The runaway bride

Jody Hedlund

Book - 2020

"Wealthy Arabella Lawrence flees to British Columbia on a bride ship still wearing the scars of past mistakes. One of the few single women in the boomtown, she immediately has suitors, but she is determined not to find herself trapped again by a poor choice. Vying for her hand are two very different men. Lieutenant Richard Drummond is a gentleman in the Navy and is held in high esteem. Peter Kelly is the town's baker and has worked hard to build a thriving business. He and Drummond not... only compete for Arabella's affections, but clash over their views of how the natives should be treated in the midst of a smallpox outbreak. As Arabella begins to overcome her fears, she discovers someone in dire need - a starving girl abandoned by her tribe. Intent on helping the girl, Arabella leans on Peter's advice and guidance. Will she have the wisdom to make the right decision or will seeking what's right cost both her and Peter everything?"--Publisher description.

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Hedlund, Jody. Bride ships ; 2.
Romance fiction
Historical fiction
Christian fiction
Bloomington, Minnesota : Bethany House Publishers [2020]
Item Description
Sequel to: A reluctant bride.
Physical Description
371 pages ; 22 cm
Main Author
Jody Hedlund (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Having finally arrived on Vancouver Island after months aboard the bride ship Tynemouth, Arabella Lawrence has one goal, to find a husband before the violent man she is betrothed to in England finds her. Her attempts at securing a gentleman to wed are interrupted by the flirtatious, bold, and compassionate Peter Kelly, a lowly baker with a rebellious past. Pete invites Arabella to work for him while the local lieutenant courts her, but what begins as an interim business venture sizzles into an uncertain romance. Pete's faith and encouragement unhinge Arabella's guarded heart and evoke doubt about her well-ordered life plan. The Runaway Bride is an uplifting and well-crafted second installment in Hedlund's Bride Ships series (A Reluctant Bride, 2019). Hedlund has a knack for creating unlikely yet alluring matches, and her portrayals of the conflicted natures of Arabella and Pete expertly embody the all-too-familiar dissonance of trying to live up to others' expectations versus summoning the courage to follow one's own passions in work and love. Period details, such as relations with local Native Americans and a smallpox epidemic, help immerse readers in the story's 1862 world of cultural, class, and gender injustices. Tender moments of light sensuality infuse this inspirational romance with delectable heat. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Fleeing to British Columbia to escape past mistakes, wealthy Arabella is courted by two suitors who disagree about native rights throughout a smallpox outbreak that challenges her to do the right thing on behalf of an abandoned girl. Simultaneous.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Arabella Lawrence fled on a bride ship wearing the scars of past mistakes. Now in British Columbia, two men vying for her hand disagree on how the native people should be treated during a smallpox outbreak. Intent on helping a girl abandoned by her tribe, will Arabella have the wisdom to make the right decision, or will seeking what's right cost her everything?