by Jody Hedlund
“What other surprises await me here in British Columbia?”
“The beauty of the wilderness never ceases to amaze me.”
“You’ll have to introduce me to more. Perhaps another surprise?”
“What kind of surprise would you like next?”
“Surprise me with your surprise.” Her answer was playful.
He was learning that when she was teasing him, she didn’t expect a serious answer. Nevertheless, he wanted to reply with a witty response and said the only thing that came to mind. “I’ll do my best.”A bride Of Convenience
As you already have guessed, I am a big fan of Jody Hedlund. Her novels cover such a wide berth of historical fiction that I am always finding myself intrigued. Although all set within a similar general time span, they are vastly different and range from almost biographies to simply writing about a specific event in our history to almost fantasy. For instance, this evening I will crack open another book by her about Martin Luther and his beloved, Katharina. I am always amazed by her ability to write so many novels, so quickly, yet still retains depth and diversity. Since the beginning of 2020, A Bride of Convenience will be the second novel to be released with the fourth book soon following in August, and then a new three book series being completely released this fall that I am greatly anticipating.
I have greatly enjoyed the Bride Ships series and the unique perspective of three courageous women who were brave enough to travel halfway around the world with the hope of a better life. Although not directly based on real women, this series is based on true events and epitomizes the women that had actually traveled on the bride ships to British Columbia. Given their circumstances, I would hope that I would have had the courage and the faith to do as they did. To be as courageous, courteous, and compassionate.
Unemployed and struggling with grief, Zoe Hart leaves England to emigrate on a bride ship to British Columbia in the hopes of finding her brother and make amends. Soon after arrival, she and Abe Merivale, a pastor to miners in the mountains, discover an abandoned Native American baby. Determined to find her brother and to give the baby a home, Zoe rashly accepts a marriage proposal from a man who promises both. But Abe knows the man’s unsavory reputation. Intent on protecting Zoe and wounded by his own failed engagement, Abe impulsively offers his own hand instead. They hastily marry, but both soon realize the marriage of convenience they imagined is not so convenient after all.
Zoe and Abe are two compassionate and loving characters. They are selfless and give more than they receive. I enjoyed reading as they learned what it meant to serve others as well as one another. AND what it meant to have a ministry together. Both were caring for the community and were a bright light, but they did not know how to do so together. At times, I was frustrated over their many misunderstandings and just wished that they would communicate more with one another, rather than hoping their own simple tasks were enough.
I always enjoy a good marriage of convenience story and would highly recommend, if you do as well, to add this to your reading list! It was a enjoyable read and I look forward to re-reading it in the future!
Although you can read this as a standalone, I would recommend reading them in order as characters do reappear and will only make you appreciate the continuation of their story in this one! The final book in the series will be released in August and contains the own love story of Zoe’s brother.
A Bride of Convenience will be released June 30, 2020.
The Red Review: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
*** 5 Stars: Compelling Characters, Well-Written, Interesting Storyline, Unable to Stop, Desire to Reread