A Bride of Convenience (The Bride Ships)

Written by Jody Hedlund
Review by Bonnie DeMoss

A Bride of Convenience, set in 1863, is the third book in the Bride Ships series. Zoe Hart is one of many unemployed mill workers on the Robert Lowe, a “bride ship” which carried single women to Vancouver Island to be married to the available men there. Zoe is also in search of her brother Zeke, who fled to Vancouver Island after he was accused of a crime. Upon arrival, Zoe encounters Abe, a pastor who has discovered an abandoned child. Taken with the child immediately, Zoe is determined to be married quickly to anyone who will take her and the baby. When Zoe is about to marry an evil man, Abe, recently jilted, steps in and marries her himself.

There are many ups and downs in this journey, as Abe and Zoe realize the impact of marrying a stranger. As they try to get to know each other, obstacles arise from misunderstandings, evil people, and even the Church. Through it all, Jody Hedlund pens a message of faith, forgiveness, and the true meaning of family. For fans of Christian romance and anyone who would like to learn more about the “bride ships.”