The Express Bride

The Express Bride

The Wilderness Is a Great Place to HideJacqueline Rivers manages a Pony Express station in 1860 Utah territory after her father’s death. There are daily stresses placed on her in this unconventional role—and now a government official is asking her to sniff out counterfeiters. When Elijah Johnson passes through on the stage while on an exhausting quest to find his boss’s...

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

  • Missy

    This book was easily 4.5 stars, which I will round up to 5 just because I liked it that much. It was so reminiscent of the 1990's show Young Riders with Cody, Hickock, Lou, Ike, Kid, Buck, and of course the always patriarchal Teaspoon, which was about the Pony Express. Loved that show, hated when the cancelled it (which they seem to do quite often with shows I like). But if you watched the show, this book puts you right back in it.

    This is the story of Jacqueline "Jack" Rivers who has just lost

    This book was easily 4.5 stars, which I will round up to 5 just because I liked it that much. It was so reminiscent of the 1990's show Young Riders with Cody, Hickock, Lou, Ike, Kid, Buck, and of course the always patriarchal Teaspoon, which was about the Pony Express. Loved that show, hated when the cancelled it (which they seem to do quite often with shows I like). But if you watched the show, this book puts you right back in it.

    This is the story of Jacqueline "Jack" Rivers who has just lost her father, who was the owner/operator of an Express and carriage stop in Carson Sink. She keeps the boys in line and keeps the stop running just like he would. When the carriage comes with two visitors, Mr. Elijah Johnson catches her eye. Elijah is on a mission from his boss, Charles Vines, to find his daughter who went West with her mother. Mr. Crowell, the other visitor, is trying to find forged bonds and enlists Jackie and Elijah in his mission to find who is doing the forging. But spy work comes with all types of roadblocks, including murder, shootings, and lying. When Elijah and Jackie start looking into log books kept by her father, Jackie finds a letter with a secret to her past.

    This was a great book about the desperation of a mother to rid her daughter of a life where darkness has taken over her father, but in the end learning that forgiveness can heal all wounds. I am loving this series, and the books seem like they are getting better and better as it goes.

    I received a free copy from Netgalley and Barbour Books in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

  • Karen R

    One of my favorite eras in history, full of adventure, coupled with a little mystery and a sweet romance, made this an all around satisfying read! The Pony Express and Stagecoach stop at Carson Sink in 1860, Utah Territory, was right near the heart of the silver mining area and the U.S. mint of Carson City. Perfect place to involve a forgery ring and cover up.

    The search for a long lost heiress was the main mystery and kept the story moving at a steady pace. Using letters and journal entries

    One of my favorite eras in history, full of adventure, coupled with a little mystery and a sweet romance, made this an all around satisfying read! The Pony Express and Stagecoach stop at Carson Sink in 1860, Utah Territory, was right near the heart of the silver mining area and the U.S. mint of Carson City. Perfect place to involve a forgery ring and cover up.

    The search for a long lost heiress was the main mystery and kept the story moving at a steady pace. Using letters and journal entries was a clever way to fill in the backstory of the heroine, revealing answers as needed. I liked Jackie from the start with her hardworking and upbeat attitude, along with a sweet spirit. Elijah was a bit flat until later it seemed when he was challenged on many levels, but he grew in character. I enjoyed this book a lot more than the author's other editions in the series. Limited narrative and a story told mainly through character's interactions and events really improved the writing and pacing, I felt. It held my interest more.

    There were many insertions of meaningful faith discussions that added depth to the story and plot. Lives were transformed as the main characters were faced with truths, and they learned the power of forgiveness and prayer, trusting God for their needs and help in trouble. A nice summary of the book of Daniel and a brief gospel presentation were nicely inserted into the story without feeling forced.

    "God is the only One who can fill the hole in your heart. We are sinners. All of us."

    Recommend to readers who enjoy historical Christian fiction based on real events, with faith and a tender romance. 4.5 stars

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

  • Debby

    The Express Bride is the 9th book in the Daughters of Mayflower series. Although I have not read all of the stories, the ones that I have read were truly wonderful. In this story, we have a woman on the run from her abusive husband and in order to protect her child, she has no recourse but to flee. The story picks up later of Jacqueline Rivers, know as “Jack” who runs her own station house on the Pony Express. The story also involves Elijah's search for his employer Charles Vines' long-lost

    The Express Bride is the 9th book in the Daughters of Mayflower series. Although I have not read all of the stories, the ones that I have read were truly wonderful. In this story, we have a woman on the run from her abusive husband and in order to protect her child, she has no recourse but to flee. The story picks up later of Jacqueline Rivers, know as “Jack” who runs her own station house on the Pony Express. The story also involves Elijah's search for his employer Charles Vines' long-lost daughter.

