Thursday, June 4, 2015

To Ride a White Horse

To Ride a White Horse

Author: Pamela Ford (links below in About Author section)
Source: given to me in exchange for an honest review by TLC Book Tours


Ireland 1846. The potato crop has failed for the second year in a row and Ireland is in famine. When Kathleen Deacey’s fiancé doesn’t return from a summer working in the Newfoundland fisheries, she faces a devastating choice—leave Ireland to find work or risk dying there. Despising the English for refusing to help Ireland, she crosses the Atlantic, determined to save her family and find her fiancé. But her journey 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 confront her own prejudices and make another devastating choice—remain loyal to her country or follow her heart. A love story inspired by actual events, To Ride a White Horse is a historical saga of hope, loyalty, the strength of the human spirit, and the power of love. 


It has been quite some time since I've read a romance. When asked to participate in the blog tour for White Horse, I thought it sounded interesting. That is it partly set in Ireland sealed the deal...I love Ireland. Even the horrible conditions presented in the book doesn't completely take away from the wonderful land that it is.

I'm so glad I decide to read it because it was wonderful. Ford writes with a lyrical quality that sweeps you into the story. The characters are likable and Kathleen makes you root for her from the first page. She's got sass and even when things look bad, she doesn't give up. She does what needs to be done. When we first meet her she is waiting for her fiance to return from overseas. When he doesn't come back she makes the hard decision to leave Ireland to make money for her family. The potato famine is raging and there is no food. I found it interesting that it was based on actual events and spent much of my time wanting to research the era further. What a hearbreaking way to live.

My favorite character is Jack. He's the captain of a ship and I love books set on the water. The scenes on the boat were intense. Jack was strong and steady. I liked him from the very beginning. And I loved the way the plot wound around the two of them.

The romance was sweet and not overdone. It was a lovely story even though things weren't always rosy. I like that it wasn't "insta-love" but a more believable series of events that made them come together.

I think that my review can be summed up in my favorite line from the book..."Your feet will bring you to where your heart is."

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Pamela FordAbout Pamela Ford

Pamela Ford is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up watching old movies, blissfully sighing over the romance; and reading sci-fi and adventure novels, vicariously living the action. The combination probably explains why the books she writes are romantic, happily-ever-afters with plenty of fast-paced plot. After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising, Pam merrily set off to earn a living, searching for that perfect career as she became a graphic designer, print buyer, waitress, pantyhose sales rep, public relations specialist, copywriter, freelance writer - and finally author. Pam has won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best and the Laurel Wreath, and is a two-time Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children. Find out more about Pamela at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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