Hi Friends,  Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 27 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!

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It’s my pleasure to introduce my friend and fellow author, Jody Hedlund. We share a love for writing historical fiction, and I’ve enjoyed reading many of Jody’s books.

Here is a brief summary of Jody’s upcoming novel, The Reluctant Bride, which releases in June:  Living in London’s poorest slum, Mercy Wilkins has little hope of a better life. When she’s offered an opportunity to join a bride ship sailing to British Columbia, she agrees. Wealthy and titled Joseph Colville leaves home and takes to the sea in order to escape the pain of losing his family. As ship’s surgeon, he’s in charge of the passengers’ welfare aboard the Tynemouth, including sixty brides-to-be. He has no immediate intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, the two must fight against a forbidden love.


By Jody Hedlund

What is a bride ship and did they really exist?

A bride ship was the term applied to women who sailed from England to one of the motherland’s distant colonies with the intention of marrying Englishmen already there and helping settle the new lands.

Yikes! Sounds pretty crazy, huh?

When I first heard of the concept of bride ships, I was utterly horrified and fascinated by the idea that women would willingly board ships, leave everything they’d ever known behind, and sail to a strange land, all for the purpose of marrying complete strangers.

I couldn’t help but ask myself what kind of woman would do such a thing and why?

In the early 1860s England sent bride ships to British Columbia in Canada. The colony was overflowing with male settlers, primarily because of a gold rush that had occurred in the Canadian Rockies.

An 1861 census showed that females only made up 11% of the population there. With so few women available, men who wanted wives had slim pickings. One minister in British Columbia writing to his supporters said: “Dozens of men have told me they would gladly marry if they could.”

But again, why would women leave the security of their homes and lives to marry strangers? What sort of desperation did these women face that would drive them to take part in a bride ship?

One of the many reasons women left was because of lack of marriageable men. By the early 1860’s, a census stated that there were 600,000 more women than men in England, mainly as a result of so many men already having gone to America or British colonies to find work.

I hope you will read my upcoming release, A Reluctant Bride, to discover more reasons why women joined bride ships!

What about YOU? Does the idea of joining a bride ship sound as crazy to you as it does to me? 

Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award. She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy teens, and five spoiled cats.

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270 replies
  1. Carolyn Clemens-Benton
    Carolyn Clemens-Benton says:

    Hello Carrie,

    It is unfortunate that I have not read any of your books, and that’s why I relish these scavenger hunts where I am introduced to authors and books that are unfamiliar to me. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world.


  2. Nicole S.
    Nicole S. says:

    I think it seems crazy because the method is foreign to us! We don’t pack up and cross the ocean anymore in the way they used to.. On the other hand it doesn’t seem TOO crazy when you think about all the current ways people run from hardship or loss or desperate situations!

  3. Emily Yager
    Emily Yager says:

    I have only read a couple of your books. Thanks for the scavenger hunt and the chance to learn some new tidbits.

  4. Trish Moore
    Trish Moore says:

    Thank you for the scavenger hunt. I am enjoying reading about new author and their books. My list of books to read is growing.

    SYLVIA DOWNS says:

    That book you are writing on, No Ocean to Wide, sounds like a great read. It is so surprising to hear about the poor orphans. Why don’t we hear about these things in history class? History will repeat itself if we don’t know what happened!

  6. Sonnetta Jones
    Sonnetta Jones says:

    At first I was horrified by the idea of the bride ship but the idea is growing on me. As a woman who is single and does not see any prospects the idea of this is appealing. You are more aware of what you want and the power hopefully is in her hands.

  7. Kathleen Garley
    Kathleen Garley says:

    I cannot imagine traveling to a far away country and marrying a stranger…but then my mama always said “You don’t know a man until you have slept with him and then you don’t know him like you think you do”. I had never heard of Bride ships. I haven’t read any of your books yet but look forward to doing so.

  8. Angela Goble
    Angela Goble says:

    I look forward to reading your books. I am sorry to say that I have not read any yet but they sound wonderful. I am always looking for a good Christian author to read.

  9. Patty
    Patty says:

    The idea of the bride shop does sound a bit crazy, but I can see the need for brides in the lands being settled. Who would sign up to go, that is the question.

  10. Courtney Grice
    Courtney Grice says:

    It does seem crazy for our day and time. However, I understand that many times this was the only way either for the men and women to find a mate or for the family of the bride to give her what they felt were a better future.

