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

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?

The Express Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #9)

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this latest story in the daughters of the Mayflower collection. Set in Utah during the height of the Pony Express, we are invited to a front-row seat to the running of a Pony Express stop. The story is fast-paced, with an air of mystery and a sweet, slow blooming romance.

Jacqueline (Jack) Rivers is a strong, capable young woman who knows what needs to get done and isn’t afraid to see that it is taken care of. She is a hard-worker, and more than willing to pick up the mantle of running the Pony Express stop when her father dies. She is the kind of heroine that you love to read about. The other characters fall a little short in my estimation. I would have liked to have felt more of a connection with them.

If you enjoy historical stories, with a strong female lead, a hint of mystery and a sweet tender romance, then this is just the story for you! Each of the stories in The Daughters of the Mayflower series stands alone. However, it is fun to read them and learn more about each time period in history that they take place in.

(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.)

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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 Express Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #9)

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)
The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1863 Tennessee (Dec. 2019)
The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietz – set 1888, Nebraska (Feb 2020)

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First Line Friday: Yours Truly, Thomas

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

Today I am excited to be featuring Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham. With engaging characters and a charming setting, this is a story you won’t want to miss. CLICK HERE to read my full review!



Washington, DC

Dear Clara,

     I lied. I told myself I had run westward for the promise of big sky, and fertile soil. But the truth is, I just ran.

Hmm…Sure makes you want to know more! What is he running from, and will he find what he’s looking for?

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Yours Truly, Thomas


Before you rush off… be sure to stop by and check out my author interview with Susie Finkbeiner and enter the giveaway (click here)!


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Author Interview & Giveaway: Susie Finkbeiner

I’m so very excited to have Susie Finkbeiner here visiting with us today and chatting about her latest book All Manner of Things. I recently read this wonderful story, and couldn’t wait to get the chance to talk with Susie about her book!

SusieFinkbeiner  Susie Finkbeiner is the CBA bestselling author of A Cup of Dust, A Trail of Crumbs, and A Song of Home

Her most recent novel, All Manner of Things, released in June 2019 with Revell.

She serves on the Breathe Christian Writers Conference planning committee, volunteers her time at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and speaks at retreats and women’s events across the state. Susie and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan.

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About the book:

AllMannerOfThingsWhen Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know.

In Mike’s absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. As they work toward healing and pray fervently for Mike’s safety overseas, letter by letter the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.

Author Susie Finkbeiner invites you into the Jacobson family’s home and hearts during a time in which the chaos of the outside world touched their small community in ways they never imagined.

Click on the title below to snag your copy:

  All Manner of Things

Author Interview:

beach-beauty-close-up-733828Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Susie:  Oh goodness. This is a hard one. But I have to say that I really love summer. The kids are home from school, we read a whole bunch together, and we make trips out to Lake Michigan to watch the sunset. It never lasts long enough.

Trisha:  A Michigan summer can’t be beat!

girls-739071_1920Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Susie: When my husband comes home from work. I know. It sounds cliche, but it’s true! He’s my favorite person and I love seeing him.

Trisha:  That is so very sweet!

love-2614754_640Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Susie:  I can’t believe that it’s been 10 years since it released, but I absolutely adore Lisa Samson’s The Passion of Mary-Margaret. I really love all of the books she shared with us!

Trisha:  I’ve not read The Passion of Mary-Margaret. I’m going to have to correct that soon!

podcasts-2633018_640Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Susie:  The Beatles!!!!! Of course!

Trisha: Of course!!

heart-1908901_640Q:  What do you love about this story? 

Susie:  I think my favorite thing about All Manner of Things is how the family really came together. They were such a joy to write and I miss them a whole lot.

Trisha:  Yes!! I wanted to hug them!

book-863418_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise? 

Susie:  Honestly? Walt Vanderlaan. I didn’t anticipate myself feeling pity for him. But I’m glad I got to that point while writing him.

Trisha:  He surprised me also, in a good way!

coffee-2440074_640Q:  What is something you hope readers will tell others about this story? 

Susie:  That even though this is a story that will make readers cry, it’s also chock full of hope.

Trisha:  Absolutely!!

correcting-1870721_640Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy? 

Susie:  In an early draft, Bernie’s Diner was a gift shop that sold toy tomahawks and collectible wooden shoes. I’m glad I switched it to a diner, though.

Trisha:  I like the dinner, it fits so well that I can’t imagine it being anything else.

alphabets-2365812_640Q:  What are you currently working on and when will it be available?! 

Susie:  I recently turned in a manuscript that will release next July. More information about that to come!

