To Ride a White Horse

To Ride a White Horse

by Pamela Ford


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ISBN-13: 9780990594222
Publisher: Aine Press
Publication date: 01/03/2015
Pages: 378
Sales rank: 580,830
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Pamela Ford is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical 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 merrily set off to earn a living, searching for that perfect career as she became a graphic designer, print buyer, pantyhose sales rep, public relations specialist, copywriter, freelance writer - and finally author.

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 Published Novelists finalist, and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Wisconsin where she is working on her next novel.

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To Ride A White Horse 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed to Ride a White Horse. It is a love story, but a love story with more than a little history thrown in and a history I was unfamiliar with. It was a breath of fresh air from the many Regency period Historical romances that are available on the market (which I admit, I do love and devour!) As the synopsis states, it is the love story of Kathleen and Jack who are thrown together on the Atlantic Ocean as Kathleen's journeys to America to find work to help support her family. During this time, Ireland has been struck by terrible famine and it was truly fascinating to learn about a period of time I was virtually unfamiliar with. Much of the story took place on a whaling ship and in Boston in the mid-1800's which were also new settings for me! I also enjoyed how the author wove in bits of Irish sayings and folklore. As for the story itself, there were so many moments I loved! The party on the ship, where Kathleen is afraid to dance with Jack. The benefit ball scene, where Jack only wants to dance with Kathleen (obviously anything with dancing gets me). The moments where Jack had to defend Kathleen. The grandfather! Jack was a great blend of reluctance, humor and confidence. Kathleen was earnest, lovable and guileless. Overall, this was an incredibly enjoyable read. Not only will I be looking for more historicals from this author, but also more reading about this time period!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book containing history, danger, romance, a few twists and some laughter. Highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read
romance_bookworm More than 1 year ago
I was on the verge of giving this one star. Where start? I started the book and thought it was promising, but then, I got bored and just skipped several paragraphs here and there, skimmed several paragraphs here and there, and just read once they had some dialogue just so I could get to the end. I didn't feel like what dialogue the main characters had were even enough to consider falling in love, falling into lust sure...I just wasn't convinced. IMO, the heroine was annoying, I didn't like her. I understand her motivations, but still she was annoying not understanding why the Captain said no (maybe I am just too moody and coming off as a B). Like another reviewer said there was no explanation/reason why the Captain could fall in love with her besides how "pretty" she was (even though he admits that she wasn't his usual type). There were a few missing words here and there or grammatical errors, it wasn't too bad that it distracted from me "reading". I did question the use of "ye", not saying I was against it, more because there were times it was used and other times the Irish peoples would use "you" instead. Even in the same sentence "you" and "ye" are used, is that correct? I thought it was "ye" meant "you" and wherever the Irish peoples meant "you" they would say "ye". Maybe I don't know the rules of the use of "ye". **Maybe a spoiler/minor spoiler** I felt like the fiance got off too easily. I thought, "That's it? No, you're a jerk, a smack in the face or whatever?" He was just one giant turd! What about the Captain's fiancee? He just told her and she took it with grace? What about the investors in the last whaling trip? Did they get their money back? Were they pissed? Was the fiancee's father mad too, since he probably lost money too? I would have liked a little more to it than him saying he was ending it with her. I wanted to know what the investors would have said. Would he still be in the whaling business or something. Maybe an epilogue would have helped and a little more than one liners (okay maybe it was a small paragraph).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is going into my reread pile. It reads like an epic novel. It never got boring and the history behind it was moving. This author is now one of my favorites. I can't wait to read more from her! Cindy Stotts
MBV More than 1 year ago
KLS500 More than 1 year ago
My people came from Ireland around that time. It couldn't help but become very meaningful for me. I loved this well told, beautiful historical novel, and will always be remembered as a top ten favorite!
RedFudge More than 1 year ago