  11. Tammy Hudson
    Tammy Hudson says:

    I think it sounds crazy but back then it was probably a good option for the women and men of the time. Thanks for the chance.

    Tighefan42atgmail dotcom

  12. Patti Bond
    Patti Bond says:

    I think it sounds crazy but I guess that is how men and women of that time did PBond(dot)Pattti(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. Joan Cook
    Joan Cook says:

    always enjoy books about young people overcoming a difficult trial. Your new book sounds great. I have loved the 3 books of yours that I have read so far.

  14. Rebekah M.
    Rebekah M. says:

    The thought of leaving all you’ve known to sail to an unknown land to marry a complete stranger sounds crazy to me! It makes me wonder how many wonderful marriages came from this and how many women wished they hadn’t come.

  15. Jeanne Scott
    Jeanne Scott says:

    This is the first time I’ve been introduced to your books. These scavenger hunts are a good way to discover new authors, I have found many this way. I look forward to reading your books 🙂

  16. Shoni
    Shoni says:

    Bride ships and mail order brides were a crazy concept, but I can understand the necessity at that time for such crazy ideas.

  17. Paty Hinojosa
    Paty Hinojosa says:

    Hi Carrie!
    I love your books!
    And Jody Hedlund´s too!
    You are both awesome writers and so inspiring!
    Thanks for the chance! I´d love a signed copy of ANY of your books!

  18. Roxanne Cruz
    Roxanne Cruz says:

    I recall reading a book in which a young lady traveled from England to the Canadian frontier to marry a rancher. However, I don’t think she sailed on a bride ship. I enjoyed learning about the bride ships.

  19. Heather Maki
    Heather Maki says:

    I think it sounds like a grand adventure! I’m not sure how many marriages back then were love matches vs. arranged, so I’m sure it wasn’t as wild and crazy to them as it sounds to us.

  20. Stephanie H.
    Stephanie H. says:

    To me today having bride ships would be complete insanity, but back in the old days it must have offered some women the possibilities of having stability and maybe finding love. Also, these women may have come from abusive homes or may have been trying to leave their countries for a better life.

  21. Laura Campbell
    Laura Campbell says:

    I found the idea of bride ships intriguing. The woman must be at wit’s end to consider it, and then to actually board the ship and travel, is a situation hard to grasp.

    • Roma Davidson
      Roma Davidson says:

      And to answer Jody’s question: I think it would be terrifying to leave everything I know to go to a strange place and marry a completely unknown man.

  22. Amy Medaris
    Amy Medaris says:

    A Bride Ship sounds intriguing, albeit a bit scary, to me, I’d love to know more though because I’m always interested in learning new things.

    Thanks for being a part of the scavenger hunt and offering a giveaway!

  23. Lauren Liggett
    Lauren Liggett says:

    Historical fiction is such a fun way to learn history. Our book club recently read The Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly. None of us had ever heard of “the rabbits” a group of women that were in a Nazi camp and experimented on. I look forward to learning more from your books.

  24. Suzannah Clark
    Suzannah Clark says:

    I think from a Christian woman’s perspective, I can actually see a godly woman joining a bride ship. Jesus says to go to all the world. Its no different than going out as an official “missionary”. She would be making a difference in her new country and in her new community.

  25. Debora Wilder
    Debora Wilder says:

    The idea of bride ships is not new to me. I remember watching the show The Brides of Seattle, which was a bride ship arrangement. I just know that it isn’t something I think I would have ever done.

  26. Trixi
    Trixi says:

    I think it sounds crazy for today’s world, but I can understand why women would do it back then. I love your writing, Jody. You always being whatever price of history to life for me.

    Thank you for the extra giveaway!

  27. Tia
    Tia says:

    I don’t think I could ever go on a ship to marry a man I had never met, it sounds so crazy and scary.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  28. Randi
    Randi says:

    In my shoes, with the freedom I’ve had to chart my own course, it seems insane to join a bride ship; however, I can see how a woman facing a lonely or impoverished life with no hope on the horizon might figure they didn’t have much to lose and would gamble on the bride ship route.

  29. Robin Henderson
    Robin Henderson says:

    Your chosen time-period is one of my favorites. I can’t wait to read some of your books. Thanks for introducing us to you!

  30. Jeanette Durkin
    Jeanette Durkin says:

    I don’t think it’s too crazy of an idea. If you were escaping an abusive life and wanted adventure what better way to go?

