Saturday, August 1, 2020

Bride of Convenience (The Bride Ships #3) by Jody Hedlund

My thoughts:
Jody Hedlund's books have never disappointed me and Bride of Convenience again proves her mete as a fantastic author.

The series of the Bride Ships opens one's eyes to the destitute and forlorn state of women during this period of history that drove them to board one of the Bride Ships to sail for the British colony in what is now Canada. A world unknown to them but those chose this alternative to a world that was a cesspit of evil that existed for the in England.

Over seen by a British missionary group, the women were selected and sent to become brides to miners and settlers and grow the colony.

In a sense all the brides on the ships were brides of convenience, but this final story drove home the Bride of Convenience story of local Pastor Abe Merivale when Zoe becomes his bride. 

It is truly a convenience as the church disapproves of his union with Zoe and her (and his) adoption of a half-breed infant. The native Indian mother of the infant had died and her English husband was simply not capable of caring for an infant - though he loved the infant and its deceased mother.

Characters richly drawn with the pen of the author roam the pages and the reader will root for them, boo them and their escapades, and grow to love them. 

I highly recommend this entire series. Each is a stand alone book, but much can be learned and enjoyed by reading them in sequence.

About the book: As the third and final book in a series, 

Upon discovering an abandoned baby, Pastor Abe Merivale joins efforts with Zoe Hart, one of the newly arrived bride-ship women, to care for the infant. With mounting pressure to find the baby a home, Abe offers his hand as Zoe's groom. But after a hasty wedding, they soon realize their marriage of convenience is not so convenient after all.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

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