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The Brideship Wife

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Inspired by the history of the British “brideships,” this captivating historical debut tells the story of one woman’s coming of age and search of independence—for readers of Suzanne Desrochers’s Bride of New France and Armando Lucas Correa’s The German Girl.

Tomorrow we would dock in Victoria on the northwest coast of North America, about as far away from my home as I
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Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Simon Schuster
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Genevieve Graham
A beautifully told, meticulously researched story of the little known bride ships and the courageous women on board those shabby crafts who risked everything for freedom then fought to get what they deserved. Debut author Leslie Howard brings history to life by masterfully navigating the social demands of the time, the perilous journey into the unknown, the politics, hazards, and often tragic results of colonization, and the minds and hearts of those bridging both.
Nikki Locking
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy as a part of my job and am in no way required to write a review. However, this book definitely deserves some praise!!
I am not a major fan of Canadian history since learning it in both French and English in grade school and then further in university. However, this well researched novel of British Columbian history took my breath away. The writing was compelling and detailed with just the right amount of plot twists. Charlotte Harding was a character with such strong
Carolyn McBride
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The concept of bride ships was a new one to me, so I found the premise interesting when I requested a copy from NetGalley and the publisher.

I found it to be an enjoyable and educational read. I was quite pleased to read the author notes at the end and find the topic matter deeply researched. The story was easy to read, beautiful and well-paced, in fact, I read it in two sittings. The politics of the day was well carried into the story, social expectations and norms were as well.
I think there
Rachel McMillan
Deeply researched and lovingly told, Howard's soft, accessible style frames Charlotte's journey from high Victorian society to a voyage aboard an English "brideship" to begin life in a land equally treacherous and beautiful.

I enjoyed the balance of travails and triumphs, small moments of grace and the embrace of humanity. While never shying away from presenting the limited opportunities afforded women in the 19th Century (often worth more as bartering chips than human beings) Howard still
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Marie Dixon
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a review. What attracted me to the book in the first place was its subject matter - I didn’t know that England had shipped women over to BC to be married and I thought it made for a compelling premise, and it does. However, I found most of the characters shallow and unlikeable, including the main character, Charlotte who, despite being 21, conducts and speak as if she were 40.

By focusing on a upper-class woman
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
As I read this book, I vacillated between thinking it was it was quite good and being quite disappointed in it. It starts off with a lot of info dumps, because obviously it's super important to know all about the main characters' lives and what their parents' marriage was like. The main character is the common cliche of a woman with today's sensibilities living in the past. I thought for sure she would get a bee in her bonnet about settling the wilderness of Western Canada and decide to ship ...more
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an Advanced Reader Copy via @netgalley for an honest review. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, I usually learn new things reading them. The Brideship Wife is based on the history of the British bride ships. Well researched and beautifully told, these women risked everything for freedom. *The map at the end of the book shows just how amazing these trips were- the ships sailed from England to the western coast of Canada (British Columbia) and since the Panama Canal hadn't ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

Inspired by the history of the
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE BRIDESHIP WIFE is one of those historical fiction books that instantly transports the reader to a different time and place, seamlessly, allowing the tale to unfold as pages turn ever more rapidly. I thought I’d just begin to read this book for half an hour... a few hours later I finished it and couldn’t remember deciding to read it in one sitting. How did I get so lost in its tale? Our protagonist, a spinster at 22 with no money to her name, is not that unusual a starting point for a tale. ...more
Diane Secchiaroli
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novel is about mid 19th century and the plight of a gentlewoman who doesn’t have a dowry. Charlotte is a young woman who is accosted by her possible fiancé who says that she came on to him thus ruining her reputation. Charlotte decides to travel to the new world, British Columbia, to seek her independence. Her sister accompanied her due to her husband’s desire to wed a young widow. Because her sister is addicted to the drug of the day back then she is forced to seek employment as a nurses ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: canlit, galley-proof
**3.5 stars**
An interesting look back at a period of Canada's history that I was unfamiliar with - the "brideships" of mostly poor, uneducated European women arriving on the shores of the recently established British colonies. Having been promised freedom and opportunity in this exciting new frontier, what awaited the women was vastly different than expected. The story of these women is told with sympathy and compassion, and provides thoughtful insight into the challenges they faced. It's a
Patricia Doyle
I enjoyed The Brideship Wife. The grit of Charlotte was perfect and not so over-the-top that it was contrived. She faced adversity and pushed through; who starts over in a new country nearly penniless with a scandal behind her? Charlotte did.

There was just enough heartache and not so over-the-top that it was depressing. The death of Charlotte’s sister was especially moving.

The love story and its struggles were very well done and not so over-the-top as to be eye-rolling.

Thank you to NetGalley
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sweeping epic of one lady's journey from the ballrooms of England to the wilds of Canada. Leslie Howard has done an amazing job of portraying the life of women in the Victorian period. Charlotte Harding is the younger sister to Harriet and is left penniless after the death of her father. She must rely upon the kindness of her sister and brother-in-law, Charles, to support her. When Charlotte hears of genteel ladies heading to Canada to become brides, circumstances prevail her to go along. ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like to thank Netgally foIr a advanced copy.

The Brideship Wife is a enjoyable heartwarming story of one woman's journey from England to British Columbia. I really enjoyed books that have great growth with the characters. Charlotte grew so much through this story I loved the woman she became. The social injustice that women dealt with during that time frame was very frustrating.

This was a easy enjoyable read. The history regarding the Brideship was very interesting I think it would open up
Brandy McGlaughlin
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got this as a arc e book for my i pad from net galley. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. I liked the variety of characters in it. I read at the end of this book that this is the authors debut book and she is from my home country of Canada. I hope that she puts out another good book,for sure.
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Leslie Howard grew up in Penticton, British Columbia, where she developed a passion for the province’s history. A graduate of Ottawa’s Carleton University in economics and political science, she now divides her time between Vancouver and Penticton, where she and her husband grow cider apples. The Brideship Wife is her debut novel. Connect with her on Twitter @AuthorLeslieH or on her website ...more