  31. Suzanne Sellner
    Suzanne Sellner says:

    I would be petrified to travel to unknown parts to marry an unknown person. It would also mean leaving one’s family–probably forever. However, if there truly were so few eligible men around and such a huge surplus of women, I might consider it.

  32. CutePolarBear
    CutePolarBear says:

    To me, it sounds crazy to willingly change one’s life in order to marry a complete stranger. But, in a way, something very similar is happening in this era. Women (and maybe some men, too) are searching for potential significant others through dating websites, random dates with strangers, because they think their worth is only in marriage (that’s probably more females). Yes, it’s different in some ways; no one’s actually going on a ship to find a husband before they even meet him. But I think the attitude is practically the same, and I can see how the desire for marriage manifested itself in such a way in the 19th century.


  33. Elizabeth R
    Elizabeth R says:

    The idea DEFINITELY sounds crazy to me but when I see the numbers in this post I can see why it seemed like the only choice for some women. Especially for the women that lived their whole lives in what I’m sure was overwhelming poverty.

  34. Darlene Carroll
    Darlene Carroll says:

    I have never heard of a bride ship. It sounds really interesting to me. I imagine it was a way to meet men back in the day before we had computers 🙂

  35. Cindy
    Cindy says:

    Thank you for participating in this scavenger hunt! I am enjoying reading about the various authors and their upcoming books.

  36. Debbie Clatterbuck
    Debbie Clatterbuck says:

    I don’t think I could get on a bride ship to become a bride to a total stranger. Men can be so unpredictable and can change once you marry them. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity Carrie, and good luck everyone.

  37. Polly Schneider
    Polly Schneider says:

    I would have been scared to death to do something like that. Women must have been really desperate to go on the bride ships.

  38. Perrianne Askew
    Perrianne Askew says:

    I had never heard of bride ships and find the idea of landing in a strange country to marry a complete stranger quite horrifying. I guess though, that was a different time and place and you did what was necessary if you desired a spouse and family. These days I guess finding a date on the internet could be similar but without leaving your homeland, family and friends. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed your orphan train series.

  39. Perrianne Askew
    Perrianne Askew says:

    I find the idea ofd a bride ship horridying but it was a different time and place. Abject poverty would also be a driving factor as well. I guess these days internet dating could be considered odd but at least you don’t have to leave your homeland, family and friends. I have read and enjoyed Across the Blue.

  40. Janice Gaw
    Janice Gaw says:

    It would be hard to leave all you have known and sail for another country. To marry someone you did not know would call for desperate measures

  41. Jan Coker
    Jan Coker says:

    The first book I read of yours was Across the Blue. I became a fan right away! I just finished The Governess of Highland Hall and loved it as well. Now I get to read the next two! I’m looking forward to reading The Reluctant Bride. I admire the courage of those women.

  42. Joan Arning
    Joan Arning says:

    I think we have to remember that lower and middle class women did not have many employment opportunities available to them. Especially if their father was dead or unable to provide for them, a bride ship could be the only option besides starvation or prostitution. I would get on a bride ship if it was necessary.

  43. Robin Rexroad
    Robin Rexroad says:

    I guess it would depend upon my circumstances! I don’t think I would have been brave enough to be on a Bride Ship!

  44. Brenda Dickson
    Brenda Dickson says:

    A bride ship sounds extremely crazy but I understand why back in the day that a woman would join a bride ship.

  45. Colleen Hudson
    Colleen Hudson says:

    To go on a bride ship would have taken a lot of courage. I don’t know that I would have been able to done that.

    BECCA WEIDEL says:

    A bride ship DEFINITELY seems pretty scary to me! I actually just read (well, listened lol) to Jaime Jo Wright’s book The House on Foster Hill this week and it delved into the horrors of human trafficking and mail-order brides was one of the ways it flourished. Scary!! So while it worked out for some, it was certainly very risky.

  47. desiree
    desiree says:

    right now no but you see it the early selter day they had tehm to be able to bring bride to guy who need a wife the ladies who came over new what was going they mostly live in not good s they leave for other place to find right man

  48. Linda B
    Linda B says:

    I had never heard of bride ships before.
    Thank you for taking part in the scavenger hunt. I always end up with a list of authors to read.

  49. Rebekah Gyger
    Rebekah Gyger says:

    Joining a bride ship is crazy to me in this age when I have options in live to live single. But had I lived in another time when that wasn’t an option, I could see myself taking part in a bride ship, if only because it would be a chance at a future and adventure.

