This is the eighth book in The Daughters of the Mayflower series and I’ve enjoyed everyone. Reading about American history using fictional characters (some even actual people) makes learning so much fun! Kimberley Woodhouse has done her research in The Golden Bride and it was quite eye-opening.
Centered around the California Gold rush of 1849, Olivia Brighton finds herself in a wicked, filthy, overcrowded environment when she travels to find her brother. Her last living relative after losing her parents and her husband, Daniel offers her a job in his restaurant and a place to live above it. She is intrigued after meeting his best friend Joseph. Daniel and Joseph seem to be the only decent Christian men in a developing town of greedy self serving males.
According to the authors notes in the back (which are a must read) the actual evil and filth was underplayed in the novel. So I can’t imagine how bad it really was. The faith element was wonderfully written, the romance subtle and the hinted at suspense page turning. I had to stay up late just to finish it I was so drawn in.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.