The Express Bride
Jacqueline 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 ...more
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This is the story of Jacqueline "Jack" Rivers who has just lost h ...more
In The Express Bride, you are immediately drawn into a woman fleeing an abusive home with her baby. Years later that baby is now Jacqueline Rivers and she runs a station house on the Pony Express. Her mother died when she was a young child and she was raised by her father who just died. He left her the station house which is unusual ...more
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
It is filled with murder, mystery, romance and even a Bible study on Daniel! This book had me from the get-go. And even though this is the ninth book in the series, it can be read as a standalone, so don't despair if you think you have to "catch up" first - you don't. Although I highly recommend all the books in this series.
I loved ho ...more
The Pony Express has always fascinated me, so admittedly, I was predisposed to like this story. It was interesting to learn more about how it operated.
While the story is set in the West, there is a fairytale quality to the writing. The characters are certainly well developed & easy to like. The mystery of the counterfeiter drew me in & the suspense kept me there.
There were a few issues that kept me from giving a full 5 star review. It was difficul ...more
Elijah is a wealthy young man who is on a special quest for his employer/partner. He is to find his long lost daughter. Elijah rents a room at Jackie's boarding house, originally only planning to stay a couple of nights. When b ...more
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Set in the Utah Territory in 1860, this novel was well-written with just enough of a love story and suspense to keep the pages turning. Jackie is an interesting heroine—the manager of a Pony Express station. She’s doing a man’s job in a man’s world—extremely well. Elijah, a successful business manager for a wealthy ma ...more
The characters are all delightful, including the deceased ones we know from their written word ...more
This was my least favorite of the Daughters of the Mayflower series. The plot was slower, and I didn’t enjoy the characters.
Rating (on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being excellent)
Quality of writing: 3
Plot development: 2
Ease of Reading: 4
Overall rating: 2 out of 5
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 wa ...more