  50. Julia Stone
    Julia Stone says:

    Put into the perspective of their society at the time, I don’t think that it would be nearly as crazy as it may sound to us in the modern day.

  51. Pam K.
    Pam K. says:

    Whether it was going on a Bride Ship or being a mail order bride, I think there would have to be a real sense of desperation for a woman to do that. They had far fewer opportunities than we do. I look forward to reading your new book.

  52. Sue
    Sue says:

    It does sound crazy but I’m thinking if a woman had wanderlust and wanted to travel but societal norms in that period frowned on a woman doing that alone, this might be the way she got to go to another land.

  53. Karen
    Karen says:

    The idea of a bride ship sounds exciting but terrifying! I’m sure that many of the ladies felt like they were moving to the middle of nowhere! Being a city girl myself, I probably would’ve stayed put! lol

  54. Laura
    Laura says:

    I have read a few books about women traveling for the purpose of marriage. Never having seen the one they are to marry. It is interesting to read about times we do not understand. We have never experienced any of the hardships that forced these women to leave everything. Who knows that we might would have done the same.

  55. Amber Walker
    Amber Walker says:

    The idea is quite romantic isn’t it?! But, I don’t think I could do it unless I knew who I was hopping into a marriage with!

  56. Barbara Hamby
    Barbara Hamby says:

    no i dont think the idea of a bride ship scary…..if i was single and of marrying age…and was given the chance to go on one of these ships i would go in a heart beat.

  57. Kaley
    Kaley says:

    You and other Christian authors mean so much to me! To have these amazing inspirational books is such a blessing! Thank you for what you do!

  58. Jeannie Otterness
    Jeannie Otterness says:

    I suppose it does sound crazy, but I can certainly understand the reasons why a woman would do that! In a way, I did something similar to that, although not on a ship! I was a single mother of three young boys and I didn’t want to raise them in California when the drug craze was going on, so after meeting a man from Canada, I packed up everything and left to go there. While I loved living in a small town in Ontario, unfortunately the marriage was not successful and ended in divorce. I returned to California with a lot of good memories of the people in that town. I still have contact with some of those people after more than 30 years!

  59. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    Ugg I put my email address wrong in the Rafflecopter, but I’ve been a subscriber for over a year and half now ?.
    The idea of a bride ship sounds freaky now but I can see how women would do it as a means to make a living for themselves. Most probably could not work like we could and to for England to be that much more populated by women is astonishing! I might of done it for the simple hope of bearing children! ?

  60. Christine
    Christine says:

    A bride ship sounds crazy to us in the modern age, but we don’t realize how limited women’s options were many years ago. I love books that take us back to earlier days and allow us to experience what people’s lives were like. Looking forward to reading your newest novel!

  61. Jessica Hembree
    Jessica Hembree says:

    I think that women will usually find some way of getting things to work out. As scary as the idea of a bride ship would be, if it was the only way (historically) to get by or advance, then I think I would face my fear and go. It would most likely be better than staying home and struggling.

  62. Jamie Smith
    Jamie Smith says:

    To me (because of my introverted personality) I think it sounds crazy to travel to another country to find a husband but could be a great option for those wanting an adventure and new life.

  63. Kellie
    Kellie says:

    I love Jody’s books, in fact I have one sitting next to my bed as I write this! I would love to read and win this book from her

  64. Elizabeth Litton
    Elizabeth Litton says:

    I’d be terrified to be part of a bride ship, heading to an unknown country and to a man I know nothing about!

  65. Laura Glent
    Laura Glent says:

    I do think a bride ship sounds crazy, but I’m sure it at least sounded like a better option than what they otherwise had available! Love your books, Jody and Carrie!

  66. Tabitha Davis
    Tabitha Davis says:

    Thanks so much for this giveaway, and the scavenger hunt! It’s really a fun way to be introduced to more authors. ?

  67. Lissy Davis
    Lissy Davis says:

    It is crazy! And sad, that women were so desperate for such a thing, but also will make for a very interesting tale! I’m excited to read all about it!

  68. Crystal Balzer
    Crystal Balzer says:

    It certainly does seem crazy to me! But, I can see how a young lady, perhaps with no family, could find that idea exciting.

  69. Sherri
    Sherri says:

    I do think it sounds a bit crazy but many ways of meeting the one you marry have crazy parts/odd circumstances. I don’t think it sounds much crazier than swiping right or left or online dating, etc.
    I don’t think I would be brave enough to do board a bride ship. Maybe they were running toward something – adventure, marriage, possibility – instead of running away from something (or maybe a mixture of the two, like most of our choices).

