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Haunted by mistakes in her past, will she ever again trust her heart to another? Wealthy Arabella Lawrence flees to British Columbia on a bride ship, still bearing the scars of past mistakes. One of the few single women in the boomtown, she immediately attracts suitors, but she is determined not to find herself trapped again by making a poor choice. Vying for her hand are tw Haunted by mistakes in her past, will she ever again trust her heart to another? Wealthy Arabella Lawrence flees to British Columbia on a bride ship, still bearing the scars of past mistakes. One of the few single women in the boomtown, she immediately attracts suitors, but she is determined not to find herself trapped again by making a poor choice. Vying for her hand are two very different men. Lieutenant Richard Drummond is a gentleman in the Navy, held in high esteem. Peter Kelly is the town's baker who has worked hard to build a thriving business. He and Drummond not only compete for Arabella's affections, but also 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 left behind by her tribe. Intent on helping the child, 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?


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Haunted by mistakes in her past, will she ever again trust her heart to another? Wealthy Arabella Lawrence flees to British Columbia on a bride ship, still bearing the scars of past mistakes. One of the few single women in the boomtown, she immediately attracts suitors, but she is determined not to find herself trapped again by making a poor choice. Vying for her hand are tw Haunted by mistakes in her past, will she ever again trust her heart to another? Wealthy Arabella Lawrence flees to British Columbia on a bride ship, still bearing the scars of past mistakes. One of the few single women in the boomtown, she immediately attracts suitors, but she is determined not to find herself trapped again by making a poor choice. Vying for her hand are two very different men. Lieutenant Richard Drummond is a gentleman in the Navy, held in high esteem. Peter Kelly is the town's baker who has worked hard to build a thriving business. He and Drummond not only compete for Arabella's affections, but also 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 left behind by her tribe. Intent on helping the child, 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?

30 review for The Runaway Bride

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Have you read any of Jody Hedlund's books yet? If you haven't do yourself a favor and do so, she has so many available and they are all fabulous . Recently she's also released a YA fantasy series and it's a not to miss as well. The cover of this book is really stunning and I was so excited to start into it. We've all heard of mail order brides, well these are ship brides, which I found so fascinating to learn more about as I read the first book in the series as well. I can just imagine what the la Have you read any of Jody Hedlund's books yet? If you haven't do yourself a favor and do so, she has so many available and they are all fabulous . Recently she's also released a YA fantasy series and it's a not to miss as well. The cover of this book is really stunning and I was so excited to start into it. We've all heard of mail order brides, well these are ship brides, which I found so fascinating to learn more about as I read the first book in the series as well. I can just imagine what the ladies had to be going through that signed up to go on the ships to be a bride, it was not just the poor working class ladies either, there were ladies of means that signed up too. I can say it was probably an adventure for all of them and hopefully in a good way. The romance is sweet and tender and two men are vying for our Arabella's hand. Now being a lady of means she is expected to marry within the same class as herself but love doesn't always, or maybe I should say hardly ever follows the rules. The plot was a fun read and held my interest the whole way through. It was fun to meet up with what felt like old friends, characters from the first book and be introduced to new characters as well. I wonder which will appear in the third book in the series. Learning about the smallpox outbreak was interesting as well. It took so many lives. I don't believe it's presumptions to say this book will stay up there with my favorites for the year. Pub Date 03 Mar 2020 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Randi Annie Framnes

    The Runaway Bride is installment #2 in The Bride Ships Series and I knew from the first chapter that I would love this book. It has a theme and a plot that interests me as I have not read any work set in British Columbia before. Gentlewoman and banker’s daughter Arabella Lawrence has run away from her family in London, who has tried to marry her off to a violent man old enough to be her father. She has to adjust to new dangers and challenges trying to carve out her new life in British Columbia. Th The Runaway Bride is installment #2 in The Bride Ships Series and I knew from the first chapter that I would love this book. It has a theme and a plot that interests me as I have not read any work set in British Columbia before. Gentlewoman and banker’s daughter Arabella Lawrence has run away from her family in London, who has tried to marry her off to a violent man old enough to be her father. She has to adjust to new dangers and challenges trying to carve out her new life in British Columbia. The plot contained descriptions of the appalling conditions the native population suffered. They were callously treated by the immigrants during smallpox outbreak. I found this part of the story very hard to read. I did, however, enjoy the native characters I got to follow as part of the plot. Main character Arabella Lawrence I found to be a well rounded, if not exactly skilled, woman. Two very different suitors are competing for her hand in Victoria, and I feel for her when she gets very confused. Baker and rebellion Pete Kelly is really punching above his weight trying to woe Arabella, as she wants to court a gentleman of her own social standing. I found his character to be realistic, with plenty of shortcomings. He seems a hot-head with a good heart who doesn’t shy away from a bit of a brawl, especially if he is trying to defend someone. I think he is a very likable character, and my favorite, who adds great interest to the plot. Lieutenant Drummond I really disliked. While he knows and lives by all the intricate rules of English society, he has no problem manipulating and stops at nothing to get what he wants. Lieutenant Drummond is my least favorite character who makes my skin crawl. I found him an excellent scoundrel character. Absolutely hilarious when Arabella tries to attend to kitchen duties and makes a total mess of it. As a gentlewoman she is used to having servants and is clueless with any kind of practical work. These parts of the story put a constant smile on my face. I found the writing of The Runaway Bride absolutely captivating as it contained vivid descriptions of the Vancouver area of 1862. I absolutely loved the vivid descriptions of nature and wildlife adding depth to the plot. I appreciated the clear faith element running through the story,. The Runaway Bride is the first work I have read by Jody Hedlund. While I would have preferred to read The Bride Ship Series #1, I jumped right into installment #2. Reading The Runaway Bride as a standalone was no problem at all, but as I loved it so much I will definitely go back and read #1 in The Bride Ships Series. I’m confident there is a story line I may pick up from the beginning. Fans of Jody Hedlund will love this work, as will readers of historical romance fiction. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for this eARC, which gave me the opportunity to share my honest review. All opinions are completely my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)