    The story grips you from the start and keeps you intrigued. I found it difficult to put it down as I wanted to find out the outcome in the end. Although there were some slower parts of the story, there were other parts that made up for them. Bother Jack and Elijah were very nice characters to the story and were a delightful couple where you could see how sweet and true their romance evolved. As with the others in the series, there were quite a bit of religious overtones that I did not mind as I do love Christian stories.

    I thought the story was very well-written with a bit of mystery, murder, romance and religion…especially one having a heart to forgive. The author did an outstanding job with this one and do recommend reading this book in the series.

    I thank the author and Barbour Publishing for allowing me to receive this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

    5-Stars

  • Loraine

    This is among my favorites of the Daughters of the Mayflower series for several reasons. First, I knew very little about the Pony Express and learned so much from the novel. For some reason, I thought the Pony Express existed for many years when, in fact, it only lasted 19 months. Second, Woodhouse has a magical way of making her characters so believable, rich and complex. Finally, the spiritual content is so deep and fulfilling that I finish her books with a renewing of my own faith.

    Jackie aka

    This is among my favorites of the Daughters of the Mayflower series for several reasons. First, I knew very little about the Pony Express and learned so much from the novel. For some reason, I thought the Pony Express existed for many years when, in fact, it only lasted 19 months. Second, Woodhouse has a magical way of making her characters so believable, rich and complex. Finally, the spiritual content is so deep and fulfilling that I finish her books with a renewing of my own faith.

    Jackie aka Jack is a wonderful heroine. She's feisty, caring, grounded in faith, and very determined. She has lost both her parents who ran the Stage stop and Pony Express station in Carson Sink, Utah Territory (now Nevada). She is bound and determined she is going to keep it going for the sake of all the Pony Express riders who stayed there and whom she had come to feel were family. Elijah Johnson has come to Carson Sink in search of his boss's heir. His boss has become like a father to him and Elijah is determined to find his missing daughter. Filled with action, adventure, and suspense, this book was riveting from start to finish. I loved the camaraderie between all of the people who made their home at Carson Sink. A wonderful small town feel like I remember growing up. I also liked that Sunday church was important for everyone who was there; and even if they got stopped by an express rider change, they went right back and finished their service.

    This entire series has been a delight, and this book definitely shines among them.

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

  • Paula Shreckhise

    The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse is #9 in the Daughters of the Mayflower series by Barbour.

    I have so enjoyed these Daughters of the Mayflower books. Each is unique but very well written. The Express Bride has become on of my favorites and is a priceless addition to the series. The cover of this and all the others are so fittingly beautiful to each story.

    What a wonderful story of the short time the Pony Express was in service. Most of the book takes place in 1860 in Utah Territory. It

    The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse is #9 in the Daughters of the Mayflower series by Barbour.

    I have so enjoyed these Daughters of the Mayflower books. Each is unique but very well written. The Express Bride has become on of my favorites and is a priceless addition to the series. The cover of this and all the others are so fittingly beautiful to each story.

    What a wonderful story of the short time the Pony Express was in service. Most of the book takes place in 1860 in Utah Territory. It is clear that Ms. Woodhouse has done a lot of research for this book. She always includes helpful links in the author’s notes about the subject of her stories.

    This tale had several mysteries that unfolded. Ms. Woodhouse let us uncover them in a methodical but intricate way. The theme of the story dealt with forgiveness. She showed how the hero and heroine could have a strong faith and still rely on God when obstacles are thrown at them. The clear Salvation message was conveyed naturally through letters and typical activities that people of that era would be doing.

    Elijah Johnson is on a quest on behalf of his mentor and partner, Charles Vines. Will he find more than he bargained for? Jacqueline, “Jack” Rivers’ father has just died and she is tasked with keeping a stage and Express station running smoothly. She soon finds her job, indeed her whole world is in jeopardy. Is there a secret in her past that could change everything?

    I highly recommend this book for lovers of Historical Christian Fiction.

    *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishers on behalf of the author. I was under no obligation to post a favorable review . All opinions are my own.*

  • Deanne Patterson

    What do you think of when you hear the words Pony Express? When I do I think of it as being larger than life. I do believe there are many misconceptions surrounding the Pony Express. I could not believe it only ran for roughly nineteen months. It does seem like it was so much longer than this.

