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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The Runaway Bride is a great historical romance that readers will enjoy. It is rich in local history, and has characters of depth.
The historic elements are of bride ships, which brought young women from England to the Canadian frontier, and of the treatment of native peoples in that area in the midst of a smallpox outbreak.
Arabella Lawrence is a young woman who escapes what would be an abusive marriage. As a member of London society, she sought a gentleman husband to provide well for her. Throughout the story, she struggled with the desire to marry well versus the desire to marry for love. Living on the frontier was a challenging experience for her as she had to learn to do for herself and others, rather than being dependent on servants to take care of her.
Pete Kelly is no longer rebellious, but is now an industrious, hard-working young man. His desire to do right and see the natives treated justly lands him in trouble the the navy lieutenant. Both Arabella and Pete had much to struggle through in light of their growing relationship.
As well as presenting another well-researched historical, author Jody Hedlund demonstrates her ability to capture the passion between the two characters. Although she always keeps it clean, the attraction between Arabella and Pete was palpable . . . even steamy!
Historical romance readers will certainly want to read this book. Although it is second in The Bride Ships series, it stands entirely on its own.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
About the Author
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.