Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears

This week, CFBA introduces A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears!


A Tender Tale of Love on the Prairie!

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?

I've always loved a good mail-order bride story, and A Bride for Keeps did not disappoint. Often the bride or groom have some sort of painful past to overcome, resulting in a struggle to let go and love the other.

Melissa's story was unique in that both Everett and Julia are hurting. One fears rejection, the other feels worthless. When one finally begins to let the emotional walls crumble, the other is still not ready to accept true and honest love.

A Bride for Keeps was warm and sweet, and I really enjoyed it! I look forward to more books by Melissa!

AND FOR YOU, a peek into the book:

Thank you to Melissa and Bethany House through CFBA for sending me a copy to read and review!

Also reviewed on Amazon and Christianbook.

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