Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5
About the book:
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 in 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.
You guys know historical fiction books aren’t always my cup of tea. When I pick a historical fiction book it is because I genuinely believe it has potential, and I’m glad to say, The Golden Bride did not disappoint. But what did I love so much about this book, you may ask. Well, almost everything, lol. This book has such a rich historical story that opened my eyes to the realities of the San Francisco gold rush. Yeah, we’ve all watched movies of the gold rush and the people that sold everything to go and chase the ”golden dream”, but the truths lived out there were different, and this book portrayed them so beautifully it’s truly a double win. Also, there are some deep topics touched in this book (though not in detail) like the slave trade, sin, egoism, racism, etc. and I respect the author so much for portraying them so well and not ”sweetening” the realities at that time in history.
Well, about the characters, Olivia and Thomas, they are completely adorable beings I just wished I could hug forever! There are wonderful relationships along with the book between brother and sister and also, of course, lovers (hehehe). The deep Christian message is beautiful, and I feel that my faith has, in a way, been challenged. It encouraged me to read about the hardships these people went through and see that even though the world seemed at its worst, there was still a small group of people that remained standing up for what was right — a truly charming story.
Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
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**I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. All thought are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.**