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The Golden Bride

(The Daughters of the Mayflower #8)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  410 ratings  ·  219 reviews
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 gol
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by Barbour Books
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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
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 ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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.

“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
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
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
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen R
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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
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 ...more
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
Stacia | stacialovestoread
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
*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
Deanna Stevens
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
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 ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Widowed after only 6 months, Olivia has come to know more than her fair share of hardship and grief.  She blames herself for the accident that took her husband's life and has built up a wall around her heart. Will she be able to forgive herself and discover the life that God has planned? Working along-side her brother at his restaurant in San Francisco she sees first hand the hardship of these people. Olivia joins with her brother and his friend, Joseph Sawyer to make changes that will improve t ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed, historical
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
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
When a book becomes too monotonous and no longer enjoyable, I have to admit defeat and lay it aside over forcing myself to plod through it. I normally finish a novel in 1-2 days, but with this, I keep looking for excuses to lay it aside and do something else.

The story feels forced and the subject matter is depressing. 1849 Gold rush period of California territory set in San Francisco when it is still primarily a tent city and debauchery reigns supreme. A yet unnamed villain (I ha
Vera Godley
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author takes readers into the lives of characters from the mid-1800s and on the western frontier of America during the Gold Rush that exploded in San Francisco and environs creating a ripe environment for meanness, crime, immorality to run rampart.

The history of San Francisco is well developed in this novel although the author takes license to mold it a bit herself. The fires. The crime. The immorality. The stench.

And yet all is not lost as people of good conscience do succeed in overcoming
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
The Golden Bride was an enjoyable story with fascinating history. It was an easy read based in San Francisco during the time of the gold rush. The story did a good job of explaining the conditions of the city during that time.

I really wanted more about the characters themselves, but these books are slightly larger than a novella...but not as long as a novel. For the word count, the author did a great job with the story.

My favorite part was the sweet pieces of history from the previous books in t
I enjoyed the historical aspects of San Francisco in this story. Because I lived there I simply soaked in the sights and tastes and beauty. It never occurred to me it could have started as stinky and full of foul, ill-intentioned men during the Gold Rush.

I also enjoyed the emphasis on faith. Well done in sharing the Gospel, and one person in particular coming to the Lord.

The plot lines were not as well done, and the "romance" was underwhelming.

Not my favorite in this series. Three and a half st
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book! If you are looking for a book that is full of suspense, drama and romance, this book is for you! It is very well written and keeps you on the edge of your seat, This book is set in San Francisco during the Gold Rush of the 1880's, and is very eye-opening about how nasty and lawless it was back then. I highly recommend this book. Thank you Barbour Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. This is my honest review. ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As I’ve noted in previous reviews, this series, The Daughter’s of the Mayflower, published by Barbour Publishing has become one of my top favorite series. In book 8, author Kimberly Woodhouse, The Golden Bride is set in the mid-1800’s San Francisco.

If the reader knows history, then they will soon realize that this skillfully written story provides a glimpse of the early days of San Fransisco, California. A place full of rough, unclean men determined to discover a wealth of gold no matter what t
Becca-Rae Weidel
I sincerely hope that they once again decide to add more books to this series. I've enjoyed each one so far and I really liked how it was formatted to slowly move forward through time. While each of the books can be read as a stand-alone, the knowledge that the characters are related through the generations ties a stronger bond to the history of our nation. We are a product of the generations before us, and how this series ties that concept together is remarkable. While this book is similar in t ...more
Rebekah Lewis
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My thoughts: 5/5 stars

Kimberley Woodhouse does it again!
Interesting historical facts delivered in an amazing way, feisty characters, and a sweet love story!
Evil villains, beautiful (clean) romance and history galore run rampant in Woodhouse's newest novel. And I must say, she did not disappoint!

This book, I think, is my favorite of this author's!
I loved the characters; the story was amazing as usual, though difficult to read at times. Woodhouse captured 1849, San Francisco in all its real ha
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite novel so far in the Daughters of the Mayflower series – I love it! The characters are extremely likable, the mystery is intriguing, and the historical research and setting is fascinating. This is a San Francisco that few of us imagined before many worked together for governance and safety in the California territory.

It is 1849. Olivia’s parents died, and she sold their farm to pay the debts. She then married a man she just met to help with debts and head toward her beloved br
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I ran across Kimberly Woodhouse some years ago when I reviewed two suspense novels she wrote for Broadman & Holman with her daughter, Kayla. Suspense is my favorite genre', so I was hooked. However, not all of her books are suspense, though many do have some element of suspense in them. I blame this author for my foray back into romance novels. As a guy - and for other reasons, I have steered clear of romance books, other than romantic suspense for years. However, when you really like an author ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, barbour, netgalley
As with each installment in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, “The Golden Bride” does not disappoint. Kimberley Woodhouse has written earlier books in this sequence, and this one delivers just as much vigor and dynamism. These books are fairly short for novels, but they are nevertheless overflowing with spiritual truths and faith in action. Aligning the plotlines with significant events in American history underscores the Christian foundation of our nation and its perseverance throughout ti ...more
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-own
The Golden Bride is set in the California gold rush era in the mid 1800’s, where people were literally pouring into San Francisco by all means of transportation to search for gold. Men were predominant in the city, and it was quite rare to see women except for those of ill repute. San Francisco teemed with tents, shanties, lean-tos, and some properly built establishments, but there was no law and order, which lead to general disorderly conduct, crime, corruption, slavery, disease and fires. This ...more
Fiction Aficionado
San Francisco in 1849 was no place for a young woman to travel to by herself, but that’s exactly what Olivia Brighton does when she loses her husband soon after the death of her parents. My interest was immediately piqued by both the heroine’s situation and the specific setting, but I ultimately found it difficult to remain engaged in the story for a few reasons.

First of all, the characters were one dimensional. The three main characters (Olivia, her brother Daniel, and his friend Joseph) were t
Tina at Mommynificent
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
This is a hard book for me to review because, in some ways, I absolutely loved it, but in other ways, it flopped for me. What I loved the most were the way the journals of characters from previous books were used in the spiritual growth of the main character. I thought this part was very well done, and I even felt personally encouraged by some of the spiritual truths the journals contained. I loved Joseph's heart for people, but sometimes, he came across as almost too good to be true. I did iden ...more
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Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling author of more than twenty-five books who loves the JOY of story. A lover of history and research, she often gets sucked into the past and then her husband has to lure her out with chocolate. She's spoken to more than 2 million people at more than 2,500 venues and has taught the craft of writing around the country. Married to the love of her life for thirty ...more

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