    Ladies, grab your fans! The smoldering looks, and the near kisses are sure to keep you holding your breath as butterflies dance in your stomach, you may just find yourself reaching for your fan along with Arabella! I loved this story and these characters. Especially our hero Peter. He is my new favorite literary hero! Arabella's back story had me both sad and angry. Sad, for the hurt she must have felt at the seeming disregard her father had for her safety and angry at the man who hurt her. Of co Ladies, grab your fans! The smoldering looks, and the near kisses are sure to keep you holding your breath as butterflies dance in your stomach, you may just find yourself reaching for your fan along with Arabella! I loved this story and these characters. Especially our hero Peter. He is my new favorite literary hero! Arabella's back story had me both sad and angry. Sad, for the hurt she must have felt at the seeming disregard her father had for her safety and angry at the man who hurt her. Of course, I realize that her story is something that happened all too often during that time. The blatant lack of regard that society, in general, had toward women is jarring to our modern sensibilities. Yes, even today, in many parts of the world women are still treated as if they can not make their own decisions and lead their own lives. While, not perfect, the status women hold today in American society has vastly improved. It is easy to take for granted the blessings we have! Along with the romance and historical details, this story tackles some tough issues. Arabella deals with physical abuse and through the eyes of our main characters, we come face-to-face with the awful injustice and racial prejudice that the natives of British Columbia endured when overtaken by the English Colonists. Our hero's soft heart and willingness to make a difference in the lives of the native people is one more reason to love him. I love this story, and I'm looking forward to reading the next two books in this series. This is a book you will want for your keeper shelf. To be able to pull it out and enjoy it again anytime you wish! (I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    Oh my lanta, this book was good! I was hooked from page one and I could not put it down. This was my first Jody Hedlund book and now I feel like binge reading all her books. Mrs. Hedlund's writing style is so beautiful and captivating. Her characters were so enduring, well at least most of them, and her storyline was to die for. The characters were so wonderful. Peter was my favorite from the beginning, though he was a bit cocky, he's arrogance was more enduring than annoying. His confidence is Oh my lanta, this book was good! I was hooked from page one and I could not put it down. This was my first Jody Hedlund book and now I feel like binge reading all her books. Mrs. Hedlund's writing style is so beautiful and captivating. Her characters were so enduring, well at least most of them, and her storyline was to die for. The characters were so wonderful. Peter was my favorite from the beginning, though he was a bit cocky, he's arrogance was more enduring than annoying. His confidence is what made him so lovable and seriously I think he has made my top male characters for 2020. I was a little uneasy about Arabella in the beginning, but the deeper I got, the more I fell in love with her character. Her character arc was amazing and I love how Mrs. Hedlund wrote her development. One character that I wish could die in a hole was Lieutenant Drummund, he was awful and I despised his guts. Ugh, this man was awful. I am so happy with how things ended for him. Peter and Arabella's romance was so sweet and I loved it so much. Peter pursued her with such a passion and I loved watching him grow more through this process. They both grew so much throughout their romantic journey and I loved seeing how different and how mature they grew because of each other. Seriously, I loved them so much and I was shipping them from the first meeting. I have never read any books about Bride Ships before but I am enchanted by the whole idea now and I want to learn more about them. I love all the historical aspects in this story. Mrs. Hedlund painted a beautiful picture of 19 century history in this book. If y'all have never read this book, I HIGHLY recommend doing so because it was so good! I cannot wait to go back and read book 1 and I am eagerly awaiting book 3 now. *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    I so appreciate every book I have read by Jody Hedlund. She writes from impeccable research and infuses heart into her stories. Arabella Lawrence has fled a bad match in England so she has to carefully consider the two men who become her suitors when she lands in Victoria, British Columbia. Will Lt. Drummond sway her with his position in society or will Baker Peter Kelly charm her with his caring heart? Ms. Hedlund takes us on a journey to Vancouver Island in 1862 to a place where men abound and I so appreciate every book I have read by Jody Hedlund. She writes from impeccable research and infuses heart into her stories. Arabella Lawrence has fled a bad match in England so she has to carefully consider the two men who become her suitors when she lands in Victoria, British Columbia. Will Lt. Drummond sway her with his position in society or will Baker Peter Kelly charm her with his caring heart? Ms. Hedlund takes us on a journey to Vancouver Island in 1862 to a place where men abound and marriageable women are scarce. It was interesting to find out that England had lost a great amount of eligible men to emigration and war and therefore women were in abundance. The author also gives us insight into the way Canada handled interactions with the native population and the smallpox epidemic. We see Arabella start to break free from the stigma of her circumstances and look into the characters of her suitors. We also see how Pete relies on God and grows in his faith to overcome past temptations. Ms. Hedlund tells a believable story and engages us in Arabella and Pete’s plight with a good dose of faith, a little humor and some very romantic scenes. I enjoyed this book about an upperclass English woman seeking a new life in a new land. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  6. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Wow, what a romance! First, let's get this out of the way: while this is book two in the series, it absolutely can be read as a stand-alone novel. Main character Arabella appeared in A Reluctant Bride, and that novel's main character Mercy appears here. But this novel is largely set in the time that passes at the very end of A Reluctant Bride—after the Tynemouth arrives in Victoria and before Mercy and Joseph set their wedding date. While The Runaway Bride is a continuation of the story begun in Wow, what a romance! First, let's get this out of the way: while this is book two in the series, it absolutely can be read as a stand-alone novel. Main character Arabella appeared in A Reluctant Bride, and that novel's main character Mercy appears here. But this novel is largely set in the time that passes at the very end of A Reluctant Bride—after the Tynemouth arrives in Victoria and before Mercy and Joseph set their wedding date. While The Runaway Bride is a continuation of the story begun in A Reluctant Bride, you don't need to know about the events from that novel to understand this one. I absolutely loved Arabella and Pete's story! Arabella did drive me a little crazy at first with her insistence that she needed to marry someone of a certain class when it was so obvious that she belonged with Pete. However, as more of her story was revealed, I could begin to understand her perspective—especially as I paused to consider what I might do in her situation. Her vacillation did go on a touch too long for me, though. But Pete? Pete I loved from the first moment he appeared on the page. Yes, he was a little impulsive and overconfident, but he was also so endearing—it wasn't hard to see why Arabella was attracted to him! Full of lovable (and loath-able) characters, a truly swoon-worthy romance, and subplots that highlight the difficulty native people faced once the British colonized British Columbia, The Runaway Bride is a book not to be missed! Fans of romance and historical fiction will find much to love here. 4-1/2 stars. Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    This book was amazing! Not only do we get to see more of Mercy from book one, we get to learn Arabella’s story. I loved the concept of a bride ship. I really loved Arabella and Pete! And don’t get me started on their chemistry and those kisses! You almost need your own fan when reading those parts. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series! I definitely recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opin This book was amazing! Not only do we get to see more of Mercy from book one, we get to learn Arabella’s story. I loved the concept of a bride ship. I really loved Arabella and Pete! And don’t get me started on their chemistry and those kisses! You almost need your own fan when reading those parts. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series! I definitely recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    What a match this was! Arabella is caught between the expectations and standards of her social class and being able to accept truly wonderful relationship with someone who doesn't fit. I was rooting the whole time for her eyes to be opened to the possibilities, freedom, and fulfillment in working for herself and not having to only rely on a husband for security. She has a wonderful character arc as she meets new people from all walks of life who challenge and reform her perspectives. I appreciat What a match this was! Arabella is caught between the expectations and standards of her social class and being able to accept truly wonderful relationship with someone who doesn't fit. I was rooting the whole time for her eyes to be opened to the possibilities, freedom, and fulfillment in working for herself and not having to only rely on a husband for security. She has a wonderful character arc as she meets new people from all walks of life who challenge and reform her perspectives. I appreciated and admired her humble and compassionate nature, even though it made it easy for some to take advantage of her kindness. Peter is a force to be reckoned with! Charming and confident, he sets a seemingly unattainable goal for himself when he decides that Arabella is the one for him. His pursuit of her turns into a humbling experience for him when she proves to be just as hard to catch as he anticipated. I loved the way they develop a friendship while baking together and caring for the native girl Arabella rescues. There's something about a hero who is a baker that is appealing- Peter has a strong work ethic and has made something of himself without the advantages that other men have had. He's not afraid of Drummond even though the officer holds more power in the community, and their personal war with each other has more layers than Arabella can see. Overall this book has a wonderful balance of character development and spiritual growth, sweet romantic chemistry and tension, and just the right amount of intrigue and drama. This series just keeps getting better and I can't wait for the next book! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    I love that this series is about what would motivate a woman to leave England and travel across the ocean to make a new life in Victoria. In The Runaway Bride, wealthy Arabella Lawrence, flees England to escape a marriage to a cruel man. Her vacillation between wanting to continue as an elite member of society in Victoria vs. pursuing an occupation and relationships she may enjoy rang very true. Main male character Peter Kelly's confidence and easy going manner were a lovely compliment to Arabell I love that this series is about what would motivate a woman to leave England and travel across the ocean to make a new life in Victoria. In The Runaway Bride, wealthy Arabella Lawrence, flees England to escape a marriage to a cruel man. Her vacillation between wanting to continue as an elite member of society in Victoria vs. pursuing an occupation and relationships she may enjoy rang very true. Main male character Peter Kelly's confidence and easy going manner were a lovely compliment to Arabella's more formal demeanor.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Are you looking for a swoon-worthy read with lots of heart? “The Runaway Bride” by Jody Hedlund is exactly that. This book is the second book in the “The Bride Ships” series but can be read as a standalone. "The Runaway Bride" by Jody Hedlund tackles some fascinating subjects—one being “bride ships.” Prior to reading this book, I did not know anything about this subject. I loved reading about Arabella, an aristocrat from England in the 1860s, who rode on a bride ship to Vancouver Island. Like th Are you looking for a swoon-worthy read with lots of heart? “The Runaway Bride” by Jody Hedlund is exactly that. This book is the second book in the “The Bride Ships” series but can be read as a standalone. "The Runaway Bride" by Jody Hedlund tackles some fascinating subjects—one being “bride ships.” Prior to reading this book, I did not know anything about this subject. I loved reading about Arabella, an aristocrat from England in the 1860s, who rode on a bride ship to Vancouver Island. Like the author states in her author’s note, I was interested to read about what might make someone take this journey. In addition to Arabella, there is Pete, a hero that many ladies will swoon after. He is the town’s baker in this wild new land, and he has a soft heart. He cares about the Natives, even though many look down on them, especially during the smallpox outbreak. He defends them and helps them. This book shows that we are not all that different, despite our race or our class. There are so many divides during this time period, but the characters of this story learn that the Lord looks not at the outward appearance, but at the heart. I really appreciate the faith aspects in “The Runaway Bride.” Arabella has been through a lot in her past and she is able to learn that God can use one’s suffering and pain to help others in the same situation. Pete and Arabella learn to not live life according to the expectations of others but to find direction from God alone. They also experience lessons in courage and forgiveness. What a wonderful and encouraging read! Content: I give this book a PG-13 rating. Some examples of the content are: mention of half-naked natives; a woman was physically abused and she has flashbacks; people drink alcohol; a man struggles with desires of the flesh; a man tries to force his attentions on a woman; a brief scene of a man beating a woman. Rating: I give this book 4 stars. I want to thank Jody Hedlund and Bethany House for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    Wow! This book is so good. It is the second book in the Bride Ships series but can be read as a stand-alone. The series follows young women who left their homes in England to become brides