Book Reviews, Christian, Historical Fiction, Romance

The Runaway Bride – Jody Hedlund

Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Genre: Historical Fiction/Christian
Pages: 384
Dates Read: April 2-3, 2020
Format: Paperback and eARC provided by publisher




“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?”



Wow. What a fantastic Historical Fiction read. This is the first book I have read by Jody Hedlund, but it won’t be the last!

The writing was wonderful and so captivating. This book had every aspect of a great story, from the romance, to the tough issues of physical abuse and racial prejudice, to the beautiful characters and setting. It is a winner! 

And even though this book has Christian themes and ideas sprinkled throughout, it didn’t feel like a Christian book and the romance was sizzling! The chemistry between the MC’s was so fun to read. 

This area of history is something that I didn’t know very much about previously, but the bride ships are so fascinating! I also have never read anything set in British Columbia during this time period before, so it made for such an intriguing read. I will most definitely be reading all the other books in this series!

*Special thanks to Bethany House Publishing for the finished copy of the book in exchange only for my honest thoughts and review!* 

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