Almost a Bride by Jody Hedlund

Kate Millington leaves a destitute situation in England to join a bride ship in hopes of finding a husband in British Columbia.  She has no difficulty finding several interested men, but Kate has trouble staying engaged, doubting the intentions of the men as wedding days draw near. She is surprised to encounter an old childhood friend of her brother’s, Zeke Hart, in the remote mining town of Williamsville.  Zeke has struck gold and made a comfortable life for himself, causing him to begin to think about marriage and a family.  He admires his friend’s little sister, Kate, but he worries that he may not be enough for her.  As tragedy hits their small town, Zeke and Kate begin to question what is truly important in their lives.

I was excited to read this final book in the Bride Ship Series as we were introduced to Zeke in book three.  I enjoyed the banter and easy friendship of Zeke and Kate as they are reintroduced after years apart, their previous friendship allowing for them to quickly establish a deeper relationship.  However, I do not think I connected with Kate and Zeke as much as I did the main characters in the other books in this series, perhaps because I did not like some early aspects of their romance, but I do think it allowed for growth in both characters in the book.  I loved Mr. Peabody and some of the secondary characters.  I also liked the element of mystery to the novel and had trouble guessing the villain until the end.  The history is fascinating and well researched as well.  The book is overall well written and a good addition to the series. I recommend it to those who love historical romance.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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