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A Bride of Convenience

(The Bride Ships #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,042 ratings  ·  267 reviews
Unemployed mill worker Zoe Hart jumps at the opportunity to emigrate to British Columbia in 1863 to find a better life and be reunited with her brother, who fled from home after being accused of a crime.

Pastor to miners in the mountains, Abe Merivale discovers an abandoned baby during a routine visit to Victoria and joins efforts with Zoe, one of the newly arrived bride-s
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Bethany House Publishers
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Randi Annie Framnes
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When unemployed cotton mill worker Zoe Hart arrives from Manchester, she suddenly finds herself in the care of an infant girl. Without means of support, she enters into a marriage of convenience to local minister Abraham, Pastor Abe, Merivale, who offers them protection. They are determined to live by the convenience arrangement but are surprised how dissatisfied they both are with that part of their relationship.

A Bride of Convenience is book number 3 in Jody Hedlund’s 4 book series The Bride S
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I’m always up for a good marriage of convenience story, and this one was excellent! Zoe has such a compassionate heart and I loved her desire and willingness to care for orphaned children. Abe has a plan and is doing his best to stick to it, even when he struggles with the bishop’s formality and demands for how he interacts with the community. Even though the beginning of their relationship is a bit rocky with doubts and hesitation, they are both sincere and genuine, and recognize the goodness i ...more
Deanne Patterson
One thing that's always consistent with Jody's books are how impeccably researched they are.
No matter what the topic is of the series she knows her stuff and presents her research findings in an easy to read yet fun format. I love how much I am able to learn about the historical time period from her books, interesting facts I may not have encountered otherwise if I hadn't read her books.
I do believe if you've read historical fiction you've probably read about mail order brides , this book is abo
Paula Shreckhise
In this third book of The Bride Ships series, we revisit Vancouver, British Columbia and a few of the characters from the previous books. This is the story of Pastor Abe Merivale.
Zoe Hart has nothing left to keep her in England so she boards a Bride Ship to British Columbia in search of her twin, Zeke, who is in the gold fields there. With so many men clamoring for a bride, Zoe can hardly choose. But she becomes desperate and almost marries an evil man. Pastor Abe steps in and offers a marriage
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
So fascinating that women would travel from London to Victoria (then a part of England) to escape life in England for a new start as a bride in an unknown land. I love how the author uses factual events to shape the novels in this series. In A Bride of Convenience, all the brides traveling aboard the ship Robert Lowe are lower class and worked in a mill under less than ideal conditions. Many were near starving, which helps readers understand the why behind their voyage.

Mill worker Zoe Hart leave
Bonnie DeMoss
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 m ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The latest release in The Bride Ships series, A Bride of Convenience, is such a wonderful story! I have been enjoying this series so much and this story is probably my favorite of all. I love marriage of convenience plots and this one was so good.

I loved that there was a connection between these two from very early on in the story, even as neither one planned to marry each other. Yet, they found themselves wed and caring for a baby together. There was attraction between the two, yet plenty of re
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is what marriage of convenience dreams are made of!! 😍 As a huge lover of that trope, it was so much fun to read Jody Hedlund’s fresh spin on it! I’ve never read one where one of the characters is still attached to a former (living) love interest. I really loved Abe from the beginning because he is such a selfless upstanding man; I was so excited to see him find love.❤️ Zoe was such a fun character! She is the ideal heroine I like to read about; while she is caring, child loving & the ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jody Hedlund brings us the third book in her Bride Ships series and it's so very good. One thing I enjoy about her writing is that she does wonderful historical research and it often spurs me on to do some research myself!

In this book, Pastor Abraham Merivale is on the island awaiting the time when he can send for his fiancé back in England to come and marry him. He misses her so much and watching the brides coming off the bride ships makes him miss her even more. In about a week, he unexpectedl
Maureen Timerman
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
What a great read, and this is the third book in the series, and while there are a few recurring characters, this book could be read alone. There are a few references to the past reads, but you won’t be lost.
This is Pastor Abe’s chance to find love, his hearts desire is still in England, when circumstances take a turn, and Zoe Hart appears.
Zoe is a joy of a character, she shows love and compassion to most everyone, and she sure has a heart for children.
We are again reminded of the conditions in
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Happy release day to A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund! I am really loving this Bride Ship series. It's crazy and so interesting to me that these bride ships were a real thing. This author does a great job of making her characters human with clear strengths and flaws that I can relate to.

