The Golden Bride

The Golden Bride

Can Olivia survive the crime and Gold Rush fever of 1849...and the countless marriage proposals?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...

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Title:The Golden Bride
Author:Kimberley Woodhouse
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The Golden Bride Reviews

  • Missy

    I love this series, and The Golden Bride was a great addition. It brought to life the happenings within San Francisco during the gold rush, not out in the fields finding the gold.

    It is the story of Olivia Brighton, a young woman on her own after tragedy takes her husband of just a few short weeks. Olivia is on her way to San Francisco to see her brother after her parents suddenly die. Her brother, Daniel owns a prosperous restaurant there and she is bound to get to him. Once there she works in

    I love this series, and The Golden Bride was a great addition. It brought to life the happenings within San Francisco during the gold rush, not out in the fields finding the gold.

    It is the story of Olivia Brighton, a young woman on her own after tragedy takes her husband of just a few short weeks. Olivia is on her way to San Francisco to see her brother after her parents suddenly die. Her brother, Daniel owns a prosperous restaurant there and she is bound to get to him. Once there she works in the restaurant and meets Daniel's best friend, Jacob Sawyer. Jacob is everything Olivia despises particularly a gold rusher. But it is his faith in God and his love for God that draws Olivia to him. With no actual law in the city, fires and crime are high on the city counsel's order to get underhand. But if George Banister and his silent partner have anything to do with the building of the city, they will do not so kindly, and it is up to Jacob to find out their secret.

    This was a lovely book about life in the city of San Francisco, before it was a state, the fact that it was basically a tent city and the danger of fires was high, and the fact there was no law to uphold any law there may be. It was the story of a very prosperous restaurant owner and his sister, along with their friend that tried to bring God to these wayward men that were there for nothing other than to get rich. But it was the story of a young widow, who vowed never to marry again because of circumstances in her marriage, but that love can break down those walls. I love that Ms. Woodhouse puts an epilogue in her books so we know what happens to the characters later in life. I love this series and cannot wait to continue and see where it leads next.

    I received this from Barbour Publishing and Netgalley. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

  • Loraine

    Olivia's parents are dead and she is left with only debt and a farm that has to be sold. A shotgun wedding to Hezekiah Brighton seems to be her only choice as he will pay off her debt and is heading to the California gold fields where her brother lives. Then Hezekiah dies on the trail, and Olivia must now finish the trip and fend for herself. When she finally finds Daniel, she also finds that she is one of the few women amongst the thousands of gold miners and the stench, unlawfulness, and immor

    Olivia's parents are dead and she is left with only debt and a farm that has to be sold. A shotgun wedding to Hezekiah Brighton seems to be her only choice as he will pay off her debt and is heading to the California gold fields where her brother lives. Then Hezekiah dies on the trail, and Olivia must now finish the trip and fend for herself. When she finally finds Daniel, she also finds that she is one of the few women amongst the thousands of gold miners and the stench, unlawfulness, and immorality filling the streets of San Francisco.

    Olivia was one gutsy, feisty young woman. But her negativity and self-doubt as well as her lack of faith all seemed to hinder her from being all that she could be. Daniel and Joseph were both wonderful male heroes. Daniel was caring and supportive of Olivia and made sure his sister was kept safe. Joseph was a swoon worthy hero who had had a rough start in life; but once he found salvation, he became strong and caring towards his fellow man. I loved how they all support one another in their faith journey and thought the daily Bible study was a wonderful idea for this rough and tumble town.

    With a hint of suspense, a touch of romance, a strong cast of characters, and a well researched San Francisco setting, this was another great story in the series of the Daughters of the Mayflower. I will hate to say goodbye to the Lytton family and their descendants when this series ends.

    **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  • Becky Lewis

    My emotions were greatly moved by The Golden Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse! A clear picture of the smutty town of San Francisco during the gold rush emerges from the pages of The Golden Bride, # 8 The Daughters of the Mayflower, crafted by Kimberly Woodhouse. This is Ms. Woodhouse’s finest offering to the series yet. While each book stands alone, Ms. Woodhouse ties the other two books of the series she authored to this by some special objects that change Olivia’s attitude towards her life. Also, I

    My emotions were greatly moved by The Golden Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse! A clear picture of the smutty town of San Francisco during the gold rush emerges from the pages of The Golden Bride, # 8 The Daughters of the Mayflower, crafted by Kimberly Woodhouse. This is Ms. Woodhouse’s finest offering to the series yet. While each book stands alone, Ms. Woodhouse ties the other two books of the series she authored to this by some special objects that change Olivia’s attitude towards her life. Also, I was very impressed by the way I was drawn into the narrative while consuming history. This time, the time period presented seamlessly melded with the beauty of the romantic, yet tragic story being revealed.

    How many times have we repeated about someone, “He’ll never change”? Yet, The Golden Bride is a great example of less-than-wonderful people who decide to follow God, and who then find themselves walking a different path.

    I loved the way Olivia refused to be forced into society’s mold but instead chose to see people through God’s eyes. So often we as Christians are afraid to be different from the world, then we wonder why the world doesn’t want our God.

