About the Book
Unemployed mill worker Zoe Hart jumps at the opportunity to emigrate to British Columbia in 1863 to find a better life and be reunited with her brother, who fled from home after being accused of a crime.
Pastor to miners in the mountains, Abe Merivale discovers an abandoned baby during a routine visit to Victoria and joins efforts with Zoe, one of the newly arrived bride-ship women, to care for the infant. While there, he’s devastated by the news from his fiancee in England that she’s marrying another man.
With mounting pressure to find the baby a home, Zoe accepts a proposal from a miner of questionable character after he promises to help her locate her brother. Intent on protecting Zoe and frustrated by his failed engagement, Abe offers his own hand as groom. After a hasty wedding, they soon realize their marriage of convenience is not so convenient after all.
Other Books in the Series
In My Opinion
As you can probably guess from the title, the third book in Jody Hedlund’s The Bride Ships series is a marriage of convenience story.
The ship Zoe sails from England to Canada is a different one from that in the first two books with a group of women from a different social class. Zoe’s tender heart is apparent the first time she appears on the page as she cares for her friend and only gets better from there.
The way Abe and Zoe end up married is somewhat humorous but also a very good thing because it not only saves Zoe from a marriage that would have been horrible, it brings two people who make a wonderful team together.
Hedlund develops the romance between these two characters in a natural way that begins with appreciation and recognition of the strengths of each other and grows into love. Of course there are obstacles to them expressing their love but those just make A Bride of Convenience a richer read.
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