Historical Romance Book Review: Almost a Bride


About the Book

Title:  Almost a Bride 

Series: The Bride Ships (Book 4) 

Author: Jody Hedlund 

Genre: Historical Romance 

Publisher: Northern Lights Press 

Release Date: August 25, 2020 

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Book's Description

“Always close, but never a bride. 

Longing to find true love, Kate Millington arrives in British Columbia on a bride ship. With countless men waiting to snag a bride, Kate has no trouble getting engaged. It’s staying engaged that’s the problem. After traveling to the remote mining town of Williamsville to marry her newest fiancé, she finds herself single again. 

As the prosperous owner of a gold mine, Zeke Hart has everything he’s ever wanted except for a wife. At Kate’s arrival, he takes it upon himself to protect his childhood friend from the men clamoring to court her. The more he renews her friendship, the more he wants to win her for himself. But as much as Kate admires Zeke, she’s resolved not to marry someone who doesn’t share her faith. 

When Zeke begins receiving anonymous threats, he unwittingly puts them both in grave danger. In the midst of peril, the past rises up to haunt them both, and Zeke realizes the fight for Kate’s affection may be his biggest challenge yet.” 

My Review

Almost a Bride, by Jody Hedlund, is the fourth book in The Bride Ships series, but it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Replete with thoughtful details and compelling drama, this story is truly engaging and memorable. With just the right amount of history, mystery, suspense, and romance this novel is utterly enjoyable. Its detailed settings, authentic characters, and gripping plot ensure that this book is a joy to read.  

Over and over again, Ms. Hedlund’s confirms that she is a skilled storyteller. From the dust and mud of a small mining town in the late nineteen century, to the damp darkness of a gold mine, to the alpine nature of northwest Canada, Ms. Hedlund's writing draws the reader into a fully developed literary world. Within this world, Ms. Hedlund's characters add depth and heart to the story. They are genuinely believable, sympathetic, and intriguing. Their fears, desires, insecurities, and motivations are meaningful and important. And it is through these characters that the plot flows easily, sweeping the reader along on a satisfying journey of danger, doubt, faith, and new beginnings. 

Well-written and thought-provoking page after page, Almost a Bride is a wonderful conclusion to The Bride Ships series. I enjoyed reading it just as much as I enjoyed reading the other books in the series. It is a relevant and uplifting novel that entertains even while it reflects on the value of family and forgiveness. I sincerely recommend this novel to all readers. 

*I was given a copy of this book from the author/publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.

About the Author: Jody Hedlund

“Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty 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.” --Biography from Jody Hedlund’s author page on Amazon.com.

Click here to visit Jody Hedlund's website.


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