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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 he 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. Jackie can’t decide if Elijah is friend or foe. 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 (July 2019) The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1863 Tennessee (December 2019) The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze – set 1888 Nebraska (February 2020) The Chisholm Trail Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo - (April 2020)


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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 he 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. Jackie can’t decide if Elijah is friend or foe. 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 (July 2019) The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1863 Tennessee (December 2019) The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze – set 1888 Nebraska (February 2020) The Chisholm Trail Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo - (April 2020)

30 review for The Express Bride

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    What do you think of when you hear the words Pony Express? When I do I think of it as being larger than life. I do believe there are many misconceptions surrounding the Pony Express. I could not believe it only ran for roughly nineteen months. It does seem like it was so much longer than this. A broken and bitter man finds his only relief in the bottom the bottle. His wife who will always love him because of memories of far better times they've had together flees for her life taking their newborn What do you think of when you hear the words Pony Express? When I do I think of it as being larger than life. I do believe there are many misconceptions surrounding the Pony Express. I could not believe it only ran for roughly nineteen months. It does seem like it was so much longer than this. A broken and bitter man finds his only relief in the bottom the bottle. His wife who will always love him because of memories of far better times they've had together flees for her life taking their newborn child with her. Years pass and the man comes to know God and becomes a respectable man once again regretting with his whole being the terrible treatment of his wife. A rich business savvy man he is and once again hires someone to find his heir. Will his quest be successful this time? This beautiful young woman, his daughter is now running a Pony Express Station in 1860 in rural Utah Territory. Unknown to her, her father that just passed away is not her birth father as he has always treated her as his own. This young woman does it all with her father's passing, run the station being responsible for the riders coming in on time,making the meals and takes care of the ragtag young men riders. When a government official starts asking questions is she to discover her father was involved in illegal activities? I very much enjoyed reading this and the ending was sweet and tender. The Daughters of The Mayflower series, I've read and loved every one of them and have learned so much history with them taking place many different places and they are full of historical facts along with a sweet and tender romance. I can't wait to read more of them! Published July 1st 2019 by Barbour Books I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    This is among my favorites of the Daughters of the Mayflower series for several reasons. First, I knew very little about the Pony Express and learned so much from the novel. For some reason, I thought the Pony Express existed for many years when, in fact, it only lasted 19 months. Second, Woodhouse has a magical way of making her characters so believable, rich and complex. Finally, the spiritual content is so deep and fulfilling that I finish her books with a renewing of my own faith. Jackie aka This is among my favorites of the Daughters of the Mayflower series for several reasons. First, I knew very little about the Pony Express and learned so much from the novel. For some reason, I thought the Pony Express existed for many years when, in fact, it only lasted 19 months. Second, Woodhouse has a magical way of making her characters so believable, rich and complex. Finally, the spiritual content is so deep and fulfilling that I finish her books with a renewing of my own faith. Jackie aka Jack is a wonderful heroine. She's feisty, caring, grounded in faith, and very determined. She has lost both her parents who ran the Stage stop and Pony Express station in Carson Sink, Utah Territory (now Nevada). She is bound and determined she is going to keep it going for the sake of all the Pony Express riders who stayed there and whom she had come to feel were family. Elijah Johnson has come to Carson Sink in search of his boss's heir. His boss has become like a father to him and Elijah is determined to find his missing daughter. Filled with action, adventure, and suspense, this book was riveting from start to finish. I loved the camaraderie between all of the people who made their home at Carson Sink. A wonderful small town feel like I remember growing up. I also liked that Sunday church was important for everyone who was there; and even if they got stopped by an express rider change, they went right back and finished their service. This entire series has been a delight, and this book definitely shines among them. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    This book was easily 4.5 stars, which I will round up to 5 just because I liked it that much. It was so reminiscent of the 1990's show Young Riders with Cody, Hickock, Lou, Ike, Kid, Buck, and of course the always patriarchal Teaspoon, which was about the Pony Express. Loved that show, hated when the cancelled it (which they seem to do quite often with shows I like). But if you watched the show, this book puts you right back in it. This is the story of Jacqueline "Jack" Rivers who has just lost h This book was easily 4.5 stars, which I will round up to 5 just because I liked it that much. It was so reminiscent of the 1990's show Young Riders with Cody, Hickock, Lou, Ike, Kid, Buck, and of course the always patriarchal Teaspoon, which was about the Pony Express. Loved that show, hated when the cancelled it (which they seem to do quite often with shows I like). But if you watched the show, this book puts you right back in it. This is the story of Jacqueline "Jack" Rivers who has just lost her father, who was the owner/operator of an Express and carriage stop in Carson Sink. She keeps the boys in line and keeps the stop running just like he would. When the carriage comes with two visitors, Mr. Elijah Johnson catches her eye. Elijah is on a mission from his boss, Charles Vines, to find his daughter who went West with her mother. Mr. Crowell, the other visitor, is trying to find forged bonds and enlists Jackie and Elijah in his mission to find who is doing the forging. But spy work comes with all types of roadblocks, including murder, shootings, and lying. When Elijah and Jackie start looking into log books kept by her father, Jackie finds a letter with a secret to her past. This was a great book about the desperation of a mother to rid her daughter of a life where darkness has taken over her father, but in the end learning that forgiveness can heal all wounds. I am loving this series, and the books seem like they are getting better and better as it goes. I received a free copy from Netgalley and Barbour Books in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    I'm continuing to love the Daughters of the Mayflower Series! The journey through history and stunning covers have won me over. In the Express Bride, readers are exposed to the Pony Express and what life was like for those that ran stations and rode circuits. This was all fascinating and the author's note at the end added even more detail about this unique (and brief) time in U.S. History. There were a couple of events in the story line that seemed a bit convenient or forced for the plot. Overall, I'm continuing to love the Daughters of the Mayflower Series! The journey through history and stunning covers have won me over. In the Express Bride, readers are exposed to the Pony Express and what life was like for those that ran stations and rode circuits. This was all fascinating and the author's note at the end added even more detail about this unique (and brief) time in U.S. History. There were a couple of events in the story line that seemed a bit convenient or forced for the plot. Overall, I enjoyed the story line and the characters. My gratitude to publisher Barbour for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen R

