TO RIDE A WHITE HORSE
Out of Ireland, book 1
"A sweeping historical love story that hits all the marks."
–Publishers Weekly starred review
Your feet will bring you to where your heart is.
Ireland 1846. With Ireland ravaged by famine and England unsympathetic to its plight, Kathleen Deacey faces a devastating choice – leave her country to find work or risk dying there. Despising the English for refusing to help Ireland, she crosses the ocean to support her family and search for her missing fiancé.
But when her voyage goes awry, she must accept help from an English whaling captain, Jack Montgomery, who represents everything she despises – and with whom she is reluctantly falling in love. As Kathleen fights to save her family back in Ireland, she finds herself facing yet another devastating choice – remain loyal to her country or follow her heart.
Award-winning author Pamela Ford captures the anguish of a devastating period in Irish history and delivers an historical saga of hope, loyalty, the strength of the human spirit, and the power of love. With more than a half million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is known for creating stories that are emotional and moving.
Awards and Reviews
Gold Medal Winner, romance – Independent Book Publisher Awards (IPPYs)
Finalist, romance – Kindle Book Awards
2nd Place, historical – International Digital Awards
Finalist, historical romance – National Readers' Choice Awards
Finalist, historical romance – Maggie Awards for Excellence
"A sweeping historical love story that hits all the marks ... Pacing the plot for maximum tension, Ford skillfully conveys the anguish and fury of not only her heroine, but all the struggling Irish both at home and abroad. She delivers genuine heat by teasing out the passion between her protagonists. Ford has made a deeply satisfying foray into new territory."
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A superbly crafted romance/adventure novel by a master of the genre...highly recommended." –Midwest Book Review
"This is historical romance at its finest...Ford paints a poignant picture of Ireland’s dire condition, America’s valiant response and love that triumphs in the midst of tragedy...I came to love both Kathleen and Jack...You must read this story! It’s a keeper! –Historical Romance Review
"A splendid historical romance with characters to cheer." –Fresh Fiction
"Pamela Ford writes the romance, the history, and the politics of the period with nuance and an excellent ear for dialogue...To Ride a White Horse balances all the elements: adventure, romance, history, politics and gives us a meaty story that keeps the reader’s attention from the first page to the last." –Bibliotica
5 STARS! "So long as there are books this good, I shall continue to shun TV... the drama and romance just wash over me. I hear all the voices and accents and I can visualize the characters and settings...No spoilers – just a hearty recommendation to GET THIS BOOK. READ IT and enjoy a well written piece of historical fiction with just enough romance thrown in!"
"Utterly compelling...I found myself caring about the characters in big ways...unable to put it down until I was truly unable to keep my eyes open any longer...a great story about a terrible moment in history...I really am happy I discovered this great author!" –Novel Escapes
5 STARS! "Endearing...I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy a historical romance with a sweet romance. It's a quick read that pulls you in from the first page and never loses momentum. A perfect summer read." –Mom in Love with Fiction
5 STARS! "Expertly drawn characters that not only intrigued me, but, long before the end of the novel had totally stolen my heart. The writing is superb ... This is a larger than life novel ... I can very heartily and thoroughly recommend this captivating, breathtaking novel." –A Night's Dream of Books
5 STARS! I absolutely loved it ... it is hard to put down ... the characters were written really well. And that ending, oh my gosh, I cried. I’m devastated but in such a good way! Loved this book … historical fiction or historical romance fans will love this read!" –Ms Nose in a Book
5 STARS! "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. This was my first time reading Ms. Ford’s work, but it won’t be the last." –Books and Bindings
"I absolutely loved this tale! The romance was absolutely delightful." –Book, Bell and Candle
5 STARS! "I loved To Ride a White Horse ... It was written beautifully—I found myself highlighting some passages in the book because of the sheer beauty and I never do that—and I fell in love with Kathleen and Jack. It’s a book I will pick up again and again. I very rarely find books like that so I feel sort of an accomplished joy when I do ... I almost always forget a couple after I finish reading their book but I don’t think I will forget (Kathleen and Jack)." –Books like Breathing
5 STARS! "I read the first chapter and was hooked. I didn’t want to stop reading ...To Ride a White Horse is what a historical romance should be ... a perfect summer read. Definitely add it to the to-read list if you like a good love story." –Every Free Chance blog
5 STARS! "I fell in love with the story of both Kathleen and Jack from the moment I began to read this book ... This was a page turner... A wonderful story of personal choices, tragedy, kindness, forgiveness, and the power of faith and love!" –Rockin' Book Reviews
"Wonderful... Ford writes with a lyrical quality that sweeps you into the story. The characters are likable and Kathleen makes you root for her from the first page...it was a lovely story." –All the Reads
4.5 STARS! "This book really pulled at my emotions – on many levels ... I had the worst time putting it down. Ms. Ford just drew me into the world she created and her characters truly came to life ... a very well defined plot and strong character development." –Broken Teepee
"Truly beautiful writing, a vibrant historical backdrop, and a relatable heroine made this a great read." –Doing Dewey
4.5 STARS! "An easy romance to get swept away in. If you are in the mood for a sweeping romance, with detailed history, then look no further than To Ride a White Horse, you will not regret it." –Girls Just Reading blog
4.5 STARS! "A captivating historical romance (that) combines the best of both genres ... Ms. Ford’s novel grabbed my attention from the first page and never let go. Filled with plenty of emotional angst, twists and turns and the redemptive power of love, this is a story romance lovers will definitely enjoy ... I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Ford’s work." –Queen of all She Reads
"This is historical fiction rooted in realism... your own spirit feels tethered to the lead characters ... It's thought-provoking, stimulating, and the kind of story you want to wick out the gaslights by reading page after page until the very last word has entered your imagination and buoyancy has returned to your being ... heart-lifting joy to read." –Jorie Loves a Story