The Reluctant Bride (Regency Tales Book 1)
Are they really desperate enough to match her with an outlaw? Can Trick untangle the web of half-truths and heartache before he loses his one chance at love? As the four Chases find their own happily ever afters, they help and hinder one another through the ups and downs of first loves that just might last forever…. The glitter of Restoration England is expertly evoked.
Liberally laced with intrigue and danger, the book's quicksilver plot is nicely counterbalanced by the romance. This lively Restoration romance…is filled with likable characters, particularly Kendra, who takes the refreshing step of talking to her husband about his confusing behavior rather than generating conflict by jumping to conclusions.
Lauren Royal sweeps readers up into the 17th century, bringing all the excitement and glamour of the Restoration to life with her colorful characters, vivid backdrop, and passionate romances. Here she incorporates lessons about family and trust, loyalty and heroism, adding the kind of depth readers cherish. The storyline runs quite deep due to the lead couple. I love learning about lesser known events in history which would explain my love for historical fiction. Mercy is such an awesome character. Despite her horrible upbringing she embodies everything kind, gentle and compassionate.
I loved her almost instantly. The author does such an incredible job of bringing the characters in this book to life. They felt like real people with struggles and growth. The growing intensity between Mercy and Joseph was fantastic.
I was completely caught up in it and invested every step of the way. This is one of my favorite books this year, I think. I have a handful of them now. I can't wait to see what comes next in this series! Content: peril, mild violence, kissing - I received a complimentary copy of this book. Full review on FaithfullyBookish.
Hedlund digs deep to the very core of compassion and humanity by exposing and stripping away societal expectations, prejudice, and even legacy.
A Reluctant Bride (Bride Ships, #1) by Jody Hedlund
Both characters struggle to overcome obstacles, navigate the literal and figurative stormy waters of life, and discover their God-given purpose. A Reluctant Bride has not only sparked my interest in the historical aspects but it has also pricked my heart for those who are suffering in similar and heaven-forbid worse circumstances at this moment somewhere in the world.
I highly recommend this story, eagerly anticipate the next installment of The Bride Ships series, and fully expect the characters, setting, and message to linger in my heart and mind for a long period of time. 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. This was a thoroughly eye opening experience on a time and event in history I had no idea existed! The characters are incredibly well done, and I so enjoyed getting to know Mercy most of all. I had such a hard time putting this book down. The view the readers get is from those in the steerage to those of wealth I felt the embarrassment of th This was a thoroughly eye opening experience on a time and event in history I had no idea existed!
I felt the embarrassment of the women as they were put through such difficult events. These kinds of reads always make me wonder what I would have done in the characters shoes. So many women put in almost unbelievable conditions, left to decide if they want to sail away and marry a man they have never met or take a chance on dying in a workhouse or on the streets.
This story is incredibly crafted to have the readers in empathy with the characters, yet wonder if they would ever give themselves over to such a scheme. It helps to open the readers eyes to the plight of some, and to be so very thankful that I myself never had to make such a decision.
I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own. The start of a new Jody Hedlund series is always an exciting thing. She has more than earned her spot as one of my must-read authors with her stellar characters and in-depth research that shines through in her stories. The idea of bride ships is something I think I was aware of but had never really given much thought to.
Through Mercy and the women she befriends on the voyage I was really able to feel the desperation that would drive a woman to leave her family and homeland behind for such an un The start of a new Jody Hedlund series is always an exciting thing. Through Mercy and the women she befriends on the voyage I was really able to feel the desperation that would drive a woman to leave her family and homeland behind for such an unknown destination.
The journey from England to British Columbia felt very claustrophobic and Mr. I was getting some serious Mr. Collins vibes from this character and his obsession with class and patronage.
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His awkwardly long bows had me looking around uncomfortably right along with Joseph and Mercy! The living conditions in the slums of London were absolutely shocking to read about! Buildings being propped up and filth in the streets? I could almost feel the diseases crawling and was so happy to escape. I am looking forward to reading the next in the series to see how life develops on Vancouver Island after the brides arrive and begin to settle into life on the frontier. I highly recommend this to fans of historical fiction and romance.
I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers.
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Jul 08, Emilee rated it it was amazing. I finished this one last night. It was a little heavy on the romance to be believable, in my opinion, but still really good.
A Reluctant Bride was a beautiful novel and a wonderful start to a new series. She felt that she had no choice but to join the women on this voyage and try to escape the horrid circumstances and living conditions of the slums of London. The main characters, Dr.
Joseph Colville and Mercy Wilkins, came from very different upbringings and stations in life. They were continually drawn to each other throughout the novel and A Reluctant Bride was a beautiful novel and a wonderful start to a new series. They were continually drawn to each other throughout the novel and both resisted the idea of a possible relationship based on what was expected of them. I really appreciated the way Joseph and Mercy began to understand the idea that their placement in certain social classes was not something that came from God, but rather that God valued all people as equals.
I loved the romance in this story, as well as the vivid detail of the long sea voyage, which was full of danger. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Jul 03, Sarah Monzon rated it it was amazing.
I am a puddle of mush. Aug 27, Kav rated it it was amazing. Are you seeking His leading or are you running away from it? There's such depth in both the character development and the faith thread that it was easy to be swept away right from the very first page. And I love that the story went in directions I wasn't expecting. I was completely entranced by Mercy and Joseph and the very different worlds they come from "What's the small part God's calling you to? I was completely entranced by Mercy and Joseph and the very different worlds they come from.
The way their lives intersect both in London and on the ship -- such a magical 'destined for each other' kind of aura and that made me all the more anxious during the gnarly bits that threatened my blood pressure!
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There's this one odious individual in particular who gave me conniptions - gah, but he's lucky I wasn't on that ship or it would have been 'man overboard' for sure! Hedlund doesn't gloss over the horrid conditions in the London slums or in steerage on the ship. I shudder just remembering some of those scenes and marvel that our ancestors had the courage and gumption to go through what they did for a better future.
And I love that books like this one bring history to life and help me appreciate the sacrifices of those who have gone before.
A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund
Honestly, I'm kinda speechless over this one. Not to be missed in my books! God's so much bigger and has things worked out in His ways -- ways we can't begin to understand. Jul 20, Lisa Bookworm Lisa rated it it was amazing. Just wow! This book is beautifully written and captured me from the beginning.