    One of my favorite eras in history, full of adventure, coupled with a little mystery and a sweet romance, made this an all around satisfying read! The Pony Express and Stagecoach stop at Carson Sink in 1860, Utah Territory, was right near the heart of the silver mining area and the U.S. mint of Carson City. Perfect place to involve a forgery ring and cover up. The search for a long lost heiress was the main mystery and kept the story moving at a steady pace. Using letters and journal entries wa One of my favorite eras in history, full of adventure, coupled with a little mystery and a sweet romance, made this an all around satisfying read! The Pony Express and Stagecoach stop at Carson Sink in 1860, Utah Territory, was right near the heart of the silver mining area and the U.S. mint of Carson City. Perfect place to involve a forgery ring and cover up. The search for a long lost heiress was the main mystery and kept the story moving at a steady pace. Using letters and journal entries was a clever way to fill in the backstory of the heroine, revealing answers as needed. I liked Jackie from the start with her hardworking and upbeat attitude, along with a sweet spirit. Elijah was a bit flat until later it seemed when he was challenged on many levels, but he grew in character. I enjoyed this book a lot more than the author's other editions in the series. Limited narrative and a story told mainly through character's interactions and events really improved the writing and pacing, I felt. It held my interest more. There were many insertions of meaningful faith discussions that added depth to the story and plot. Lives were transformed as the main characters were faced with truths, and they learned the power of forgiveness and prayer, trusting God for their needs and help in trouble. A nice summary of the book of Daniel and a brief gospel presentation were nicely inserted into the story without feeling forced. "God is the only One who can fill the hole in your heart. We are sinners. All of us." Recommend to readers who enjoy historical Christian fiction based on real events, with faith and a tender romance. 4.5 stars (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I have really enjoyed reading the books in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. Each book can be read as standalone, each story separated by a generation or branch of the family tree. I like how the stories also reflect the writing styles and historical interests of the individual authors. I really enjoyed learning about the pony express as I read Jaqueline's story. Ms. Woodhouse's love of this historical period is apparent in the well-researched details that are included in this novel. It is f I have really enjoyed reading the books in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. Each book can be read as standalone, each story separated by a generation or branch of the family tree. I like how the stories also reflect the writing styles and historical interests of the individual authors. I really enjoyed learning about the pony express as I read Jaqueline's story. Ms. Woodhouse's love of this historical period is apparent in the well-researched details that are included in this novel. It is filled with the adventure that one would expect to find in a story set at a pony express station. I found this to be a well-written tale filled with mystery, adventure and romance. But most importantly, I found this to be a marvelous story of family and forgiveness. Ms. Woodhouse expertly weaves the faith thread so that it appears a natural part of the story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher in a Goodreads giveaway. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Geaney

    I enjoyed the history of the Pony Express and the message of forgiveness this story portrays.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debby "Piene Raven"

    The Express Bride is the 9th book in the Daughters of Mayflower series. Although I have not read all of the stories, the ones that I have read were truly wonderful. In this story, we have a woman on the run from her abusive husband and in order to protect her child, she has no recourse but to flee. The story picks up later of Jacqueline Rivers, know as “Jack” who runs her own station house on the Pony Express. The story also involves Elijah's search for his employer Charles Vines' long-lost daug The Express Bride is the 9th book in the Daughters of Mayflower series. Although I have not read all of the stories, the ones that I have read were truly wonderful. In this story, we have a woman on the run from her abusive husband and in order to protect her child, she has no recourse but to flee. The story picks up later of Jacqueline Rivers, know as “Jack” who runs her own station house on the Pony Express. The story also involves Elijah's search for his employer Charles Vines' long-lost daughter. The story grips you from the start and keeps you intrigued. I found it difficult to put it down as I wanted to find out the outcome in the end. Although there were some slower parts of the story, there were other parts that made up for them. Bother Jack and Elijah were very nice characters to the story and were a delightful couple where you could see how sweet and true their romance evolved. As with the others in the series, there were quite a bit of religious overtones that I did not mind as I do love Christian stories. I thought the story was very well-written with a bit of mystery, murder, romance and religion…especially one having a heart to forgive. The author did an outstanding job with this one and do recommend reading this book in the series. I thank the author and Barbour Publishing for allowing me to receive this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. 5-Stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

