I love reading the author’s notes on the background of a novel and this fictional story has lots of real facts and happenings included. History is so much more interesting learned this way. My eyes were opened to the poverty and slum areas of London around 1862. My heart broke for Mercy and how she had to live. The love she never received for herself she gave willingly to those around her in need. From helping those sick to begging for stale bread from a baker to share with the orphans on the street. When an opportunity arises for her to travel by ship to British Columbia to a new settlement she reluctantly agrees. Thinking she is going to find a job and work there she later finds out she’s expected to be a bride for one of many men waiting for the women to arrive.
On board ship she meets the doctor, Joseph, an aristocrat and gives her help to him when needed. They are both hiding deep hurts and griefs from the past and have run from them and from God. The story told about them and how they change and grow during their lengthy voyage is truly worth reading. This is going to be a series and I’m truly looking forward to the next one after reading A Reluctant Bride.
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