Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Bride for Keeps - A Review
Julia Lockwood answers an ad for a mail order bride. But when she arrives in Salt Flats, Kansas, she discovers that her prospective groom, Everett Cline, didn't advertise for one. At least not this time. Everett has been hurt more times than he can count in the hopes of finding a wife. After having one girl leave him, he decided to advertise for a bride. Yet each one that answered his ad ended up not marrying him. One died in route to him. Another married a man she met on the train. A third married someone else once she arrived. So Everett feels that Julia won't be any different. Julia's determined to prove that she will be a wife that won't leave him. She's also determined to have only a marriage of convenience. But what'll happen when the pair start to fall for each other? Will they turn their marriage of convenience into a real marriage?
Mail order brides are a popular theme right now. But as long as an author makes it seem new, then for me the stories never get old. This twist on the mail order bride story is one I'd not read before, so I truly enjoyed it. Debut author Melissa Jagers does an excellent job in showing Everett's pain and reluctance at trying his hand at a marriage - again. Julia is very complex. She was hiding something, but what I didn't know. Eventually the reader finds out. I loved the secondary characters of Dex and Rachel and their family. I am looking forward to more by this author.
I received this book for free from the author for the purpose of reviewing and promoting. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recommended to fans of Love Comes Softly, mail order brides, Karen Witemeyer, Love Inspired Historicals, Lori Wick, Tracie Peterson, Lauraine Snelling
Rating - 4 stars - good solid debut