  70. Pam
    Pam says:

    The whole concept of getting on one of those ships, being at sea for months is too overwhelming for me. They would have to knock me out , tie me up to even git me on board. Nope not happening!

  71. Megan
    Megan says:

    Hi Carrie and Jody! Thank you both for participating in this Scavenger Hunt! As for Jody’s question, I suppose I can see why some women might board a bride ship – escape, adventure, hope to find love, or maybe they have nothing left where they are. However, it still seems terrifying to me to leave what is familiar for the unknown like they do!

  72. Karen Morgan
    Karen Morgan says:

    now: dating websites // American history: mail order brides // British History: Bride Ships// I had not ever heard of Bride ships before, and it seems women would have had to be very courageous & in desperate situations to do that – or to be a mail order bride. At least on dating websites I think there would be more info ? 🙂

  73. Misty
    Misty says:

    I’d say one must be either very adventurous or very desperate to sail away on a bride ship! I wonder what the cost was?

  74. LT
    LT says:

    Hi! I’ve heard really good things about your books, but I have yet to read any of them. I plan to in the (hopefully near) future though! As far as the concept of the ships, yes, that seems absolutely insane! I could never do that! I guess times have changed!


  75. Loren Atkins
    Loren Atkins says:

    I don’t think I’ve read any of your books, I’m definitely going to now! 🙂
    Oh my goodness, the thought of a bridal ship sounds so foreign to me… like, what?

  76. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    I think bride ships sound totally crazy! I don’t think I could do something like that.

    I’m not sure if it’s just me, but the Rafflecopter form was not working.

  77. Victoria Drinnan
    Victoria Drinnan says:

    The idea of boarding a bride ship is so crazy and not something I’d do unless I had no other options left. Though I can imagine the thrill of adventure of doing something so crazy haha.

  78. Jackie L
    Jackie L says:

    I couldn’t do it… I’m not that brave. Leaving the familiar for the unfamiliar..and what if my groom was not a Christian or even a nice person…. Nope, I couldn’t do it, but I’d love to read about someone doing it 🙂

  79. Erin L.
    Erin L. says:

    I think a bride ship sounds crazy! I can’t even begin to imagine!

    For Carrie, I read Across the Blue last year and really enjoyed it. It was the first of yours I’d read. No Ocean Too Wide sounds absolutely fascinating. As an advocate for kids in foster care today, I love hearing stories of how things were before there was foster care!

  80. Melanie
    Melanie says:

    It sounds crazy to me. I’ve recently been watching PBS’s Jamestown that talks about this and it fascinates me. What a different work than we have today

  81. Sherri G
    Sherri G says:

    It does sound crazy but desperate times call for desperate measures. Most of those women probably felt they didn’t have much to lose. Maybe some thought it adventuresome but I know that’s much more adventurous than I am.

  82. Irina
    Irina says:

    Thank you for writing good, moral, clean, Christian fiction! We need more authors like you in this sinful, negative world, to shine the light of Jesus!!!

  83. Kathy
    Kathy says:

    The idea of a bride ship sounds terrifying, but so does the idea of being left in poverty after one’s father died if there was no way to earn a living as a woman.

  84. Kaycee
    Kaycee says:

    I’ve never heard of bride ships. I’m just getting into Christian fiction and this scavenger hunt is making me find new authors I think I’ll like, including you!

  85. Mary Hart
    Mary Hart says:

    In that day & time, the absence of available men would not make the Bride ships look so bad. There weren’t many occupations for women to support themselves back then.

  86. Karen Rhoades
    Karen Rhoades says:

    I think it would be utterly scary to take off to another place to marry a complete stranger. It doesn’t seem much different than mail order brides or arranged marriages though. But there are so many things that could go wrong on a venture like this. I’m anxious to read your take on this–I’m sure it will be quite the adventure. I’m just glad I can follow a fictitious character through it!

  87. Sarah Stewart
    Sarah Stewart says:

    What a crazy idea! It definitely sounds like an interesting read! Thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt.

  88. Linda Horin
    Linda Horin says:

    Your book sounds fascinating! A bride ship does sound crazy to us today, but I think it was not so unbelievable for that time. Marriages were often arranged between families for reasons other than love, and women had a tendency to do whatever they had to do to survive. They did not have the choices that we have now.