to men in British Columbia. This book is Arabella's story. She ran from home when abused by her intended. He was a much older man who went through several wives. Arabella does not want to become the next victim of a horrible man. He holds employment over her father's head to see that the match is completed. Ar Wow! This book is so good. It is the second book in the Bride Ships series but can be read as a stand-alone. The series follows young women who left their homes in England to become brides to men in British Columbia. This book is Arabella's story. She ran from home when abused by her intended. He was a much older man who went through several wives. Arabella does not want to become the next victim of a horrible man. He holds employment over her father's head to see that the match is completed. Arabella really has no other option than to run as far and as fast as she can. She is courted by two very different men. Lieutenant Drummond is everything she thinks she wants. He can sustain the life of luxury that she has grown accustomed to. He would provide every opportunity that she left behind. Peter Kelly is a force to be reckoned with. He is charming, attractive, kind, and attentive. But he is a baker and cannot provide her lifestyle. He is also reformed. He has not lived a life free from vice but has found that faith is more important to him than lifestyle mistakes. He is a very authentic character who is not perfect but trying to do good. (I bet you can tell whom I hope wins Arabella in the end.) This book brought to my attention the plight of the natives living in Canada. Their story is much like that of those who lived farther to the south in the United States. The white men brought sickness and destruction to them. They were persecuted and driven from their homes. The compassion that both Arabella and Peter showed to them was heartwarming. If they were real people I would definitely want to be friends with them. I can't wait to read the next book in the series! This book is Christian fiction, it also contains passionate kissing and non-graphic violence. Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    Full review featured on FaithfullyBookish.com The Runaway Bride is specifically Arabella’s story although we get to check in a bit with our heroine from book 1 as well. This lady of good-breeding has a conflicted heart of gold beneath her pampered facade. Her struggle between doing the expected thing and doing the right thing resonated with me as she sought faith, truth, and (dare she hope for?) love. Personally, I was smitten with Irish baker Peter Kelly from the moment he graced the page with hi Full review featured on FaithfullyBookish.com The Runaway Bride is specifically Arabella’s story although we get to check in a bit with our heroine from book 1 as well. This lady of good-breeding has a conflicted heart of gold beneath her pampered facade. Her struggle between doing the expected thing and doing the right thing resonated with me as she sought faith, truth, and (dare she hope for?) love. Personally, I was smitten with Irish baker Peter Kelly from the moment he graced the page with his wit, charm, and irresistible brogue but I’ll not attempt to sway readers from gentleman officer Lieutenant Richard Drummond’s camp. Watching these two fellas duke it out over Arabella’s affections is part of what makes this story so appealing. This story challenged me to consider how much I would be willing to sacrifice in the pursuit of justice for others and perhaps in defiance of those in authority. While the answer may appear to be a simple one in hindsight, the realities and consequences of going against the grain are enough to convince most to turn a blind eye to injustices suffered by others. 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    "Yet, as far as he'd fallen, God had held on tight. When he'd been at his worst, God's grace had been at its best." It's another beautiful, redemptive, and satisfying historical fiction from Jody Hedlund. This is book 2 in The Bride Ships series but can be read as a stand-alone. The main characters from the first book make an appearance in this book but they play minor roles and their story is quite separate from the story of Arabella and Peter. Arabella is a well-to-do gentlewoman fleeing from a "Yet, as far as he'd fallen, God had held on tight. When he'd been at his worst, God's grace had been at its best." It's another beautiful, redemptive, and satisfying historical fiction from Jody Hedlund. This is book 2 in The Bride Ships series but can be read as a stand-alone. The main characters from the first book make an appearance in this book but they play minor roles and their story is quite separate from the story of Arabella and Peter. Arabella is a well-to-do gentlewoman fleeing from a neglected past and an abusive fiance while Peter is a baker who has finally found peace and contentment in the wilds of Canada. So many things stand in their way - their vastly different social class, their opposite viewpoints in life, their differing outlooks and personalities - but they are drawn together by compassion for the natives during a smallpox outbreak on Vancouver Island. As expected, Jody Hedlund creates a rich and tangible backdrop in the city of Victoria and brings out the main characters layer by layer until you helplessly fall in love with them. Peter is gloriously swoony in his romantic, sensitive, compassionate, and faithful way and he truly lives life at full speed. Arabella, on the other hand, is fearful, second-guesses herself at every step, and lives confined by what others say and think. Through trials and turmoils, Peter and Arabella learn to see eye to eye. The process of commercial baking in the 1800s is fascinating and enlightening. If you enjoy historical fiction, this book and the series are a must read! I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishing and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    What another terrific read by Jody Hedlund. I knew nothing about the bride ships until her first book. I had to wonder what would make a woman do something that seemed so drastic...England to Canada. Not only do they plan on marrying someone they don’t know yet, but they are in a totally new country across many miles of seas. Ms. Hedlund does a great job of answering those questions by using probable situations. I really enjoyed the main characters in this book...their faults and all. The struggl What another terrific read by Jody Hedlund. I knew nothing about the bride ships until her first book. I had to wonder what would make a woman do something that seemed so drastic...England to Canada. Not only do they plan on marrying someone they don’t know yet, but they are in a totally new country across many miles of seas. Ms. Hedlund does a great job of answering those questions by using probable situations. I really enjoyed the main characters in this book...their faults and all. The struggling of class really wasn’t important in Canada...but that was how these women were reared. Love the quotes from the pastor that enter Peter’s mind as he lives his life after Christ changed his heart which changed his actions. The faith theme in this book is a good one. The theme of loving all of God’s children is terrific as well. I want to point out this is an adult read, at least in my opinion. If you think you have someone young in mind for it, I do recommend reading it yourself first. It’s a terrific story, but not all stories were meant for all ages. The carefulness that Peter shows in the relationship is terrific, and that is what true love is! The continuing story of Mercy from the first book was a special treat. I enjoyed hearing about the other characters as well. The story has terrific and realistic characters, a wonderful plot, and a natural and well woven hope and faith thread. I really enjoy historical fiction as I learn much that I never learned from a history book. I even read an article by a Canadian that mentioned she had no idea of several facts in Canadian history that happened right in her own backyard until she read historical fiction. I am so eagerly anticipating the rest of this series! It’s history come to life. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    We first met Arabella Lawrence in A Reluctant Bride, the first book in Jody Hedlund's Bride Ships series. We had been given some hints of her background, and readers everywhere were anxious to hear Arabella's story. I'm glad to report that Jody delivered another good one! Arabella arrives in Victoria, British Columbia, ready to make a match among the gentlemen of her class. She's rather dismayed when living arrangements require some menial work to be done by all the women, but she quickly discove We first met Arabella Lawrence in A Reluctant Bride, the first book in Jody Hedlund's Bride Ships series. We had been given some hints of her background, and readers everywhere were anxious to hear Arabella's story. I'm glad to report that Jody delivered another good one! Arabella arrives in Victoria, British Columbia, ready to make a match among the gentlemen of her class. She's rather dismayed when living arrangements require some menial work to be done by all the women, but she quickly discovers an aptitude for baking which leaves her pondering the idea of opening a confectionery shop. That would be a departure from the life she's known, but it would give her a way to support herself until a marriage can take place. Among all the men looking for brides, two quickly come to her notice. One is Lieutenant Drummond, a naval officer, who could usher her right back into high society. The other is Pete Kelly, a baker who is far more concerned with taking care of the natives than rising through social ranks. I appreciated the historical details woven through this story, including the attitudes toward Indians at the time. It was difficult to read of their treatment, but the compassion that Pete and others showed them was inspiring. Like most of Jody's stories, this novel also contains a hefty dose of romance. Conservative readers may wish to know that ahead of time. Overall, another gripping story from this author! I look forward to the continuation of this series in just a few months. I received my copy of the book from the author. All thoughts in this review are my own. This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    This is a series I am so interested in and excited about. I love the way this author infuses bits of history into these romances. It makes the story come alive for me. This is the second book in this series and while I think it can stand alone, I would recommend reading the first book before this one just because it really sets the stage for these women that came over from England on bride ships. It's also really good. You won't regret it. Arabella is an interesting character. Her backstory unfol This is a series I am so interested in and excited about. I love the way this author infuses bits of history into these romances. It makes the story come alive for me. This is the second book in this series and while I think it can stand alone, I would recommend reading the first book before this one just because it really sets the stage for these women that came over from England on bride ships. It's also really good. You won't regret it. Arabella is an interesting character. Her backstory unfolds in bits as we get to know her. I loved how she gradually came into her own and learned to think and feel for herself. It was a precarious road for her but it felt real, vulnerable and human to me. Peter Kelly is larger than life. I loved his character so much and I loved how he viewed Arabella. The alternating perspectives in this book really helped hone in on Peter's motivations and his desires. This story had my heart fluttering. The flames of attraction were burning bright and the love came softly, at least for Arabella. For Pete it all came on rather strongly. There were so many memorable moments in this book and I really, really enjoyed it. Content: mild peril, mild violence, physical abuse, kissing, light Christian fiction. - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    This is the second book in this series that I have read, and they can be read separately. They are both really good! When the facts unfold as to why the wealthy Arabella fled England and embarked to the unknown wilds of British Columbia, you will cringe. I had to wonder how long she would have survived if she had stayed? We also meet the kind hearted baker Peter Kelly and the Navy Lieutenant Drummond, whom I had a bad feeling about. Loved the compassion showed by some to the Natives, especially the This is the second book in this series that I have read, and they can be read separately. They are both really good! When the facts unfold as to why the wealthy Arabella fled England and embarked to the unknown wilds of British Columbia, you will cringe. I had to wonder how long she would have survived if she had stayed? We also meet the kind hearted baker Peter Kelly and the Navy Lieutenant Drummond, whom I had a bad feeling about. Loved the compassion showed by some to the Natives, especially the starving little girls. Will Arabella end up with finding true love, or will she end up with wealth? Will there be justice here for all, keep reading! I Received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations, with a giveaway of The Runaway Bride “Today she might meet the man she’d marry.” Jody Hedlund’s second installment in her new Bride Ships series, The Runaway Bride, explores the relatively unknown history of poor and middle-class British women willingly boarding bride ships to seek a better life and to find husbands in British Columbia in the 1860s. The treatment of the natives during the smallpox epidemic of 1862 in Victoria is a part of history that may Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations, with a giveaway of The Runaway Bride “Today she might meet the man she’d marry.” Jody Hedlund’s second installment in her new Bride Ships series, The Runaway Bride, explores the relatively unknown history of poor and middle-class British women willingly boarding bride ships to seek a better life and to find husbands in British Columbia in the 1860s. The treatment of the natives during the smallpox epidemic of 1862 in Victoria is a part of history that may also be unknown to many readers and is very interesting to learn about in this novel. In an effort to escape the pain of her past, wealthy Arabella Lawrence heads to British Columbia aboard one of the bride ships where she meets two very different suitors, Navy Lieutenant Richard Drummond and Peter Kelly, the poor town baker with a heart of gold. Jody Hedlund creates delightful characters and allows their personalities to shine, especially with Arabella and Peter. Handsome baker Peter Kelly, with his charming personality and wonderful sense of humor, is a hero that readers will be rooting for. Hedlund shares the powerful message of breaking free from society’s expectations and to discover God’s expectations and plans for us. Mrs. Moresby continues to be a beloved secondary character in this series with her mentoring Arabella as she struggles with decisions that will affect her life and the lives of those most important to her. The Runaway Bride is highly recommended for readers of inspirational historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. “Character is much more important than class.”