    A reminder we should be careful not to judge each other, but instead be encouragers:

    “We’re all sinners, Olivia. All of us. We all struggle. But your brother told me when I first came to town to exhort one another. We’re all going to feel beaten down at some point and we’re all going to lose our confidence. It’s our job to help each other through the muck and mire.”

    Evil in San Francisco was like an iceberg; while a great deal was visible, yet a huge, majority of it lay unseen beneath the surface.

    A quote as true today as it was in 1849:

    “People are afraid to stick their noses where they don’t belong, and so evil facts face no resistance.”

    A great book crafted by Kimberly Woodhouse, I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. No positive review was required, and all opinions are my own.

  • Sarita

    I loved this book and it is now probably my favourite of the series. The characters' interaction and the building romance reminded me a bit of Karen Witemeyer's books. The plot of the slave trade black market was intriguing and I enjoyed following Joseph's path to try and uncover this and set the slaves free. And then you have two Godly men who strives to always walk in God's will and Olivia who grew from a nagging fearful girl to a courageous women of God.

    One of my favourite parts was where Oli

    I loved this book and it is now probably my favourite of the series. The characters' interaction and the building romance reminded me a bit of Karen Witemeyer's books. The plot of the slave trade black market was intriguing and I enjoyed following Joseph's path to try and uncover this and set the slaves free. And then you have two Godly men who strives to always walk in God's will and Olivia who grew from a nagging fearful girl to a courageous women of God.

    One of my favourite parts was where Olivia stood up and befriended Julia, while everyone basically disowned her. And the theme of how God can change you, wipe your past clean and use you for good and His will was so beautifully displayed.

    What I've come to love about Kimberley Woodhouse's books is how her characters have a relationship with God and you are there, part of their journey in getting to know Him more intimately and allowing Him to change and grow them to become better versions of them.

    What I specifically loved from this book was how Olivia read her great-great-great-great (probably another great in there)' and great-grandmother's journals (from

    and

    ) since I loved both of there ladies and their stories as well.

    I think Kimberley Woodhouse did a great job of bringing a story about San Francisco's darker past to light and she had me smiling a very cheesy grin at the ending.

    *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*

  • Karen R

    The newest addition to the Daughters of the Mayflower series brings interesting history, strong characters, and a lot of faith, plus a tender romance. Newly widowed Olivia Brighton needs all the courage and wit she can muster to face the daily challenges of life in chaotic 1849 San Francisco. Her kind and industrious brother Daniel provides a safe place to live and work at his busy restaurant. Along with his good friend, Joseph, they hope to bring light and order to the dark and dangerous city.

    The newest addition to the Daughters of the Mayflower series brings interesting history, strong characters, and a lot of faith, plus a tender romance. Newly widowed Olivia Brighton needs all the courage and wit she can muster to face the daily challenges of life in chaotic 1849 San Francisco. Her kind and industrious brother Daniel provides a safe place to live and work at his busy restaurant. Along with his good friend, Joseph, they hope to bring light and order to the dark and dangerous city.

    "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

    Olivia has a lot to overcome from the loss of her parents and short-lived marriage. It was heartening to see her growth from being fearful and guilt ridden, to becoming a woman of faith and courage, reaching out to help others, instead of focusing so much on her own perceived shortcomings. I liked the journal entries from her ancestors, which were a real encouragement, boosting her faith and reminding her that she wasn't alone. Daniel and Joseph were great men of faith and integrity, noble and willing to sacrifice to help others. They were real lights in a dark place. The author does a good job of painting the picture of how crazy the city was at the time, and doesn't shy away from the dark side of the boom town era. The ending was exciting with some mystery and action adding interest to the plot.

    Readers who enjoy historical Christian fiction with faith and some romance, may like this one. It easily reads as a stand alone, with a few recaps from previous books. The author notes at the end highlight facts included in the story, sharing resources for further reading. 3.5 stars

    (An e-book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)

  • 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 minis

    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.*

  • Staci

    1849 San Francisco is the setting for the 8th novel in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. Many are familiar with the gold rush from that time period. The author does a nice job of highlighting the formation of city government and rampant crime that existed as well.

    Widow Olivia is one of the few females in San Francisco. Having lost her husband and parents, she is thankful for her brother Daniel as she begins to start over. I loved her heart for those in need.

    This entire series has been wonde

    1849 San Francisco is the setting for the 8th novel in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. Many are familiar with the gold rush from that time period. The author does a nice job of highlighting the formation of city government and rampant crime that existed as well.

    Widow Olivia is one of the few females in San Francisco. Having lost her husband and parents, she is thankful for her brother Daniel as she begins to start over. I loved her heart for those in need.

    This entire series has been wonderful. My gratitude to publisher Barbour for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Deanne Patterson

    I really am loving reading this series and learning about different cities and the important history taking place there in days past. This one focuses on San Fran. Olivia's brother is older than her by 10 years and has been living there for awhile. After her parents and husband of a very short time pass away she knows she must travel there to be with, Daniel, her bother and only family left.