  89. Pam Graber
    Pam Graber says:

    To me, joining a bride ship WOULD be crazy. A.) I get motion sick in the car. I can’t imagine what a trip like that in a ship would do to me. B.) While I’m sure there were many fine men looking for wives, I would have wanted some major assurance that I’d get one of the good ones, and from what I can tell, there wasn’t much of that for the brides who went.

  90. Abby Breuklander
    Abby Breuklander says:

    I’m just amazed at the courage these women had to go on a bride ship, I don’t think I’d be able to do it myself!

  91. Sandra
    Sandra says:

    I love reading about history, so many things I did not learn in High School or College. I have just found your books this spring. I am reading Shine Like the Dawn now.

  92. Andrea Williams
    Andrea Williams says:

    Bride ships are totally new to me. I can’t imagine doing such a thing, but times were different back then I guess.

  93. Faith Marshall
    Faith Marshall says:

    These look amazing! I’ve loved (and written) your sort of book all my life, so naturally I’m interested in them!

  94. Anne-Marie
    Anne-Marie says:

    The only Bride Ship I’d get on is one I’m steering myself! It seems that desperate times lead to desperate measures.

  95. Jennifer K
    Jennifer K says:

    Carrie, your upcoming release sounds good and as does Jody’s. I can’t imagine stepping on a bride ship, but I do want to read this book.

  96. Megan
    Megan says:

    I guess I can imagine there would be a number of different reasons for agreeing to something like a bride ship, but I am curious how many women actually did it! I would think in certain situations women would agree and maybe there were a few adventurous spirits-but, me personally, I would not be interested in that kind of adventure!!

  97. Arletta
    Arletta says:

    I don’t think I would enjoy it. I guess you’d have a lot in common with the other women but it doesn’t sound like my cup of tea.

  98. Laurel Milam
    Laurel Milam says:

    I’d not heard of a bride ship before, & yes, it does sound rather crazy to me. However, desperate times call for desperate solutions.

  99. Tara
    Tara says:

    I would not board a bride ship because I’ve got an amazing husband. It does sound crazy but that is what makes me wants to read this book!

  100. Lisa Hudson
    Lisa Hudson says:

    I was on your Launch Team for Across the Blue (Fantastic Book!) but I haven’t read Shine Like the Dawn. Thanks for the opportunity!

  101. Lisa Hudson
    Lisa Hudson says:

    I was on your Launch Team for Across the Blue (Fantastic Book!) but I haven’t read Shine Like the Dawn. Thanks for the opportunity! As for Jody’s question – If I had prayed diligently about it and felt God’s compelling desire relentlessly leading me, then how could I not go?

  102. Julie B
    Julie B says:

    I don’t suppose going to another land to marry an Englishman to help settle the new world would have been any crazier that what some people do today by meeting a stranger through the internet.

  103. Rachel Ballew
    Rachel Ballew says:

    I too find it crazy to join a bride ship. Going off to an unknown land and marrying a complete stranger. Definitely had to be hard times and desperate for a better life.

  104. Sabrina Kiele
    Sabrina Kiele says:

    I haven’t read any of your books yet, but I’d like to. I hadn’t heard of British Home Children before, but now that I have, I’d love to learn more about them!

    • Sabrina Kiele
      Sabrina Kiele says:

      Oops, I forgot to answer Jody’s question. I wouldn’t want to go on a bride ship, because I’d be afraid of who I might end up with. But if I lived a long time ago, maybe it would’ve been different.

  105. Christine Kilner
    Christine Kilner says:

    Like you I am a bit horrified and fascinated by the concept of them. But in a way, it reminds me of an arranged marriage.

  106. Carolyn
    Carolyn says:

    Currently re-reading The Governess of Highland Hall, followed by the rest of the series :). Haven’t read Into The Blue yet but its in my want to read list. Love your books.

  107. Karen Hoyt
    Karen Hoyt says:

    I have been reading your books from the beginning. I owned a Christian store and was hooked on the first page. I love your writing, your characters, your thourough research.

  108. Pam Flynn
    Pam Flynn says:

    I’ve never heard of Bride ships and I’m going to be doing some more research about this. I find it fascinating. Would love to read your books!

  109. Cindy Adams
    Cindy Adams says:

    I had a hard time simply moving a half hour away from my family when I married! No way would I uproot myself to a distant country!

  110. Vicky D
    Vicky D says:

    Back in those times I guess there weren’t as many options but the thought of going on a Bride Ship now is terrifying!

