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Thursday, May 28, 2015

To Ride a White Horse...Review

About the book:
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.

In the midst of the potato famine, Kathleen Deacey's fiance doesn't return from Canada. At her brother's insistence, she boards a vessel bound for Canada, hoping to discover Danny's whereabouts, but also to find work and send money to her desperate family.

On deck during a storm, Kathleen is washed overboard and rescued by a whaling vessel captained by Jack Montgomery. She ends up in Boston, working as a maid to the Captain's grandfather. As Kathleen searches for her fiance and worries about her family, she is drawn to Jack and soon her heart must choose.

I appreciated the view of Ireland and the devastation brought on by multiple years of famine. The author captured the essence of desperation and deprivation of those suffering. Kathleen was a determined, spunky heroine. Loved her interactions with Jack.  The story ends somewhat as expected, but the journey there is worth the read.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Pamela Ford here. You can see other reviews and tour stops here. You can purchase your own copy here.

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  1. I like sagas like this. History, family, romance all in one great book. Thanks for the review.

  2. I can't imagine what it would have been like to be caught up in a famine. The desperation must have been profound!

    Thanks for being a part of this tour!

  3. Hope you are just burned out on blogging; no problems.

    1. Pretty much. I haven't done much reading the last couple of months and what I have read, I still need to review. I've decided that reviewing/reading is cyclic for me!