Book Reviews

The Express Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #9) by Kimberley Woodhouse

The Express BrideTitle: The Express Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #9)
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
Rating: ★★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Wilderness Is a Great Place to Hide 
Jacqueline Rivers manages a Pony Express station in 1860 Utah territory after her father’s death. There are daily stresses placed on her in this unconventional role—and now a government official is asking her to sniff out counterfeiters. When Elijah Johnson passes through on the stage while on an exhausting quest to find his boss’s heir, he doesn’t want to leave the beguiling station manager. In fact, he may never leave when caught in the crossfire of the territory’s criminal activities. Can she remain strong when secrets of the past and present are finally unearthed?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Express 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)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1836 Texas (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1849 San Francisco (April 2019)
The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1860 Utah territory (July 2019)

After an arranged marriage prepared by her parents, Anna quickly falls in love with her husband…until things go awry. After being beaten one too many times and scared for the life of her baby, Anna escapes much quicker than planned. In an effort to hide from her husband, she changes her name and identity. She shortly dies after discovering happiness and security in the life she never had prior.

After recently losing her father, Jacqueline “Jack” Rivers finds herself as manager of a Pony Express station and handling the lives of two handfuls of young men. Already being scared of detection by the owners because of her gender, she is then asked to spy for counterfeiters.

Along the way, Elijah Johnson shows up. Tasked with the “impossible” task of finding his employer’s daughter, he quickly finds himself falling in love with Jack. To make things more stressful, his employer is on his deathbed and hoping to apologize to his daughter before it’s too late.

Will Mr. Johnson find his employer’s daughter? Who is she and where has she been? Will Jack be able to continue to manage the station? What dangers lurk ahead? What secrets do others have?

What I enjoyed most about this novel more than others in the series was we see multiple kinds of love from parental to romantic. Instead of the main characters being at fault for their actions, we find one of the supporting characters with this dilemma. And I really enjoyed that because it wasn’t the same story line of the woman helping the man to become a better person after he makes mistakes.

A story of redemption, forgiveness, and love, readers are likely to fall in love with this brave woman and protective gang of young men!

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The Golden Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #8) by Kimberley Woodhouse

the golden brideTitle: The Golden Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #8)
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
Rating: ★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Can Olivia survive the crime and Gold Rush fever of 1849…and the countless marriage proposals?
A series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

The Daughters of the Mayflower series continues when Olivia Brighton finds herself widowed and working her brother’s restaurant in San Francisco during the height of the rush for gold. Even though she receives at least twenty marriage proposals a day, she will never marry a gold miner. Her brother’s friend Joseph Sawyer has gotten caught up in local politics and the plight of Chinese in forced labor. The more Joseph gets pulled into investigating crime in the city, the less Olivia sees of the compassionate man. And just when she thinks she could love again, a fire threatens to steal all hope.

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)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1836 Battle of the Alamo (February 2019)

After only being married for a short period of time, Olivia finds herself a widow and parent-less. Her only option being to take a dangerous journey (as a woman, too!) to her brother, Daniel, whom she hasn’t seen in a very long time. In a primarily male-dominated community, Olivia finds herself one of a few women in San Francisco during the Gold Rush fever of 1829.

While working in her brother’s restaurants, Olivia constantly finds herself in compromising positions with men who have no other women to look at besides herself. Avoiding endless marriage proposals and handsy men, Olivia learns to stand up for herself and what she believes in.

But, after so much heartache, Olivia finds herself blessed to come into the presence of her brother’s best friend, Joseph, who isn’t bad at look at, either! However, can Olivia’s opinion of miners change when she finds out Joseph is one himself?

A story of deception, justice, and a hint of romance, readers are likely to fall in love with this feisty woman and caring supporting men!

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The Alamo Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #7) by Kathleen Y’Barbo

the alamo brideTitle: The Alamo Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #7)
Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo
Rating: ★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A Series for Lovers of History, Adventure, Romance, and Ancestry

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?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo.

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)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1836 Texas (February 2019)

This reminded me of Pearl Harbor because you had a girl who was a healer and a guy who was in the military (insert googly eyes here). This is probably one of my favorites in the series so far. Ellis was very humble and kind. Clay was very protective. But, probably my favorite character in both protagonists is that they were fiercely loyal. My dream was to marry a Southern gentleman adorned in a military uniform, so this was exactly the kind of book I wanted.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust

-Psalm 91:4

Having never read a novel set during the Alamo (which I previously had no interest in), this historical story caught my attention. The novel was well-written, descriptive, and intriguing.

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The Liberty Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #6) by MaryLu Tyndall

The Liberty BrideTitle: The Liberty Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #6)
Author: MaryLu Tyndall
Rating: ★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lieutenant Owen Masters and Emeline Baratt meet on a British warship as sworn enemies. Where will Emeline place her loyalties when forced to spy against her country?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

War Forces a Choice Between Love and Country
A trip home from England to Maryland in 1812 finds Emeline Baratt a captive on a British warship and forced to declare her allegiance between the British and Americans. Remaining somewhat politically neutral on a ship where her nursing skills are desperately needed is fairly easy—until she starts to have feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. However, when the captain sends her and Lieutenant Owen Masters on land to spy, she must choose between her love for him or her love for her country.

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall.

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)

What I liked about this novel was that the girl had more spunk than the male this time around. She was more adventurous and daring in the non-typical ways. Risking her life to save those she loved and taking on an invaluable role, Emeline was the picture of bravery. While a little ignorant to things going on around her, she was the epitome of a hero: selfless, brave, and patient. 