    What I've come to love and enjoy about Kimberley Woodhouse's books is that they are filled with adventure and characters that has a personal journey with God. The express bride was another great read by this author and this series. So, if you still have to start this series, you love historical and adventure books, what are you waiting for. I loved reading about the pony express and how they functioned and what a well-oiled machine it was for the short period it ran. The plot about the forgery was What I've come to love and enjoy about Kimberley Woodhouse's books is that they are filled with adventure and characters that has a personal journey with God. The express bride was another great read by this author and this series. So, if you still have to start this series, you love historical and adventure books, what are you waiting for. I loved reading about the pony express and how they functioned and what a well-oiled machine it was for the short period it ran. The plot about the forgery was very interesting and Elijah's search for his employer's missing daughter was just as interesting. I loved "Jack/Jaqueline" and Elijah's interaction. I loved how Bible study was an important part of this station's life and how Jack's mother and the father who raised her played an important role after their deaths in helping her through a difficult revelation and to forgive. And I really enjoyed the action/adventure. The only reason why I'm not giving it 5 stars is because, for me, there was some "missing pieces". (view spoiler)[I felt like I didn't know what happened to Vines to direct him to alcohol (it was implied in her mother's journey that something happened, but I felt that wasn't clarified). There was a letter from Jack to the owners of the pony express I felt was left open and throughout the book the action/adventure/suspense felt like it was building up to an action-filled ending, so the ending was different to what I was expecting. (hide spoiler)] This story still kept me up passed by bedtime to see how it ended. I'm looking forward to the next book in this great series. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse is #9 in the Daughters of the Mayflower series by Barbour. I have so enjoyed these Daughters of the Mayflower books. Each is unique but very well written. The Express Bride has become on of my favorites and is a priceless addition to the series. The cover of this and all the others are so fittingly beautiful to each story. What a wonderful story of the short time the Pony Express was in service. Most of the book takes place in 1860 in Utah Territory. It i The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse is #9 in the Daughters of the Mayflower series by Barbour. I have so enjoyed these Daughters of the Mayflower books. Each is unique but very well written. The Express Bride has become on of my favorites and is a priceless addition to the series. The cover of this and all the others are so fittingly beautiful to each story. What a wonderful story of the short time the Pony Express was in service. Most of the book takes place in 1860 in Utah Territory. It is clear that Ms. Woodhouse has done a lot of research for this book. She always includes helpful links in the author’s notes about the subject of her stories. This tale had several mysteries that unfolded. Ms. Woodhouse let us uncover them in a methodical but intricate way. The theme of the story dealt with forgiveness. She showed how the hero and heroine could have a strong faith and still rely on God when obstacles are thrown at them. The clear Salvation message was conveyed naturally through letters and typical activities that people of that era would be doing. Elijah Johnson is on a quest on behalf of his mentor and partner, Charles Vines. Will he find more than he bargained for? Jacqueline, “Jack” Rivers’ father has just died and she is tasked with keeping a stage and Express station running smoothly. She soon finds her job, indeed her whole world is in jeopardy. Is there a secret in her past that could change everything? I highly recommend this book for lovers of Historical Christian Fiction. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishers on behalf of the author. I was under no obligation to post a favorable review . All opinions are my own.*

  11. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    4.5 Stars The Express Bride is book nine in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. If you’re only just hearing about the series, first, where have you been? And second, know that you can read these books in any order. They are tied together by the lineage of the women, but each book stands on its own. Kimberley Woodhouse delves into a lesser known (and short) area of American history in this book. If you haven’t guessed by the title and description, it’s set at a Pony Express home station. Woodhous 4.5 Stars The Express Bride is book nine in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. If you’re only just hearing about the series, first, where have you been? And second, know that you can read these books in any order. They are tied together by the lineage of the women, but each book stands on its own. Kimberley Woodhouse delves into a lesser known (and short) area of American history in this book. If you haven’t guessed by the title and description, it’s set at a Pony Express home station. Woodhouse’s descriptions of the station and the riders coming in and out, the small family they’ve formed out in the middle of the wilderness, along with the mystery of the treasury bonds and the suspense of when she will discover the truth of her parentage made this another favorite of mine in the series. The characters are well developed and immediately become friends to the readers. Plus, Woodhouse doesn’t shy away from saturating this book with some spiritual truths. Fascinating and educational while romantic and entertaining, The Express Bride is a book you won’t regret diving into. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    Just like the rest of this series, this book doesn’t disappoint! I absolutely loved it! I love how this book gave a look at the Pony Express. Kimberley Woodhouse did a great job writing these characters! It was so easy to love them. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of this series! I highly recommend it! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shonda

