About the Book
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?
Other Books in the Series
In My Opinion
In book two of her The Bride Ships series, Jody Hedlund takes readers on an entirely different adventure than she did in book one. Arabella comes from an upper class family and the reason she crossed an ocean to marry a man she’s never met is not pretty.
And then there’s Peter. He’s confident and persistent. He goes after what he wants even when the odds seem stacked against him. His care and acceptance of the natives is admirable. He is an unforgettable hero.
The Runaway Bride has so much to recommend it to any historical romance reader. There’s some mystery, there’s some competition for Peter (but really, we all know there’s no real chance of Peter losing), there’s a subtle yet strong faith element, and there’s so much emotional and personal growth. I found myself cheering for some of the changes in Arabella over the course of the story. And yeah, there’s plenty of great romantic tension too.
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