  111. Mackenzie Dufries
    Mackenzie Dufries says:

    I cannot wait to read these books, both Carrie’s and Jody’s! I definitely have to agree with Jody though, I think the idea of being on a bride ship sounds a little crazy, I would definitely be scared of coming to a new country on my own to marry someone I had never met!

  112. Laura B
    Laura B says:

    A bride ship sounds crazy, but it was a different world for women back then. I suppose they were doing what they had to do to survive. Your book sounds interesting!

  113. Beth Rumbaugh
    Beth Rumbaugh says:

    I never heard of a bride ship, but I have read several mail-order bride novels. It would be interesting to have a different perspective from which to read about a bride leaving all much further behind.

  114. Chrissy Gunning
    Chrissy Gunning says:

    Hi Carrie
    Looking forward to reading your books.
    I am always looking for new Christian fiction to read!!

  115. Michaela
    Michaela says:

    I think I would be wayyy to nervous to join a bride ship…I mean, I can’t even gather the gumption to join online dating and that’s basically the equivalent of a bride ship, right? 🙂 ha! Thanks for the great post, Carrie!

  116. Sarah Anderson
    Sarah Anderson says:

    I think I may try the bride ship out. I’d pray the whole time for a good man and trust God to provide one and if he didn’t I’d hope I’d be brave enough to not settle for subpar.

  117. Mallori N.
    Mallori N. says:

    The idea of joining a bride ship does sound crazy, but I guess under the right circumstances, I would have chosen to join one rather than stay in England.

  118. Dianna
    Dianna says:

    This is my first time hearing of a bride ship! It’s definitely a crazy thought to me, but then again women didn’t have many options for independence.

  119. Nicole House
    Nicole House says:

    I cannot imagine joining a bride ship myself or having my daughters do so, but stories about those women fascinate me.

  120. Grace
    Grace says:

    To be honest, I can’t imagine doing it myself, but I do understand their desire to start over and help forge something new.

    It’s not a part of our modern culture anymore, so it seems a bit crazy, but I can also see that it was a fairly common part of theirs.

  121. Connie Ruggles
    Connie Ruggles says:

    I do think it’s pretty crazy to chase after a potential mate by traveling to unknown places thousands of miles away from families and friends, but hey! some people are adventurous like that!

  122. Leah Fargo
    Leah Fargo says:

    I never knew such a thing as bride ships existed! That’s totally crazy; I agree! I cannot even imagine being betrothed from birth or engaged to someone I barely know, much less a woman on a bride ship. It goes to show how far the world has come on matters like this. I can’t even imagine having no choice in choosing my husband.

  123. Jeanine Kowalewski
    Jeanine Kowalewski says:

    No, I had not heard of the bride ships. Both A Reluctant Bride and No Ocean Too Wide sound like great reads!

  124. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Yes, it does sound very crazy. But also a bit adventurous. I am single and so I must admit a (very small) part of me is really intrigued by the idea…. but yes, still crazy! 🙂

  125. Karen
    Karen says:

    I can’t imagine the strength and courage it took to leave your family and friends and travel across the ocean all alone.

  126. Stephanie Carlson
    Stephanie Carlson says:

    It’s hard for us today to understand why a woman would consider such a thing, but I can see why in those days they did it. It would take a huge amount of courage to do this. This is such a great subject for a book. Thank you using it and for being a part of the scavenger hunt.

  127. LavonSheree
    LavonSheree says:

    This book sounds very interesting. I can’t imagine boarding a bride ship, but no one really knows what we’d do in some circumstances. I’m enjoying finding new authors in this scavenger hunt.

  128. Melissa Andres
    Melissa Andres says:

    I cannot imagine leaving my home and my country to marry a complete stranger! That is such a crazy idea to me. The new book sounds great!

  129. Susan
    Susan says:

    What an intriguing idea! I can’t imagine boarding a bride ship myself, but it sounds like a perfect setting for a story!

  130. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    It sounds like a fairly good idea, kind of like the online dating services today. But, yes, if I lived back then, I’d get on a bride ship and find myself a husband, hopefully he’d be nice. Risky, but so is life.

  131. Brenda
    Brenda says:

    I think the only way I could get on a Bride Ship would be to escape a very bad marriage that some families forced on their daughters for the sake of money or social standing.

  132. Amanda Trumbull
    Amanda Trumbull says:

    I can’t imagine riding a ship that long of a time knowing I was heading over to marry a complete stranger.

  133. Phyllis Bullock
    Phyllis Bullock says:

    I have read other books about mail order brides. Are they similar? I haven’t read any of your books yet. Glad to be introduced to you.

