The Golden Bride

The Golden Bride

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 go...

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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.

  • 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.*

  • Deanna Stevens

    The Golden Bride swore she would never marry any man who was involved with gold mining in any way.. Wow! What a life she must have had in San Francisco during the gold rush. To find young men of faith, one being her brother, trying to make their home town more live-able and safe was an informative and interesting story. The way women were treated and then the poor souls forced into slavery when there was no police or laws yet in this town was quite an eye opener! I thought the ending was perfect

    The Golden Bride swore she would never marry any man who was involved with gold mining in any way.. Wow! What a life she must have had in San Francisco during the gold rush. To find young men of faith, one being her brother, trying to make their home town more live-able and safe was an informative and interesting story. The way women were treated and then the poor souls forced into slavery when there was no police or laws yet in this town was quite an eye opener! I thought the ending was perfect! I also liked the information the author shared about San Francisco at the end of the book, so interesting!

    I requested a book through NetGalley no review was required. My review is voluntary.

  • 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.)

  • 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.

  • Debby

    This is Book 8 of the Daughters of the Mayflower series that brings a lot of history, interesting characters, and a lot of faith, with a bit of romance intertwined. Olivia Brighton finds herself in need of a husband and also needs all the courage she can to face all of the challenges that San Francisco can bring in the year of 1849. It is “gold rush” and Daniel, her brother provides her a safe haven to live and work at his restaurant.

    Livvy has a lot to overcome as she deals with the lost of her

    This is Book 8 of the Daughters of the Mayflower series that brings a lot of history, interesting characters, and a lot of faith, with a bit of romance intertwined. Olivia Brighton finds herself in need of a husband and also needs all the courage she can to face all of the challenges that San Francisco can bring in the year of 1849. It is “gold rush” and Daniel, her brother provides her a safe haven to live and work at his restaurant.

    Livvy has a lot to overcome as she deals with the lost of her parents and short marriage. The gold mines, fires, brothels and other day-to-day chaos makes this book worth the read. This is a heartwarming story of a woman who reaches out to help others regardless of her circumstances. One note in this story that was very interesting was the journal readings of her ancestors that added to her faith in God and letting her know she was not alone in her journey. Her brother and Joseph his friend, were nicely written as men of integrity and who held the faith and beliefs that she did.

    As I have not had the privilege of reading all in this series and only a few, this story did not fail in keeping this reader interested. The author did a very nice job of letting you see into the city and all the goings on around. Very historical and well written even though there are some darker sides in the city during that era. I loved the plot and thought this was a nice historical Christian story full of faith with a bit of romance. It is an easy and comfortable read.

    I received a copy of this ARC provided by the Author/Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions contained herein are my own.

    4-Starts

  • 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!

  • Stacia | stacialovestoread

    *thank you so much to Netgalley and Barbour Publishing for this free copy in exchange for an honest review*

    Another great book in the series! The California gold rush was a time of great luck, country expansion, and apparently rapid-fire marriage proposals.

    Instead of allowing herself to be swept up in the allure of a rich husband who’s struck gold, Olivia holds out for someone she know will truly love her and be a good match for her...even if he’s got a few bad qualities too.

    Ms Woodhouse does s

    *thank you so much to Netgalley and Barbour Publishing for this free copy in exchange for an honest review*

    Another great book in the series! The California gold rush was a time of great luck, country expansion, and apparently rapid-fire marriage proposals.

    Instead of allowing herself to be swept up in the allure of a rich husband who’s struck gold, Olivia holds out for someone she know will truly love her and be a good match for her...even if he’s got a few bad qualities too.

    Ms Woodhouse does so well with painting pictures in her work!

  • Bess

    This is book 8 in the series. I'm not sure if this is the last book in the series or if more will be published in the months to come.

    This is the tale of a woman, Livvy, who finds herself without a husband early on in the book. She ventures to San Francisco during the gold rush to find her one remaining family member. And she can't stand mine owners or workers. In walks Joseph, previously a mine worker and now a mine owner. Yep, you guessed it!

    Toss in some slave trade, devastating town fires, gol

    This is book 8 in the series. I'm not sure if this is the last book in the series or if more will be published in the months to come.

    This is the tale of a woman, Livvy, who finds herself without a husband early on in the book. She ventures to San Francisco during the gold rush to find her one remaining family member. And she can't stand mine owners or workers. In walks Joseph, previously a mine worker and now a mine owner. Yep, you guessed it!

    Toss in some slave trade, devastating town fires, gold mines, a couple of brothels and a bible study, and you have our tale.

    This is only the second book I've read from Ms. Woodhouse. While I'm not super sold on those two, I would gladly read others by her. She does weave a nice tale.

    I didn't quite understand the introduction of Julia or why the mysterious benefactor had to stay so mysterious. We didn't get his name until about 85% through the book. Around the time Julia was introduced. That, to me, felt very forced and weird. Why on Earth introduce a character so late in the game? Eh, it is what it is.

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

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