A reluctant bride

Jody Hedlund

Book - 2019

In 1862, Mercy escapes a bleak future in London and joins a bride ship. Wealthy and titled, Joseph becomes the ship's surgeon to avoid the pain of losing his family. He has no intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, they must fight against a forbidden love.

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Series
Hedlund, Jody. Bride ships ; bk. 1.
Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Christian fiction
Published
Bloomington, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group [2019]
Language
English
Physical Description
345 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780764232954
0764232959
9780764234149
0764234145
Main Author
Jody Hedlund (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Mercy Wilkins knows too well the horror of London's impoverished underworld, and traveling to British Columbia to find domestic work seems her best chance for escape. Dr. Joseph Colville may have been born into wealth, but his wanderlust urges him forward, attempting to outrun past tragedy and present pain in London's neediest districts. After Joseph becomes the ship's surgeon aboard the same vessel carrying Mercy, they are horrified to discover it is a bride ship ferrying women to populate the colonies. Will surviving storms, illness, and mutiny at sea improve any chance of them ever being together? Set in 1862, Hedlund's first in her new Bride Ships series is based on the real-life immigration of Christian women to British territories. Hedlund is an expert in grounding her wildly engrossing stories in historical facts, and capturing the plight of the poor with compassion. The sizzle between the main characters is palpable, their devastating and dangerous voyage heightens their chemistry, and their journeys toward vulnerability and bravery in the new world parallel their emotional awakening to self-worth. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Mercy Wilkins knows too well the horror of London's impoverished underworld, and traveling to British Columbia to find domestic work seems her best chance for escape. Dr. Joseph Colville may have been born into wealth, but his wanderlust urges him forward, attempting to outrun past tragedy and present pain in London's neediest districts. After Joseph becomes the ship's surgeon aboard the same vessel carrying Mercy, they are horrified to discover it is a bride ship ferrying women to populate the colonies. Will surviving storms, illness, and mutiny at sea improve any chance of them ever being together? Set in 1862, Hedlund's first in her new Bride Ships series is based on the real-life immigration of Christian women to British territories. Hedlund is an expert in grounding her wildly engrossing stories in historical facts, and capturing the plight of the poor with compassion. The sizzle between the main characters is palpable, their devastating and dangerous voyage heightens their chemistry, and their journeys toward vulnerability and bravery in the new world parallel their emotional awakening to self-worth. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Hedlund (With You Always) opens the Bride Ships series with a lively story about the Victorian class system; the workings of bride ships, which traveled to the English settlement of Vancouver Island; and the place of women in that society. In 1862, Mercy Wilkins lives in the London slums, and after finding a dying infant and bringing her to the hospital, she meets Lord Joseph Colville, an aristocrat filling in for the regular doctor. Then, desperate to escape her destitution, Mercy reluctantly signs up for a bride ship sailing for Vancouver, and she meets Joseph again onboard the Tynemouth, where Joseph is the ship's surgeon. Although she gets onboard by agreeing to become a bride, she actually has no intention of marrying once she arrives. Mercy becomes Joseph's assistant when seasickness strikes the passengers, and he comes to admire her caring spirit. There are many who want to keep them apart, with the rigid class system of the day and the ship's gossip forming a barrier between Mercy and Joseph. Once in Vancouver, they encounter new prejudices, but also new freedoms that allow them to get to know one another. Weaving in faith elements organically, Hedlund explores the prejudices, restrictions, and moral codes of the Victorian era, as well as what it means to know oneself and to love someone. This excellent series launch will leave fans eager for the next entry. (June) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In 1862, Mercy joins a bride ship to escape a bleak future in London and becomes the assistant to ship's surgeon Joseph, but despite their forbidden feelings for each other, Joseph has no intention of settling down.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

After leaving the slums of London for a bride ship sailing to British Columbia, Mercy Wilkins becomes the assistant to the ship's surgeon and the pair must fight their attraction and forbidden love during the journey. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In 1862, Mercy escapes a bleak future in London and joins a bride ship. Wealthy and titled, Joseph becomes the ship's surgeon to avoid the pain of losing his family. He has no intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, they must fight against a forbidden love.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

After facing desperate heartache and loss, Mercy agrees to escape a bleak future in London and joins a bride ship. Wealthy and titled, Joseph leaves home and takes to the sea as the ship's surgeon to escape the pain of losing his family. He has no intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, they must fight against a forbidden love.