  134. Emilee
    Emilee says:

    It really is hard to to imagine what it would be like. The smells and the clothing, all of it is so far from our life styles today. That’s what makes it fun to read about.

  135. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    Carrie, the raffle link isn’t working. Is it just me?
    Jody, Ummm…. I don’t think I would join a ship to marry a stranger. I would go on a boat to a new land and settle, but commit to marry someone I hadn’t met? I couldn’t do that part.

  136. Virginia
    Virginia says:

    A bride shio is a pretty wild idea, but offers an intriguing idea for a story. I look forward to reading your new book!

  137. Margie Mijares
    Margie Mijares says:

    I think that sailing on a Bride Ship must have been a wonderful adventure during that time period…especially for young women who may not have had any prospects at home!! If I were a young woman, that might be a great adventure even now.

  138. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    I haven’t read any of your books but am happily introduced to you. I’ve often found the same thought of ‘brideships’ fascinating…
    Thanks for a chance to win.

  139. Patricia D.
    Patricia D. says:

    I’m so excited to be doing this because I found another author that I didn’t know about. Both of these books sound wonderful! Can’t wait to read them!

  140. Ann Zoch
    Ann Zoch says:

    Hi, Jody. I cannot imagine boarding a ship to sail to an unknown place to marry a man I have never met! I can’t begin to understand the desperation, hope, fear, determination, etc. that these women must have felt when they made the decision to take this step! What a courageous act!

  141. Loni Horn
    Loni Horn says:

    The idea of being on a bridal ship sounds intriguing and fascinating. It would be nerve racking to meet a man in such a confined space with no chance of escaping.

    Even though I have heard of mail order brides, I hadn’t heard of brides sailing on ships.

    I want to go right out and buy a copy of your books.

    Loved the idea of the scavenger hunt and found many new books to read and enjoy.

  142. Kelly Kivett
    Kelly Kivett says:

    I can’t imagine how hard it would be to leave everything behind and go across the ocean to marry a stranger! I look forward to reading Reluctant Bride!

  143. Barbara Harper
    Barbara Harper says:

    I’ve not read any of your books, Carrie, but would love to win one and star reading! Re Jody’s question, yes, that does sound crazy! So many unknowns! And no quick and easy way to let loved ones know if you need help.

  144. Christine S
    Christine S says:

    Wow! I’ve never heard about bride ships before. For me personally, the thought is terrifying, but I can see reasons for women taking part.

  145. Maria Evers
    Maria Evers says:

    I love stories about World War II. My father fought in the war and that time period has always fascinated me.

  146. Connie Porter Saunders
    Connie Porter Saunders says:

    Yes, this idea sounds very crazy but so does meeting up with someone through Internet chats! So glad I was able to meet my forever love in a normal fashion!

  147. Wilma DeCamp
    Wilma DeCamp says:

    What a wild concept…like the old time Mail Order Brides with a twist…sounds like an interesting plot to me!

  148. Deanne Patterson
    Deanne Patterson says:

    Yes, it does sound crazy but depending on the circumstances I was doing it for it may take me to the new life I would need.

  149. Janice Moore
    Janice Moore says:

    My answer to your question is : the women who were willing to be on the bride ship had no better options.
    The books sounds fascinating!

  150. Jaci
    Jaci says:

    I like the idea of joining a bride ship. In the world of online dating apps, this seems just as logical. Why not travel hundreds of miles to a different Continent to escape the streets of London? I am really looking forward to reading this book after reading Mark of the King last year about a different type of bride ship.

  151. Denise Shafer
    Denise Shafer says:

    I would never join a bride ship. That would be so scary. I love these scavenger hunts. I’m able to read about new books coming out and authors I”m not familiar about.

  152. Carol Graft
    Carol Graft says:

    I confess that I haven’t read any of your books before. I think this is also the first Scavenger Hunt I’ve done. I love these ways of introducing us to new to us authors.

    • Carol Graft
      Carol Graft says:

      Replying as an edit. 🙂 I can’t imagine leaving everything I know for an unknown land to to marry a stranger. And yet, if I were poor and destitute with nothing to lose from going and nothing to be gained from staying and had no attachments perhaps?

  153. Laura Lambert
    Laura Lambert says:

    The idea of joining a bride ship doesn’t sound crazy, especially in a society where being married is so highly prized. I guess I may be like my great-grandmother who was a mail order bride. It’s essentially the same thing.


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