Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Runaway Bride

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?

My thoughts: The historical aspect of this story was incredible! I enjoyed getting to know Arabella as she sets out on an adventure on a bride ship. I had heard of mail order brides, but bride ships were slightly different, since you didn't have the advantage of having written letters to a prospective groom ahead of time. I can imagine that it took great courage (or desperation) to do something like that! This is an excellent story of life on the frontier and finding love despite the odds.
I received this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review.

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