The Chisholm Trail Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #12) by Kathleen Y’Barbo

About this book:

Stubborn Hearts Clash on a Cattle Drive

Eliza Gentry’s pursuit of marriage to the son of her family’s sworn enemy has cost her greatly. Furious at his daughter’s choices, her father sends her off with the cattle drive heading toward Fort Worth and the Barnhart ranch, but under the watchful eye of Wyatt Creed, a Pinkerton man he has hired to see to her safety. With danger at every turn—not the least of which to his heart—can Wyatt Creed keep his focus with Eliza Gentry around? Is the Chisholm Trail a place for falling in love or a place to die at the hands of cattle thieves?

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

My Thoughts:

What a fantastic story to dive into! At a time when I had been struggling to concentrate enough to loose myself in a story, this was just the book that I needed to pick up. In no time I found myself fully pulled into the dynamics of this story and carried away, back in time for a cattle drive that I won’t soon forget. I enjoyed the witty banter between the characters, and the lush scenery along the way.

Wyatt Creed had a rough upbringing, yet he managed to surround himself with positive role models and though he may have made mistakes, he admitted it, and made recompense where he could. He stuck to his word and was a loyal friend.

Eliza Gentry may seem like she has stars in her eyes, but her feet are firmly planted on the ground. She struggles at times to find her own identity, as we all have done at one time or another. When the chips are down, she shows that she’s not afraid to fight for what she truly knows is right.

With a perfect balance of mystery and romance you are sure to fall in love with these characters! This is the perfect book to pick up and get lost in!

Each of the books in this collection stand on their own. Each story takes place during different event in American History. I have enjoyed each and every book, and I really hope there are a few more to come!

(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:

Kathleen Y'Barbo  RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few.

Kathleen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She holds a BBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a former member of the Texas Bar Association’s Paralegal Division.

A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has four children of her own as well as seven bonus kids she gladly inherited when she married her own hero in combat boots (read about their real-life romance here!). Kathleen is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.

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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)
The Chisholm Trail Bride by – Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1889, Texas Cattle Drive (April 2020)

Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com

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First Line Friday: The Chisholm Trail Bride

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

Today I am excited to be featuring The Chisholm Trail Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #12) by Kathleen Y’Barbo. Each of the books in this collection stand on their own, and take a look at a different time in American History. Feel free to jump in with any story that catches your attention. I will say however, that I have read and enjoyed each story in this collection.

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April 1880
On the Chisholm Trail
North of Waco, Texas

          The stars at night were big and bright. Eliza Gentry sighed. Was there any more beautiful sight? There couldn’t possibly be. A wisp of cloud drifted lazily over a nearly full moon while the cattle lowed in the distance. 

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The Blizzard Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #11) by Susanne Dietze

About the book:

TheBlizzardBrideA Blizzard Changes Everything

Abigail Bracey arrives in Nebraska in January 1888 to teach school…and to execute a task for the government: to identify a student as the hidden son of a murderous counterfeiter—the man who killed her father.

Agent Dashiell Lassiter doesn’t want his childhood sweetheart Abby on this dangerous job, especially when he learns the counterfeiter is now searching for his son, too, and he’ll destroy anyone in his way. Now Dash must follow Abby to Nebraska to protect her…if she’ll let him within two feet of her. She’s still angry he didn’t fight to marry her six years ago, and he never told her the real reason he left her.

All Dash wants is to protect Abby, but when a horrifying blizzard sweeps over them, can Abby and Dash set aside the pain from their pasts and work together to catch a counterfeiter and protect his son—if they survive the storm?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze.

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My Thoughts:

I’m always happy to get my hands on a new book from Susanne Dietze, and this newest story lived up to my every expectation. A vibrant setting, dynamic characters, a sweet romance, and an exciting plot with twists and turns that kept me turning pages long past my bedtime!  Even though the story had a most satisfying conclusion I wasn’t ready to say good-bye to these characters that had become new friends!

Abby carries with her a heavy burden of hurt and bitterness. Her journey to learning how to forgive and learning how to trust others again is a good reminder to us all. It isn’t always easy to forgive when our trust has been betrayed and our heart shattered and then stomped on, but letting that go and giving it to God, makes our lives much happier!

