Book Review: To Ride A White Horse by Pamela Ford

March 25, 2015 Book review 6 ★★★

There was a time when I would devour every historical fiction book in sight but I overdid it and lost interest in them.  However when one with an interesting setting comes along, I’m happy to jump back on board.  So when I saw this book had an Irish/American setting during the time of the Irish Famine, I knew it was one it had to try out.  And I’m very happy I did!

Book Review: To Ride A White Horse by Pamela FordTo Ride a White Horse by Pamela Ford
Published by Aine Press on January 3rd 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 374
Format: eBook
Source: Received from Author
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Ireland 1846. The potato crop has failed for the second year in a row and Ireland is in famine. When Kathleen Deacey’s fiancé doesn’t return from a summer working in the Newfoundland fisheries, she faces a devastating choice—leave Ireland to find work or risk dying there.

Despising the English for refusing to help Ireland, she crosses the Atlantic, determined to save her family and find her fiancé.  But her journey doesn’t go as planned and she ends up in America, forced to accept the help of an English whaling captain, Jack Montgomery, to survive. As Jack helps her search for her fiancé and fight to save her family and country, she must confront her own prejudices and make another devastating choice—remain loyal to her country or follow her heart.

A love story inspired by actual events, To Ride a White Horse is a historical saga of hope, loyalty, the strength of the human spirit, and the power of love.

First Line of To Ride A White Horse by Pamela Ford:

“Kathleen dug her fingers into the loose soil beneath the dying plants and pulled out the unripe potatoes, recoiling as they turned to mush beneath the light pressure of her grip.”

My Thoughts on To Ride A White Horse by Pamela Ford:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!  I’m always afraid when I read a book with an Irish setting that it will across as fake or too much like the Hollywood version of Ireland.  However this isn’t the case here, the setting was authentic and the author has obviously done her historical research as the political background and all the little details all came across as genuine.

This is a period of history that I’ve done a lot of reading and research around and nothing jumped out at me at all as being out-of-place.  Which made me nod my head very happily.  The Irish Famine of the 1840s is such a sad story and it makes for a very distressing and touching backdrop for a book.

However while I can’t deny that it heart-rending; it is also a very lively story.  The characters are full of life and the main character Kathleen is such a gutsy, determined, practical person that I loved spending time with her.  Due to circumstances, she has to go to America to send back money to support her family.  This isn’t something she wants to do but when she sees there is no alternative, she just sets her teeth and gets stuck in.  I love how loyal and brave she is.

Along her way, through a series of events, she meets up with Jack who is the Captain of a whaling ship.  The chemistry between them was fun and I really appreciated the sparks between them as it kept the pace of the book flowing nicely.  There is a very obvious attraction but they also annoy each other in a way that made me laugh as I read.

I did think everything worked out a bit too conveniently but you do have to allow lots of room for poetic licence in a historical romance.  I grew attached to the characters and I could only see one possible ending that would have satisfied me.  And all I say is that I put down the book with a happy smile on my face.

Overall an engaging, atmospheric and spirited read.  I loved the vivid descriptions and it certainly made me feel a lot of emotions whilst reading.  It was my first book by Pamela Ford but I know I’d like to read more from her.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars

Who should read To Ride A White Horse by Pamela Ford?


I’d recommend this to fans of historical fiction who like dynamic characters and poignant storylines.  Fans of authors such as Elaine Crowley, Catherine Cookson and Maeve Binchy should also appreciate this one.

Thanks to Pamela Ford for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.



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6 Responses to “Book Review: To Ride A White Horse by Pamela Ford”


    I mirror the expressed words from Trish-I too have Irish ancestry in my multicolored background, and Pam Fords insight and sensitivity to addressing the prejudice and conflict of feelings was profound and well handled.

    Thank you Pam for creating a book that took me on a personal ‘heritage’ adventure.

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