Thursday, April 30, 2020

Book Review - The Runaway Bride, The Bride Ships, Book 2


Trust Her Heart to Another?

Wealthy Arabella Lawrence flees to British Columbia on a bride ship, still bearing the scars of past mistakes. One of the few single women in the boomtown, she immediately attracts suitors, but she is determined not to find herself trapped again by making a poor choice.

Vying for her hand are two very different men. Lieutenant Richard Drummond is a gentleman in the Navy, held in high esteem. Peter Kelly is the town's baker who has worked hard to build a thriving business. He and Drummond not only compete for Arabella's affections, but also 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 left behind by her tribe. Intent on helping the child, 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?


Jody Hedlund ( is the author of over 20 novels, including Love Unexpected, Captured by Love, Unending Devotion, The Preacher's Bride, and A Noble Groom, and is the winner of numerous awards, including the Christy Award, Carol Award, and Christian Book Award. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy teens, and five spoiled cats. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog.


I absolutely loved this book.  I cared about the characters and thought about them after the last page was turned. That, to me, is an indication of a great book.

Arabella knows she doesn't deserve the abuse she received from the man her father had arranged for her to marry.  When she has the opportunity to run away to British Columbia on the Bride Ship, she jumps at the chance to start fresh.

I really loved Pete, the baker of the community. He has set his heart on marrying Arabella but she is also being courted by the dashing Navy man, Lieutenant Richard Drummond. He is a man who has definite ideas about how the native people should be treated but it's not with compassion.  Pete, on the other hand, is a man of God and he wants the native people to be treated with the compassion they deserve.

The historical information in this book is really good and I can tell that Jody Hedlund did her research on this.  It is well written and a definite page turner.

I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Bethany House. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

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Blessings - Julie

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