First Line Friday: Waltz in the Wilderness

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Waltz in the Wilderness (Chaparral Hearts) by Kathleen Denly.  This debut novel released this week, and I have been enjoying my time with these characters. Check out the first line below and then be sure to snag a copy to enjoy this weekend! Be sure to check back here on Monday for a fun giveaway!

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October 1850
California Gold Fields

“No!”

The scream pierced Eli, ripping her from sleep.

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

Synopsis:

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.

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.

My Thoughts:

Widowed after only 6 months, Olivia has come to know more than her fair share of hardship and grief.  She blames herself for the accident that took her husband’s life and has built up a wall around her heart. Will she be able to forgive herself and discover the life that God has planned? Working along-side her brother at his restaurant in San Francisco she sees first hand the hardship of these people. Olivia joins with her brother and his friend, Joseph Sawyer to make changes that will improve the town.

With this 8th book in the Brides of the Mayflower collection, we travel to the wild and unruly gold town of 1849 San Francisco.  This stand-alone story is sure to pull you in and carry you along on a delightful mystery as you try to discover who is the mastermind behind the slave-trade, among other nefarious deeds.

I loved the dynamic characters and a rich historical tapestry of this delightful story. You are sure to be enchanted with this story. Be sure to pick-up your copy today!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

KimberleyWoodhouse  Kim is a devoted wife and mother, and a third generation Liszt student. She has passed down her love of the arts to hundreds of students over the years, recorded three albums, and appeared at over 700 venues.

Her quick wit, enthusiasm, and positive outlook through difficult circumstances have gained her audiences at conferences, retreats, churches, military functions, and seminars all over the country.

Kim has been writing seriously for fifteen years. Songs, plays, short stories, novels, picture books, articles, newsletters – you name it – she’s written it. It wasn’t until a dear friend challenged her to “do something with it”, that she pursued publication. She now has multiple books to her credit, with more on the way.

Kim lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and their two children in a truly “Extreme” home.

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  The Golden Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #8)

 

Would you like to learn more?
To this day, there are quite a few ships underneath the streets of San Francisco. (Here’s a fascinating map from National Geographic.)

 

More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series – Barbour:

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 1863 The Alamo (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1849 The Gold Rush (April 2019)
The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1860 The Pony Express (July 2019)

Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com

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First Line Friday: The Golden Bride

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring The Golden Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #8) by Kimberley Woodhouse. This stand-alone story is set in the quickly growing gold town of San Francisco. Do stop back by next week for my full review!

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June 1849
Somewhere between San Jose and San Francisco

          No matter how much he thought he deserved to be one, Olivia Brighton’s husband of six weeks was not a king.

 

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  The Golden Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #8)

 

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First Line Fridays – My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California by Janice Thompson. This page-turning adventure takes you right into the heart of a rugged gold mining town. With a cast of eccentric characters you are sure to enjoy this story.  CLICK HERE to read my full review.

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I created a fun graphic to share this weeks First Line. I hope you enjoy!

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A lady who enjoy’s her coffee, what’s not to like?! Do you wonder what beverage Neville would choose?  Hmmm…that’s a good question!

 

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My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California (Abby’s Prospects) by: Janice Thompson

Journey now to San Francisco, California, of 1853 where…
An English socialite finds more treasure than expected on her trip to the American West.

 Synopsis:

When Abby Effingham becomes stranded in the middle of the California gold rush, her money depletes quickly even while her prospects for marriage increase daily. But Abby is on a mission to find her mother—not romance. Will a ridiculous scandal keep her from traveling on, or will it wake up an aloof innkeeper to the treasure right under his roof?

Samuel Harris runs a moderately priced hotel where Abby and her family’s elderly butler find shelter. He is looking forward to when she—and her parade of suitors—move on, though he concedes to let her work in his restaurant. When the sassy socialite is in trouble, will Samuel come to her rescue or find himself alone?

My Thoughts:

When socialite Abby Effingham left the comforts of Philadelphia in late April 1853 to trek across the country to the Oregon territory to find her mother, she didn’t even begin to imagine that she’d end up in the rough and tumble gold mining town of San Fransisco. As Abby is learning to stand on her own two feet, will she remember to always lean on, and trust her heavenly Father?

I struggled a few times with trying to like the heroine of this story. Abby is somewhat tempestuous and tends to run ahead of good judgment and the sage advice given to her by her guardian and friends. She is like a steam train speeding head-long into disaster. I can understand maybe doing this once or twice, but time after time and not seem to learn from previous mistakes, nor admit she made a bad choice… it started to wear a bit thin. However, as the story progressed I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel for Abby. Her exuberance and zeal while still there is tempered with a dose of caution after she learns her lesson the hard way. Sometimes we all find ourselves learning the hard way.

This story with it’s eccentric cast of  characters and a bustling gold mining town equals a page turning adventure. Filled with the Gospel truth this story is one to warm your heart and remind no matter how much dirt we have, God still see’s us as His precious children. Overall I did enjoy reading this story and give it 3.5 stars.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

JaniceThompson Award-winning author Janice Thompson also writes under the pseudonym Janice Hanna. She got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over 100 books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. She particularly enjoys writing light-hearted, comedic tales because she enjoys making readers laugh.

Janice was named the 2008 Mentor of the year for ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). She currently serves as president of her local ACFW chapter (Writers on the Storm), where she regularly teaches on the craft of writing.

Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing. Her tagline, “Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever Afters!” sums up her take on life.

She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds. When she’s not busy writing or playing with her eight grandchildren, Janice can be found in the kitchen, baking specialty cakes and cookies for friends and loved ones. No matter what she’s cooking up—books, cakes, cookies or mischief—she does her best to keep the Lord at the center of it all.

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  My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California

 

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