Historical Fiction

The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse. A Review

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 station manager. In fact, he may never leave when caught in the crossfire of the territory’s criminal activities. Jackie can’t decide if Elijah is friend or foe. Can she remain strong when secrets of the past and present are finally unearthed?
Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse.


This is the first book in this series I’m reading and also the first book for me by this author.

I love the way she weaves in faith, suspense history and romance. I enjoyed every bit of the story. I never knew so much about the pony express but the author managed to bring to light the many exciting parts of it.

The strong elements of faith in each character that was able to help them get through the challenges that they faced and the strong theme of forgiveness was one thing I really enjoyed.

It was fun to read about such a great heroine. I admired Jack/Jackie and the way she handled the pony express. The boys working with her were admirable too especially Michael. The loss of her father keeps her heart guarded until she meets Elijah who is on a mission to find his business partner’s lost heir. Their slow budding romance was a delight to read about.

The story of the treasury notes too was an added bonus that all made for an exciting story. It was exciting to see them try to unravel the mystery behind the forgery even with the dangers.

A great read filled with wonderful facts and great aspects of faith. Would definitely be looking forward to more from this author.

Thanks to Netgalley and Barbour Publishing Inc. for a free copy of this book. I was in no way required to give a positive review.
More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1836 Texas (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1849 San Francisco (April 2019)
The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1860 Utah territory (July 2019)


Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than twenty fiction and nonfiction books. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She’s passionate about music and Bible study and loves the gift of story.
You can connect with Kimberley at:

www.kimberleywoodhouse.com and www.facebook.com/KimberleyWoodhouseAuthor

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.