A Bride of Convenience Review

Hello my friends! I am excited to share with you the latest in Jody Hedlund’s The Bride Ships Series!! It is SOOOOOO good. The entire series 🙂


Book cover for A Bride of Convenience (the Bride Ships Book #3) by Jody Hedlund

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.

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I just adore this series by Jody Hedlund. Well, if I’m being honest, I love all books by Jody Hedlund. I can’t choose a favorite actually – they are all so good! And what’s great about the series is that even though every book features a different bride/ship, you still hear about the previous characters and what they are up to, but not so much that it takes away from the current story line.

I have to say that while I love a good heroine story, and Zoe makes a fantastic heroine, it’s really Abe’s story line that I found most intriguing. He’s got this struggle between going by what the “church” is telling him to do, and doing what he feels God is telling him to do. I can’t imagine what that must be like for someone! And Hedlund handled it with such care, and honestly it just secured my feelings about knowing that God will never lead us astray. He knows what is best for us and our situations. This was such a great faith theme!! And for the record, Abe makes a swoony hero as well 😉

With the ups and downs of a “convenient” relationship, adorable new baby, and interfering neighbors, this just might be my favorite of the series! Of course, I say that about all of them! Highly recommend this series. And while this could be read as a stand alone, I urge you to read the entire series. I promise you will not regret it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals 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 children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

Have you read any of the book in this series yet? What did you think?

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