Friday, July 31, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears

Can Silas and Kate overcome their rocky start and experience healing—and possibly love? Discover the answer in Melissa Jagears' new book, A Bride at LastNeither Kate nor Silas is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light as they attempt to prove nine-year-old Anthony's paternity to the court. Can their wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever? 


Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts. 

Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she’d been deceived about her intended groom, she’s now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she’ll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony–until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy’s father.

Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony’s wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

My Review:

I love historical novels, and for some reason have always enjoyed stories about mail order brides.  This was a charming read.  Like most Bethany House historical fiction that I have read, it was gentle and inspiring, and would make a great Hallmark Hall of Fame movie.

The time period (1880's) and setting (Salt Flatts, Kansas and Missouri) were both interesting, and historical details were well written.

Kate is a strong and caring protagonist.  I empathized with her care for her young student, Anthony, and her wish to help him.  I particularly liked Silas as a romantic match for Kate.  Silas and Kate both came from troubled backgrounds, but they found strength in their relationship together.

This is the third book in the Unexpected Brides series.  I have not read the other two books, but enjoyed this novel as a standalone read.

I would recommend this book for fans of historical fiction, historical romance, and mail-order bride novels. It is a heartwarming novel with likable, admirable characters.

Celebrate the release of A Bride at Last by entering to win a $100 Memory-Making giveaway and RSVPing to Melissa's August 4th author chat party!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $100 gift card to Netflix (for a family movie night), Shutterfly (to create a family memory book), or TablePlayGames (for a family game night)
  • One copy of A Bride at Last
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/4. The winner will be announced at Melissa's 8/4 A Bride at Last Facebook author chat party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Melissa and fiction fans, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th! 

I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

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