The Runaway Bride (The Bride Ships, #2)
Wealthy Arabella Lawrence flees to British Columbia on a bride ship still wearing the scars of past mistakes. One of the few single women in the boomtown, she immediately has suitors, but she is determined not to find herself trapped again by a poor choice.Vying for her hand are two very different men. Lieutenant Richard Drummond is a gentleman in the Navy and is held in high esteem. Peter Kelly is the town's baker and has worked hard to build a thriving business. He and Drummond not only compete for Arabella's affections, but clash over their views of how the natives should be treated in the midst of a smallpox outbreak.As Arabella begins to overcome her fears, she discovers someone in dire need—a starving girl abandoned by her tribe. Intent on helping the girl, Arabella leans on Peter's advice and guidance. Will she have the wisdom to make the right decision or will seeking what's right cost both her and Peter everything?

The Runaway Bride (The Bride Ships, #2) Details

TitleThe Runaway Bride (The Bride Ships, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764232961
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Romance

The Runaway Bride (The Bride Ships, #2) Review

  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Jody Hedlund discovered a hidden gem when her research led her to the Tynemouth, widely known as the “bride ship”. This second book in the series tells us the story of Miss Lawrence who we were introduced to in the Reluctant Bride. The contrast between upper class and lower class remains a theme here, but from the opposite angle. Arabella is middle class intending to marry someone of similar station. In comes Lieutenant Drummond who fits the bill. But then there is Pete, a lower class baker. Who Jody Hedlund discovered a hidden gem when her research led her to the Tynemouth, widely known as the “bride ship”. This second book in the series tells us the story of Miss Lawrence who we were introduced to in the Reluctant Bride. The contrast between upper class and lower class remains a theme here, but from the opposite angle. Arabella is middle class intending to marry someone of similar station. In comes Lieutenant Drummond who fits the bill. But then there is Pete, a lower class baker. Who will Arabella choose? This is another historic romance that I really enjoyed. Can’t wait for book 3.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    “Today she might meet the man she’d marry.”Jody Hedlund’s second installment in her new Bride Ships series, The Runaway Bride, explores the relatively unknown history of poor and middle-class British women willingly boarding bride ships to seek a better life and to find husbands in British Columbia in the 1860s. The treatment of the natives during the smallpox epidemic of 1862 in Victoria is a part of history that may also be unknown to many readers and is very interesting to learn about in this “Today she might meet the man she’d marry.”Jody Hedlund’s second installment in her new Bride Ships series, The Runaway Bride, explores the relatively unknown history of poor and middle-class British women willingly boarding bride ships to seek a better life and to find husbands in British Columbia in the 1860s. The treatment of the natives during the smallpox epidemic of 1862 in Victoria is a part of history that may also be unknown to many readers and is very interesting to learn about in this novel. In an effort to escape the pain of her past, wealthy Arabella Lawrence heads to British Columbia aboard one of the bride ships where she meets two very different suitors, Navy Lieutenant Richard Drummond and Peter Kelly, the poor town baker with a heart of gold. Jody Hedlund creates delightful characters and allows their personalities to shine, especially with Arabella and Peter. Handsome baker Peter Kelly, with his charming personality and wonderful sense of humor, is a hero that readers will be rooting for. Hedlund shares the powerful message of breaking free from society’s expectations and to discover God’s expectations and plans for us. Mrs. Moresby continues to be a beloved secondary character in this series with her mentoring Arabella as she struggles with decisions that will affect her life and the lives of those most important to her. The Runaway Bride is highly recommended for readers of inspirational historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. “Character is much more important than class.”