Zoe is such a gentle person, full of kindness and compassion. I loved how quickly and easily she shared her love with those who needed it most. It was so easy to love her character and her intentions. Abe s
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my stars. This book is my new favorite book by Jody Hedlund.

From the very beginning of the book the storyline captivated me. I find the Bride Ship concept fascinating! Jody does an amazing job of both the struggles and highlights of the ladies arriving in British Columbia.

Zoe is probably one of the sweetest characters I've read about. She's not prone to drama and her actions come from a servants heart. Her dedication to fight for orphans is what bonded my heart to this book.

Abe probably ha
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have a serious fascination for the marriage of convenience trope even though I know our pioneering sisters fought for equality and the right for a woman to not need a man to survive so I feel kinda guilty about this not-so-secret obsession. :-) But I still happily immersed myself in Zoe's story anyway. Especially since I listened to the audible version narrated by Esther Wane which enhanced my enjoyment all the more.

So, gentle readers, clear off your fainting couches and grab your smelling sal
linda hole
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is hedlund's third book in the brideship series. And Even though it can be read As a stand alone, I would recommend you to read the whole series. You won't regret it. I loved this book of all my heart. The concept, the Main characters with their heart of gold. I loved the plot. And i loved the rural surroundings. A must read ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
***4.5 stars***

A bride of convenience is just what Paster Abe needed, he just didn't know it.

It is satisfying when you put down a book that leaves you with a great feeling. This book is inspirational, romantic, and enjoyable.

I loved the characters of Abe and Zoe. They are two people who have a "heart of gold" and live their lives helping others do and be better. When the two of them enter a marriage of convenience they became even better. They complement and understand each other. I loved that t
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
As you can expect from the title, the 3rd installation of the Bride Ships series tells the story of a marriage of convenience. While this theme has been written about many times over in this genre, Jody Hedlund has a way of drawing readers in as she puts her own spin on a familiar storyline. There was also a healthy dose of humour thrown in. While I found myself flipping pages to see how it all worked out, I will confess this was not my favourite book in the series and I found the climax of the ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Are you marrying me?"

And thus began a tale of two hearts, who might have been joined under the most unusual of circumstances, but joined they were and joined they were going to stay. Possibly. Maybe. Hopefully.

When bride-ship bride Zoe Hart accepted responsibility for a wee babe, she never imagined that becoming the wife of the local pastor Abe Merivale would be necessary, much less reality; Zoe had thought to take her chances on someone else. The "someone else" didn't take kindly to having his
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A marriage of convenience. Answer to a prayer.

Can two hearts bound by duty, be bound by love?

I was thrilled to pick up this book when I heard that it would feature one of my favorite characters in the previous book, Pastor Abe. I loved getting to know more of his backstory and motivations in this story, as I got to see more of what a genuinely kind and caring man he is, willing to meet people on level ground, rather than above them.

Zoe is a woman who has suffered much but has such an open heart
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This Jody Hedlund novel was, as per usual, a great read! I love marriage of convenience stories so I was excited to read this one. It boggles me how these women travelled halfway across the world to marry strangers (their bravery in the midst of their circumstances is astounding!), and the author made a page-turning story out of a true bit of history.

I found it sometimes overly dramatic but that didn’t hamper my enjoyment of the story too much. And though it wasn’t my favourite Hedlund novel, I
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
A Bride of Convenience has taken over the top spot as my favorite of Hedlund's Bride Ships novels! I mean ... a marriage of convenience coupled with Hedlund's trademark romantic chemistry? How could I not love it?

