Thursday, May 14, 2015

To Ride a White Horse by Pamela Ford

4 Star

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 fiancĂ©.

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 fiancĂ© and fight to save her family and country, she must make an impossible choice—remain loyal to Ireland or follow her heart.

Sabrina-Kate - 4 Star

Having never really been a fan of historical fiction, I found myself very pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed To Ride a White Horse. Set during the great potato famines and focusing on the life of Kathleen Deacey, this book really described the lives and troubles of the Irish at that time in a way that was utterly compelling and also utterly heartbreaking. Having previously only known very little about this period of time, I really found this book to be written so that I found myself caring about the characters in big ways and hurting for them with each additional tragedy that seemed to befall them at every possible moment.

The historical aspects were woven together with Kathleen's story seamlessly so that it kept the story flowing well and also kept me reading late into the night! It was a heavy novel with a lot of terrible things that happened and was lengthy to boot, but despite both of those factors, I found myself unable to put it down until I was truly unable to keep my eyes open any longer.

The only reason I could not rate it 5 star was the utterly frustrating love story/romance that kept popping up in the book. I found that the story itself was amazing enough without having those steamy and then regrettable moments. Ultimately it did add to the story in the end but at certain points it did take away from my enjoyment of what was a great story about a terrible moment in history. Still very much worth checking out, I really am happy I discovered this great author!

Thank you to the author for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.
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  1. Thank you for the excellent and thoughtful review. I'm glad you liked the book!

  2. Just must giggle a bit at the steamy love scenes being distracting! Guess you never read 50 Shades of Stupid! You are a more discerning reader than am I!

  3. I'm very much looking forward to reading this book - it has so much in it that I love to read about!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!



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