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in this series that I have read, and they can be read separately. They are both really good!When the facts unfold as to why the wealthy Arabella fled England and embarked to the unknown wilds of British Columbia, you will cringe. I had to wonder how long she would have survived if she had stayed?We also meet the kind hearted baker Peter Kelly and the Navy Lieutenant Drummond, whom I had a bad feeling about.Loved the compassion showed by some to the Natives, especially the This is the second book in this series that I have read, and they can be read separately. They are both really good!When the facts unfold as to why the wealthy Arabella fled England and embarked to the unknown wilds of British Columbia, you will cringe. I had to wonder how long she would have survived if she had stayed?We also meet the kind hearted baker Peter Kelly and the Navy Lieutenant Drummond, whom I had a bad feeling about.Loved the compassion showed by some to the Natives, especially the starving little girls.Will Arabella end up with finding true love, or will she end up with wealth? Will there be justice here for all, keep reading!I Received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'Maybe it was time to let the wisdom of God's Word guide her.'Jody Hedlund brings us the second book in her Bride Ships series with this one, my favorite so far. Arabella Lawrence, a wealthy young woman, escapes from a forced marriage in England by getting on a bride ship, ships that carried women to marry men they'd never even seen. But anything was better than the brutish and cruel man her father was forcing her to marry. Arabella is determined not to fall prey to such a man on Vancouver 'Maybe it was time to let the wisdom of God's Word guide her.'Jody Hedlund brings us the second book in her Bride Ships series with this one, my favorite so far. Arabella Lawrence, a wealthy young woman, escapes from a forced marriage in England by getting on a bride ship, ships that carried women to marry men they'd never even seen. But anything was better than the brutish and cruel man her father was forcing her to marry. Arabella is determined not to fall prey to such a man on Vancouver Island. There are two men here who would love to marry her. Lt. Drummond, a Navy gentleman who is upstanding and Peter Kelly, the town's baker who has worked very hard to build his business. Both these men would make good husbands, but they clash constantly. Their stance on the natives of the island and how the smallpox outbreak among them must be treated are at opposite ends of the pole. Arabella is beginning to overcome her fears of somehow going into a disastrous marriage and then she finds a starving native girl. She accepts Pete's help in caring for the girl, but then things start turning sideways. Can she find hope and have her heart fulfilled and keep the girl and Pete safe? Or is she headed down the wrong side of the aisle again?I loved these characters. Pete Kelly was such a fun character in this book. He could win over anyone's heart. He was absolutely delightful and had such a heart for God. I especially loved how he knew where he came from, what he had become and what he came out of. God can indeed make a person a new creation! And Arabella's character touched me greatly, too. She knows God loves her but is scared He will not bring her to a happy ending. Hedlund is at her best here. I love the research she puts into her books and love learning about all the different plots she writes, based on actual events. It prompts me to check it out even further. Well done! *My thanks to Bethany House Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
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  • CoffeeBreakBooks
    January 1, 1970
    The Runaway Bride is a compelling historical tale of adventure, romance, and intrigue, beginning with a long sea voyage and all the challenges involved, including questions surrounding what exactly was awaiting the traveling ladies upon their arrival. We find a group of nervous young women disembarking from a ship in Victoria Harbor in 1862 and proceeding through a line of eager potential suitors. The author educates as to general background and reasons for participation in this process, such as The Runaway Bride is a compelling historical tale of adventure, romance, and intrigue, beginning with a long sea voyage and all the challenges involved, including questions surrounding what exactly was awaiting the traveling ladies upon their arrival. We find a group of nervous young women disembarking from a ship in Victoria Harbor in 1862 and proceeding through a line of eager potential suitors. The author educates as to general background and reasons for participation in this process, such as the turmoil and needs of a gold rush frontier, the financial issues in industrial England, a surplus of marriageable-age women in England, and the desire of the Columbia Mission Society for the stabilizing effects that English wives might bring to their colonies.Arabella Lawrence, the heroine of this book, is weary of letting others control her. After receiving ill treatment at the hands of her betrothed, she fearfully escapes on the bride ship and seeks a new life. The hero, Peter Kelly, is rough around the edges, but underneath he has a heart of gold. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters, including the contacts Arabella made aboard the ship. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Shonda
    January 1, 1970
