The Runaway Bride
Vendor: Bethany House Publishers
Number of Pages: 384
Dimensions: 8.50 × 5.50 (inches)
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?
Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of over 20 historical novels 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 teens, and five spoiled cats. Visit her at www.jodyhedlund.com.
It took me a bit to get into this 2nd book in the Bride Ship series, however I soon found myself captivated. As a resident of Vancouver Island myself, I enjoyed exploring what life was like for the early residents. I especially appreciated how it highlighted the deplorable treatment of the First Nations people (natives). I also loved the elements of danger and suspense that were woven throughout the story.
Once again the themes of class barriers and societal expectations were explored, however this time from the opposite perspective. Arabella is an upper class lady whilst Pete is a working class baker and she is convinced she ought to marry a gentleman as that's the expected norm. Thankfully Pete is relentless in his pursuit to woo her and she learns to look beyond outward means and appearances and rather to the heart.
I liked the reminder to trust in God to work out His will in our lives; to not rely on our own devices and plans but rather to find strength in His courage.
I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.