Kathleen Y'BarboBarbour Publishing / 2020 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$2.994.5 out of 5 stars for Chisholm Trail Bride. View reviews of this product. 47 Reviews
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dcall4 Stars Out Of 5nice, fun readJune 1, 2020dcallQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3A 3.5 stars read for me. Overall I was able to stay engaged in the story. I became invested in the story of the h & H and so was hoping for happily ever after. I did find I liked the characters with the villian being easy to dislike. I've watched a lot of westerns with my husband and the book read to me like a good western movie. This is part of a series but this is my 1st title with the series and that didn't diminsh enjoying the story. A few things that did drop it from solid 4 star for me was there were a few times in the story that I went back to reread because a detail or plot point was put in the story in a way that didn't seem to flow or not given context. I would have liked to know more of the H's past years. The h was an intelligent woman with spirit and that was nice. A couple of times she acted counter to her character. For example, she has a long past with the villian yet didn't recognize the persons voice through a door. Also, the H swears to stay away from the h & the switch in thinking did seem a bit quick for me. I think these points are a "your mileage may vary" type of thing as this has gotten several higher ratings. I would try this author again. I think this is very nice for a quick, relaxing, fun read. I appreciate the history lesson of the trail and life in those times. That was not boring.
lmnop99Wisconsin5 Stars Out Of 5Great trail RomanceMay 17, 2020lmnop99WisconsinQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Chisholm trail bride is a story about traveling on the Chisholm trail. Wyatt and Eliza go on a cattle drive and their lives change forever. I liked this book I thought it was interesting and there's a lot of historical tidbits that I was not aware of. I love reading a quick story, filled with fiction and learning something from the past. There a sweet romance that is just delightful. I received a complimentary copy of this book and was in no way forced to write a review.
BeckySW MIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5One of the Best Books in the Series!May 4, 2020BeckySW MIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Kathleen Y*Barbo has produced one of the best installments of The Daughters of the Mayflower. I loved almost everything about #12, The Chisholm Trail Bride. We first meet Eliza Gentry on a trail ride with her beloved father, William, and brothers. At fourteen, Eliza should be at finishing school, but she is much more interested in things of the Texas ranch, including the yearly cattle drive. When a trail skirmish ends in disaster, Eliza loses more than she can imagine. Nine years later, in 1889, Eliza is still bucking her parents* ideas of what is best for her. Will she marry Ben Barnhart, rich, ambitious, and headed for the presidency$ Or will her father*s security guard protect her heart from ruin$
Any romance reader that has ever laid on the grass at night and located different star constellations or watched meteor showers is sure to enjoy this book. Especially as Y*Barbo*s Eliza is both so strong-headed and yet loves her father so fiercely. I love this quote that explains much of the two main tensions of the book:
*Eliza, you are me in female form, and that confounds the daylights out of me...
But there is one thing we do that is sometimes our downfall.* *What is that, Papa?* she asked. *We love too easily and too hard.*
William Gentry seems very unbending at times, yet at others, is wound around his daughter*s little finger. Even when it seems like he has drawn a definite line for her behavior, he makes provision for how he knows his daughter will act.
This, in turn, reminds me of the Heavenly Father. He knows what is best for us but ultimately allows us to make our own choice, just as Gentry does for Eliza. And, the Father also makes a provision for the choices we may make.
Another element of the novel I loved was the ability Y*Barbo has to make me identify with the characters. I felt every emotion Eliza and Wyatt felt, and I sure hated a few characters!
As a reader, I was happy to be engrossed by action that continued until the end of the novel. I liked some of the *little* odd twists that turned out to be important.
Definitely a book I recommend if you like westerns.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher through NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinions, which are solely my own.
BrendaLeeAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5So Good!!May 3, 2020BrendaLeeAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5So good!!! Another Daughters of Mayflower book! I love a good western romance complete with a cattle drive. How could things turn out so wrong when this cattle drive was to be so much fun for Eliza? This is a drive that changed her and her best friend Wyatts whole life.
A lot of action but also inspirational and intriguing. This is a stand-alone story in case you think you have to read the others in this series first. I do not think you will want to miss this great book. I highly recommend this story that is not easily forgotten. I am still thinking of it and I finished 2 days ago.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Easy to read Historical fictionMay 3, 2020Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Chisholm Trail Bride, by Kathleen Y'Barbo, is the 12th book in Barbour Publishing's The Daughter's of the Mayflower series. While this is a series, this is also a great stand alone story. None of the previous characters are in this story and there is just a mention of a couple ancestors. The story takes place in Texas during the late 1800's.
Eliza Gentry is the only daughter of parents with different opinions. Her mother thinks she should be in the company of fine young women and gentlemen. Her father feels she should be along on cattle drives and learning to be a strong woman. Her father win's the discussion and Eliza goes on the cattle drive. Also on the drive is her good friend Wyatt, that she enjoyed star gazing with, and Ben, the son of her father's friend. The two both have an interest in Eliza. A shooting takes place and Wyatt is not seen again.
Fast forward 10 years, Eliza is at an age she should be considering marriage. Ben is very persistent and Eliza's father does not approve. Her father hires a detective, John Brady, to keep an eye on Eliza. Eliza feels there is something familiar about him and he says things she is puzzled about.
This is an easy, quick to read story. It is a feel good story with a touch of humor and suspense. The characters are well defined and introduced nicely, so they are easy to follow along with. My favorite character in the story is Eliza's father. He works hard, is well liked and cares deeply for his family. Even when Eliza appears to go against his wishes, he leaves her with the ability to seek help and independence.
I also enjoyed reading the bit of history the author includes at the end of the story.
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, this is my honest review.
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