I was cheering for this woman from the beginning of the book. Enjoyed it snd could hardly put down in the last chapters
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This here is a beautifully written novel. Both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I am grateful I came upon this captivating story. It has truly touched my soul.
C.Lewis More than 1 year ago
This was such a great book that I hated to finish it. It was a real page turner and such a sweet story. LOVED this book....!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was very good. It kept my interest plus the history included about Ireland.
4theloveofdolls More than 1 year ago
Very well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Couldn't put this book down. Excellent characters that you'll think of any time you're torn away from the book. Lots of action, excitement and a great romance that builds. The book is of a girl that leaves Ireland due to famine, but it seems that the story could be similar for any group that has had to leave their home due to civil unrest or natural disaster. The author seems to have an understanding of how heartbreaking it would be to see death all around and to be the one to leave to save the rest. Then to encounter prejudice and set backs knowing that you're the only hope - sounds like a story right out of current events! This was a great book - definitely pick it up when you have a day or so to settle in. Once you start, you won't be abke to put it down!
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book: I read the first chapter of this book and was hooked. I didn’t want to stop reading it. I left the kids up in their cribs an extra ten minutes after naptime just so I could finish a chapter. Yeah, it was good. To Ride a White Horse is what a historical romance should be. It has plenty of kissing, longing, passion, and of course, well-placed historical elements. The history doesn’t take a backseat. Ford does a great job describing the Irish famine for those who aren’t familiar with it. I’d heard some things in history class, but Kathleen (the leading lady) and her family really made it real for me. I felt what they were feeling and actually cared what happened to her family. Also, Jack (the leading man) isn’t a dominating jerk. He has a heart, and his backstory made me root for him and Kathleen even more. I could see myself having a candlelit dinner with him. Would I recommend it: It’s a perfect summer read. Definitely add it to the to-read list if you like a good love story. As reviewed by Gina at Every Free Chance Books. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book and deserves a lot more than 5 stars. The story in the book took place during the mid-1800’s when the Irish were suffering due to the potato blight. People were starving and were being forced off their land by the English landlords. Even though grains were being produced in Ireland, these were being sent to England instead of saving the Irish. Kathleen Deacey left Ireland for a new life in America but was washed overboard during a storm. She held on to barrels that were lashed together and was picked up by a whaler captained by Jack Montgomery. Once back in Boston, Jack hired her to work in his grandfather’s house since many jobs were closed to Irish. Jack and Kathleen had fallen in love but she was afraid that she would lose her family if she loved Jack, an Englishman. Little did she know that Jack would do anything for her and did. The love story between Jack and Kathleen was heart-warming and their story will long stay with you.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Creative, accurate, and absorbing Favorite Quotes: “The rain had stopped before she boarded the ship and now the clouds were breaking apart, separated by great swaths of blue like God had spilled a bucket of paint and it was pouring down to Earth.” “She stumbled down to the cabin and threw herself onto the sofa sobbing.  She wept for the death of a whale that wouldn’t abandon its calf.  She wept for her family, for Danny, for Ireland, for the injustice foisted upon the weak.  And she wept for herself, knowing that even as she despised the captain, she must still strike a bargain with him, must use him for her own ends just as he used the calf to catch its mother.” “Sean knew the moment her spirit left her body, could fell it brush past him on its way beyond.  It was not cold as he had always heart, but enveloping, as though Moira had wrapped her arms around him one last time.” “When you’ve never had much, you come to know what a difference just a little can make.  That what is most important is not things – but live itself.” “’For bedding – not wedding,’ his grandfather said once she was gone.  ‘Make sure you know the difference.’” My Review: To Ride a White Horse is a considerable departure from my typical genre as I rarely read historical fiction, although I no longer remember exactly why I stopped doing so, as I thoroughly enjoyed every word of this book.  The premise of the story is a heavy one due to the dire living conditions forcing our protagonist (Kathleen) and many of her Irish countrymen to leave their homes in search of a better life a world away.  