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The Express Bride

(Daughters of the Mayflower #9)

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The Wilderness Is a Great Place to Hide
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 h
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    Missy
    May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 h
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    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
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    Debby "Piene Raven"
    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 daug ...more
    Staci
    Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: read-in-2019
    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,
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    Karen R
    Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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 wa
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    Scarlett
    Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
    Thanks to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for an ARC of this book! Release date - July 1, 2019

    So once upon a time like a year ago I had just discovered the amazingness that is NetGalley and was gung-ho about requesting every single book that looked remotely interesting, regardless of whether I had heard of it or knew anything about it or had it on my want to read list. I noticed a book called The Pirate Bride, and thought, cool, I like pirates. It had a pretty cover too, so I requested it. And
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    Kelly Tyree
    Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I have really enjoyed all of the books in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. They are all different but they are all well written and tied together by ancestry.

    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
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    Shonda
    Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book brought me such joy reading it. The characters were so wonderful and I feel in love with all of them. I have to say my favorite character was Ann who was deceased in the book but her legacy was so big and touched so many people in this story. This story was phenomenal, showing us God’s love and forgiveness. I cried happy tears as I was reading, this story touched my heart so deeply. The author does such a beautiful job showing how we all sin and how our sins can hurt others so deeply. ...more
    Dee/ bookworm
    Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I really liked how the book came together. It was an array of mystery, romance, and thriller. I felt that the book was almost slow in the beginning, but that happens when you are learning the characters and almost too quick at the ending. Without spoilers I cannot give specifics, but it felt rushed.

    I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
    Amanda Geaney
    Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I enjoyed the history of the Pony Express and the message of forgiveness this story portrays.
    Ivy
    Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this book! It is well written and the story is captivating. Truly speaks of grace, forgiveness, and God’s love. I can’t wait to read more of her works!
    Becca-Rae Weidel
    I honestly do not have the words to describe how much I love this series! I am a huge historical fiction fan, but I will admit that I fall into the habit of reading books from the same specific time periods. I'm not complaining about this, but I appreciate this series because it takes me to times and places I probably wouldn't have traveled otherwise. Even though the books can each be read as a standalones, the knowledge that the characters are connected through lineage breeds a unique appreciat ...more
    Trixi
    Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I have enjoyed almost all of the Daughter's of the Mayflower books, especially the ones written by Kimberley Woodhouse. She has a unique knack for bringing whatever time period she sets her stories in to life. Maybe it's the extensive research she delves into (and it shows), or maybe it's the way she fleshes her characters out, or perhaps it's the exciting scenery she drops the reader into. Whatever it is, she does it well!!

    The Pony Express has been one of the most fascinating industries in h
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    Abigail Harris
    Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    My Reviews:

    Genre: Historical, western, fiction, Pony Express, romance, and just pure wonderful!

    My Rating: 5 stars, I'd give 10 if I could!

    My Recommendation: 13/16 up for slight violence.

    My Favorite Character: Jack, Jackie, Jacqueline, no matter the name she's a lady and one you'll love with every word of the book. Her determination to do right and follow fulfill her father's work was beautiful.

    My Verse for Jack is Romans 8:28
    And we know that all things work together for good to them that love Go
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    Jean Blankenship
    Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Express Bride by Kimberley
    Full of adventure, romance, crime, murder and knowledge about the workings of the Pony Express.
    A Christian Story. I didn’t want to stop reading because the characters were so likable. Jackie, called Jack by her friends and ran the Pony Express after her father died. Elijah, sent by her real father to find her because he had changed and Jackie’s mother and his wife had fled from his abuse and found refuge in the West with Mr. Rivers, who became her adopted father.

    I tha
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    Ann
    Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What a wonderful book! It is written in such a way that you can see all the scenery and action that is taking place. This is a christian historical romance that is full of action, mystery and suspense. This is the first fiction book I've read about the Pony Express and really enjoyed it. I highly recommend this book. Thank you Barbour Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own and I've pre-ordered the paperback version. Yes, it's that good!!
    Jean Blankenship
    Express Bride by Kimberley
    Full of adventure, romance, crime, murder and knowledge about the workings of the Pony Express in the late 1800.
    A Christian Story. I didn’t want to stop reading because the characters were so likable. Jackie, called Jack by her friends, ran the Pony Express after her father died. Elijah, sent by her real father to find her because he had changed and Jackie’s mother and his wife had fled from his abuse and found refuge in the West with Mr. Rivers, who became her adopted
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    Patti Wolff
    May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The 9th installment of the Daughters of the Mayflower series, the "The Express Bride" is well-written and has given me a greater understanding of how the Pony Express actually operated. What a difficult undertaking that must have been. While the underlying plot concerns Elijah's search for his employer Charles Vines' long-lost daughter, a compelling subplot concerning counterfeiting is woven throughout.