Trisha:  Oh, you are such a tease! I look forward to hearing more soon!

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Apothecary – The Yellow Lantern Blog Tour & Giveaway

I’ve invited Angie Dicken to stop by today and share with us about how the history of Apothecary featured in her new book, The Yellow Lantern.

“What, ho! Apothecary!” -Romeo, Romeo and Juliet

This month, we are focusing on Josie Clay’s passion for healing. In her day, apothecaries were the men (and women) whom villagers would seek out for salves, tinctures, and elixirs. While I could unload research items here—I thought I’d take a different route and share my personal connections with Josie’s passion.

There are a couple precursors for my apothecary inspiration. Besides the obvious connection to the evolving medical community of the time, my own background plays a part. It’s always fun to get to the root of something, isn’t it? (Pun fully intended).

One of the secondary characters in The Yellow Lantern is Daisy Young, the town of Gloughton’s apothecary and family friend to the hero. While Daisy’s character played out in my own imagination, she was first dreamed up as a tribute to a very real person in my life.

I think the first time I heard the word “apothecary” was when I played Juliet my senior year of high school. My best friend played the apothecary who gives the poison to Romeo. Fast forward two decades as I considered including an apothecary in The Yellow Lantern. The apothecary in Romeo and Juliet came to mind—not in the form of the shady giver of poison in a Shakespearean tragedy, but as my vibrant bestie going on 23 years of friendship. Her favorite flower is the Gerber Daisy, and her maiden name is Young. So, Josie Clay befriends this Daisy Young, with a back story that’s completely fictional, but whose existence stems from a very real “apothecary” friend of my own.

Besides my friendship, my college major was a surprising contributor to my passion for this thread in The Yellow Lantern. Some authors are insightful enough to major in English before diving into a writing career, but I was clueless that my journey would lead to writing. I ended up with a degree in Landscape Architecture. When I mention this to people, they often say, “Oh, you must have a beautiful yard,” and I immediately respond, “No!”(my love of design outweighs my very un-green thumb). But, looking back on those college years, I am still fond of the experience, and especially the material from my horticulture classes—learning about different plants and their properties. I am constantly amazed by God’s provision to us through the natural world.

So, weaving this next thread into my story stemmed from so much more than research, but the stepping stones I took on my way to this publication journey.

Thanks for joining us in the summer series! Release day is less than a month away! Please comment below to enter to win the July giveaway.

About the Book:

TheYellowLanternIn Massachusetts in 1824, Josephine Clayton awakes on the table of the doctor she’s assisted all these months. She was presumed dead by all and has become the doctor’s next corpse for his medical research. Frightened, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. A deal is struck–Josie will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission–posing as a mourner to help his body snatcher procure her replacement. At the mill though, Josie is praised for her medical remedies among the mill girls, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager Braham Terrance. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.

What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?

The Yellow Lantern (August 1, 2019)

About the Author:

AngieDicken  Angie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

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Cover Reveal – A Match for Emma by Pepper D. Basham

I am so excited to be able to join with Pepper Basham and share with you all the cover of her new book “A Match For Emma”. A Match for Emma is set to release on November 21, 2019. It will be available for preorder by the end of August.

Those who follow Pepper Basham on Facebook may have noticed all the fun cover reveal excitement this past week. We have enjoyed talking about various movies and voting on our favorites.

The big day has finally arrived and now I can share the cover with you! But first, let’s take a quick look at the back cover copy and read what the story is about, shall we?!

About the Book

back cover - A Match for Emma Could an unending scrabble match lead to an unexpected happily-ever-after?

Emma Mitchell may enjoy sprinkling romance into the lives of others, but her own plans involve a single first-class ticket to culinary school in Europe.

When her best friend, Jon Noble, suddenly moves back to Ransom, Emma’s fairly certain her life can’t get any better…until her matchmaking schemes nosedive, her culinary future falls flat, and a life-long friendship begins to teeter on the brink of something unexpected.

With a little inspiration from Jane Austen’s classic and a touch of Blue Ridge charm, will Jon and Emma discover that what they need the most may be the last thing they’re trying to find?

The Cover













Cover-A Match for Emma



About the Author

PepperBashamPepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels with grace, humor, and culture clashes. She’s a Blue Ridge Mountain native and an anglophile who enjoys combining her two loves to create memorable stories of hope. You can connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her websiteFacebookInstagramPinterest, or Twitter.

First Line Friday: All Manner of Things

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

Today I am excited to be featuring All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner! This story and its characters wove themselves around my heart. I laughed, I held my breath, I cried. CLICK HERE to read my full review.


