The Wedding Journey by Cheryl St. John: Irish Brides Series: Inspy Historical Romance Book Review
Back of the Book
The mysterious inheritance is the answer to a prayer. Now Irish lass Maeve Murphy and her sisters can come to America! She's sure happiness awaits her, even if it won't--can't--come from widowed ship doctor Flynn Gallagher. Yes, he made her his assistant, but she's not foolish enough to fall for the man all the eligible, wealthy female passengers admire.
Flynn Gallagher may have his pick of ladies, but only one cares as he does for the sick and poor. Flynn vowed never to marry another woman who could break his heart. With Maeve, has his heart found safe harbor at last?
This one makes me want to say, "Ah." An old fashioned love story. A very old fashioned love story, and I LOVED it.
This is the first book (of three) in the Irish Brides series, a
continuity series about three sisters, written by three different authors. I don’t know
the exact details about continuity series, but my understanding is that the
Love Inspired editors think up the series, creating a series bible, and then
ask different authors if they would like to write the different books. It sounds
like a lot of fun to me!
Cheryl St. John kicked it off with The Wedding Journey. I
found it intriguing, and also very cool, that this was a “road trip” story that
took place pretty much entirely from the time the sisters boarded a ship
in Castleville, Ireland (in 1850) until disembarking in America. It’s the time
of the Irish potato famine, and these very strong, very brave young
women are destitute. The inheritance, a house, is their only hope for survival.
This one is Maeve’s story. When the ship’s physician sees her
expertly helping an injured person, he asks her if she would be his assistant
on board the ship. Though reluctant, she finally recognizes that God is calling
her to do so. While on board, Maeve meets many people, some of whom are friendly towards her and her sisters, and others who believe they are
superior because the sisters are poor and they are rich.
because Flynn, the doctor, comes from this class of people that Maeve feels she
would never be his type, although he never behaves in a superior fashion toward her or anyone. Flynn
has his own reasons for not wanting to be in a relationship with Maeve, but
they are not at all what she thinks.
This is a romance, and so the destination--love, marriage, and happily-ever-after--is never a surprise. But the journey of falling in love is unique with every romance written.
I never give star ratings to books I review, but I will say that this was one of my favorite Love Inspireds, from a line that is full of wonderful, wonderful books.