    The characters are all delightful, including the deceased ones we know from their written word
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    Ann
    May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    What a wonderful book! It is written in such a way that you can see all the scenery and action that is taking place. This is a christian historical romance that is full of action, mystery and suspense. This is the first fiction book I've read about the Pony Express and really enjoyed it. I highly recommend this book. Thank you Barbour Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own and I've pre-ordered the paperback version. Yes, it's that good!!
    Laura
    May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I have been reading the Daughters of the Mayflower series since book one and have enjoyed all of them. The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse did not disappoint!

    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
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    Jeanie
    Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is the 9th novel in the multi-author Daughters of the Mayflower series and 4th by Kimberley Woodhouse, and this is the best so far! The author gives us a wise young protagonist who is mourning the recent death of her father. The setting is Utah Territory in 1860. There is more than one mystery, involving both Elijah, the man searching for his boss and mentor’s daughter, and discovering who is passing US Treasury Notes through the Pony Express stations, including the one that Jackie aka Jack ...more
    Emma
    Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse
    (Daughters of the Mayflower) Paperback
    The Wilderness Is a Great Place to Hide
    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 heir, he doesn’t want to leave the beguiling st
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    BlueJeansAndTeacups
    Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    •°o•:*:•. VERY HAPPY .•:*:• o°•
    After not enjoying the last book in the series, I was so very pleasantly surprised at how much I did enjoy book no.9 in the “Daughters of the Mayflower”: series. Once I found out it centered around the Pony Express, I decided to accept the invitation to read it.
    Some fun facts from the book: Now called the Pony Express, it was the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company (COC&PP). It operated from 04/03/1860 until 10/24/1861 when the telegraph
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    Kym
    Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    After her father's death, Jacqueline "Jack" Rivers took over management of his Pony Express station, thriving in her work but worried that the company would not allow her to continue in the position once they realize she's a woman. She is still grieving her dad when Elijah Johnson arrives looking for information about someone that may have passed through the area twenty-some years ago. Jackie and Elijah quickly strike up a friendship and Elijah decides to stay at the station for awhile, awaiting ...more
    Mark
    Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is the 9th book in this series, but I'll admit this is only the 4th one I have read of the nine. This series involves books by different authors, and no offense intended to the others, but Woodhouse is a favorite author of mine, so of could I'd read hers. I'll also admit when I first saw the title, I thought it was about a woman who got married really fast...express....

    And I'll admit my eyes watered at the ending, and a couple of other times during the book.

    The book is actually about the
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    Sarah
    Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: barbour, review, netgalley
    Character Round-Up Barbour has a great concept with The Daughters of the Mayflower series. Covering some of America’s most auspicious historical events, the characters all descend from two Mayflower passengers, and yet each story stands alone so that they can be read in any order. Add to that the wholesome Christian perspective and you have a compelling series that addresses true periods of history from a fictional viewpoint. Having read each book as it releases, I have enjoyed every one of them ...more
    Bea
    Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse is part of The Daughters of the Mayflower series which follows the descendants of Mary Elizabeth Chapman and William Lytton. It is not necessary to have read previous books in this series to enjoy reading this one, although each of the other books are also filled with adventure, history and romance and are well written, wonderful stories to read.

    The Express Bride is the story of a young wife who has suffered pregnancy losses at the hands of her abusive hu
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    Rachel
    Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Such an enjoyable series! I love that you could actually read these books in any order, but they are all connected through family trees. Everyone eventually traces back to book 1, The Mayflower Bride, but there are typically multiple generations in between each book, so there aren't any spoilers if you read them out of order.
    This book finds "Jack" (Jacqueline) Rivers holding down the fort at a stage stop and Pony Express Station in the wild west. The grief of her father's death still raw mere w
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    Anne
    Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Express Bride
    By Kimberley Woodhouse
    The Daughters of the Mayflower series continues as it follows Jacqueline “Jack” in 1860 somewhere in the Utah territory.
    After the recent death of her father Jack decides to do the only thing she knows, continue to run the Pony Express station. Jack anxiously awaits a response from the COC & PP informing her that she can continue management of the station, however as the express requires continual care, she assumes responsibility. This is her home and t
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    Gia
    Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Jacqueline Rivers lost her mother when she was young. We meet her shortly after her father’s passing, left to do what is considered a man’s job - manage the Stagecoach stop and Pony Express Station on her own. A strong and determined nature, rooted in her faith and belief that she can, Jack is determined to prove that she can continue running things as efficiently as always for the people she feels depend on her.

    Elijah Johnson rides into town on a personal mission for his wealthy mentor and empl
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