A Reluctant Bride (Bride Ships #1) by Jody Hedlund


Living in London’s poorest slum, Mercy Wilkins has little hope of a better life. When she’s offered an opportunity to join a bride ship sailing to British Columbia, she agrees. After witnessing so much painful heartache and loss in the slums, the bride ship is her only prospect to escape a bleak future, not only for herself but, she hopes, someday for her sister.

Wealthy and titled Joseph Colville leaves home and takes to the sea in order to escape the pain of losing his family. As ship’s surgeon, he’s in charge of the passengers’ welfare aboard the Tynemouth, including sixty brides-to-be. He has no immediate intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, the two must fight against a forbidden love.

With hundreds of single men congregating on the shore eager to claim a bride from the Tynemouth, will Mercy and Joseph lose their chance at true love, or will they be able to overcome the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart?

  A Reluctant Bride (Bride Ships #1)

My Thoughts:

I always enjoy getting the opportunity to delve into a Jody Hedlund novel, and this newest story is no exception. Right from the beginning I was pulled headlong into the story and swept blissfully along on a journey that I won’t soon forget!

This story is so much more than a journey across the ocean from England to the Canadian Colonies of Vancouver. It is a journey of growth, and a journey of learning how to let go of past hurts.

Along the way there are storms, but it is more than the physical storms. Yes, there are damaging sea waves and howling winds. But more than that this story is about the emotional storms we face and a gentle reminder that no matter what walk of life we come from, God sees us as equal. No one person is better than another.

Mercy Wilkins’s struggled touched my heart. While I have never faced the same hardships she faces, I can identify with her struggle to see herself as God sees her versus how people around her do. It is so easy to accept the labels that others slap on our backs and forget to look up and into the face of our loving heavenly Father.

Joseph Colville has been running from the pain of devastation loss ever since he lost his entire family to a cholera outbreak. But when he stands to lose his very heart, will he stand and fight or will he continue to run?

I reached the end of the story feeling like I had lived it with the characters. Even the secondary characters, you either love or loathe. I loved every moment I spent reading this story. I look forward to reading more stories in this series. I can’t wait to see who we get to learn more about next. I’m hoping that Miss Lawrence is next. I highly recommend this story to anyone and everyone. Grab yourself a copy today!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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About the Author:

JodyHedlund Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award and finalist for the Christy Awards, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.  You can find Jody at the following locations:

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  A Reluctant Bride (Bride Ships #1)