    A most intriguing read! I loved the characters and everything they brought to the story. Pete clearly shows how God can change us. I felt so close to Arabella, I truly felt for her. I loved the history that this book was so full of. There is Canadian history as a colony, the small pox with the Indians, the bride ships, as well as the way baking bread was done in a bakery. Arabella has so much courage to embark on a journey that could very well lead her back into the darkness she escaped. This A most intriguing read! I loved the characters and everything they brought to the story. Pete clearly shows how God can change us. I felt so close to Arabella, I truly felt for her. I loved the history that this book was so full of. There is Canadian history as a colony, the small pox with the Indians, the bride ships, as well as the way baking bread was done in a bakery. Arabella has so much courage to embark on a journey that could very well lead her back into the darkness she escaped. This story has so much depth and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. There are so many twist and turns that the reader can only delight in every page turned. The romance is sweet and clean, a brave woman daring to let go of societies rules. Jody Hedlund writes stories that gets into the heart and sole of the reader. This is sure to be a best seller!Was given a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Pete was the perfect "hero" he was selfless to a fault. Im actually wondering, does such a man exist?To quote Jody, "This man was one who accepted and learned from the mistakes of his past but who moved on to live with integrity and honor in the present. A man who opened his home, shared all he had, and did so with no care for the cost to himself."Talk about swoon! He stood up for the Native Americans, even if it meant he ended up in jail. (Which he did many times throughout the book) He always Pete was the perfect "hero" he was selfless to a fault. Im actually wondering, does such a man exist?To quote Jody, "This man was one who accepted and learned from the mistakes of his past but who moved on to live with integrity and honor in the present. A man who opened his home, shared all he had, and did so with no care for the cost to himself." Talk about swoon! He stood up for the Native Americans, even if it meant he ended up in jail. (Which he did many times throughout the book) He always was helping anywhere and everywhere he could. I think what made him one of my favorite fictional characters though, is that he only wanted the best for Arabella. He wanted to continually push her into the person she was meant to be, not the person she was groomed to act as. Seeing her character develop was so amazing! Arabella is a traumatized woman seeking comfort after running for her life. She flees to British Columbia on a Bride Ship. But the last thing she expected was to fall for a man beneath her class. She is after all in the upper crust of society, something about Pete draws her to him. He pushes her to reach for dreams she never let herself believe in. To love life to the fullest.I absolutely loved this book. It gets a big ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ from me!!Thanks so much for reading!Megan
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  • Inspirationalfictionreader
    January 1, 1970
    The Runaway Bride is book 2 in The Bride Ships series by Jody Hedlund. Although we were introduced to Arabella Lawrence in book 1, A Reluctant Bride, this story can be read as a stand-a-lone.When we “met” Arabella in A Reluctant Bride, we did not know much about her. All we really knew was that she was on the bride ship for some reason and that she had some interesting scars. In this book, we not only learn about her past, we also get a wonderful love story. I loved Arabella’s growth throughout The Runaway Bride is book 2 in The Bride Ships series by Jody Hedlund. Although we were introduced to Arabella Lawrence in book 1, A Reluctant Bride, this story can be read as a stand-a-lone.When we “met” Arabella in A Reluctant Bride, we did not know much about her. All we really knew was that she was on the bride ship for some reason and that she had some interesting scars. In this book, we not only learn about her past, we also get a wonderful love story. I loved Arabella’s growth throughout her story as it felt very realistic.There are so many good characters in this book, including some great secondary characters. But my favorite character, by far, is Peter. He is arrogantly confident, but somehow loveable at the same time. I think it’s his heart and sense of humor that really drew me to his character. He is the perfect match for Arabella no matter how hard she fights it!I am really liking this series! There is so much actual history that influences the storylines and the setting is not one I’ve read often. Once you start reading this story, you don’t want to stop.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • Sylvia
    January 1, 1970
    When wealthy Arabella Lawrence flees to British Columbia on a bride ship still wearing the scars of past mistakes, can she find her courage and her voice to stand for what is right?An incredible story with unforgettable characters and exciting and thoughtful real-life roots, "The Runaway Bride" is a beautiful second installment to Jody Hedlund's Bride Ship series, filled with beautiful lessons in life, faith, and love.I had high hopes for this novel after being offered a small sneak peek several When wealthy Arabella Lawrence flees to British Columbia on a bride ship still wearing the scars of past mistakes, can she find her courage and her voice to stand for what is right?An incredible story with unforgettable characters and exciting and thoughtful real-life roots, "The Runaway Bride" is a beautiful second installment to Jody Hedlund's Bride Ship series, filled with beautiful lessons in life, faith, and love.I had high hopes for this novel after being offered a small sneak peek several months ago, and I'm thrilled to say my expectations were greatly exceeded by this true gem of a novel. Hedlund has truly outdone herself with this story and its characters. Pete is a charming yet humble hero (and is one of my new favorites of Hedlund's heroes), and Arabella is a truly inspirational heroine as she grows into her courage.This story also offered an intriguing sneak peek into the next book's hero, and I absolutely cannot wait for the third and fourth novels in this series!The Bride Ships series includes: "A Reluctant Bride" (now available), "The Runaway Bride" (March 3, 2020), "A Bride of Convenience" (June 30, 2020), and "Almost a Bride" (August 25, 2020).Disclaimer: I received a free advance copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I was not obligated to write a positive review.