, I have a book review blog as well! I'm hosting a giveaway right now. You should look at it!

    I love these reviews. I'll have to get some of these books.

  4. I should comment more often... But I really do enjoy your reviews Tarissa!

  5. Hey Tarissa! How are things going for you? i have been so very busy lately but I found your blog over here and thought I'd say "hello"! LOL Hope all is well and I'll talk to ya soon. :-D

  6. Hey, I moved over to Blogspot or whatever its called. My new address is so I will talk to you sometime within the next year hopefully but if not it will be your fault entirely so there. BOO.

  7. I love all of the books by Dave and Neta Jackson, This and the thieves of Tyburn square are my favourites.