Thursday, May 30, 2019

A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund



After facing desperate heartache and loss, Mercy agrees to escape a bleak future in London and join a bride ship. Wealthy and titled, Joseph leaves home and takes to the sea as the ships surgeon to escape the pain of losing his family. He has no intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, they must fight against a forbidden love.


What can I say about this book except another wonderful story written by Jody Hedlund and that I'm never disappointed when I read a new book by her? Right on both accounts!!
Jody does wonders with her characters and I enjoy making new friends with them! Too bad they weren't real people and too bad I couldn't pop into the story like Mary Poppins pops into sidewalk chalk paintings. How wonderful that would be!! 
I think Mercy would be my favorite character. I love her kind and compassionate ways towards others and always wanting to lend a helping hand where ever she may be at the time.
Now, doesn't Joseph remind you of someone always running away? I thought about this as I read through the book. And as usual I didn't think much about him. I still "liked him" and I enjoyed reading how his character changed like we can if we allow God to do His work in us instead of running in the opposite direction thinking we can do it all on our own.
Yes, change is scary but sometimes it can be for the good. I've had to do it even though I had no say so in it as I was only 14 at the time we moved to a new state, school, neighborhood and everything else. As I got older I adapted to it but really there's no place like home. 
And too home is where the people you love are and with God in your heart you can never be lonely! 
I think the thing I enjoyed most was the historic part of it as I love history. I always learn something new about a place and I even love the name of the town and sometimes I wonder how the author comes up with the name.
I loved going with Mercy and the other women to a new place. And of course I loved the ship they traveled on since I am a ocean liner buff. Ships fascinate me for some reason.
There wasn't anything about this story I didn't like. It was all very well written
I received a complintary copy from Bethany House publishers with no compensation received and all opinions are my own! 

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.

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