    This book brought me such joy reading it. The characters were so wonderful and I feel in love with all of them. I have to say my favorite character was Ann who was deceased in the book but her legacy was so big and touched so many people in this story. This story was phenomenal, showing us God’s love and forgiveness. I cried happy tears as I was reading, this story touched my heart so deeply. The author does such a beautiful job showing how we all sin and how our sins can hurt others so deeply. This book brought me such joy reading it. The characters were so wonderful and I feel in love with all of them. I have to say my favorite character was Ann who was deceased in the book but her legacy was so big and touched so many people in this story. This story was phenomenal, showing us God’s love and forgiveness. I cried happy tears as I was reading, this story touched my heart so deeply. The author does such a beautiful job showing how we all sin and how our sins can hurt others so deeply. Kimberly Woodhouse goes on to show the reader that only God can help us to forgive and love as he has. The romance was sweetly done, I loved every facet of this book! Kimberley Woodhouse has made me a fan for life. Was given a complimentary copy from Net Galley. All opinions are of my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Tyree

    I have really enjoyed all of the books in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. They are all different but they are all well written and tied together by ancestry. In The Express Bride, you are immediately drawn into a woman fleeing an abusive home with her baby. Years later that baby is now Jacqueline Rivers and she runs a station house on the Pony Express. Her mother died when she was a young child and she was raised by her father who just died. He left her the station house which is unusual I have really enjoyed all of the books in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. They are all different but they are all well written and tied together by ancestry. In The Express Bride, you are immediately drawn into a woman fleeing an abusive home with her baby. Years later that baby is now Jacqueline Rivers and she runs a station house on the Pony Express. Her mother died when she was a young child and she was raised by her father who just died. He left her the station house which is unusual because she is a woman. When two men arrive at her station house, her world gets turned upside down. Elijah Johnson is a successful business man who was asked by his employer to find his long lost wife and daughter. When Elijah meets Jacqueline, he is drawn to her. Despite the hurt he has experienced with women in the past, he longs to take a chance with her. Elijah and Jacqueline are recruited to help the treasury try to find out who has been forging bonds. There is danger involved in this endeavor and soon Elijah and Jacqueline find themselves witnesses to two murders. Elijah also finds the long lost daughter of his employer. The problem is, he has lost his heart to her. The Express Bride is a great Christian fiction book about seeking and giving God's forgiveness. I really enjoyed it. I received an ARC of this book and this is my honest feedback.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    I loved this book! It is well written and the story is captivating. Truly speaks of grace, forgiveness, and God’s love. I can’t wait to read more of her works!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dee/ bookworm

    I really liked how the book came together. It was an array of mystery, romance, and thriller. I felt that the book was almost slow in the beginning, but that happens when you are learning the characters and almost too quick at the ending. Without spoilers I cannot give specifics, but it felt rushed. I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    The Express Bride is the ninth installment of the Mayflower series, written by Kimberley Woodhouse. I can’t believe we’re at nine already! They are all standalones so you don’t need to read other books in other to enjoy this one. And can I just mention how GORGEOUS this cover is? It’s my favorite so far. And not only is it my favorite cover, to be honest it’s my favorite book in this series so far. Not that the other books aren’t awesome but you gotta have a favorite, right? The Express Bride foc The Express Bride is the ninth installment of the Mayflower series, written by Kimberley Woodhouse. I can’t believe we’re at nine already! They are all standalones so you don’t need to read other books in other to enjoy this one. And can I just mention how GORGEOUS this cover is? It’s my favorite so far. And not only is it my favorite cover, to be honest it’s my favorite book in this series so far. Not that the other books aren’t awesome but you gotta have a favorite, right? The Express Bride focuses on the pony express, this was an expensive and extensive way to send mail really fast, and one of our main characters, Jackie, takes up her father’s position as a station manager to keep the express running smoothly - while providing for the young boys that deliver mail by horse. Not only does she manage to cook them meals, run a boardjng house and be a surrogate mother to them, she also succesfully manages the station. I have to admit, I’m in awe, a man probably would have done a much worse job lol. But then a stage car arrives and with it two gentlemen, both having their own investigations and inquiries, and Jackie gets caught up in both their secrets. Elijah is investigating a sensitive matter for his boss who is also his friend, but he is a little side tracked by this capable woman at the station... and when he gets sucked into other investigations, he might be in for more than he bargained for. This story is above all, a story about forgiveness. How we are all flawed and things are not as they seem, but the grace of God can turn wrong into something good. This is the aspect I loved the most, the faith of the characters and the interesting bible studies, and it didn’t get preachy or cringy or unrealistic. The characters were all so very much human and I felt for them as they were trying to do the right thing. The end had me in tears, it was perfect. I’ve been given an ecopy in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)

    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 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.)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Scarlett

