About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Finally His Bride (Bride Ships: New Voyages #1) by Jody Hedlund

Finally His Bride (Bride Ships: New Voyages #1)

A new world. A new hope. An unexpected love.
What life awaits these brides?

With the cotton mills closed and hunger rampant in Manchester, England, Willow Rhodes’s family encourages her to join the bride ship bound for the Pacific Northwest, where she is assured of employment. Willow agrees to go with the hope that she can 
eventually save enough money for her family to join her.

Rebellious knuckle-boxing champion Caleb Edwards loves Willow more than life itself. But Willow has been adamant that she sees him as a friend and nothing more. Unable to watch her sail away, Caleb uses his prize money to pay for passage to Vancouver Island to be with Willow.

After arriving, Willow finds work as a maid and Caleb is a farmhand on the same property. As Caleb struggles to keep his feelings for Willow from growing, he’ll do anything for her, even take the blame for a theft to keep her safe. As the crime catches up to them, they’re forced to make choices that could finally rip them apart forever.


The Bride Ships are back! Author Jody Hedlund has created a set of memorable characters, placed them on a bride ship to Vancouver, and given them an adventure filled with love, longing, and take-your-breath-away romance. As I read this book, I was in awe of the deep friendship shared by Willow Rhodes and Caleb Edwards and equally amazed that Willow didn't know how very much Caleb loved her as a woman! What would it take for her to realize the depth of his devotion?

I fell in love with the original Bride Ships series several years ago, so I was thrilled about this new journey. Hedlund shows the hardships and the mixed emotions of the women traveling from England to a new life in Vancouver. Beautiful scenery, two conflicted souls, and the chance for a new beginning are included but the main ingredient of this story is romance. The sweet but oh-so-tantalizing chemistry between Willow and Caleb that's evolved from their longtime friendship!

This book is perfect for fans of historical fiction and friends to more romance. Grab a copy today and prepare for a fantastic reading experience! Finally His Bride is the first book in Sunrise Publishing's new series, The Bride Ships: New Voyages.

I accepted a digital copy from Sunrise Publishing. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


 is the best-selling 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. She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy teens, and five spoiled cats.

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.

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Bride Ships: New Voyages
Book 1: Finally His Bride
Book 2: His Treasured Bride

Bride Ships by Jody Hedlund

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