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Jody Hedlund discovered a hidden gem when her research led her to the Tynemouth, widely known as the “bride ship”. This second book in the series tells us the story of Miss Lawrence who we were introduced to in the Reluctant Bride. The contrast between upper class and lower class remains a theme here, but from the opposite angle. Arabella is middle class intending to marry someone of similar station. In comes Lieutenant Drummond who fits the bill. But then there is Pete, a lower class baker. Who Jody Hedlund discovered a hidden gem when her research led her to the Tynemouth, widely known as the “bride ship”. This second book in the series tells us the story of Miss Lawrence who we were introduced to in the Reluctant Bride. The contrast between upper class and lower class remains a theme here, but from the opposite angle. Arabella is middle class intending to marry someone of similar station. In comes Lieutenant Drummond who fits the bill. But then there is Pete, a lower class baker. Who will Arabella choose? This is another historic romance that I really enjoyed. Can’t wait for book 3.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    What a heartfelt story! Jody Hedlund has the gift of bringing together the most unlikely couple and creating the most endearing venture. More so, she lets these differences bring out the best in each other, such that their differences are only tools to make each other better. I won't forget this story so soon. Arabella Lawrence has been trained on how to be a proper lady. She would surely agree "training" is all it was as there was no place for error, no place for imperfection or frailty. But ther What a heartfelt story! Jody Hedlund has the gift of bringing together the most unlikely couple and creating the most endearing venture. More so, she lets these differences bring out the best in each other, such that their differences are only tools to make each other better. I won't forget this story so soon. Arabella Lawrence has been trained on how to be a proper lady. She would surely agree "training" is all it was as there was no place for error, no place for imperfection or frailty. But there is a limit to which the body and soul can take demand until it breaks to never be repaired. Hence why a gentleman's daughter finds herself on a Brides ship to the untamed settlement land. There her shortcomings are only highlighted, but also, there is where she finds the most unusual sense of purpose with the help of a skittish indigenous girl, an almost blind grumpy old man, and their beloved baker. This book had me up late at night and getting grumping at anything that dared to bother my reading time. I am very much looking forward to Abe’s story!! *I received a copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joleen

    In looking back on this book several words pop into my head... Extremely interesting Romance Overcoming class distinctions Abuse Sexual tension Faith Extremely interesting: Ms. Hedlund is a marvel at introducing the reading audience to historical facts from the location and era in which the characters live. Well presented were the stories of smallpox among the natives and prejudice against them in this time. Prejudice against the “lower” class is a key for this story. Abuse of power from the military In looking back on this book several words pop into my head... Extremely interesting Romance Overcoming class distinctions Abuse Sexual tension Faith Extremely interesting: Ms. Hedlund is a marvel at introducing the reading audience to historical facts from the location and era in which the characters live. Well presented were the stories of smallpox among the natives and prejudice against them in this time. Prejudice against the “lower” class is a key for this story. Abuse of power from the military creates a tension influencing all aspects of the region of Victoria, BC in the mid 1800s. Romance: Oh my, how village baker Peter Kelley pursued Arabella Lawrence, a woman of noble upbringing. His charm dripped off the pages, but Arabella knew her class denied consideration of this man who seemed perfect for her in all other ways. Overcoming class distinctions: Arabella had been drilled by her step-mother how to act with comportment, to consider her class higher than the working class, to be entitled and marry within those parameters. One man could change her mind. Also, it would be beneath her to take on a job. Women within her class simply married and had children. Also, her class didn’t involve themselves with the needs of natives, but her heart was too big to walk away from a native in need, especially a child. Abuse: Sadly, but realistically, there were issues of abuse. Arabella had terribly abused, as shown in book one and eventually described in book two, a description that was a rough read. Pete was currently abused by the military, primarily one lieutenant, and the local Indians were treated with such disdain my heart went out to them. Sexual tension: Hooey, you could cut it with a knife, a sharp one. It got a bit thick and to be honest, made me uncomfortable. Some might consider it vulgar by the way Peter Kelley described his “needs and desires”, and the feelings he and Arabella shared. Personally, I felt it could have been less sexual, yet the storyline never went into anything other than kissing in a bedroom, which fortunately was stopped by an unexpected source. Faith: I am so glad Ms. Hedlund included a huge amount of faith, considering what I mentioned above. As much as that made me uncomfortable, I was please that there were lessons all the way through as a balance. (An aside: The term biological warfare made me cock my head since this was 1860 and didn't sound right. But I'm not a history expert, so who knows?) Although I had issues with a few things, it was still quite interesting.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    What a story! I loved the meetcute between Arabella and Peter. It was such a cute way for them to meet and their developing relationship throughout the book kept me guessing as to how it would all play out in the end. I really enjoyed getting to see Arabella again and learning more of her backstory after meeting her in The Reluctant Bride, and Peter was quite a character. I really liked him. The story was full of twists and I had trouble putting the book down at times because I wanted to know wh What a story! I loved the meetcute between Arabella and Peter. It was such a cute way for them to meet and their developing relationship throughout the book kept me guessing as to how it would all play out in the end. I really enjoyed getting to see Arabella again and learning more of her backstory after meeting her in The Reluctant Bride, and Peter was quite a character. I really liked him. The story was full of twists and I had trouble putting the book down at times because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. If you like historical Christian fiction then give this one a try. I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    When I started this historical romance, I wasn't sure how well the pairing of upper class Arabella with working class Peter would work. In fact, when Peter first appeared on the page, I wasn't sure what I thought of him. He's a bit brash and very sure of himself, but in just a while, he won me over with his desire to see the natives treated fairly in the midst of a smallpox outbreak - one that was brought on by the very people oppressing them. His unswerving faith in Arabella to make it on her o When I started this historical romance, I wasn't sure how well the pairing of upper class Arabella with working class Peter would work. In fact, when Peter first appeared on the page, I wasn't sure what I