    A broken and bitter man finds his only relief in the bottom the bottle. His wife who will always love him because of memories of far better times they've had together flees for her life taking their newborn

    What do you think of when you hear the words Pony Express? When I do I think of it as being larger than life. I do believe there are many misconceptions surrounding the Pony Express. I could not believe it only ran for roughly nineteen months. It does seem like it was so much longer than this.

    A broken and bitter man finds his only relief in the bottom the bottle. His wife who will always love him because of memories of far better times they've had together flees for her life taking their newborn child with her.

    Years pass and the man comes to know God and becomes a respectable man once again regretting with his whole being the terrible treatment of his wife.

    A rich business savvy man he is and once again hires someone to find his heir. Will his quest be successful this time?

    This beautiful young woman, his daughter is now running a Pony Express Station in 1860 in rural Utah Territory. Unknown to her, her father that just passed away is not her birth father as he has always treated her as his own.

    This young woman does it all with her father's passing, run the station being responsible for the riders coming in on time,making the meals and takes care of the ragtag young men riders.

    When a government official starts asking questions is she to discover her father was involved in illegal activities?

    I very much enjoyed reading this and the ending was sweet and tender.

    The Daughters of The Mayflower series, I've read and loved every one of them and have learned so much history with them taking place many different places and they are full of historical facts along with a sweet and tender romance. I can't wait to read more of them!

    Published July 1st 2019 by Barbour Books

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you.

    All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Sarita

    What I've come to love and enjoy about Kimberley Woodhouse's books is that they are filled with adventure and characters that has a personal journey with God. The express bride was another great read by this author and this series.

    So, if you still have to start this series, you love historical and adventure books, what are you waiting for.

    I loved reading about the pony express and how they functioned and what a well-oiled machine it was for the short period it ran. The plot about the forgery was

    What I've come to love and enjoy about Kimberley Woodhouse's books is that they are filled with adventure and characters that has a personal journey with God. The express bride was another great read by this author and this series.

    So, if you still have to start this series, you love historical and adventure books, what are you waiting for.

    I loved reading about the pony express and how they functioned and what a well-oiled machine it was for the short period it ran. The plot about the forgery was very interesting and Elijah's search for his employer's missing daughter was just as interesting. I loved "Jack/Jaqueline" and Elijah's interaction. I loved how Bible study was an important part of this station's life and how Jack's mother and the father who raised her played an important role after their deaths in helping her through a difficult revelation and to forgive. And I really enjoyed the action/adventure.

    The only reason why I'm not giving it 5 stars is because, for me, there was some "missing pieces".

    This story still kept me up passed by bedtime to see how it ended. I'm looking forward to the next book in this great series.

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

  • Amanda Geaney

    I enjoyed the history of the Pony Express and the message of forgiveness this story portrays.

  • Susan

    I have really enjoyed reading the books in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. Each book can be read as standalone, each story separated by a generation or branch of the family tree. I like how the stories also reflect the writing styles and historical interests of the individual authors.

    I really enjoyed learning about the pony express as I read Jaqueline's story. Ms. Woodhouse's love of this historical period is apparent in the well-researched details that are included in this novel. It is

    I have really enjoyed reading the books in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. Each book can be read as standalone, each story separated by a generation or branch of the family tree. I like how the stories also reflect the writing styles and historical interests of the individual authors.

    I really enjoyed learning about the pony express as I read Jaqueline's story. Ms. Woodhouse's love of this historical period is apparent in the well-researched details that are included in this novel. It is filled with the adventure that one would expect to find in a story set at a pony express station. I found this to be a well-written tale filled with mystery, adventure and romance. But most importantly, I found this to be a marvelous story of family and forgiveness. Ms. Woodhouse expertly weaves the faith thread so that it appears a natural part of the story.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher in a Goodreads giveaway. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Staci

    I'm continuing to love the Daughters of the Mayflower Series! The journey through history and stunning covers have won me over.

    In the Express Bride, readers are exposed to the Pony Express and what life was like for those that ran stations and rode circuits. This was all fascinating and the author's note at the end added even more detail about this unique (and brief) time in U.S. History.

    There were a couple of events in the story line that seemed a bit convenient or forced for the plot. Overall,

    I'm continuing to love the Daughters of the Mayflower Series! The journey through history and stunning covers have won me over.

    In the Express Bride, readers are exposed to the Pony Express and what life was like for those that ran stations and rode circuits. This was all fascinating and the author's note at the end added even more detail about this unique (and brief) time in U.S. History.

    There were a couple of events in the story line that seemed a bit convenient or forced for the plot. Overall, I enjoyed the story line and the characters.

    My gratitude to publisher Barbour for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

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