    Thanks to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for an ARC of this book! Release date - July 1, 2019 So once upon a time like a year ago I had just discovered the amazingness that is NetGalley and was gung-ho about requesting every single book that looked remotely interesting, regardless of whether I had heard of it or knew anything about it or had it on my want to read list. I noticed a book called The Pirate Bride, and thought, cool, I like pirates. It had a pretty cover too, so I requested it. And Thanks to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for an ARC of this book! Release date - July 1, 2019 So once upon a time like a year ago I had just discovered the amazingness that is NetGalley and was gung-ho about requesting every single book that looked remotely interesting, regardless of whether I had heard of it or knew anything about it or had it on my want to read list. I noticed a book called The Pirate Bride, and thought, cool, I like pirates. It had a pretty cover too, so I requested it. And lo and behold, I was approved. I actually did like that book. It was a simple romance, nothing extraordinary, but it was entertaining and well-written and I enjoyed it. But then...NetGalley just starts sending me ALL THE BOOKS in this series without me requesting them. And like, I think this is legitimately the never ending series. I have enjoyed some of the books, but unfortunately I have not really liked the ones written by Kimberley Woodhouse. Seriously, this book and The Golden Bride could have practically been the same exact book. A generic boy and a girl randomly meet and are instantly in love with each other, an almost unrelated side plot where a villain is doing vague despicable things, historical context....happily ever after. I admit, I did dislike this book slightly less than that one, but there still wasn't much to the plot or the romance. In both, the two main characters are "drawn" to each other from the time they first lay eyes on each other, and within a week or so they're in love. There's no suspense, no build up. The plot here did have the potential to be interesting, with a woman escaping from an abusive husband with her infant daughter. 20+ years later the man has reformed and regrets his actions and wants to reunite with the daughter, so he sends his employee Elijah to find her. But of course, all of this is revealed in the first few chapters and there is 0 suspense. We know Jacqueline is his daughter, even though Elijah doesn't. It's obvious Elijah and Jacqueline will fall in love because they basically do on page 20. The plot had good potential but they revealed all the cards so quickly it was like pointless to have an entire book about this. And everything that happened was just SO coincidental it was hard to believe. I don't know. I liked The Pirate Bride and actually really liked The Liberty Bride. But ever since those first two I have struggled to like a single book. I just know NetGalley will keep sending them to me and I really hate to push the button that says I'm not giving feedback for this book, but I will definitely consider doing that on the next book, especially if it's Kimberley Woodhouse.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becca-Rae Weidel

    I honestly do not have the words to describe how much I love this series! I am a huge historical fiction fan, but I will admit that I fall into the habit of reading books from the same specific time periods. I'm not complaining about this, but I appreciate this series because it takes me to times and places I probably wouldn't have traveled otherwise. Even though the books can each be read as a standalones, the knowledge that the characters are connected through lineage breeds a unique appreciat I honestly do not have the words to describe how much I love this series! I am a huge historical fiction fan, but I will admit that I fall into the habit of reading books from the same specific time periods. I'm not complaining about this, but I appreciate this series because it takes me to times and places I probably wouldn't have traveled otherwise. Even though the books can each be read as a standalones, the knowledge that the characters are connected through lineage breeds a unique appreciation and respect for the history of our nation. Although he may have just been a smaller supporting character, I really adored Michael, who was Jackie's adopted little brother. In the story he's 14, but he'd been with her family since he was 7. It was clear just how much he loved Jackie and looked up to her, even when he called her "bossy, bossy" like a pesky little brother. He was a fierce protector of her, and was the kind of side-kick we all wish we could have. One of the strongest messages in this novel was the power of forgiveness. Not only between people, but between us and God. Has there ever been a person that you looked at and thought they were too far gone or undeserving of God's forgiveness? Or have you ever felt that way about yourself? Charles' story of redemption in this novel is powerful but also a lesson in the knowledge that there is no one too far separated from God that He cannot redeem them and turn their hearts away from evil. It was also heartwarming to see that instead of judging him as unchangeable, the people in his life prayed for him, and what a testimony that was in and of itself! Another thing I really enjoyed in this story was the witty humor. It was lighthearted and often subtle, but it truly warmed my heart to the characters and their friendships with one another. Personally humor in a relationship is an instant captivator for me. Seeing two people laugh with one another in a kind-spirited way, instantly made me connect with and adore them more deeply. As I've mentioned in the past, one thing I admire about Kimberley's writing is that her love and respect for history is clearly visible in each of her works. As with any historical fiction piece, I always appreciate reading the author's notes at the end to help separate some of the fact from fiction. Even though the majority of the characters may be completely fictional, Kimberley makes every attempt to recreate the setting and events as respectful to historical accuracy as possible. She is also known to throw in actual historical figures, and I enjoy seeing if I can figure out who some of them are as I'm reading. I love it when a book is able to awaken an interest for me to look deeper into historical events and time periods. I have read each of the books in this series from the beginning and I look forward to reading more as they release. I honestly can't recommend this series enough! *I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I love when they take place in the unsettled West. Add in an independent woman and men willing to protect her if needed and you have a story that I can become engrossed in and enjoy from start to finish. The Express Bride was everything I was looking forward to and more. From the very beginning, I was hooked by this storyline. I enjoyed learning about the Pony Express and reading about the unsettled Utah Territory. I also enjoyed the cast of ch Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I love when they take place in the unsettled West. Add in an independent woman and men willing to protect her if needed and you have a story that I can become engrossed in and enjoy from start to finish. The Express Bride was everything I was looking forward to and more. From the very beginning, I was hooked by this storyline. I enjoyed learning about the Pony Express and reading about the unsettled Utah Territory. I also enjoyed the cast of characters in the story. Each had a unique personality and was in the story for a purpose which, for me, made the story so much more enjoyable. The author did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life through her descriptions of the area. This is a must-read for fans of America historical fiction. While it is book number nine in the series it completely stands on its own. I'm sure that, like me, once you read this book you will be adding the author to your must-read list. Happy reading!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dixie

