The Chisholm Trail Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

TEXAS! The stars…big and bright! Oh, my. Be still my heart. Kathleen Y’Barbo writes about Texas in a way that makes me feel like I am back in my adopted home state.

The Chisholm Trail Bride introduces us to the main characters, who are all in their early teen years. There is Eliza Gentry, daughter of a prosperous cattleman; Wyatt Creed, son of a retired Texas Ranger, who is also an alcoholic; and Ben “Benjy” Barnhart, son of a Texas judge. The narrative begins as they are about to set out on the Chisholm Trail to deliver cattle to buyers in Kansas.

The trail ride brings joy and deep heartbreak along the way, and this ride becomes the three’s last trail ride. Ben, unlike Eliza and Wyatt, creates his own problems due to his selfish and wantonly cruel ways.

Years later, we find Eliza living in Louisiana with her mother. Life has not been the same for her since the trail ride, and it looks like it never will be.

Y’Barbo writes a mesmerizing and captivating tale, melding mystery, murder and kidnapping, along with love and forgiveness. Her portrayal of the trail leaves you wishing you were under the stars, too, etching the story in your memory. She draws such wonderful pictures of Texas, Louisiana and all the happenings between the two states that I was often left breathless. (I also never guessed the ending, which is something that almost never happens to me. It is stunning and surprising!)

The Author’s Note at the end is a do not miss portion of the novel, as there is a plethora of fascinating information about the Chisholm Trail.

I received this book from NetGalley. However, I was under no obligation to write a review.

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Publisher’s Summary

A Series for Lovers of History, Adventure, Romance, and Ancestry

Barbour Publishing offers a series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Stubborn Hearts Clash on a Cattle Drive

Eliza Gentry’s pursuit of marriage to the son of her family’s sworn enemy has cost her greatly. Furious at his daughter’s choices, her father sends her off with the cattle drive heading toward Fort Worth and the Barnhart ranch, but under the watchful eye of Wyatt Creed, a Pinkerton man he has hired to see to her safety. With danger at every turn—not the least of which to his heart—can Wyatt Creed keep his focus with Eliza Gentry around? Is the Chisholm Trail a place for falling in love or a place to die at the hands of cattle thieves?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Chisholm Trail 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)
The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1849 San Francisco (April 2019)
The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1860 Utah (July 2019)
The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1863 Tennessee (December 2019)
The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze – set 1888 Nebraska (February 2020)


Tuesday’s Tales

Forever Yours

Forever Yours by Andrea Boeshaar, Gina Fields, Joyce Livingston, Kim O’Brien and Kathleen Y’Barbo is a novel about five couples given a second chance at romance.

About the Book

Enjoy the rollercoaster ride five modern couples take on the road that leads them back into a love that was meant to be. The ex-wife reads his work of fiction for an eye-opening revelation. The missing fiancée is returned to her home. A desperate wife gets one last Christmas with her husband before they divorce. The busy housewife wakes up to the drift occurring in her marriage. The low-key mom suddenly encounters her son’s high-profile dad.

My Thoughts

In Castle in the Clouds, the first book, by Andrea Boeshaar, the focus is on Wren and Nancie Nickelson, a recently divorced couple with two children.

Wren has always loved Nancie and wants nothing more than to make her happy. Nancie wants nothing more than to be a career woman and “free” of the oppression of her milquetoast husband. Complicating the situation are their two daughters, Alexa and Laura. Alexa is convinced her mom hates her since she looks like her dad and her mom seems to hate her dad. Laura just appears to float through the entire situation, accepting life as it comes.

Andrea Boeshaar has done a very credible job of showing the suffering, sorrow and difficulty encountered when a couple, especially one with children, separates and then divorces.

Familiar Strangers by Gina Fields is the second book in the series.

Sara Jennings is the single mom of Chloe. However, Sara has a problem-she was viciously attacked and now can’t remember who she really is.

Sara had formed a new life with the help of her friend Evelyn Porter. Sara now has a new job as a house cleaner and lives with her friend, Evelyn. However, a chance viewing of a television show leaves Sara shocked and confused.

Will she find out who she is? Is her whole life about to be turned upside down? In addition, what will happen to her daughter, Chloe?

Gina Fields has done an outstanding job of creating the right mix of reality and fantasy to create a page-turning story.

One Last Christmas by Joyce Livingston focuses on the lives of Sylvia and Randy Benson and their children.

Sylvia happens to see her husband at lunch with a beautiful co-worker at the time Randy told her he was meeting with a client. When she confronts him, he denies having an affair but says he wants a divorce.

Sylvia, reeling from pain and disbelief, asks Randy to give her one last Christmas. Convinced, unlike her husband, that their marriage is not dying a slow death, Sylvia sets out to win Randy back.

Joyce Livingston has portrayed the existence of a long time married couple, the Bensons, in a very true to life way. The story will resonate with many readers.

A Wedding Renewal in Sweetwater, Texas by Kim O’Brien is the fourth book in the Forever Yours Series.

Sylvia Baxter feels her husband, Wilson, has become The Invisible Man. She knows he has to work hard to support her and their boys, but she would really welcome and enjoy a little extra attention.

Sylvia decides, after consulting with her Bible study friends, to become the epitome of the Proverbs 31 woman, but will she be able to and will it be enough to save her lackluster marriage?

Kim O’Brien’s portrayal mirrors many married couples. The years become crowded with children, work and the day-to-day routine, squeezing out romance and the idea of happily ever after.

Major League Dad by Kathleen Y’Barbo is the fifth and final story in the anthology.

Mason Walker and Blair Montgomery had divorced. They had planned on meeting one day seven months after the divorce was finalized; however, circumstances intervened and they didn’t meet again for almost ten years.

A chance encounter between Mason and Blair stops them in their tracks. Mason has never forgotten Blair; in fact, he still loves her. Blair has never forgotten Mason, either, but she hasn’t forgiven him for standing her up all those years ago, either. Moreover, where and how does Blair’s son, Sam, fit in?

Kathleen Y’Barbo has written an exceptional story of love, forgiveness and redemption by showing how waiting on the Lord can bring everything into place.

Each story is evocative of real life. People become angry, bitter and disillusioned, then divorce.  Day to day living threatens to erode what was once a strong marriage, and romance falls by the wayside.  And sometimes the unlikely and unexpected happens.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.