Despite the heavy subject matter, the story line was riveting, and the characters were fresh, well developed, and enticing, while the narrative was well paced, absorbing, and emotive.  Ms. Ford writes with magic ink that the faeries must have infused with their special dust.  Her words often squeezed my heart and occasionally brought a sting to my eyes.  I knew little about Irish history before picking up this missive, but now have a better understanding of their struggles without feeling as if I were studying or being lectured on the topic.  I like learning something while I am being entertained, and imagine, I still recall my mother’s admonitions during my formative years that reading fiction was a waste of time.  I was quite taken with the creative introduction of Kathleen’s rescue by the whaling ship – while coming to on the deck and in her delirium of believing herself dead, she fears she is entering hell when with her blurred vision, she witnesses the sweating and shirtless men working on a whale carcass and laboring over the fires for boiling the oil.  What genius!  I also enjoyed Kathleen’s steadfast beliefs and thoughts of the “Good People.”  I had forgotten about the Irish culture being more than a bit mystical with storytelling of faeries, banshees, and other such spirits.  This was my first time reading Ms. Ford’s work, but it won’t be the last, my one-click finger is feeling itchy.  
L_F_Madsen More than 1 year ago
Pamela Ford’s novel To Ride a White Horse has an exciting, historically based plot with an appealing cast of characters and vivid glimpses of 19th-century life on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as aboard the ships that carried passengers from the old world to the new. If I understand the term “cinematic,” this tale fits the bill; it would translate beautifully to the movie screen!                                                                                                 Lois Madsen   
Jane_Flanagan More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down at times and looked forward to reading it every night after work. That's a rarity for me. It's one of those magical tales that comes straight from the heart and penetrates your soul. I cried, I laughed out loud, I fell in love, I gasped and I got goosebumps. I felt like I was there, back in time, and could vividly picture every scene. The characters seemed so real and even now, a week since finishing the book, I can't stop thinking about them. This book has all the elements of an epic movie with so many opportunities to expand on the subplots. I didn't want it to end! I believe it should be made into a TV series. It conveys the heart of Ireland and tells a story that needs to be told. It filled me with hope and restored my faith in humankind. That is the power of good storytelling. A++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I typically don't read historical fiction but I gotta say this book had me hooked from the first chapter. From a historical perspective, because of my Irish background, I gained a better appreciation of my heritage and was unaware of the depth of the poverty and struggle that my ancestors endured. But beyond the historical elements, the depth of the story line between the two main characters kept me captivated and always wanting more. It was a great read -- and hoping for a sequel !!
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Overwhelming! 6 stars What a stunning story! Pamela Ford’s book To Ride a White Horse made me go through a series of intense emotions, I cried, hoped, laughed! It’s a breathtaking story of love, hope and courage! I have just discovered a little gem! Since, this story was inspired by actual events, I didn’t know what to expect, what a beautiful surprise! This novel tells the story of two strong characters, who will play a part, during the Great Famine in Ireland 1846. When Kathleen Deacey’s fiancé doesn’t return from working in the Newfoundland fisheries, she decides to leaving Ireland to find him; she needs to cross the Atlantic, to find work to be able to send money to her family who are living in misery. During her sailing to America, an English whaling captain, Jack Montgomery, will come to her rescue. For Kathleen, an Irish woman cannot fall for an Englishman, she would betray her own country. But things aren’t always as simple as that; a series of events will for ever change Kathleen and Jack’s lives. Beautiful chemistry between the two, their friendship will bloom to love. I found so much tenderness between them. I spent many hours, turning pages, to know what would happen next. Truly, a beautiful saga of hope, loyalty and love. Pamela Ford is an excellent writer and I’m looking forward to reading her next novel. I highly recommend To Ride a White Horse, a story that will take you on a journey of emotions! The author is very descriptive, so some scenes may be dark, to follow because of the context. I won this book via a Goodreads giveaway and I’m so glad I did! Thank you Pamela Ford for this beautiful historical romance!