I really liked this whole series of The Bride Ships by Jody Hedlund. It was interesting to imagine these ladies lives and why they chose to become brides to men in Canada. You can’t beat Ms. Hedlund for historical Christian Fiction. I wanted to like this last story, Almost a Bride, but I did not warm up to Kate. To me she was shallow and wishy washy in her faith. I know she was supposed to have deep seated fears but she just seemed immature.
I also did not care for the level of passion portrayed. The author was showing that people struggle with ardor but I was not comfortable with this aspect.
I liked many things about this story, among them was the growth of the characters and the strong faith thread that was shown.
Quote from Kate to Zeke: 'We live in a sinful, broken world. Bad things happen to us and to those we love. But through it all, we cannot give up hope, because ultimately, someday, we will get our happy ending- If not in this life, then in the next.'
Ms. Hedlund populates her story with interesting characters. I especially liked cook/butler Mr. Peabody and his calculations loving grandson, Wendell. Companion to Kate, Becca was a real heart winner, too. The scenes in the mine were some of the best. They revealed the true feelings of Zeke and Kate as they were forced to evaluate the things they had held on to from childhood.
I would still recommend this whole series. Ms. Hedlund is an excellent writer and has expanded my horizons about ladies who would go on such adventures.* I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*give this 4 stars, a strong faith thread
Jody Hedlund has brought to life a colorful slice of history in her series, The Bride Ships. Her masterful, realistic, and colorful characters and richly painted settings, along with poignant and imaginative stories, have captured my imagination and kept me entertained. I thoroughly enjoyed Kate Millington and Zeke Hart’s story of love and redemption, although I wanted to bump their heads together a couple of times.
This series is obviously well-researched, and the characters have been such fun to meet. I’ve enjoyed seeing previous characters pop up in later books. This is a standalone book, but the series is so fantastic you should do yourself a favor and read all of the books.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary book from the author. All opinions are my own.
Always close, but never a bride.
Longing to find true love, Kate Millington arrives in British Columbia on a bride ship. With countless men waiting to snag a bride, Kate has no trouble getting engaged. It’s staying engaged that’s the problem. After traveling to the remote mining town of Williamsville to marry her newest fiancé, she finds herself single again.
As the prosperous owner of a gold mine, Zeke Hart has everything he’s ever wanted except for a wife. At Kate’s arrival, he takes it upon himself to protect his childhood friend from the men clamoring to court her. The more he renews her friendship, the more he wants to win her for himself. But as much as Kate admires Zeke, she’s resolved not to marry someone who doesn’t share her faith.
When Zeke begins receiving anonymous threats, he unwittingly puts them both in grave danger. In the midst of peril, the past rises up to haunt them both, and Zeke realizes the fight for Kate’s affection may be his biggest challenge yet.
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