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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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But wait! Before you go, I’m giving away two copies of my books to two entrants — Across the Blue or Shine Like the Dawn — paperback or eBook, your choice. All you have to do is fill out the Raffelcopter form below. (USA only) Winners will be announced on March 18th.
Until Next Time, Happy Reading,