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.Jody Hedlund has yet again brought us a delightful tale; full of faith, adventure, love, and finding of one's self. I loved that this book overlapped a bit of the timeline from the first book in the series, using main characters from A Reluctant Bride as minor characters in Arabella's story. Beginning with their disembark from the Tynemouth, a chance encounter with a handsome baker, and a I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.Jody Hedlund has yet again brought us a delightful tale; full of faith, adventure, love, and finding of one's self. I loved that this book overlapped a bit of the timeline from the first book in the series, using main characters from A Reluctant Bride as minor characters in Arabella's story. Beginning with their disembark from the Tynemouth, a chance encounter with a handsome baker, and a charming lietunant vying for her attention, you will be on the edge of your seat until the very end with this love triangle.Throughout this story, you will get to know the people of Victoria, empathize with the plight of the natives on a deeper level, and see some of the unanswered questions from Book 1 tied up with a nice bow. You will fall in love, hold onto hope, and find yourself dreaming of happy endings from page 1 to the end. Arabella's story will captivate readers, relating to each of us on a personal level as she struggles with the weight of expectations versus where her heart truly lies.From a long time Hedlund fan, I can't recommend this story - this series - enough.
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! The story was very interesting! Arabella comes on a bride ship, a group of women that came from England for the main purpose of being brides to men already settled. She meets Pete, the colony baker, and she really doesn't know what to think of him. He's sure of himself, with more confidence than a man should be allowed.. Their friendship grows, even though Arabella believes at first, that they are from different classes, and he is beneath her. He worries he may not be I loved this book! The story was very interesting! Arabella comes on a bride ship, a group of women that came from England for the main purpose of being brides to men already settled. She meets Pete, the colony baker, and she really doesn't know what to think of him. He's sure of himself, with more confidence than a man should be allowed.. Their friendship grows, even though Arabella believes at first, that they are from different classes, and he is beneath her. He worries he may not be gentleman enough for the lovely lady. It is a great story I will enjoy reading over and over again! Jody Hedlund does not disappoint!
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  • Angeline
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited for this book and it did not disappoint. I have been eagerly waiting for it ever since I finished the first book, A Reluctant Bride. The Runaway Bride is the second book in Jody Hedlund’s new series, Bride Ships. This book picks up on a character who has left you with many questions. Arabella Lawrence is a runaway bride, but what exactly is she running from? You meet Arabella Lawrence in the first book, but you really don’t know much about her. All you know is that she is one of I was so excited for this book and it did not disappoint. I have been eagerly waiting for it ever since I finished the first book, A Reluctant Bride. The Runaway Bride is the second book in Jody Hedlund’s new series, Bride Ships. This book picks up on a character who has left you with many questions. Arabella Lawrence is a runaway bride, but what exactly is she running from? You meet Arabella Lawrence in the first book, but you really don’t know much about her. All you know is that she is one of the more wealthy women to travel on the ships. She is not like the poor women and that sets her apart. But in a way she is not better off, she has been held captive by the rules of her class. Peter Kelly is a new character, this is the first time you read about him. But I fell in love with him at the beginning. He had made mistakes before you met him, but he has done his best to make amends and turn his life back to God. He is now a respectful baker in his town and well loved by most. But he is not without his demons and there are some who seem to only want bad for him.I thought Arabella was sweet, she had gone through a lot back in England. She was just trying her best to learn how to survive in this totally different world. It was so cool to see her learn to see that class is not everything and that she didn’t have to be the kind of person who lived under the high standards of England. She learned that it was better to be kind than to care about what others thought about her. Pete was a great character, he was unique and himself. I liked that even though he gave off an air of confidence, he was still a humble guy who loved God and loved to help people. He didn’t let the fear of man stop him from doing what he believed was right. He knew