Wednesday, October 16, 2013

CFBA Review: A Bride For Keeps by:Melissa Jagears

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Bride for Keeps
Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2013)
by
Melissa Jagears


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word From The Author:

I am a stay at home mother on a tiny little farm with a fixer-upper house. As much as I love writing and reading about homesteaders, I am so glad I’m a homesteader during an era with modern grocery stores to take up for my slack. I am an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher by trade, and I still work occasionally in that field along with being my church’s financial secretary and writing novels.

My husband and I have been married since 2001 and have a daughter and two little boys. My husband shares my fascination with traditional living except for being more hands on. He loves blacksmithing, knife smithing, traditional archery, hunting, etc. Generally whatever a mountain man does, he does it or has or wants to attempt it. He comes in handy for research! And of course, the rest of the family gets involved. I have my own blackpowder rifle, named Calvin, that my husband made for me. And I’m pretty sure my daughter is probably one of very few her age who can instruct adults how to shoot a longbow properly. The boy digs random holes in my yard to make “cement” with dirt and water making our yard a tripping hazard. The baby does what babies do.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Bride for Keeps, go HERE.

My Review:
 Everett Cline has tried the whole mail-order bride thing and it didn't really work-out for him. Having tried three times, he wasn't happy to find out that his neighbor has ordered him another. He knows she means well but just doesn't want to go through this again. Maybe this one will be different? He only knew about her the day she came and she was mesmerizing. Beautiful, perfect. She would never come to love him, why was she even here? Surely someone back home thought the same as he did. But she was here now, all he had to do was show her how good of a husband he would be.

 Julia Lockwood never thought it would come to her being a mail-order bride and now she was on a train to somewhere in Kansas, she has never been. Many questions fill her mind, like, how's life going to be now? Having never spoke to the man she will soon have to marry, how accepting will he be? He's never even seen her, but today was the day all things would change. Seeing him, was one of the best things that could have happened to her. He was nothing she could have ever imagined, he was perfect. Will this be the best thing that has ever happened to either one of them? Or will they soon fall apart?

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.