Book Review- The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse

The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse

About the Book:

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.

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

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)

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My Thoughts:

Every time I read a Kimberley Woodhouse book I am blown away by the richness of the story and the spiritual application from the Word of God. The book has so many themes: following God’s plan, faith, courage, forgiveness of self as well as others. I fully enjoyed this latest addition to the Daughters of the Mayflower series. It was also fun to recall the stories from The Mayflower Bride and The Patriot Bride with journals from Mary Elizabeth Chapman and Faith Lytton Jackson. The courage of these women do much to help Olivia face her fears and find the strength within to forgive herself and move forward.

The Golden Bride focuses on the gold rush in San Francisco and the debauchery that came with the city’s explosive growth. People were desperate to make it rich and there were many who took advantage of their desperation, but the characters of The Golden Bride set out to make a difference in the lives of others and be a light to the lost souls crying out for help. They didn’t run away from the darkness, as so many others did. They choose to see people how God sees them-as hurting people in need of love, acceptance, and compassion.

Olivia Brighton, in her lowest moment, made a terrible mistake and married a man she just met to pay back a debt. Now a widow, she has no one to depend on but God and a brother she hasn’t seen in several years. She believes God is punishing her for having a wrong attitude and believes she is to remain single for the rest of her life to make up for her failures, but the men of the city have other plans in mind for the poor widow. Her last memory of her foolish husband is him wasting all their money on gold digging supplies and that has left a terrible taste in her mouth towards anyone involved in the mining industry.

The Golden Bride is a beautiful historical romance, but it also has an element of suspense as an unnamed man traffics slaves and seeks unlimited power behind the scenes. It’s up to Joseph, Daniel, and Olivia to stop this evil man and bring his identity into the light before he takes control over the citizens of San Francisco.

“Life wasn’t at all as she’d hoped, but tomorrow was a new day. She would just have to take it one step at a time and pray for God to show her what to do and where to go.”

About the Author:

Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than fifteen books. She is a wife, mother, author, and musician with a quick wit and positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. A popular speaker, she’s shared at more than 2,000 venues across the country. Kimberley and her family’s story have garnered national media attention for many years including ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Montel Williams Show, Discovery Health channel’s Mystery ER, The Hour of Power, The Harvest Show, and over 1,000 other TV appearances and radio interviews. She lives and writes in Montana with her husband and their two amazing kids.
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