Barbour Publishing provided a free digital copy of The Chisholm Trail Bride, by Kathleen Y’Barbo, in exchange for an honest review. Beautifully written, it is the twelfth book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. As with all the books I’ve read in the series (I’ve read all but two) this one is historically accurate with only a little “poetic license”.
It is 1889, and Eliza Gentry is on a cattle drive with her father, William, which causes her very proper mother much frustration. The daughter of a wealthy Texas rancher, 16-year-old Eliza is more interested in cattle ranching and horseback riding than in becoming a “polished young lady” limited to tea parties, gossip, and climbing the ladder of high society.
Along on the drive are Wyatt Creed and Ben Barnhardt, two of Eliza’s childhood friends. In love with Wyatt, and disgusted by Ben, Eliza is content to be “just friends” with Wyatt – at least for now. Wyatt has not yet admitted to himself that he loves her, too.
The corrupt rich kid, Ben, on the other hand is determined to marry Eliza whether she agrees or not. Planning to run for a state office, and eventually the presidency, Ben wants a respectable wife, and will stop at nothing to have her. After being kidnapped and tricked into a phony marriage complete with a forged marriage license, Eliza is able to get away from Ben, thanks to another woman who also thought she was married to Ben. Never underestimate the power of a woman scorned, right? After being hired by William to guard Eliza’s safety incognito, Wyatt’s true identity is revealed. You know the rest. They live happily ever after.
The Chisholm Trail Bride is a great book in a wonderful series for those who love history, adventure, and romance. The characters of the series make up the ancestral family tree of the fictional Lytton family who came here on the Mayflower. I have especially enjoyed these books as I am currently researching my own family history, so thank you, Barbour Publishing for sending me these wonderful books.
What made The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?
Actually, very little. The frequent mistake of saying “bring” in place of “take”, and “brought” instead of “took”. A few missing commas, and a couple of misplaced words. Nothing serious.