thought of him. He's a bit brash and very sure of himself, but in just a while, he won me over with his desire to see the natives treated fairly in the midst of a smallpox outbreak - one that was brought on by the very people oppressing them. His unswerving faith in Arabella to make it on her own made him very endearing as well. Though some of Arabella's uncertainty bugged me a bit, for the most part, it rings true, as the idea of such a drastic lifestyle change would be hard to accept at first. One thing that I always appreciate in a Hedlund novel is that while it's almost always a very romantic story, there is always an intriguing historical event taking place. In this case, it's twofold. First is the story of what would drive a wealthy woman to make a drastic decision of leaving her pampered lifestyle to marry a complete stranger, as well as the Royal Navy's treatment of the indigenous people of Victoria. Hedlund also makes sure to make note of what was true and what is fictional license in her author's note, and I always feel like I learn a bit when reading one of her novels. I found The Runaway Bride to be a fun and interesting read. I love how characters from the previous book played a small role in this story, and I'm glad there are two more books to come in this series. I'm really looking forward to the next book, as Abe was one of my favorite side characters in this novel. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review; these are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    With her new Bride Ship series Jody Hedlund has been exploring what would drive women from different walks of life to seek a new, unknown life on the Canadian frontier. Arabella Lawrence is a gentlewoman running from a dangerous situation. When she arrives on Vancouver Island, she must learn to overcome her fears and break away from the expectations of others. The journey from England to Canada is ending as Arabella’s story opens so the focus is now on life in a wilderness town. With Hedlund’s b With her new Bride Ship series Jody Hedlund has been exploring what would drive women from different walks of life to seek a new, unknown life on the Canadian frontier. Arabella Lawrence is a gentlewoman running from a dangerous situation. When she arrives on Vancouver Island, she must learn to overcome her fears and break away from the expectations of others. The journey from England to Canada is ending as Arabella’s story opens so the focus is now on life in a wilderness town. With Hedlund’s beautiful writing and strong research the town of Victoria really comes alive. I didn’t connect with Arabella and Pete as much as I did Mercy and Joseph, but I loved how they balanced and strengthened each other. There were strong threads of faith and forgiveness woven into the story as well as some intrigue and the threat of a smallpox epidemic. I’m really looking forward to Pastor Abe’s story in the next book! You can read The Runaway Bride as a standalone, but I would suggest reading the series in order to get the most out of the story. If you haven’t read anything by Jody Hedlund before you need to check her out ASAP! I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Eeeeep! Another Jody Hedlund Book!!! She is a FOREVER favorite and I will literally read anything she writes! A fabulous FABULOUS escape from this crazy life right now. Although it DID take me much longer than normal to finish...due to life upending...this story is rich and delicious. Like biting into a piece of rich dark chocolate that melts on your tongue. The land...the people...the story...the romance...(Can I just say...baking bread...mmmmhmmm)...Jody Hedlund has a way of portraying the emot Eeeeep! Another Jody Hedlund Book!!! She is a FOREVER favorite and I will literally read anything she writes! A fabulous FABULOUS escape from this crazy life right now. Although it DID take me much longer than normal to finish...due to life upending...this story is rich and delicious. Like biting into a piece of rich dark chocolate that melts on your tongue. The land...the people...the story...the romance...(Can I just say...baking bread...mmmmhmmm)...Jody Hedlund has a way of portraying the emotions and feelings in a way that touches the very core of your soul. Pete Kelly...All the feels y'all! His compassionate heart. His sense of justice. His passion and determination. Combine that with the God-fearin' man that he is...and WOW! Where is my fan??? Arabella comes to British Columbia battered and bruised with scars deeper than the eye could see. Her self worth was shattered and she believes that all she has left is to find a "good match" among the upper-class society of this new land. If you are in need of a GOOD read...One that speaks to your heart. Portrays beauty in a multitude of ways. And makes you weak in the knees...Grab The Runaway Bride now! I received a complimentary copy of The Runaway Bride from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Voss

    Each book by Jody Hedlund is a new reason to fall in love with historical fiction. The Runaway Bride, second in her Bride Ships series, is a story that captures both your heart and mind even after the story has concluded! The heroine, Arabella, is truly breathtaking. I was able to relate to her on so many levels - from her red hair, love of baking, fear of not living up to the expectations of others, to her being an abuse survivor. In fact, it is this character’s courage in the face of seemingly Each book by Jody Hedlund is a new reason to fall in love with historical fiction. The Runaway Bride, second in her Bride Ships series, is a story that captures both your heart and mind even after the story has concluded! The heroine, Arabella, is truly breathtaking. I was able to relate to her on so many levels - from her red hair, love of baking, fear of not living up to the expectations of others, to her being an abuse survivor. In fact, it is this character’s courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and personal demons that inspired me in so many ways. I just hope my own journey ends as well as hers! Although this is the second book in the series, you need not read its predecessor first. However, you will most definitely want to after this one! You will also be itching to read the next 2 books once they release later this year. Emotional, riveting, spellbinding, and brimming with hope, Hedlund outdid herself with this one! I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I loved the first book in this series with a passion, which always leaves high expectations for what follows. Honestly, I struggled a little to get into this story in the beginning. I hadn’t connected much depth of connection to Arabella in the first book and so it took time to make those empathetic connections. Pete is quickly likable and is quite the character. As always I enjoy learning so much about little known history from the books that Jody Hedlund writes. This is her forte, and yet agai I loved the first book in this series with a passion, which always leaves high expectations for what follows. Honestly, I struggled a little to get into this story in the beginning. I hadn’t connected much depth of connection to Arabella in the first book and so it took time to make those empathetic connections. Pete is quickly likable and is quite the character. As always I enjoy learning so much about little known history from the books that Jody Hedlund writes. This is her forte, and yet again she excels. Sometimes I tire of the same thoughts being regurgitated and I realize that for Arabella she had preconceived ideas about who and how she would marry. Considering all of the past experiences she had had you would think she would have let them go a little easier than she does. I found it frustrating