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  • A strong woman finds happiness

    The Brideship Wife is one of the best historical Romance books I have read in a long time. It is exciting, tragic, romantic and inspiring. It has much rich history about an area I knew nothing about. I learned so much historically from this book about the British Columbia gold rush before it became Canada. The author wrote in such a way that you experiences the sights and sounds of this era, the small mining towns, the roughness and the beauty. I could almost feel the spray from the falls and smell the smoke from the fire. The details of the clothing worn by both the English elite and their snobby ways was so descriptive as was that of the workhouse girls on the ship from England. The characters were colorful and realistic. I loved every one of them, even the ones I disliked. The main character Charlotte is a strong woman and fights for her own life in an era where women are married for life and position and they do what men tell them to do. She fights to be independent and live her own life on her terms. This book kept me reading until the end, I enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it. Thanks to Leslie Howard, Simon and Schuster Canada, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and advanced copy for an honest review.

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  • An excellent tale

    I received a free electronic copy of this ARC historical novel from Netgalley, Leslie Howard, and Simon & Schuster Canada. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read The Brideship Wife of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am looking very much forward to the future works of Leslie Howard. This debut novel is an excellent start to hopefully many years of works from Leslie Howard. There are many books covering the importation of brides to the wild woods of Oregon and Washington state, but this is the first reference I have encountered to these unmarried English women traveling to Vancouver Island in hopes of finding a man or a job or a life. Leslie Howard does a fine job of presenting these most accurate historical facts in a format acceptable to us historical/romantic/fiction readers. The storyline is compelling, the protagonists sympathetic, and the ending is much too soon. More, Please, Ms. Howard.

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  • Enjoyable historical tale

    Excellent read! I rather enjoyed the story line and was excited to learn something about the history of my country. I had heard of the "filles de roi", but never about this group of brave young women. I look forward to future titles by this author.

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  • Historical Fiction British Columbia

    Thanks to Edelweiss, Simon & Schuster and Leslie Howard for my digital copy of The Brideship Wife. 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 I gave it four stars.

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  • Wonderful

    The Brideship Wife encapsulates this little known story from our Canadian past. Author Leslie Howard has given voice to the courageous women, all from different walks of life and social standing, who came to begin new lives in British Columbia. This is a well researched novel, told with remarkable skill and elegant story telling. We find ourselves transported back in time to Victorian England, circa 1860's. A time when women were supposed to have dowries, know their role... and the men held the key to their futures, their fortunes and fates. On offer from British Columbia is a resettlement program...offering new opportunities and a fresh start for single women...a chance for a better future; a husband, starting a family, owning property and prosperity. Only problem was it didn't end up that way for many of the Brideship Wives. Of note, is the author's message to her readers, telling of her personal connection to Brideship Wives of Canada! Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and the author, Ms. Leslie Howard for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy of "The Brideship Wives". The opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.

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