I absolutely loved Zoe's spunk and her determination to care for the children God placed in her path. And Abe's concern for the miners, even at the potential cost to his relationship with his superior the bishop, was inspiring. Abe's dilemma—serving God or man, which is even more compli
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed this series. It just baffles me that women would be in such a situation that they would sail to a whole new world, Start a new life, and marry a man they barely know. Jody Hedlund has done a good job in telling stories that make the scenario believable.

I have wanted to hear the preacher’s story since the last book, and i really enjoyed his story. This one has a bit more romance than the rest, but that was bound to happen in a marriage of convenience books. I loved the kids in this
Beth Erin
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Zoe is courageous, incessantly industrious, refreshingly honest, compassionate, and full of spunk. She is the kind of heroine who is instantly endearing and leaves a lasting impression on my reader heart. Plus, genuine albeit occasionally clueless heroes like Pastor Abe are one of my many bookish addictions. I am unashamed to admit to a little happy dancing the moment stalwart yet modest Abe stepped into the story spotlight. Hedlund brilliantly rounds out a fu
I have enjoyed reading the Bride Ship series. Each story stands alone yet eloquently captures the very heart of not only the time period but also the characters. I find myself saying, “this is my favorite one”, And then I read the next story, and its even better! The flawless descriptions of the setting bring me right into the story with the characters. I could almost smell the abundant evergreens and feel the mud sucking at my feet as we traveled through the town burdened down with our purchase ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always been a sucker for these marriage of convenience types, no matter the era the book is set in. It’s a given they’ll find a way to love in the end, but the journey is always the best part.

Starting out with oh so noble intentions Pastor Abe is really like most the hero’s who fall into this plot line. However, he’s got his struggles and he’s human like the rest of us and all of that shines through. Why anyone wants to read about perfect people with everything aligning just in all the rig
Alyssa Amey Madjeski
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“She’d always believed callings were for ministers and missionaries. But what if God had something special for everyone to do?”

When Zoe Hart leaves her lousy life in England on a bride ship bound for British Columbia, she doesn’t know what to expect. She truly only hopes to find a husband who will help her venture into the mountains to find her twin brother. Soon after landing, Zoe is faced with the loss of a friend- but her loss brings her an introduction to missionary pastor Abe and a half-nat
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Bride of Convenience is the third book in a series called The Bride Ships. It stands alone well, but I enjoyed it enough to seek out the previous two books. Overall it is lighthearted, but it deals with some difficult subjects such as the treatment of Native Americans and the plight of mill workers in the 1860s.

Zoe traveled to British Columbia on a bride ship to look for her brother. It was no place for a woman alone, so she sought a husband to help her get to the gold mines where her brother
Dana Michael
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed this series so much. The book is the third in the series and I'm longing for more. I cant wait for the fourth book. This story features Pastor Abe and a cotton mill worker who boarded a bride ship from England to look for her brother. Zoe is a delight and is so caring and loving. History and romance lovers will enjoy this very much. ...more
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I finished this story, I closed the book with a contented sigh. For me, that usually ends with an automatic 5 star rating. I'm pretty easy going that way. What a story! Fake relationships are among my favorite romance tropes, but I usually read them in a more contemporary setting. In this historical setting, it was (as the title implies) simply for "convenience." Zoe and Abe got married because it benefited them in the moment.

But of course things are never so easy. This couple sees their fa
Erin Laramore
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars for this third installment of the Bride Ships series by Jody Hedlund. Of the 3 released thus far, this one was definitely my favorite. For the best amount of history, I'd recommend reading these in order, though they could all stand alone. There's a bit of history from The Runaway Bride (book 2) in this one, and so if you do read them out of order, I'd recommend still reading that one before this one. Fans of the series will be glad to see Pastor Abe get his own story.

I loved Zoe. She
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-audios
This is hands down my favorite of the Bride Ships series. I loved Abe, Zoe, Violet, Will and the other characters featured in the story. This book has a wealth of fantastic characters. The story line is excellent and kept me thoroughly entertained. The ending was exciting and it was a perfect fit for the story. This read is definitely going on my fave 2020 reads. I enjoyed it so much that I bought the kindle and audible versions halfway through because I was enjoying it so much. Can't wait for t ...more
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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

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