Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Book Review: A Bride For Keeps

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From The Back:

Everett Cline will never humiliate himself by seeking a mail-order bride. Not again. He's already been jilted by three mail-order brides and figures a wife just isn't in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor hasn't given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another woman to town for him.

Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. A mail-order marriage in faraway Kansas is a last resort, but she'll do anything to leave her life in Massachusetts and the heartbreak she's experienced there.

Although Everett doesn't see how a beautiful, cultured woman like Julia could be happy sharing his simple life, he could really use a helpmate on his homestead. Determined to prove she's more than just a pretty face, Julia agrees to a marriage in name only. Faced with the harsh realities of life on the prairie and hesitant to explore the tentative feelings growing between them, can Everett and Julia ever let each other in long enough to fall in love?

My Reflections:

I received three books packaged in one order this week and was instantly drawn to the beautiful cover of this book, then to the intriguing story line. Upon cracking the cover of this novel I was transported to Kansas in 1876, my heart still lingers there....

This book held me captive, and stole my heart in the process.
It is an endearing story about a man and a woman both harboring pain from the past. Everett Cline a tender, honorable character who has been rejected by three mail order brides, figures he is destined to be a bachelor. His neighbor and friend, Rachel has an entirely different plan for him.

Julia Lockwood is desperate to start new. Her past haunts her and she has sunk to the all time low of answering an ad for a mail order bride. Will her new husband be able to abide by her stipulations?
Her character is one filled with mistrust and longing all at the same time. She yearns for love but can't tolerate the realities of a full marriage arrangement.

In this novel you are given a glimpse into the three other mail order brides stories, which I loved. I can't wait for a sequel on Helga (one of the mail order brides that marries the neighbor)
This really tied the story together for me and I found myself wanting more, so I will be keeping my eyes open for sequels to this book.

In summary, I would definitively recommended this book to anyone wanting a fast paced, heart tendering book that will stick with you. I am keeping this book in my library, it is that good. Wonderful work Melissa Jagears, can't wait to read more!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

About The Author:

 Melissa Jagears

Melissa Jagears

Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. She's a member of ACFW and CROWN fiction marketing, and her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly. A Bride...

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