About the Book
Book: The Chisholm Trail Bride
Series: Daughters of the Mayflower #12
Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: April 1, 2020
Lives Forever Change One Night on a Cattle Drive
Eliza Gentry’s pursuit of marriage to the son of her family’s sworn enemy has cost her greatly. Ben Barnhart will never be Wyatt Creed, her best friend from childhood, but Ben has stubbornly wooed her heart.
Furious at his daughter’s choices, Eliza’s father has her watched, both in New Orleans and Galveston, by the steadfast eye of John Brady, a detective he has hired to see to her safety. With danger at every turn — not the least of which to his heart — can John keep his focus on the present job when a night on the Chisholm Trail nine years ago still haunts his every move?
The Chisholm Trail Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo is a seriously fun read. I started it Saturday night and by 1:00 AM Sunday morning I had 80% of the book completed. I just could not put this book down! I enjoyed the historical details and learned quite a bit, but I LOVED the fictional details the most! This story is more an experience than a simple good read. Simply put, I was transported to Texas and New Orleans of 1889. When the characters were on the Chisholm Trail, I could feel the dust in the air, smell the cattle moving across the range, and hear the cowboys at night as they relaxed around the campfire while Eliza laid out under the stars dreaming of one day becoming an astronomer. And, when Eliza was in New Orleans, I was right there with her at the masquerade ball. I could hear the swish of the elegant ballgowns as women danced the night away with handsome masked men, and feel the claustrophobia as bodies upon bodies pressed into the glamorous dance hall. It was fun to feel like part of the story!
The characters in this story are the best. Eliza is a hoot! She is feisty and sassy, and when she verbally spars with someone — watch out! I very much enjoyed the fact that Eliza doesn’t let anyone control her, but she isn’t above listening to reason. She sticks to her guns when she is in the right, but isn’t afraid to concede when someone else has the better/safer/smarter idea. Eliza’s cousin, Justine, is one of the cutest fictional little girls ever, and she is hilarious. The chapters she is in are some of the best. And, Wyatt Creed is awesome. He’s loyal, noble, and self-sacrificing. He’s also incredibly smart and strong. And, he’s definitely swoon-worthy! I recommend reading this novel for Wyatt alone. LOL!
The Chisholm Trail Bride is a highly engaging, fast-paced Western Romance. I highly recommend this novel. If you are a fan of well-written, well-researched Westerns with sweet romance, adventure, and timely themes then The Chisholm Trail Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo is the book for you!
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Barbour Books, via NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.