Title: A Bride of Convenience (The Bride Ships #3)
Author: Jody Hedlund
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publishing Date: June 30, 2020
Publisher: Bethany House
Length: 352 Pages
About the Book:
Unemployed mill worker Zoe Hart jumps at the opportunity to emigrate to British Columbia in 1863 to find a better life and be reunited with her brother, who fled from home after being accused of a crime.
Pastor to miners in the mountains, Abe Merivale discovers an abandoned baby during a routine visit to Victoria and joins efforts with Zoe, one of the newly arrived bride-ship women, to care for the infant. While there, he’s devastated by the news from his fiancee in England that she’s marrying another man.
With mounting pressure to find the baby a home, Zoe accepts a proposal from a miner of questionable character after he promises to help her locate her brother. Intent on protecting Zoe and frustrated by his failed engagement, Abe offers his own hand as groom. After a hasty wedding, they soon realize their marriage of convenience is not so convenient after all.
Wow, what another wonderful read by Jody Hedlund! I really enjoyed this one. I quickly bonded with Zoe’s character and that connection only seemed to deepen the further I got into the story. The characters and the plot were both well developed and it was easy to get sucked into their world. I also felt the romance was fantastically well created and genuine to how it could have unfolded to someone in their circumstances. It was easy to root for Zoe and Abe as a couple when they were so likable individually, and together they were the perfect team even though it took some time for them to truly discover that. Even though this is the third book in the series, it could easily be read as a standalone. The main characters from the first two books were from a different bride ship so you wouldn’t be missing out on Zoe’s beginning. I still recommend them though because they’re wonderful reads as well.
I fully enjoyed this read and now I’m already impatiently waiting for the next one in the series to release.
*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.