A Reluctant Bride

A Reluctant Bride

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....

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Title:A Reluctant Bride
Author:Jody Hedlund
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0764234145
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

A Reluctant Bride Reviews

  • Erin
    Jun 11, 2019
    Mercy Wilkins lives in one of the poorest sections of London. She's grown up assisting with the care of her siblings and neighboring children, and has often seen sickness and disease carry them away. Work of any decent kind is hard to find in 1862, much less if you are a young woman, b...
  • Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
    Jul 20, 2019
    Wow! Just wow! This book is beautifully written and captured me from the beginning. It is a lovely love story about learning to trust and recognize love, overcoming social expectations, and the plight of the poor. This is a story that I don't think I will be able to emotionally let go ...
  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    Jun 16, 2019
    I was enthralled by the journey of Mercy and her interactions with Joseph. There was a nice balance between the introspective thoughts of the characters and the adventurous plot as they travel through storms, illness, and other obstacles, all under the watchful eye of the bride program...
  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    Jun 22, 2019
    I don't think I've ever read anything about the bride ships that came to Canada from England. It doesn't necessarily surprise me that something like that happened but what does surprise me is the "how" of it all, I guess. The author took many of the events of this book from actual acco...
  • Melissa
    Aug 06, 2019
    This was a historical journey that took me to places and taught me things I didn't know. I've read a lot but I have never read about the depravity of London in 1860 like this. Jody tells of a family living in the slums of London and what there life was like. I understand more completel...
  • Beth
    May 28, 2019
    A new Jody Hedlund book is always something that I meet with great anticipation. When it?s the opener of a new series, even better! A Reluctant Bride is a lovely start to her Bride Ships series. I love that Hedlund tackles another intriguing historical event, this time women being a ...
  • Elizabeth
    Jun 02, 2019
    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...
  • Abbi
    Jun 07, 2019
    Jody Hedlund's books are always fascinating to me! I love the way she takes a bit of history that is often overlooked or not even known about and creates a beautiful love story around it! This book, and the ensuing series, give us a peek into the lives of women who found themselves on ...
  • Nancee
    Jun 10, 2019
    A Reluctant Bride is an incredible journey from poverty stricken London, and the impossible living conditions in the slums. Mercy Wilkins finds her way to a bride's ship bound for British Columbia. Conditions on the ship are grim, and Mercy's only saving grace is that the ship's surgeo...
  • Vera Godley
    Jul 11, 2019
    Jody Hedlund has begun the new Bride Series with an in depth look at the poverty and tragedies that existed in London during 1862. There was the wealthy class and there was the poor. The poor who lived desperate lives without adequate clothing, food, shelter. Mercer Wilkins was one ...
  • Melissa Tagg
    Jul 23, 2019
    Wow, I was soooo all in on this latest release from Jody Hedlund! I've been a long-time Hedlund fan and have enjoyed so many of her books...but I think this one takes the enjoyment to a whole new level. I loved the characters and I LOVED the romantic tension. (Like, whoa, so much tensi...
  • Kristine Morgan
    May 18, 2019
    Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite authors of Historical Fiction. She does a fantastic job of researching the setting and subject matter. Her words convey vivid scenes that create pictures in my mind. I could feel Mercy's despair and desperation to find her own way in the world, but fe...
  • Rebecca
    May 31, 2019
    "Where is a ship when you need one?" Desperate to leave the slums of London behind, hoping to pave the way for her beloved sister to escape the cruel clutches of the work house, Mercy Wilkins boards the Tynemouth, not realizing that the sturdy sailing vessel is travelling half-way a...
  • Emilee
    Jul 08, 2019
    Wow! I finished this one last night. It?s an amazing novel. It was a little heavy on the romance to be believable, in my opinion, but still really good. What got me was it was based on a true story and in the Author?s Note at the end of the book she tells of all the true accounts. ...