I loved my time spent in this story with Dash, Abby, and all the unique characters that populated the little Nebraska town. With a counterfeit ring to uncover and secret agents, you just never know what will happen next! This is definitely a story you will want to add to your keeper shelf!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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About the Author:

13657688  Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the author of several historical romances who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her at:

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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)
The Chisholm Trail Bride by – Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1889, Texas Cattle Drive (April 2020)

Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com

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First Line Friday: The Blizzard Bride

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

Today I am excited to be featuring The Blizzard Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #11) by Susanne Dietze. This page-turning story takes place in Nebraska during what is now known as The Children’s Blizzard of 1888. You won’t want to miss this exciting story!

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Chicago
December 3, 1887

“Forgive my cryptic invitation to lunch, Miss Bracey, but I dared not to into detail on the chance that your post was intercepted.”

 

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The Rebel Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #10) by Shannon McNear

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The Rebel Bride
Shannon McNear

Available December 2019
Setting: Tennessee, 1794
Notable Events: American Civil War
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Can Love Form Amidst Tensions of War?

During the clash between Union and Confederacy, quiet Tennessean Pearl MacFarlane is compelled to nurse both Rebel and Yankee wounded who seek refuge at her family’s farm. She is determined to remain unmoved by the Yankee cause—until she faces the silent struggle of Union soldier Joshua Wheeler, a recent amputee. The MacFarlane family fits no stereotype Joshua believed in; still he is desperate to regain his footing—as a soldier, as a man, as a Christian—in the aftermath of his debilitating injury. He will use his time behind enemy lines to gather useful intelligence for the Union—if the courageous Rebel woman will stay out of the line of danger.

My Thoughts:

History fairly leaps off the pages through the lives of these dynamic characters! I enjoyed my time spent reading this story and hated to see the last chapter arrive. I easily felt like I was part of the story and living the events right alongside the characters.

The effects of the choices leading up to and following the American Civil War are ones that are still seen to this day. The wounds from any War are deep, but wars fought on your own soil seems to be long-lasting for those who live there. The American Civil War saw the largest number of casualties and split our county in two.

Rich with historical details, and with characters that quickly warm your heart, this story is one that will resonate with anyone and one that will linger with you long after you’ve read the final words on the page.

I would encourage anyone who loves historical fiction to pick up a copy of this story to enjoy! Likely, like me, you’ll want to own your own copy for your personal library, so as to easily pick-up an enjoy again!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

ShannonMcNear  Shannon has been writing one thing or another since third grade and finished her first novel at age fifteen—but waited more than thirty years for her first book contract. In the meantime, she graduated from high school, attended college, met and married her husband, birthed nine children, lost one, taught five to drive, revised that first story innumerable times, and completed six others.

Her first published novella, Defending Truth, in A Pioneer Christmas Collection (Barbour, 2013 & 2015), was a 2014 RITA nominee. She writes regularly for Colonial Quills, is a member of ACFW and RWA, and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.

Transplanted to North Dakota after more than two decades in Charleston, South Carolina, she loves losing herself in local history. When this homeschooling mom isn’t sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the northern prairies.

Web page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest //

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)
The Chisholm Trail Bride by – Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1889, Texas Cattle Drive (April 2020)

Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com

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First Line Fridays: The Rebel Bride

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

Today I am excited to be featuring The Rebel Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #10) by Shannon McNear.  Each story in the Daughters of the Mayflower series stands alone, so you could jump right in at any point. However, all of the stories are so very good that you won’t want to miss out on reading one!

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September 20, 1863
The Battle of Chickamunga

          “Hold the line! For the love of God, hold it!”
Not for the first time, Joshua Wheeler wondered if he’d descended into hell.

 

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First Line Friday: The Express Bride

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

Today I am excited to be featuring The Express Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #9) by Kimberley Woodhouse. 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! CLICK HERE to see my full review.

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Kansas City
May 6, 1860

          Elijah Johnson watched his employer struggle from the chair to the window. He reached out a hand to assist. 

 

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

The Wilderness Is a Great Place to Hide

Synopsis:

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?

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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.

Webpage // Facebook // Goodreads //

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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)

Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com

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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.

Webpage // Facebook // Goodreads //

  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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