ARC REVIEW : THE GOLDEN BRIDE

Can Olivia survive the crime and Gold Rush fever of 1849…and the countless marriage proposals?
A series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

The Daughters of the Mayflower series continues when Olivia Brighton finds herself widowed and working her brother’s restaurant in San Francisco during the height of the rush for gold. Even though she receives at least twenty marriage proposals a day, she will never marry a gold miner. Her brother’s friend Joseph Sawyer has gotten caught up in local politics and the plight of Chinese in forced labor. The more Joseph gets pulled into investigating crime in the city, the less Olivia sees of the compassionate man. And just when she thinks she could love again, a fire threatens to steal all hope.


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Set in the Gold Rush of 1849 in San Francisco, this book does not really paint a pretty picture of that time – slave trade and all.

Olivia is recently widowed and starts off the book with guilt about her husband having lost his life within 6 weeks of their marriage, and still holding grief over her parents’ death 3 months ago. She moves to San Francisco all by herself to live with her brother Daniel who runs a popular restaurant there. She meets Joseph, a close friend of Daniel and also a gold miner. Olivia, who does not want anything to do with gold miners, falls for Joseph pretty soon, and the feelings are mutual. There’s also a connection to the previous books in the Daughters of the Mayflower through a journal Olivia finds of her ancestor who also had to move to America. Also, Joseph with the help of Daniel, wants to help rid their town of all things nefarious…. And, yeah, that’s pretty much the story.

I found the plot to be lacking anything impactful. It just seemed to meander a lot without anything ever happening. There were talks of danger lurking and an ‘unseen benefactor’, but things just never came alive and the pace never picked up. The romance between Joseph and Olivia was sweet enough, and yet felt a little bland to me. But the author did manage to paint an accurate picture of the Gold Rush with all its debauchery, so props for that.

It was a decent enough read, but the writing was not to my taste.


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★★★☆☆


Publication Date: 1st April, 2019.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)

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