Thursday, 14 January 2021

To Ride A White Horse by Pamela Ford + #Giveaway



Book Details:

Book Title To Ride a White Horse: An Irish Historical Love Story by Pamela Ford
Book Series: An Irish Historical Love Story
Category Adult Fiction (18 +), 376 pages
Genre Historical Romance
Publisher Aine Press
Release dates:   January 2015
Content Rating: PG-13:
There are two pretty mild love scenes, short and not explicit. Virtually no swearing except the more common Irish versions: "Jaysus" or "Jesus, Mary and Joseph."

Book Description:

Gold Medal Winner, IPPY Awards • Finalist, National Readers’ Choice Awards • Finalist, Maggie Awards for Excellence • Finalist, Kindle Book Awards

“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 Рleave 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 a historical saga of hope, loyalty, the strength of the human spirit, and the power of love. With more than a half million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is known for creating stories that are emotional and moving.
 

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I was happy to be given the opportunity to read To Ride A White Horse for this blog tour and that I already have its sequel downloaded and awaiting my attention. Although the novel reads as a complete story so can be enjoyed as a standalone, I'm not ready to leave Kathleen Deacey's world just yet! Pamela Ford has done a wonderful job of convincingly portraying the grim truths of the Irish famine years which forced so many Irish to abandon their native homeland in order to survive. The political truths of English behaviour at the time did make for uncomfortable reading for me, especially as Priti Patel's 2018 comments about potential Irish food shortages showed such callous attitudes are still prevalent in the ruling classes here.

Kathleen Deacey is an easy heroine to like and to root for. Surrounded by so much tragedy, she still finds the inner strength to keep on striving for a better life in the future. Her time aboard Jack Montgomery's ship reminded me of other historical fiction I've read about sea-faring women - On Wilder Seas by Nikki Marmery and Wondrous Journeys In Strange Lands by Sonia Nimr for example - none of which describe the horrors of life aboard a whaling ship however. Some of Ford's scenes turned my stomach! Fortunately Kathleen's slow-burn romance was able to distract me. I loved the verbal sparring between Kathleen and Jack, and Jack's bitter grandfather is fun to read too. Occasionally I did feel the narrative was slowed too much by the will-they-won't-they storyline, but the historical apects had me completely hooked and I appreciated Ford's gentle inclusion of Irish speech patterns in her prose, such as starting sentences with 'Twas which added to the overall atmosphere. A compelling story, well told.


Meet the Author:

Pamela Ford is the award-winning author of historical and contemporary romance. She grew up watching old movies, blissfully sighing over the romance; and reading sci-fi and adventure novels, vicariously living the action. The combination probably explains why the books she writes are romantic, happily-ever-afters with plenty of plot. After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising, Pam spent many years as a copywriter and freelance writer before inserting a plot twist in her career path and writing her first book. Pam has won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best, the Laurel Wreath, and a gold medal IPPY in the Independent Book Publisher Awards. She is a National Readers' Choice Awards finalist, a Kindle Book Awards finalist, a Maggie Awards for Excellence finalist, and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook  ~ instagram ~ goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:
 
Jan 6 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / giveaway
Jan 6 - Library of Clean Reads – book review of TO RIDE A WHITE HORSE / giveaway
Jan 6 - Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 7 – Elizabeth McKenna - Author Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 7 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / giveaway
Jan 11 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / giveaway
Jan 12 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of TO RIDE A WHITE HORSE / giveaway
Jan 13 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 14 – Literary Flits – book review of TO RIDE A WHITE HORSE / giveaway
Jan 15 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of TO RIDE A WHITE HORSE / giveaway
Jan 20 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 - Library of Clean Reads – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / giveaway
Jan 21 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 22 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of TO RIDE A WHITE HORSE
Jan 25 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS
Jan 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 - Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 27 – Literary Flits – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / giveaway
Jan 28 – Pause for Tales – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / giveaway
Jan 28 - Celticlady's Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 29 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 29 - Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS
Feb 1 – Corinne Rodrigues – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / giveaway
Feb 2 – High Society Book Reviews – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / guest post / giveaway

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the great review. It's always shocking to me to discover history often repeats the same sentiments (though often not manifesting in exactly the same manner) and rears its ugliest head when you think that beast was defeated long ago.

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