England, 1862. Charlotte Harding is a sweet young lady she’s shy, she dreams of being a veterinarian but it will never happen due to societies expectations of women at the time and her only option is to get married. She lives with her sister Harriet and her wealthy brother-in-law, Charles, who has high expectations and he wants her to marry someone who will be of benefit to his political career.
When Harriet hosts a party, Charles wants Charlotte to charm one of his colleagues George, but before the night is over, her reputation is ruined and it’s not her fault. But the rumor mill is rife, Charlotte is shunned and much to her horror her poor sister Harriet is punished for not producing any children and they both find themselves on a ship on its way to Victoria in British Columbia the western most province of Canada.
The Brideship Wife is about the long voyage to the other side of the world, where single women like Charlotte take a big risk by traveling to a new country and where hundreds single men are eagerly waiting for the chance to marry. For Charlotte it’s a journey filled with sadness but also one of hope and self discovery when she makes friends with a fellow bride to be Sarah, she helps the ship’s doctor treat the sick and injured and meets Reverend John Crossman whose mission in life is to eradicate smallpox.
I enjoyed The Brideship Wife it’s based on a true story about single women leaving England and moving to the other side of the world. They had no idea what life would be like in the New World and for many it opened up opportunities that they would never experienced if they didn’t make the decision to go and take such a big risk. I enjoyed the book and gave it four stars.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 5258 KB
- Print Length: 400 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (5 May 2020)
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07THD5YVK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 1 customer rating
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #807,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)