that he had his faults, but he did his best to honor God. I really liked how he really loved Arabella, he wanted what was best for her. I also really enjoyed the fact that Mercy was in this book. It was really interesting to see Mercy from a different view, since the first book was from her perspective. There were a couple of new characters and they won my heart, but I was so happy to see that Mrs. Moresby played a big part in this book. This book had so many good quotes and so many good reminders. Some of my favorite quotes are, “Character is much more important than class” and “The world around us will always shift their definitions of what’s right and wrong. But God’s word never changes. His truth is steadfast. Why build my life on sinking sand when I have something much more solid I can live upon?” This is such a good reminder that God will never change and we can rest in Him. This was an amazing book, I loved it so much. The Runaway Bride reminds us that we need to fear God and not man. Arabella struggles with letting what others think of her lead her life. Will she choose to do the right thing, or let her fear of man lead her. I read it so fast and it kept me up late at night, even though I had an early morning the next day I could not put it down. I definitely recommend this book and I can’t wait for the next one to come out. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
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  • LA
    January 1, 1970
    This story takes place shortly after where book 1 leaves off. The women from the Tynnemouth have arrived in BC and the courting begins!In book 1 we were introduced to passenger Arabella Lawrence, a woman from British upper class, and the mysterious injuries she sustained before coming aboard. This is her story.The time period covers the smallpox epidemic in British Columbia when it was still a British colony in the 1860s. Small pox had hit the native population and readers are introduced to the This story takes place shortly after where book 1 leaves off. The women from the Tynnemouth have arrived in BC and the courting begins!In book 1 we were introduced to passenger Arabella Lawrence, a woman from British upper class, and the mysterious injuries she sustained before coming aboard. This is her story.The time period covers the smallpox epidemic in British Columbia when it was still a British colony in the 1860s. Small pox had hit the native population and readers are introduced to the prejudices of the time and those who opposed the pre-conceived ideas. This is a great story about breaking free from societal restrictions. Arabella is challenged by the suitors who show interest in winning her hand, but both are from very different worlds. The influence of her upbringing and expectations from back home bring an internal struggle that turns out to be downright frustrating at times. Arabella waffles between her choices and I found myself annoyed with how she dealt with certain circumstances. It is obvious to the reader that should she choose a certain suitor, she’d throw herself right back into a similar situation she ran from.There’s much to love and dislike about both suitors, but I won’t spoil it for anyone reading this review. I was quite happy with the ending for both male characters.Secondary characters play a huge role in this novel and once again, Mrs. Moresby is a gem. I hope to see more of her and Pastor Abe in future releases for this series.The plot and characters were solid, but this book wasn’t as engaging for me as the first book. There’s a lot of sexual tension (well written), but it was a bit too much at times (again, totally my taste). HOWEVER, I understood the challenges our hero faced having had the conversion experience he did, so his struggle with this issue wasn’t so far off the mark as to be unrealistic.Another job well done, Ms. Hedlund.I received a copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This second installment in the Bride Ships Series "The Runaway Bride" is a wonderful follow-up to "The Reluctant Bride" where we first met the runaway bride Arabella. Jody Hedlund gives us a glimpse inside the history of Vancouver Island around 1862 through this book and how social class influenced the decisions individuals of that time made. She also portrays the attitudes of the day towards Native Americans and the spread of smallpox throughout their communities from different character This second installment in the Bride Ships Series "The Runaway Bride" is a wonderful follow-up to "The Reluctant Bride" where we first met the runaway bride Arabella. Jody Hedlund gives us a glimpse inside the history of Vancouver Island around 1862 through this book and how social class influenced the decisions individuals of that time made. She also portrays the attitudes of the day towards Native Americans and the spread of smallpox throughout their communities from different character perspectives which is a good history lesson to us all.In this book, Arabella flees would would be a disastrous marriage in England to go into an unknown future in British Columbia. She lands there and then is courted by two men upon her arrival, Lieutenant Drummond and Baker Peter Kelly. The two men could not be any different in how they live their lives and interact with those around them. She struggles between the expectations of who she should marry in light of how her step-mother in England raised her and taught her to think verses the hopes that the servant Hayward who raised her had for her future. God's love shows through in this book as there is a lot about giving forgiveness and forgiving others. I pray that those that read this book enjoy the story as much as I did! I received a complimentary copy of the book, however all opinions are my own and did not influence my review.
