If you enjoy Christian historical romance, the The Runaway Bride by author Jody Hedlund might be for you. In 1862 Arabella Lawrence painfully learns the consequences caused by deviating from society’s expectations and norms when the things she desires are at odds with the things she was taught were acceptable.
Fleeing an abusive situation in England, Arabella boards a bride ship destined for Vancouver Island. Upon arriving, she finds two suitors. Lieutenant Drummond, a respectable officer in the Queen’s Navy. And Peter Kelly a struggling baker. The two men could not be more different. While one encourages Arabella to be herself, the other believes she should act according to societal expectations. The mix causes unseen consequences of Arabella’s actions she never considered.
One of the things I enjoyed most in The Runaway Bride was Jody Hedlund’s use of dialog, especially the banter between Arabella and Peter. This book holds distinct characters, injustice, honor, and deceit. What more could you ask for in an historical romance?
Although this is the second in The Bride Ships series, you do not need to have read the first book. Each book stands alone.
Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.