  • Staci
    Jun 13, 2019
    Great start to a new series! In A Reluctant Bride, Hedlund focuses on what life was like in London and how that influenced young women to leave their homeland and family to marry a stranger in a foreign country. Mercy and Joseph both have servant hearts. His upper echelon standing i...
  • Kailey
    Jun 03, 2019
    Jody Hedlund has done it again! This is another 5 star, must read historical novel! Somehow she gets me so wrapped up in the story. I just couldn?t put it down! I loved it! I cared so much about the characters and their circumstances. I just had to know what was going to happen. I ca...
  • Brittany
    May 27, 2019
    A Reluctant Bride was a beautiful novel and a wonderful start to a new series. The author wrote a story that truly captured the main character?s despiration. She felt that she had no choice but to join the women on this voyage and try to escape the horrid circumstances and living con...
  • Susan's Reviews
    Apr 24, 2019
    My thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. For those who enjoy historical romance, this tale of a young girl who signs up to sail from London to British Columbia, Canada to become the future bride of a miner will be ...
  • Rachael
    May 24, 2019
    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. The plot was a fascinating one, and it?s rather amazing how much truth the author used in pu...
  • Amy
    May 17, 2019
    So much love for this incredible book, the start of the ?Bride Ships? series by Jody Hedlund. Let?s just start by saying, yet again, she seems to be able to root out a piece of little known history and create something amazing out of it. I?d never heard of the Bride Ships, ...
  • Tamara
    Jul 07, 2019
    I always love learning something I didn't know, but it's somewhat embarrassing when it's the country you grew up in. I had no idea that there were bride ships arriving in Vancouver Island, and to think that my Cdn. history class could've been so much more interesting if the teachers ha...
  • Deanne Patterson
    May 29, 2019
    Why do I love historical fiction? This book is a prime example of why! After reading the book and about the author's research which sounds like she had a blast researching it by the way I realized this is based on a true event. I LOVE books based historically on true events. A Bride...
  • Tricia Mingerink
    Jun 11, 2019
    Another good book by Jody Hedlund. This book focuses a lot on the trials of a long sea voyage, and I found the history in it really fascinating. Both Mercy and Joseph were compelling characters, though it did annoy me that on the audiobook, the narrator gave Mercy a very child-like sou...
  • Sarah Monzon
    Jul 03, 2019
    I am a puddle of mush. ?? SO good!! ...
  • Beth Erin
    Jul 19, 2019
    Full review on FaithfullyBookish.com Mercy and Joseph?s story is more than the convergence of two worlds or a sweet tale of opposites and attraction. Hedlund digs deep to the very core of compassion and humanity by exposing and stripping away societal expectations, prejudice, ...
  • Paula Shreckhise
    Jun 10, 2019
    A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund is the first in the series Bride Ships. It is set in England and British Columbia in 1862. Mercy Wilkins has a servant?s heart but she is caught in poverty. Chapter 4: ?Was death so common a visitor in these parts that people expected it, maybe...
  • Romancebooksandmore
    Jun 07, 2019
    I just finished this book and my heart is still pounding well I wipe a few stray tears from my eyes, so loving so heartbreaking, a story every person who loves a good romance story should read, I can't wait to read the second book in the bride ship series, I am hooked. Mercy Wilkin...
  • MJSH
    May 27, 2019
    ?Though her hair was damp and unkempt, face smudged and weary, her garments soggy and splattered with all manner of filth, for a reason he couldn?t explain, she had grown more beautiful and not less.? What an incredible journey! Jody Hedlund is well-known for her beautifully w...
  • Julie
    Jun 02, 2019
    A Reluctant Bride is a sweet love story in a unique setting. The whole premise of a bride ship is fascinating and I love the voyage Mercy and Joseph take during this book, both physically and spiritually! Jody Hedlund does a wonderful job creating characters you come to care for and he...
  • Abigail Harris
    May 29, 2019
    My Review: Genre: Romance, historical, fiction. My Rating: 4 and 1/2 stars. My Favorite Character/s: Mercy was so different (in a good way, I promise!), her character so strong and kind ? never caring for herself, but for others. I don?t really understand where she was com...