Sunday, March 8, 2020

Review: The Runaway Bride by Jody Hedlund

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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?

My Thoughts:

There are certain authors that I know without a doubt are going to take me on an adventure and that it will be a good one. Continuing with the Bride Ship series, we now receive Arabella's story. She comes from a very different background than Mercy, from the first book. Arabella came from a wealthy family and more than that, she is running away from an abusive man. So taking a chance she joins the other brides to British Colombia.

Our hero is Peter the baker. And what a hero he was. He is such a memorable character. He comes from humble beginnings, is the prodigal son trying to find his way back, and is determined to make Arabella his wife. As with all the men vying for wives, the competition is fierce. Especially when a certain Lieutenant also has set his eyes on Arabella. One whom Peter already doesn't get along with.

Not only do we have a beautiful new life and hopefully love unfolding for Arabella, but we are also shown the tensions between the Natives and the government. Times are not good for these Indians and not everybody wants them to stick around. Peter sees their plight and oftentimes helps which gets him in much trouble.

I really enjoyed how Arabella, fearful yes, but bravely grabs hold of her new life and wants to make the best of it. And in letting the trappings of the old life go, realizes she was made for so much more. Another riveting romantic read.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

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