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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 20, 2020
Another great historical romance by Jody Hedlund! This book follows a bride ship of women immigrating from England to the British colonies in what is now Canada to marry the miners who populated the area. The ship and its voyage were real to history, but the characters were fiction. This book follows Joseph Colville, the ship's doctor (and a baron who has cared less about his title and opted to study medicine, a career of "commoners"), and Mercy Wilkins, a poor woman whose compassion is unrivaled. You couldn't help but like these 2 characters as they continually put others first. They were both running from the griefs of the past as well. It was good to see the growth as they learned how to put the past behind them and move forward. I had 2 minor complaints, making this a 4 star read rather than a 5 star. The first was that while I know that the difference in their social status was a huge deal at the time, the conversations and thought processes surrounding it seemed very repetitive. The second was that while both of them exhibited wonderful self-less natures, both of them had to get to a point of surrender to God as neither of them really had a relationship with him at the beginning. Without Christ, it is nigh impossible to exhibit a Christ-like nature that we see in both of them. I would have liked to have seen more growth in those elements of their characters (or seen them get exhausted by trying on their own without Him) instead. Also, the kissing scenes were a bit too steamy for my liking, but that's just a personal preference. All in all, just minor concerns - overall, the book is very well written, the story is interesting and the characters are likable. Just what one would expect from this author! I would recommend to fans of inspirational historical romance.
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