I love the storyline. Allegra and Clay were in love once, but things did not work out. Now widowed and a mother, Allegra seeks to escape the confining society life she was trapped in, and wants a happier future for her daughter.
I really admired Allegra in this story. At times, she frustrated me because she had trouble trusting Clay and his intentions. But, when I read what she and her daughter had endured for the past few years, I understood her mistrust. She is a strong heroine with her real flaw being that she feels she must accomplish everything on her own, rather than trusting in others for help, or even putting things into God’s hands for help. She grows quite a bit through the story.
Clay is a great hero. What an amazing man he turns out to be. I liked that even though he was frustrated at times with Allegra’s determination to handle things herself, his love for her from long ago returns. His devotion to keeping Allegra and her daughter safe was admirable and his understanding of Allegra’s needs grew throughout the story as well.
The Bride Ship also has adventure running through it, with a three month sea voyage and all of the challenges inherent with such a trip. The situations aboard ship and the questions surrounding what exactly was awaiting the traveling ladies upon arrival in Seattle kept the story moving along and intriguing from start to finish.
I really enjoyed reading The Bride Ship and look forward to future books in this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
What was his brother’s widow–his first love–doing on a ship full of prospective brides headed out West? Clay Howard had been tasked with escorting the Boston belle home, but he didn’t anticipate Allegra being so strong-willed–or that he’d wind up traveling with her just to keep her from leaving without him!
Allegra Banks Howard isn’t going to let Clay interfere with her plans for a new life with her daughter on the frontier. True, Allegra needs his wilderness savvy, but if Clay thinks he can rekindle what they once shared, he had better think again. Because risking her heart for a second chance at being his bride isn’t something she’ll undertake lightly…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first Regency romance novel until she had learned a bit more about writing such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and plot. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, she got serious about her novel writing. The Regency romance The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first novel to be published (March 1998). In 2011, she was delighted to move into Christian romance with the publication of The Irresistible Earl.
Besides her novels, Regina Scott has had published three Regency romance novellas (“The June Bride Conspiracy” in His Blushing Bride, “Sweeter Than Candy” in A Match for Mother, and “A Place by the Fire” in Mistletoe Kittens), which are now featured in electronic book form as Be My Bride. Her novels have been translated into Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese; and Lord Borin’s Secret Love and The Rake’s Redemption have been issued in hardcover, large print editions. Many of her works are also available as electronic books through Belgrave House’s Regency Reads line or as self-published works, such as Perfection.
Regina Scott and her husband are the parents of two sons. They reside in southeast Washington State and are members of the Church of the Nazarene. Born and raised in the Seattle area, Regina Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington. She comes by her writing talent naturally–both her parents were excellent writers in their vocations as teacher and electrical technician, now retired. Her mother envisioned the plot for “Sweeter Than Candy,” the novella which was written as a tribute to her.
Regina Scott is a devout Christian and a decent fencer; owns a historical, fantasy, and science fiction costume collection that currently takes up over a third of her large closet; and has been known to impersonate an independent consultant specializing in risk communication.