Author: Pamela FordSummary: Your feet will bring you to where your heart is. Set against the backdrop of 1840s Ireland and America, To Ride a White Horse is an epic historical saga of hope, loyalty, the strength of the human spirit, and the power of love. With Ireland ravaged by famine, and England unsympathetic to its plight, Kathleen Deacey, a spirited and strong-willed young Irish woman faces a devastating choice--leave her country to find work or risk dying there. Despising the English for refusing to help Ireland, she sets sail for Canada, determined to save her family and find her missing fiancé. But her voyage doesn't go as planned and she ends up in America, forced to accept the help of an English whaling captain, Jack Montgomery, to survive. As Jack helps her search for her fiancé and fight to save her family and country, she must make an impossible choice--remain loyal to Ireland or follow her heart. With insight and compassion, award-winning author Pamela Ford captures the anguish of a devastating period in Irish history, illuminates the resilience of the human spirit and celebrates the strength of love. To Ride a White Horse is a deeply-moving novel that wraps itself around the heart and doesn't let go. ~amazon.com
Publication Date: December 14, 2014
Publisher: Aine Press
Obtained: TLC Book Tours
Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
Bottom Line: An easy romance to get swept away in
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Review: Sometimes you have to thank someone for knowing what you like to read and then suggesting a book to you. So Trish (TLC Book Tours), Thank You! I would have missed this lovely novel if it wasn't for her and the tour.
To Ride a White Horse is the story of one women's journey across the Atlantic to save her family and to search for her fiance that didn't return home with her brother. She was chosen as the one member of the Deacey family to make the trek to America in hopes of finding work to send money home for her family to survive.
Unfortunately, Katleen's voyage across the Atlantic isn't easy. In fact, it's because of her issues at sea that she happens upon Captain Jack Montgomery. Let's just say if I had an issue at sea, I would want Captain Jack to be my savior as well. It isn't too hard to figure out that these two will end up together. It's the journey of them getting there that is charming.
They have obstacles of their own to overcome: she's already betrothed, he's got a stubborn streak and his grandfather pretty much hates the Irish. So, when they figure out that they love each other, it's still not going to be easy. You root for Kathleen and Jack the entire novel. You hope that both aren't stubborn and regret decisions that they are likely to make. Let's face it Jack's dreamy. Sure, he has a little bit of a temper and yes he's a man about town but he really does want to change for Kathleen.
Ms. Ford definitely did her research for this novel. Between the potato famine, the ship journey across the Atlantic and to the bigotry in Boston towards the Irish it's hard to imagine how so many survived and then prospered. What always amazes me is how this country has always been chaffed towards one religions, ethnicity or race at certain times in history. It's amazing that we have come as far as we have, but we still have a ways to go.
If you are in the mood for a sweeping romance, with detailed history, then look no further than To Ride a White Horse you will not regret it.