Hello, reader friends! We are celebrating the third book in The Bride Ships series, A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund plus we have a digital audiobook giveaway!
about the book
A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund (The Bride Ships book 3)
After Heartbreaking Loss, a Marriage of Convenience Holds More Appeal than Ever Before.
Unemployed mill worker Zoe Hart jumps at the opportunity to emigrate to British Columbia in 1863 to find a better life and be reunited with her brother, who fled from home after being accused of a crime.
Pastor to miners in the mountains, Abe Merivale discovers an abandoned baby during a routine visit to Victoria and joins efforts with Zoe, one of the newly arrived bride-ship women, to care for the infant. While there, he’s devastated by the news from his fiancee in England that she’s marrying another man.
With mounting pressure to find the baby a home, Zoe accepts a proposal from a miner of questionable character after he promises to help her locate her brother. Intent on protecting Zoe and frustrated by his failed engagement, Abe offers his own hand as groom. After a hasty wedding, they soon realize their marriage of convenience is not so convenient after all.
Like many of my fellow romance enthusiasts, I’m fascinated by the marriage of convenience trope! Whether the concept of love as an active choice or a joining of forces for practical purposes plays a larger role in the story, the likelihood of an awkward moment or two as strangers suddenly become spouses is just too delightful for me to pass up.
Zoe is courageous, incessantly industrious, refreshingly honest, compassionate, and full of spunk. She is the kind of heroine who is instantly endearing and leaves a lasting impression on my reader heart. Plus, genuine albeit occasionally clueless heroes like Pastor Abe are one of my many bookish addictions. I am unashamed to admit to a little happy dancing the moment stalwart yet modest Abe stepped into the story spotlight. Hedlund brilliantly rounds out a full cast of intriguing secondary characters to boot!
A Bride of Convenience touched my heart with the especially poignant theme of God’s provision and faithfulness as we seek His will and/or calling on our lives rather than relying on our own strength and plans. Attraction, companionship, and ministry are woven throughout this masterfully presented story. I highly recommend this third installment of The Bride Ships series and look forward to adding a print copy to my favorites shelf for future repeated enjoyment!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
about the author
Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of over 20 historical novels for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy Award, Carol Award, and Christian Book Award.
She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy teens, and five spoiled cats.
Thanks to the generosity of the author, we have a digital audiobook code for A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund for one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader!
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Who else is a fan of “marriage of convenience” stories, reader friends?!
Let me know if you’ve read A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund or are adding to your tbr.