To Ride a White Horse
written by Pamela Ford
published by Aine Press, 2015
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I read the first chapter of this book and was hooked. I didn’t want to stop reading it. I left the kids up in their cribs an extra ten minutes after naptime just so I could finish a chapter. Yeah, it was good.
To Ride a White Horse is what a historical romance should be. It has plenty of kissing, longing, passion, and of course, well-placed historical elements. The history doesn’t take a backseat. Ford does a great job describing the Irish famine for those who aren’t familiar with it. I’d heard some things in history class, but Kathleen (the leading lady) and her family really made it real for me. I felt what they were feeling and actually cared what happened to her family. Also, Jack (the leading man) isn’t a dominating jerk. He has a heart, and his backstory made me root for him and Kathleen even more. I could see myself having a candlelit dinner with him.
“Only the Irish care about saving the Irish. And the only way we will do it . . . is from America.”
Would I recommend it: It’s a perfect summer read. Definitely add it to the to-read list if you like a good love story.
About the book – from Goodreads: “A sweeping historical love story that hits all the marks.” (Publishers Weekly starred review)
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.
About the author: 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.