    I liked the pacing in this book. Although foreshadowing made it easy to guess ahead to some of the outcomes, the story carried on with the world-building and the introduction and development of new characters as they came onto the scene. More "historical fiction" that includes a romance than "historical romance," I enjoyed the details of the Pony Express station operations and the criminal suspense plot that also carried the story forward. I am hoping to see the loose ends from this and the prev I liked the pacing in this book. Although foreshadowing made it easy to guess ahead to some of the outcomes, the story carried on with the world-building and the introduction and development of new characters as they came onto the scene. More "historical fiction" that includes a romance than "historical romance," I enjoyed the details of the Pony Express station operations and the criminal suspense plot that also carried the story forward. I am hoping to see the loose ends from this and the previous volume tied up together in a later book in this series. I voluntarily read an advanced review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley. I offer my honest opinion in response.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jean Blankenship

    Express Bride by Kimberley Full of adventure, romance, crime, murder and knowledge about the workings of the Pony Express. A Christian Story. I didn’t want to stop reading because the characters were so likable. Jackie, called Jack by her friends and ran the Pony Express after her father died. Elijah, sent by her real father to find her because he had changed and Jackie’s mother and his wife had fled from his abuse and found refuge in the West with Mr. Rivers, who became her adopted father. I tha Express Bride by Kimberley Full of adventure, romance, crime, murder and knowledge about the workings of the Pony Express. A Christian Story. I didn’t want to stop reading because the characters were so likable. Jackie, called Jack by her friends and ran the Pony Express after her father died. Elijah, sent by her real father to find her because he had changed and Jackie’s mother and his wife had fled from his abuse and found refuge in the West with Mr. Rivers, who became her adopted father. I thank the author and Barbour Publishing for allowing me to receive this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patti Wolff

    The 9th installment of the Daughters of the Mayflower series, the "The Express Bride" is well-written and has given me a greater understanding of how the Pony Express actually operated. What a difficult undertaking that must have been. While the underlying plot concerns Elijah's search for his employer Charles Vines' long-lost daughter, a compelling subplot concerning counterfeiting is woven throughout. The characters are all delightful, including the deceased ones we know from their written word The 9th installment of the Daughters of the Mayflower series, the "The Express Bride" is well-written and has given me a greater understanding of how the Pony Express actually operated. What a difficult undertaking that must have been. While the underlying plot concerns Elijah's search for his employer Charles Vines' long-lost daughter, a compelling subplot concerning counterfeiting is woven throughout. The characters are all delightful, including the deceased ones we know from their written words. Jackie and Elijah make a wonderful couple, and their romance is sweet and believable. There is a strong emphasis on forgiveness and God's love. The references to religion is heavy-handed at times. Even so, I still loved this book. 4.5 stars. I've read this series out of order and have two I have yet to read, but this is my favorite so far. Thanks to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I have been reading the Daughters of the Mayflower series since book one and have enjoyed all of them. The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse did not disappoint! It is filled with murder, mystery, romance and even a Bible study on Daniel! This book had me from the get-go. And even though this is the ninth book in the series, it can be read as a standalone, so don't despair if you think you have to "catch up" first - you don't. Although I highly recommend all the books in this series. I loved ho I have been reading the Daughters of the Mayflower series since book one and have enjoyed all of them. The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse did not disappoint! It is filled with murder, mystery, romance and even a Bible study on Daniel! This book had me from the get-go. And even though this is the ninth book in the series, it can be read as a standalone, so don't despair if you think you have to "catch up" first - you don't. Although I highly recommend all the books in this series. I loved how the characters grew in their faith, but all their flaws were shown beforehand. The reader has no doubt that no matter how bad you think you are, God is merciful and forgiving to all who seek Him with a repentant heart. Forgiveness is an important theme in this book and makes it all the more touching at the end. A thrilling story that captivates the imagination and the heart. I highly recommend it! The book was provided by Barbour Publishing through NetGalley.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    What a wonderful book! It is written in such a way that you can see all the scenery and action that is taking place. This is a christian historical romance that is full of action, mystery and suspense. This is the first fiction book I've read about the Pony Express and really enjoyed it. I highly recommend this book. Thank you Barbour Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own and I've pre-ordered the paperback version. Yes, it's that good!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    This is the 9th novel in the multi-author Daughters of the Mayflower series and 4th by Kimberley Woodhouse, and this is the best so far! The author gives us a wise young protagonist who is mourning the recent death of her father. The setting is Utah Territory in 1860. There is more than one mystery, involving both Elijah, the man searching for his boss and mentor’s daughter, and discovering who is passing US Treasury Notes through the Pony Express stations, including the one that Jackie aka Jack This is the 9th novel in the multi-author Daughters of the Mayflower series and 4th by Kimberley Woodhouse, and this is the best so far! The author gives us a wise young protagonist who is mourning the recent death of her father. The setting is Utah Territory in 1860. There is more than one mystery, involving both Elijah, the man searching for his boss and mentor’s daughter, and discovering who is passing US Treasury Notes through the Pony Express stations, including the one that Jackie aka Jack (Jacqueline) is running since her father passed. Spiritual lessons, one in particular, give heightened value to this novel. Elijah has worked for Charles over a decade. He has become a good Christian man and businessman as a result. Charles has been an excellent mentor, but his health is failing and if he doesn’t take a long break, he won’t live much longer. He asks Elijah to do one huge project as he takes a break from working per his doctor’s orders. When Charles was much younger, his beloved bride left him while he was in yet another drunken rage. She took their infant daughter whose name he didn’t even know. After a pastor literally pulled him from the gutter and helped him stop drinking and grow in faith in the Lord, he wanted to make up the past to Anna. All he learned through the years, after hiring several private investigators, is that she went west, probably into Mexico territory; that her trail dried up at the Rocky Mountains. The only thing he ever received was an anonymous note telling him that Anna had died, and that her last couple years were very happy. Twenty-six years after Anna left, it is Charles’ hope that his protégé, now his business partner, can find his daughter while he is still alive. He is one of the wealthiest men in America and loves and believes in the Lord. He can’t make it up to Anna, but he to make it up to his daughter before he dies. Jackie has chosen to let the Pony Express owners continue to consider her as “Jack”, so she doesn’t lose the station and the young riders who have become as family to her. When James Crowell, secretary to the US Secretary of the Treasury rents a room, he asks for her help with a situation that her father had been helping him with. There are many, many forged treasury notes being used in the west, primarily in or sent through local Pony Express stations. The loss to the government is huge, and they are trying to find who is passing the forgeries and arrest them. This novel is captivating! I enjoyed the characters, especially Jackie, and appreciate how hard it was for Charles to tell Elijah about his past and how dedicated Elijah is to fulfill Charles’ dream. I especially enjoyed learning about the day-to-day workings of the Pony Express. Most of all, I enjoy how those at this Pony Express station love the Lord and study the Bible together, a practice Jackie’s father had begun years earlier. Seeing Jackie, Elijah, and Charles demonstrate their faith through prayers and actions is a vital (but not overbearing) inclusion, as are the spiritual lessons! The end is satisfactory, and I am looking forward to the next one! I highly recommend this novel, and this series, to fans of Christian historical fiction in which the historical period is well-researched along with mysteries and romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    BlueJeansAndTeacups

