by Jody Hedlund
Wealthy 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?
This second book in Ms. Hedlund’s Bride Ship series is even better than the first.
Arabella is the heroine, and she is a wealthy young lady who has traveled on this bride ship to British Columbia. We only find out her back story, bit by bit, and why she actually was on the ship.
I was quite intrigued with her two suitors, and very curious as to how her story would turn out. The two men were opposites. Peter Kelly was not a gentleman, but he was oh so kind, and very charming. Then there was Lieutenant Drummond. Just the kind of man Arabella should be trying to make a match with. But….is he kind? (I didn’t like him from the minute I was introduced to him in this story, so inwardly, I kept rooting for Kelly, but ….)
There are twists and turns in this story, you get to know Arabella, and realize she is more than just a pretty, wealthy young lady. I liked her. I wanted her to make wise choices.
If you enjoy historical fiction, you are sure to like this book!
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