If you love enemy to lover stories, then this is the one for you! I love the attitude given by our two main characters to each other. It definitely brings some humor to the story! At first thought to be of opposing sides, Emeline and Owen’s chemistry still flourished. Once known of the same allegiance, their love blossomed. An easy read that will keep your attention!

 

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The Cumberland Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #5) by Shannon McNear

The Cumberland BrideTitle: The Cumberland Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #5)
Author: Shannon McNear
Rating: ★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thomas Bledsoe and Kate Gruener are traveling the Wilderness Road when conflicts between natives and settlers reach a peak that will require each of them to tap into a well of courage.
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Love and Adventure Are Discovered on the Wilderness Road
In 1794, when Kate Gruener’s father is ready to move the family farther west into the wilderness to farm untouched land, Kate is eager to live out her own story of adventure like he did during the War for Independence and to see untamed lands. And she sets her sights on learning more about their scout, Thomas Bledsoe. Thomas’s job is to get settlers safely across the Kentucky Wilderness Road to their destination while keeping an ear open for news of Shawnee unrest. But naïve Kate’s inquisitive nature could put them both in the middle of a rising tide of conflict. Is there more to Thomas’s story than he is willing to tell? Is there an untapped courage in Kate that can thwart a coming disaster?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear.

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)

Let me start off by saying that I absolutely love how all of the “Daughters of the Mayflower” are related to each other and it is shown as a timeline through each of their own unique stories.

You just haven’t found the right girl. One of these days, you’re going to meet one, get so attached that you won’t want to be without her.

I could already see where the story was going and which man she was going to choose in the first half of the novel and let’s just say that I wasn’t the happiest. “Why can’t the good guy ever get picked?!”, was my initial impression.

He lifted her hand from his waist and brought it to his mouth. How was it this girl could seem such a complete match for him, after such a short time? And that he felt such a deep connection with her already? As if…his heart had found its home, at last.

Honestly, while predictable and a little cheesy, I did enjoy the story. I wanted to keep on reading and there was just enough conflict to keep the reader interested, but not overtake the idea of love present in the novel. One day, maybe, the guy will be able to change one of the daughters instead of the guy changing 🙂 (Sons of the Mayflower?)

Expected publication date is October 1, 2018.

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The Patriot Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #4) by Kimberley Woodhouse

The Patriot BrideTitle: The Patriot Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #4)
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was an enjoyable, light, easy read that I finished so fast! The pace was constant and the banter enjoyable. While predictable, it was still an enjoyable experience.

The Patriot Bride is set during the colonial era in the year of 1752. We start by following 10-year-old Faith Lytton, who happens to be friends with none other than George Washington himself. 

Fast forward to 1774, when Faith Lytton Jackson is all grown up and a widow. Managing a ladies’ group, she is asked by her dear friend, George, to assist with a dangerous mission. While partaking in this task, Faith meets George Weber, a spy for the Patriots who has infiltrated the Loyalists. Faith has been tasked with coding letters and delivering them in the name of the Patriots.

Anthony James is in hot pursuit of Faith and her inheritance. After stalking Faith and finding her with George, he is determined to get even with Faith. George Weber, mentee of Benjamin Franklin, is imprisoned by the Patriots for “working for the Loyalists”. Faith and two of her loyal employees, work to help George escape, but they are too late. 

What happened to George Weber? Is there something growing between George and Faith beyond a work relationship? What trouble lies ahead if they’re not too careful? What is Anthony Jameson really after in his pursuits of Faith?

Expected publication date is August 1, 2018.

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The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1) by Kimberley Woodhouse

The Mayflower BrideTitle: The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1)
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
Rating: ★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So…let me just start this off with saying that I think I fell in love with William Lytton. Why don’t they make men like that anymore? William is a man who knows how to treat a lady: chivalrous, prays with Mary Elizabeth (sighs), spends time with her little brother, attempts to speak with her father, and most importantly, would do anything for the girl he loves. Not only all of those glorious things, but he is also handy and honest…the complete opposite of most men these days.

We are persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but we perish not.

Now, onto the story, the Separatists, originally from England and now living in Holland, are looking to adventure into the New World after facing religious persecution. Initially planning on settling in Virginia, and after several failed attempts on the Speedwell, the Separatists, the crew, and the craftsmen aboard the Mayflower and embark on the daunting journey of creating a settlement in Plymouth. Along the way, many characters struggle with faith, honesty within themselves, and of course, health.

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I love that Psalm 18:2 is mentioned in this novel, since it is my favorite! I think a lot of times, many of us struggle with being strong, and especially in these times, we feel lonely. But we are never alone and we never have to fear because God is always with us. In the beginning of the novel, Mary Elizabeth is a quiet, soft-spoken woman uncertain about the New World. As the story continues, we see Mary Elizabeth growing into a confident, outspoken women certain of her abilities. She begins this process by helping the sick of those on the ships, faltering slightly with the death of those close to her, but then becoming the strong women others look to in times of trouble and heartache. Mary Elizabeth has the characteristics she admired of those around her: strength, bravery, and full-heartedness in God.

I would love to live in this time period and be able to experience the hardships and fulfillment of creating a new settlement completely from scratch, which is why I found it so enjoyable. If you are looking for a book that is Christian, historical, and slightly romantic, then this is the book for you.