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  • MaryAnn
    January 1, 1970
    When I read A Reluctant Bride, the first book in The Bride Ships series, I knew that I needed to know more about Miss Lawrence, so it was thrilling for me to have the opportunity to read a complimentary advance copy through #NetGalley. Jody Hedlund did not disappoint. Although many of the women who boarded the bride ships to find a better life in British Columbia were leaving a life of poverty, some women were from the wealthier classes. This book provides a scenario to explain why a woman may When I read A Reluctant Bride, the first book in The Bride Ships series, I knew that I needed to know more about Miss Lawrence, so it was thrilling for me to have the opportunity to read a complimentary advance copy through #NetGalley. Jody Hedlund did not disappoint. Although many of the women who boarded the bride ships to find a better life in British Columbia were leaving a life of poverty, some women were from the wealthier classes. This book provides a scenario to explain why a woman may have chosen to leave a life of privilege and to endure a dangerous voyage. When Arabella arrived in British Columbia, she quickly attracted the attentions of two very different men-- Lieutenant Drummond, a successful Navy man, and Peter Kelly, the local baker. I love the way the romance unfolds, and how Arabella's wounded soul begins to heal and gain courage. I also learned a lot about the area natives and the struggles they faced with disease and prejudice. This book is my favorite one so far this year, and I cannot wait for the third one in the series.
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  • Kimberly Bowie
    January 1, 1970
    Ms. Hedlund has done it again! She's written another page-turning story! I loved the story of Arabella, Pete, and Lieutenant Drummond. Ms. Hedlund does a wonderful job of developing the characters and setting. Additionally, this story is based on stories of actual bride ships, something I'd never heard of until reading this series. Read and enjoy learning about the struggles of being stuck in a certain class with so many expectations and how one woman's courage to break the barriers changes her Ms. Hedlund has done it again! She's written another page-turning story! I loved the story of Arabella, Pete, and Lieutenant Drummond. Ms. Hedlund does a wonderful job of developing the characters and setting. Additionally, this story is based on stories of actual bride ships, something I'd never heard of until reading this series. Read and enjoy learning about the struggles of being stuck in a certain class with so many expectations and how one woman's courage to break the barriers changes her life and the lives of so many of those around her.I highly recommend this story for lovers of history and Christian fiction.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    “Perhaps forgiveness took the greatest courage of all” is one of the many fabulous quotes contained within the pages of The Runaway Bride, Book Two in the Bride Ships series. Author Jody Hedlund’s research and writing talent take you on a journey that will keep pages turning. Some of the characters from Book One make an appearance like Arabella Lawrence, who is onboard the bride ship, Tynemouth. It seems Arabella is running away from an unbearable situation, and she’s hoping to find a husband “Perhaps forgiveness took the greatest courage of all” is one of the many fabulous quotes contained within the pages of The Runaway Bride, Book Two in the Bride Ships series. Author Jody Hedlund’s research and writing talent take you on a journey that will keep pages turning. Some of the characters from Book One make an appearance like Arabella Lawrence, who is onboard the bride ship, Tynemouth. It seems Arabella is running away from an unbearable situation, and she’s hoping to find a husband who can offer the lifestyle she is accustomed to. Upon her arrival in Victoria, BC, Canada, she meets Lieutenant Richard Drummond, a royal naval officer. Then, she meets handsome, kind-hearted local baker, Peter Kelly, and can’t deny the attraction. Who will win her heart? Author Jody Hedlund has a flair for writing stories filled with inspiration and faith. I always look forward to her new releases. You won’t want to miss this series!I receive a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. The opinions are my own.
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