Book Review: ‘A Reluctant Bride’ by Jody Hedlund

About Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

My Rating: 4 stars

‘Are you seeking His leading or are you running away from it?

Jody Hedlund once again brings us a story straight from history with A Reluctant Bride. Mercy Wilkins goes from living in the poorest slums of London to boarding a bride ship, although she thinks she is going to British Columbia to find a job. She hopes to some day send for her sister, who is slaving at the work house.

Joseph Colville, a titled lord, but trained as a doctor, has agreed to serve as ship’s surgeon, and requests Mercy’s aid in helping him with the job. Soon they both begin to feel an attraction towards each other, but fight it because they are miles apart in their stations in life. However, obstacles are meant to be overcome. Aren’t they?

Hedlund is wonderful at historical fiction and once again proves that she has a gift for creating stories crafted from actual historical events. Mercy and Joseph’s story is mesmerizing and I recommend it very much.

*My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

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