that she would realize how good life would be with Pete, or how free she feels or how much better she is being treated. Then in an attempt to draw the whole thing out, she’s returning back to the same old thoughts for why she can’t. Overall, an enjoyable story that’s not to be missed. The Bride Ships series is a historical fiction read with strong romance elements. Thanks to Netgalley for the eARC. This is my honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Maybe it was time to let the wisdom of God's Word guide her.' Jody Hedlund brings us the second book in her Bride Ships series with this one, my favorite so far. Arabella Lawrence, a wealthy young woman, escapes from a forced marriage in England by getting on a bride ship, ships that carried women to marry men they'd never even seen. But anything was better than the brutish and cruel man her father was forcing her to marry. Arabella is determined not to fall prey to such a man on Vancouver Islan 'Maybe it was time to let the wisdom of God's Word guide her.' Jody Hedlund brings us the second book in her Bride Ships series with this one, my favorite so far. Arabella Lawrence, a wealthy young woman, escapes from a forced marriage in England by getting on a bride ship, ships that carried women to marry men they'd never even seen. But anything was better than the brutish and cruel man her father was forcing her to marry. Arabella is determined not to fall prey to such a man on Vancouver Island. There are two men here who would love to marry her. Lt. Drummond, a Navy gentleman who is upstanding and Peter Kelly, the town's baker who has worked very hard to build his business. Both these men would make good husbands, but they clash constantly. Their stance on the natives of the island and how the smallpox outbreak among them must be treated are at opposite ends of the pole. Arabella is beginning to overcome her fears of somehow going into a disastrous marriage and then she finds a starving native girl. She accepts Pete's help in caring for the girl, but then things start turning sideways. Can she find hope and have her heart fulfilled and keep the girl and Pete safe? Or is she headed down the wrong side of the aisle again? I loved these characters. Pete Kelly was such a fun character in this book. He could win over anyone's heart. He was absolutely delightful and had such a heart for God. I especially loved how he knew where he came from, what he had become and what he came out of. God can indeed make a person a new creation! And Arabella's character touched me greatly, too. She knows God loves her but is scared He will not bring her to a happy ending. Hedlund is at her best here. I love the research she puts into her books and love learning about all the different plots she writes, based on actual events. It prompts me to check it out even further. Well done! *My thanks to Bethany House Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    Arabella Lawrence takes the chance of a lifetime to find a new beginning in Canada, escaping a difficult situation. Peter Kelly is a prodigal of sorts, making his living as a baker, and also fighting for the fair treatment of the Natives. He is smitten by Arabella from the moment he sees her, but will his past exclude him from vying for her hand? A fantastic read from beginning to end, from Peter and Arabella who instantly captured my heart, with strong bonds of faith that bring the story together Arabella Lawrence takes the chance of a lifetime to find a new beginning in Canada, escaping a difficult situation. Peter Kelly is a prodigal of sorts, making his living as a baker, and also fighting for the fair treatment of the Natives. He is smitten by Arabella from the moment he sees her, but will his past exclude him from vying for her hand? A fantastic read from beginning to end, from Peter and Arabella who instantly captured my heart, with strong bonds of faith that bring the story together, this was well worth the read. I liked the realistic setting of British Columbia and how it showed the very real tensions between the military and the native peoples. I admired Arabella's faith and how she grew, finding the courage to fight for herself. She is beautiful from the inside out, with a heart of compassion for others, she realistically struggles to reconcile the societal norms of her past with her brand new life. Peter is an honorable man, who has made his mistakes in the past, but has come to a saving faith that has changed his whole life. I admired how he makes a point to make intentional choices leading him away from the past. He is a brave advocate for those who cannot speak up, with a strong work ethic, and heart for others. This book had some of my favorite supporting characters, from Mrs. Moresby, Blind Billy, Sque-is, Haiel-Wat, Pastor Abe, and finally Mercy. A compelling read from the very beginning, with excellent chemistry and romantic tension between Peter and Arabella. Though part of a series, this book stands well on it's own, working more as a companion to the previous book in the series. Overall, an engaging read that had me riveted to the page, fantastic characters, great tension, with a good use of flashbacks, and compelling journeys of faith for both Peter and Arabella. I think that the author did a fantastic job of handling both Arabella's and Peter's pasts in an honest, yet not too explicit way, that only added to my respect for both of them. Highly recommend this well written read! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    The history of the bride ships is fascinating and this second book in The Bride Ships series offers a deeper look at the women who left their homes in England and endured long, grueling journeys to Vancouver so that they could marry men who were complete strangers. Author Jody Hedlund has created some fascinating characters for The Runaway Bride and, as I got to know them, I realized that they weren't anything like I thought. Arabella Lawrence is considered part of the high class in England and The history of the bride ships is fascinating and this second book in The Bride Ships series offers a deeper look at the women who left their homes in England and endured long, grueling journeys to Vancouver so that they could marry men who were complete strangers. Author Jody Hedlund has created some fascinating characters for The Runaway Bride and, as I got to know them, I realized that they weren't anything like I thought. Arabella Lawrence is considered part of the high class in England and even though she considers herself a spinster, she definitely plans to marry someone worthy of her place in society. Upon her arrival in Vancouver, Arabella becomes acquainted with two very different men. Lieutenant Richard Drummond, with his good reputation and his high position in the Navy, appears to be a man who meets her standards. Peter Kelly is hard-working and successful but he belongs to the working class and even though Arabella enjoys his company, she doesn't consider him husband material. I was drawn to Peter Kelly for his deep faith and his great personality so I found myself irritated with Arabella for overlooking him but Arabella's past has certainly influenced her present. As they continue to work together, it becomes apparent that there is a mutual attraction between Peter and Arabella but could she ever be happy with a baker? The historical details in Hedlund's story are excellent and the romantic scenes will take your breath away. I truly enjoyed The Runaway Bride and I recommend it to all who enjoy historial fiction and Christian romance. I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers. I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts and opinions in this review.

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