June 1967
          When God created the world, he only afforded Michigan just so many good-weather days. 


  All Manner of Things


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First Line Friday: Where Dandelions Bloom

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

Today I am excited to be featuring Where Dandelions Bloom by Tara Johnson. History comes to life within these pages and a story unfolds that both captivates and entertains. CLICK HERE to read my full review!


April 12, 1861
Howell, Michigan

          “Cassandra Kendrick! What have you done?”


Uh-oh! Sounds like someone is in trouble… What did Cassandra do? Or maybe what is she being blamed for?  Hmmm…

Click on the title below to snag your copy:

    Where Dandelions Bloom



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Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham


For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people’s mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more–a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.

Thomas left his former life with no intention of ending up in Azure Springs, Iowa. He certainly didn’t expect a happy ending after what he had done. All he wanted to do was run and never look back. In a moment of desperation, he began to write, never really expecting a reply.

When Penny’s undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter and yet she finds herself caring–perhaps too much–for the one who wrote it.

Yours Truly, Thomas

My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this sweet romance. I especially loved reading the letters from Thomas and found myself cheering for Penny as the story progressed. This tender story of love, redemption and discovering God’s purpose for our lives.

Reminiscent of endearing love stories from Grace Livingstone Hill, this story is sure to wrap itself around your heart and bring a gentle smile to your face as the story unfolds in all its beauty.

With engaging characters, and a charming setting, this is a story you won’t want to miss. I highly recommend this fantastic, stand-alone story to anyone looking for a sweet romantic story to while away the hours.

(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:

About the Author:

RachelFordham Rachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children’s bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.

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Click on the title below to snag your copy:

Yours Truly, Thomas

Also from Rachel Fordham:

The Hope of Azure Springs

Where Dandelions Bloom by Tara Johnson


Cassie Kendrick is on the run. Her abusive father arranged her marriage to a despicable man, but she’s discovered an escape. Disguised as a man, Cassie enlists in the Union army, taking the name Thomas Turner. On the battlefields of the Civil War, keeping her identity a secret is only the beginning of her problems, especially after she meets Gabriel Avery, a handsome young photographer.

Anxious to make his mark on the world and to erase the darkness and guilt lurking from his past, Gabriel works with renowned photographer Matthew Brady to capture images from the front lines of the war. As Gabriel forges friendships with many of the men he encounters, he wonders what the courageous, unpredictable Thomas Turner is hiding.

Battling betrayal, their own personal demons, and a country torn apart by war, can Cassie and Gabriel learn to forgive themselves and trust their futures to the God who births hope and healing in the darkest places?

My Thoughts:

“Did you know that more than 400 women disguised themselves as men and fought for the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War?”

Have you ever wondered what would make a woman in the 1860’s disguise herself as a man, pick up a gun, and fight in a war? I don’t know about you, but when I think of women in the 1860’s I imagine the big hoop skirts with lots of ruffles (Think Gone With The Wind), I never realized that there were women who joined the war efforts.

Author Tara Johnson set out to answer that very question, “what would make women disguise herself as a man, pick up a gun and fight in the Civil War?” For at least one young women living in Howell, Michigan, the answer was to escape a forced engagement to a despicable man.

With vivid imagery and authentic characters, I found myself traveling through the mists of time, and entering a past that I’d only dimly imagined. History comes to life within these pages and a story unfolds that both captivates and entertains. The first few chapters spent time introducing the characters and setting up the story, but after that things really get moving, and I found that I couldn’t put the story down, I had to know what would happen next.

If you enjoy stories set during the American Civil War then you will want to be sure to snag a copy of this story!

(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:

About the Author:

Tara-Johnson A passionate lover of stories, Tara uses fiction, nonfiction, song, and laughter to share her testimony of how God led her into freedom after spending years living shackled as a people pleaser. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and makes her home in Arkansas with her husband and three children. Visit her website and subscribe to her newsletter

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    Where Dandelions Bloom

Also from Tara Johnson

   Engraved on the Heart


First Line Friday: Risking Love

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

Today I am excited to be featuring Risking Love (Maple Run #4) by Toni Shiloh! A trip to Maple Run with Toni Shiloh is always a delight! The characters in Toni Shiloh’s books are real, honest, people. CLICK HERE to read my full review!



               “Welcome to The Maple…Pit.”
Nikki Gordon forgot the rest of her speech because Gregory “Shorty” Smalls had just walked into The Pit with another woman.



  Risking Love (Maple Run #4)


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Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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