Review: The Runaway Bride by Jody Hedlund

The Runaway BrideThe Runaway Bride, second in the Bride Ships series, can be read and enjoyed even if you have not read the first book in the series.

As the story opened, it was clear that Arabella had definite views about her place in society and at what level she should marry. It was a bit hard to like Arabella at this point for me, however, the author allowed flashbacks to occur throughout the novel that spoke of some very scary past events that Arabella had indeed run from. I grew to like Arabella more and more and rejoiced as she began to view all people as important and part of God’s creation.

Pete was such a great character. I loved that he didn’t shy away from his past, but looked to God to help him to be a better man. His compassion for others, especially the natives of the area, helped firmly cement him as a man of good character. The attraction that developed between Pete and Arabella crackled with chemistry and I was once again reminded that Jody Hedlund writes pretty amazing kissing scenes!!

The Runaway Bride was a great story that focused on who people truly were and looked at the condition of their hearts rather than their position in society.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


The Runaway BrideWealthy Arabella Lawrence flees to British Columbia on a bride ship still wearing the scars of past mistakes. One of the few single women in the boomtown, she immediately has suitors, but she is determined not to find herself trapped again by a poor choice.

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?

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Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.


About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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