The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

The Alamo Bride by author Kathleen Y’Barbo is Book Seven in the Christian historical romance fiction series Daughters of the Mayflower.  Each book in this lovely series is tied together by heritage but may be read as a stand alone.

The first thing of notice is the beautiful cover.  It vividly says Texas and 1800’s.  If I chose books simply by cover, this one would make the cut.  It is a 256 page paperback published by Barbour Books.

For me, it was a bit of a slow read at the beginning.  It took me about a third of the book to become invested and then it morphed into a page turned.  The story has been well researched.  I learned some things about the time period and area that I did not know.  Texas was a rugged, untamed land in 1836 as were the people.

The author does a wonderful job weaving her Christian message throughout this book.  Characters mention trusting God and turning to Him.   The message of faith is clear in this book.  I did not have to search for it.  This is also a book about family.  It is refreshing to read a Christian fiction and know it is one.  While the inspiration is clear, the book is not preachy or overbearing.

The author has written well rounded characters that are relatable and vividly described. They jumped off of the pages and were easy to imagine.  Ellis, the heroine, is sassy and became someone I wanted to know.  I became invested in her story, and then I did not want to put the book down.

There were twists, turns, surprises, romance, spying, intrigue, action, and history.  Yes, that is a lot packed into one paperback book.  I enjoyed it and definitely recommend it.  Anyone that enjoys history, romance, or Texas will be thrilled to find this offering from talented author Y’Barbo.  With the fighting I would not recommend it to young readers.  It earned a 4 out of 5 stars from me.

A copy was provided by Barbour but no review was required.  These are my own, honest thoughts.

About the Book

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Will Ellis Lose All at the Alamo?
Ellis Dumont finds a man in New Orleans Grey unconscious on Dumont property in 1836. As his fevers rage, the man mutters strange things about treasures and war. Either Claiborne Gentry has lost his mind or he’s a spy for the American president—or worse, for the Mexican enemy that threatens their very lives. With the men of her family away, Ellis must stand courageous and decide who she can trust. Will she put her selfish wants ahead of the future of the republic or travel with Clay to Mission San Jose to help end the war?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo.

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)

About the Author

2B712767-6AA3-44E1-919F-FFC70C81A061Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than eighty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad.

A tenth-generation Texan and certified paralegal, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and is the winner of the Inspirational Romance of the Year by Romantic Times magazine.

Find a Book Friday: My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas – Madeline’s Search

Have you ever been to Galveston, Texas before and seen all of the sights?  Before you say yes, let me continue….in the year 1880?  That is a place in time none of us have ever been, but after reading this novel we will all feel as if we had. That, my friends, is the result of a good book.  My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas – Madeline’s Search by author Kathleen Y’Barbo is 256 pages of Christian fiction that will pick you up and take you on a journey to 1880 Texas.  You will be in the heart of action, mystery, intrigue, and even romance.
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Author Kathleen Y’Barbo has a unique style of writing, and I find it to be to my taste.  Her descriptions are on point and characters are well defined.  The dialog is plentiful and flowed easily between characters.  That makes a book more interesting for me.  The story had been researched well so that each detail would put me in 1880 Galveston.  I learned some things which I find to be a bonus in historical books.  It is always a treat to glean knowledge while reading for pleasure.  Don’t you agree?
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This is the tale of Pinkerton Agent Jonah Cahill and investigative reporter Madeline Latour.  Jonah is employed by Mrs. Smith to find her granddaughter.  Madeline is the illusive Mrs. Smith’s traveling companion in hopes of obtaining the story of a lifetime, an exclusive first hand account about this woman and all of her secrets.  Jonah normally travels alone while working, but Mrs. Smith insists that she and Madeline accompany him in his search for her granddaughter.  Who could refuse Mrs. Smith?  Certainly not Jonah.
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In this book a secret about Madeline and Jonah is revealed.  It adds an extra layer of tension and conflict which heightens readers interest and kept me invested in their lives.  This novel have something for everyone – intrigue, mystery, secrets, romance, twists, life lessons, and encouragement.  I found lost treasures, lost loves, and a wealth of historical information.
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I would recommend this book.  It is a delightful historical Christian mystery romance.  There is something for everyone within its pages.  Read it in a group or with friends so that you could discuss the “can you believe that just happened” moments.  It turns into quite the page turner after reading a few chapters.  I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.  These are my own honest opinions.

Read a Book Monday: The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

Let me ask you a question.  When you think of Christian novels do you ever imagine a book on pirates?  Me either.  Today’s blog will introduce you to one with a sassy heroine.  This is aptly titled “The Pirate Bride”, and I really enjoyed it.

“The Pirate Bride” by Kathleen Y’Barbo is Book Two in the Daughters of the Mayflower series.  Each book in this series published by Barbour is written by a different author which gives them each an unique perspective.  This Christian historical novel is set in 1725 and has action, adventure, faith, inspiration, romance, and family all rolled in it.  In this book, the main female character, Maribela, is the great-grandaughter of the main couple from Book One.  “The Pirate Bride” can easily be read as a stand alone or Book Two.C438C4E8-AB58-4AD2-BADC-912D1103E02B

Author Y’Barbo has done a fabulous job taking readers on a journey to the eighteenth century and the world of pirates or privateers as they prefer to be called.  Her book is extremely well written with a plot filled with twist and turns.  Doesn’t that make a book fun to read and hard to put down?  I think so.  The descriptions of the exotic places, people, and things were spot on.  Her characters were, well characters very colorful, with some being so lovable and others downright detestable.  They were are well defined and well rounded.
This is the tale of Mirabela Cordova.  She is a spunky young girl that was taken away from everything familiar after she is told that her mother and grandfather have died.  Her father tells her she must come and live with him.  That doesn’t damper her feistiness. Along the way,  Mirabela meets Captain Jean-Luc, leader of a pirate crew, and without giving away any spoilers let’s just say the two become buddies.  This storyline grabbed me when the ship took off and refused me let go.  I could not put it down. The plot twist are really good.  Referencing trusting God and keeping your faith are good lessons one wouldn’t expect in a pirate book.  I love Christian authors that always put God and faith in their books.  6A15551C-B7D4-414B-986E-76A35476CD61Lessons on revenge, lying, greed, and judging as well as love were in this book, too.  I learned things about the time, places, and pirates that I did not know.  It is inspiring, entertaining, and educational.
As much as I enjoyed this book, and I did, there were a few things that were unsettling or needed clarifying.  It felt as though too much was cut out in editing.  I would actually like to see a book 2.5 to finish this story, fill in the gaps, and give background on emotions.
It would make a great movie.  I wanted to cast parts as I devoured the book.  It is hard not to picture some things as we have seen them from movies or television shows.  The author did a fantastic job.  It is a wonderful, take me away read.  I would definitely recommend it and gladly rate it 5 out of 5 stars.