    •°o•:*:•. VERY HAPPY .•:*:• o°• After not enjoying the last book in the series, I was so very pleasantly surprised at how much I did enjoy book no.9 in the “Daughters of the Mayflower”: series. Once I found out it centered around the Pony Express, I decided to accept the invitation to read it. Some fun facts from the book: Now called the Pony Express, it was the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company (COC&PP). It operated from 04/03/1860 until 10/24/1861 when the telegraph •°o•:*:•. VERY HAPPY .•:*:• o°• After not enjoying the last book in the series, I was so very pleasantly surprised at how much I did enjoy book no.9 in the “Daughters of the Mayflower”: series. Once I found out it centered around the Pony Express, I decided to accept the invitation to read it. Some fun facts from the book: Now called the Pony Express, it was the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company (COC&PP). It operated from 04/03/1860 until 10/24/1861 when the telegraph took over. It went from St. Joseph, MO to Sacramento, CA in 10 days. The story involves one mystery surrounding forged treasury notes and another involving a missing heiress. There are quite a bit of godly men sharing their faith, and our heroine seeking God as well that I enjoyed. **Kansas City, MO** Elijah Johnson is entrusted by his friend and business partner, Charles Vines, to find his long lost daughter before he departs from this world. But, she’s been gone for 26 years! It will take a lot of fortitude and brains to ferret out any clues that old; plus some guidance from the good Lord. **Utah Territory, forty miles from Virginia City** Meanwhile, in Carson Sink, Jacqueline Rivers has taken over her father’s station following his recent passing. She is manager, hostess, cook, boss, big sister and surrogate mom to “her boys” who ride for and deliver the mail for the COC&PP. “Every time she watched a rider head out, she prayed until he was out of sight. The number of riders and horses it took to cross the two-thousand-mile trail was extravagant. But to get the news in a week rather than a month or more was huge. It never ceased to amaze her, so every day she found herself praying for these young men who sacrificed so much.” “Jack” is coming to grips with her loss and new duties when two men show up on the stagecoach seeking her help with two entirely different problems. Michael, her adopted brother, was a fun character. I appreciated his youth and humor. Tea References: “As she looked down at her cup of tea, the image of her mother, so dreamlike and beautiful, still hovered at the edges of her mind. If only she could keep it there and remember more.” “But being the doting father he was, he usually gave in and ordered her something pretty. She’d never forget the first time she asked him to buy a china tea set. His face had been almost comical.” Cautionary Note: This book does contain some violence, including wife beating (not in grave detail) and also cold-blooded killing/shooting. Extra tidbits about the P.E. are listed after the story, including the fact that it was a “huge financial flop”! I also like the Express riders oath shared within the story. I loved the final sentence which made me laugh out loud. I was approached by Barbour Publishing and asked to review an eVersion of this book without fee, expectation or compensation. My opinion is my own and offered freely. Please read other reviews for a well-rounded purchasing decision. © July 1, 2019

