A Reluctant Bride

I’m back with another book review this week! Today, I’m sharing my review of Jody Hedlund’s A Reluctant Bride, the first novel in a new historical fiction series about bride ships!


This first book in the new Bride Ships series by Jody Hedlund was, for me, like most of her other first-book-in-a-new-series novels.  By this, I mean that it spent most of its time setting up the time period and place that the book was set in, introducing the characters for this book (and often for sequels), and really just establishing her general setting for the series, without being a spectacular novel itself.  I didn’t connect to either of the characters; I thought their romance was just odd.  The timing of it was odd, the plot was odd, and nothing really just seemed to jive with me.  However, I’ve noticed this being a pattern among first books of hers, and I know that the latter ones in her series are always phenomenal, so I don’t mind reading the first ones to get myself placed in the setting of the series.  It’s not usually a great read, but it’s not usually bad either–just kind of bland and generally not as exciting as the books that follow it.  I understand completely that the first book in a series has a lot of work to do in setting up the time and place of the series, so I’m not disappointed about it.  I would just say, if you miss this one, don’t worry.  It’s usually not too hard to pick up with the second book, and you don’t miss much from the first one.  This is not to say that this isn’t a sweet historical romance based off of real people–it is, and I loved all the history incorporated into this novel.  It just wasn’t one of Hedund’s best, in my opinion.

Don’t get me wrong: I love Hedlund’s writings, and will always make an effort to read whatever she puts out.  I have just *generally* found the first books in her series to be a little more boring than the later ones.

Thank you to Bethany House and Net Galley for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review.   I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.

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