    I loved the author's authentic description of this Gold Rush city and how life was back then. She touched

    I really am loving reading this series and learning about different cities and the important history taking place there in days past. This one focuses on San Fran. Olivia's brother is older than her by 10 years and has been living there for awhile. After her parents and husband of a very short time pass away she knows she must travel there to be with, Daniel, her bother and only family left.

    I loved the author's authentic description of this Gold Rush city and how life was back then. She touched on many historical things and how corrupt so many of the people there were. Makes sense to me though, all those people flocking there for a gold rush, there wasn't enough gold for all of them. The journal is an important book that is mentioned in the first book in this series and everyone one after that. It gets passed down to a daughter in the family. It's beautiful because the words in it are so encouraging and an important faith message. I love how good I feel after reading one of this author's books because I learn fascinating history and her pages are filled with God's encouraging faith message.

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour through NetGalley. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Renee

    “My sweet Olivia, it’s important to remember the hardships of those who have gone before us and to see how they persevered and survived.”

    In a relatable style, Kimberley Freeman shares the inspirational story of three Christians who help each other withstand temptation and shine the light of Christ into a very dark culture. Early on, the main character, Olivia, feels herself a failure and determines that she can never allow herself to know love and joy. Her stalwart brother Daniel encourages her

    “My sweet Olivia, it’s important to remember the hardships of those who have gone before us and to see how they persevered and survived.”

    In a relatable style, Kimberley Freeman shares the inspirational story of three Christians who help each other withstand temptation and shine the light of Christ into a very dark culture. Early on, the main character, Olivia, feels herself a failure and determines that she can never allow herself to know love and joy. Her stalwart brother Daniel encourages her by sharing journals left behind from their ancestors—women like Olivia who overcame hardship with God’s help.

    Olivia is awed to read the words of these brave women—some from as far back as the 1600s. “To think of generations before her. . . penning their words for future generations—like her—to read. The realization was almost overwhelming.”

    Through the testimony of these family members, Olivia grows in the Lord. Her negativity transforms to godly optimism. She learns to tap into God’s strength for the joy to face her future. Then she is able to trust the love of the third character, the upright and kind Joseph.

    “Oh, the promises that I have! Why haven’t I been clinging to them—because by them I’m a partaker of the divine nature! My way of escape is clear through Him. The encouragement that has thrilled my heart today, I can only wish that it seeps onto this page and I am reminded of it again and again.”

    This novel is sure to uplift females of any age—from teens on up to grandmas. I teach in a Christian high school, and it’s exactly the kind of story many my young readers will enjoy and learn from. Very well done!

    Thanks to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for the opportunity to read this book!

  • Julie Carpenter

    If you are a fan of historical and Christian fiction, this is a book I would recommend for you. I've enjoyed this series, discovering and learning more about different moments in history. The different authors of this series have really put a lot of time and effort into researching and knowing the history they are writing about. That's been a big aspect of what has kept pulling me into reading all the books in this series. And I would venture to guess that it is the same for many other readers.

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    If you are a fan of historical and Christian fiction, this is a book I would recommend for you. I've enjoyed this series, discovering and learning more about different moments in history. The different authors of this series have really put a lot of time and effort into researching and knowing the history they are writing about. That's been a big aspect of what has kept pulling me into reading all the books in this series. And I would venture to guess that it is the same for many other readers.

    This book focuses on the California Gold Rush in 1849 and how it changed the city of San Francisco. There's a lot of history woven into the story of Olivia, her brother and his friend, Joseph Sawyer. I enjoyed the added element of suspense as well as the themes of allowing forgiveness and healing for ourselves because of our shortcomings and mistakes.

    Overall it was a good read. The opening of the story pulled me in and I felt a connection with Olivia. I felt sadness for her struggle and choices, as well as watching her come to terms with her life. I liked both her brother and Joseph's characters and the goodness of them, especially amidst so much chaos and disorderly conduct from those living around them during the gold rush. But overall, I didn't feel like I stayed as connected with the characters as much as I would have liked as their story unfolded more. Their stories were interesting and well thought out but I didn't feel a strong pull towards them. I'm not sure if it was the book, or probably just me and the craziness of my schedule at the time of reading this. One of those times where I wasn't quite in the mood for this book and didn't connect as much, whereas if I'd read it at a different time I would feel a stronger connection. I can't quite decide. But I will continue to recommend this book even though it wasn't one I was absolutely in love with. I know many other readers will thoroughly enjoy this one.

    There is a sweet love story throughout the story. Two characters who are searching for healing and helping others.

    I have the next book in the series waiting for me and on my reading list for the near future. It is also written by the same author and I am really looking forward to it. Maybe the subject matter, the gold rush, is partially why I didn't quite connect as much to this book. I've read other books set in this same moment of history and I didn't really enjoy them. That's a thought. But whatever it is, don't let my thoughts and rating determine your decision to read this one.

    Content: Clean. Some moments of peril. Some talk (nothing graphic) about slavery, brothels, drinking, thieving and such (it's all part of the time period). This is a Christian fiction so the characters do talk about religion and church and trying to teach others about God.

    I received a copy from the publisher, Barbour Books, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

    Happy Reading!!!

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