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Character Round-Up Barbour has a great concept with The Daughters of the Mayflower series. Covering some of America’s most auspicious historical events, the characters all descend from two Mayflower passengers, and yet each story stands alone so that they can be read in any order. Add to that the wholesome Christian perspective and you have a compelling series that addresses true periods of history from a fictional viewpoint. Having read each book as it releases, I have enjoyed every one of them Character Round-Up Barbour has a great concept with The Daughters of the Mayflower series. Covering some of America’s most auspicious historical events, the characters all descend from two Mayflower passengers, and yet each story stands alone so that they can be read in any order. Add to that the wholesome Christian perspective and you have a compelling series that addresses true periods of history from a fictional viewpoint. Having read each book as it releases, I have enjoyed every one of them, but some have left a deeper impression than others. Kimberley Woodhouse’s “The Express Bride”, The Daughters of the Mayflower book nine, ranks among my favorite installations in this series. To begin with, it focuses on a brief but fascinating interval in American history, one that I have always found rather enthralling. Upon reading the author’s note at the end, I was surprised to learn that the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company, better known as the Pony Express, actually failed financially during its short-lived run. The brevity of its existence makes it all the more interesting to me, and I was quickly drawn into the tale. “The Express Bride” offers a glimpse into the routine and way of life of a combined express and stagecoach station in 1860. Located in the isolated wilderness of what was then the Utah Territory, the Carson Sink station serves as a tiny town unto itself. More remarkably, a young woman named Jacqueline “Jackie” Rivers runs the station and takes care of the riders who live there. As she adjusts to life without her recently-departed father, she finds herself embroiled in helping James Crowell root out a counterfeiting operation while also assisting a man named Elijah Johnson in the search for his employer’s heir. Several aspects of this story appeal to me. The main characters are endearing, and the residents of the Carson Sink station have an easy camaraderie that adds depth to the narrative. Jackie is tender-hearted but also has admirable strength of character as she shoulders many responsibilities while still dealing with her grief. With a prominent Christian element, this story highlights the virtues of forgiveness and loving one another, and I appreciated that the author points out that two of the characters had been unequally yoked because one had not truly accepted Jesus into his heart. Not being much of a fan of romantic angst, I also enjoyed the fact that intrigue and discoveries dominate much of the narrative, with the romantic thread serving as an overall small portion of the book. Containing an inspirational message throughout, historical details about the unique Pony Express venture, and mysterious happenings, I highly recommend “The Express Bride” as a stirring western adventure.    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse is part of The Daughters of the Mayflower series which follows the descendants of Mary Elizabeth Chapman and William Lytton. It is not necessary to have read previous books in this series to enjoy reading this one, although each of the other books are also filled with adventure, history and romance and are well written, wonderful stories to read. The Express Bride is the story of a young wife who has suffered pregnancy losses at the hands of her abusive hu The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse is part of The Daughters of the Mayflower series which follows the descendants of Mary Elizabeth Chapman and William Lytton. It is not necessary to have read previous books in this series to enjoy reading this one, although each of the other books are also filled with adventure, history and romance and are well written, wonderful stories to read. The Express Bride is the story of a young wife who has suffered pregnancy losses at the hands of her abusive husband. In 1834, she gives birth to a healthy baby girl and decides that for her and her baby’s safety, she must leave her home and husband in St. Louis and disappear into the West. So, Anna Vines carefully plans her escape, gathers disguises, leaves the mansion she has shared with her husband, and ventures West into the Mexican territory with her baby, Jacqueline, seeking to disappear from her abusive and frequently drunk husband. In 1860, Charles Vines, who is now an intelligent and wealthy business man as well as a devout Christian, makes a startling confession to his young assistant, Elijah Johnson. Mr. Vines reveals that he is ashamed of his past and asks Elijah to search for his young wife who had left him 26 years ago. Elijah has tremendous respect for Mr. Vines, and while Elijah can hardly believe the story that Mr. Vines has told him, Elijah agrees to search for Mr. Vines’ daughter and granddaughter. The search seems hopeless, but Elijah meets a young woman working at a Pony Express station in Utah and wonders if she could be the missing granddaughter of his employer, Mr. Vines. Meanwhile, Jack (Jackie) Rivers, who runs the Pony Express station, receives information from a government agent that counterfeiters are operating in the area and for her to be on the lookout for any strange money exchanges. As Elijah continues to lengthen his stay at the Pony Express Station, Jackie wonders if he could be one of the counterfeiters. The Express Bride is a story filled with adventure, surprises, romance, and most important, forgiveness. The author paints a detailed picture of what life at a Pony Express station was like, the dangers the riders faced, and the desolate country they carried the mail through. I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it, as I am sure other readers will enjoy it too. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

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