“A sweeping historical love story that hits all the marks.” –Publisher’s Weekly starred review
Your feet will bring you to where your heart is.
Ireland 1846. With Ireland ravaged by famine and England unsympathetic to its plight, Kathleen Deacey faces a devastating choice – leave her country to find work or risk dying there. Despising the English for refusing to help Ireland, she crosses the ocean to support her family and search for her missing fiancé.
But when her voyage goes awry, she must accept help from an English whaling captain, Jack Montgomery, who represents everything she despises – and with whom she is reluctantly falling in love. As Kathleen fights to save her family back in Ireland, she finds herself facing yet another devastating choice – remain loyal to her country or follow her heart.
Award-winning author Pamela Ford captures the anguish of a devastating period in Irish history and delivers an historical saga of hope, loyalty, the strength of the human spirit, and the power of love. With over a half million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is known for creating stories that are emotional and moving.
Gold Medal Winner, IPPY Awards * Finalist, National Readers’ Choice Awards * Finalist, Maggie Awards for Excellence * Finalist, Kindle Book Awards
Praise for To Ride a White Horse:
5 stars. "Expertly drawn characters that stole my heart. The writing is superb...a larger than life novel...captivating, breathtaking." –A Night's Dream of Books
5 stars. "Endearing...pulls you in from the first page and never loses momentum." –Mom in Love with Fiction
5 stars. “I absolutely loved it...it was hard to put down.” –Ms Nose in a Book
5 stars. "So long as there are books this good, I shall continue to shun TV...a hearty recommendation to get this book." –Gspotsylvania
5 stars. "The story line was riveting, and the characters were fresh, well-developed, and enticing." –Books and Bindings
5 stars. "I loved To Ride a White Horse...it was written beautifully...I fell in love with Kathleen and Jack.” –Books like Breathing
5 stars. "A page turner...a wonderful story of personal choices, tragedy, kindness, forgiveness, and the power of faith and love!" –Rockin' Book Reviews
5 stars. "I read the first chapter and was hooked. I didn’t want to stop." –Every Free Chance blog
"Utterly compelling...I found myself caring about the characters in big ways...unable to put it down." –Novel Escapes
"Wonderful...Ford writes with a lyrical quality that sweeps you into the story...a lovely story." –All the Reads
"A superbly crafted romance/adventure novel...highly recommended." –Midwest Book Review
Contemporary romance novelist Ford (Her Best Bet) steps back in time with a sweeping historical love story that hits all the marks. In 1846, Ireland withers under a devastating potato famine while its indifferent English masters stand by. Kathleen Deacey reluctantly sails to Canada to find work to support her family and search for her missing fianc . But when she's tossed overboard by a storm, it's an Englishman, Capt. Jack Montgomery, who rescues her and provides safe passage as his whaling ship heads home to Boston. Alone and terrified by her family's plight, Kathleen must accept help from a man who symbolizes everything she despises and with whom she's reluctantly falling in love. Pacing the plot for maximum tension, Ford skillfully conveys the anguish and fury of not only her heroine, but all the struggling Irish both at home and abroad. She delivers genuine heat by teasing out the passion between her protagonists. Ford has made a deeply satisfying foray into new territory. (BookLife)
Unique historical romance
I was drawn to this book by the prospect of Irish history and of course, romance. And I loved it! As a lover of historical romance I most often read English regencies and this was a welcome change.
The story begins in Ireland where Kathleen Daecy and her family are struggling through the second famine in Ireland. With no way to make money and no way to grow food, Kathleen it is faced with devastating choice--leave the home and family that she loves and travel to the New World to find a job or stay in Ireland and watch them die.o
On her journey to America she gets thrown overboard during a terrible storm and is rescued by an American whaling ship captained by an Englishman, Jack Montgomery. Jack is a well-off englishman living in Boston on one of his final whaling trips before heading home to marry and achieve the level of financial security he has always dreamed of.
Kathleen and Jack must learn to live together on the ship though both are less than fond of one another at first. And that's to say nothing of everyone else who doesn't think they belong together.
I was swept up in the story so much so that I stayed up all night to come to finish. Kathleen was a heroine unafraid to speak her mind and defend her people and Jack was an intelligent man willing to look past prejudices. Their developing love and all of the things keeping them apart made this a book that was impossible to put down. The ending brought tears to my eyes and I finished it thinking I hadn't had such an enjoyable read in awhile. I especially enjoyed reading about Ireland during this time, something I knew very little about. Will definitely plan to check out Pamela's other books, and I'm hoping she has another historical coming in the future.
To Ride a White Horse
I absolutely loved this book! It's been a while since I read a book I couldn't put down but this book I did not want to stop reading. I love a good romance but surprisingly I really enjoyed the historical fiction aspect of the book. I felt as if I was right there with the characters. Not only did the story provide amazing detail during the potato famine in Ireland (without feeling overwhelmed) it delved into the strength in family values and commitment to Ireland during a very difficult time. The romance story developed at a nice pace and kept me on my toes as to what would happen next. As I read I connected with the characters and couldn't wait to see what the future held for them! Truly a great read!
This is a fantastic read. I couldn’t put it down once I started! The author created characters that the reader comes to understand and root for through every turn. Romance, adventure, family, and a cool historical setting.