The Runaway Bride

This second book in the Bride Ships series by Jody Hedlund works well as a stand-alone; there was a slight tie-in to the previous book, but it took me a while to notice it.  This light-hearted story had deep characters, which I thought was a well-done combo.


Arabella Lawrence ran away from her wealthy family in England to join a bride ship to British Columbia, where is now trying to figure out if she wants to continue to live under society’s strange and strict standards, or be her own free woman.

Baker Pete Kelly and Lieutenant Richard Drummond both vie for her hand upon her arrival in British Columbia; it is said that the men outnumber the women ten to one in the colony.

Amidst the unique historical context, themes of kindness and justice towards native neighbors, recovering from and forgiving a past abuser, and following God’s plan instead of society’s plan are woven throughout the book.  I so enjoyed the story I could hardly put it down; it’s another winner from Hedlund.

Thank you to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

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