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October 17, 2013

A BRIDE FOR KEEPS by Melissa Jagears

A Bride for Keeps


Unexpected Brides Book 1
A Novel
Melissa Jagears

Published October 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers 

(from Shelfari)
A Tender Tale of Love on the Prairie Perfect for CBA Readers Although Everett Cline can hardly keep up with the demands of his homestead, he won't humiliate himself by looking for a helpmate ever again--not after being jilted by three mail-order brides. When a well-meaning neighbor goes behind his back to bring yet another mail-order bride to town, he has good reason to doubt it will work, especially after getting a glimpse at the woman in question. She's the prettiest woman he's ever seen, and it's just not possible she's there to marry a simple homesteader like him. Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. Having finally worked up the courage to leave her life in Massachusetts, she's determined to find a place where people will value her for more than her looks. Having run out of all other options, Julia resorts to a mail-order marriage in far-away Kansas. Everett is skeptical a cultured woman like Julia could be happy in a life on the plains, while Julia, deeply wounded by a past relationship, is skittish at the idea of marriage at all. When, despite their hesitations, they agree to a marriage in name only, neither one is prepared for the feelings that soon arise to complicate their arrangement. Can two people accustomed to keeping their distance let the barricades around their hearts down long enough to fall in love?

Setting: Kansas  1876
 Everett Cline has been humiliate enough.  Jilted by three mail order brides, he feels he can't humiliate himself by  searching for another helper for his demanding homestead. We all have those well meaning neighbors that just have to butt in just for more than causing trouble.  Well, Everett has a well meaning neighbor who brings another mail order bride into town.  Everett knows it won't work. He'd already seen her.  He thought she was the prettiest little thing ever.  She can't be there to marry him, a homesteader. This pretty little thing is Julia Lockwood. She finally decided to leave her life in Massachusetts.  She wants people to like her not just the way she looks.  She left that life behind, being nothing but a bargaining tool to her father and as far as her former fiance, she was an addition to the business.  Julie doesn't have many options, so she becomes a mail order bride in Kansas. Julia is still wary of relationships since a past relationship didn't end well.  She is afraid of marriage. She isn't the only one with fears.  Everett  couldn't imagine why a beautiful, educated woman like Julia would want to live on the prairie. Despite their reserves, they agree to wed in name only. But what is going to happen next.  Can they keep their distance for ever?  Can they get past their inhibitions and allow themselves to love each other.? Pick up a copy of A BRIDE FOR KEEPS by Melissa Jagears and go to the little town in Kansas.  Maybe you'll get to see a wedding. You never know.

I was given a complimentary copy of A BRIDE FOR KEEPS by Melissa Jagears from Bethany house Publishers for this honest review.

I gave  this book 4 STARS.




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 for Keeps is her first novel.
And I like to read, of course! I don't always write reviews for novels here, but I do give stars.

5 means I'm keeping it so I can reread, LOVED it so much I probably ignored life to read it.

4 means great story.

3 means it was a good story and I finished it, but something about it makes it not the best story for me, but I don't see why another reader wouldn't love it.

And I don't post 2 or 1 stars for current authors, I just delete the book since most of the authors I read might be coworkers now or later.

Though I'll occasionally post 1 or 2 stars if I'm sure I'll never work with the author, like for the classics.


1 comment:

Melissa Jagears said...

So glad you you liked it. Thanks for reviewing. :)