Thursday, July 11, 2019

THE GOLDEN BRIDE by Kimberley Woodhouse, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse is book 8 in the Daughters of the Mayflower series by Barbour and is set in San Francisco in 1849 during the gold rush.
I sympathized with Olivia Brighton from the start. She has lost her parents to a disease and her husband of six weeks. She is a determined and hardworking girl, on her way to find her brother Daniel in San Francisco where he owns a restaurant. He and his friend Joseph Sawyer are some of the few Christians in town. They are trying to minister to the many people who have begun pouring into town to find their fortunes in the gold mines.

Olivia and Joseph are growing fond of eachother as they seek the Lord’s guidance. The author presented their ministry and Bible Study in a very natural way. I especially liked the way she tied this book to others in the series by having Olivia read journals from women in her family. The excerpts were enjoyable reading. Olivia learned a lot about her history and sought to emulate her ancestors. She even starts her own journal to hand down.

There is danger and intrigue, bringing to light the evil and corruption of the beginnings of the city. Ms. Woodhouse takes a few real instances such as the devastating fire and puts a few real people in the story. You can tell she has done extensive research for this interesting book.

What isn’t told in the story, the author helpfully puts in the end notes. She provides links to additional information. One was a fascinating map of the bay, where many ships were hidden under landfill.

This book and whole series is well worth the reading. Barbour did a great job coming up with this concept.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. I was not obligated to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

BackCover Blurb:
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.

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