Historical Fiction, Review

A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund

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)

A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund

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.

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my thoughts

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.

Visit her website or follow Jody on facebook, twitter, or instagram!



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!

A Convenient Bride by Jody Hedlund audiobook giveaway on Faithfully Bookish
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The Bride Ships series

favorite reads A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund The Runaway Bride by Jody Hedlund A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund Almost a Bride by Jody Hedlund


Orphan Train series

With You Always by Jody Hedlund Together Forever by Jody Hedlund


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.

9 thoughts on “A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund”

  1. Hi Beth and Jody! I have A Bride of Convenience on my ever growing TBR list. I just love the book cover and the story sounds very interesting.
    Blessings, Tina


  2. Hello! I have it on my TBR List, having read the first two books. The series is very educational to me as I knew little of the bride ships.


  3. I’m really not sure why I enjoy marriage of convenience stories. Maybe it’s because the concept seems outdated and quaint to me? Or maybe it’s just a different troupe that I enjoy?


  4. Have read this book and loved it and the others in the series…Have never experienced an audio book but need to do so one day soon…:)


  5. About 20 years ago I found out that my stepfather‘s parents marriage was result of mail order bride. Ever since I got details on their story how he would write her letters and I don’t think for a very long she agreed to marry him and he took the train with his dad from Saint Charles Missouri to Kansas City Missouri. They got married that day spent the night at the hotel and then took the train back to Saint Charles the next day. Since his father accompanied him on the train I often wonder like where was he at at night? After a few short letters they got married and they were married for over 60 years. I also work with a lot of Indian people and they have arranged marriages so the idea of two strangers coming together and being married with very short notice or maybe not even seeing each other first has always fascinated me! I love Jodi‘s books and I would love to get a copy of this audiobook for my upcoming trip from Colorado to Tennessee where I’m making my new home with my husband near our grandsons


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