Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Bride For Keeps: A Book Review

About The Book:

Everett Cline will never humiliate himself by seeking a mail-order bride. Not again. He's already been jilted by three mail-order brides and figures a wife just isn't in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor hasn't given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another woman to town for him.

Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. A mail-order marriage in faraway Kansas is a last resort, but she'll do anything to leave her life in Massachusetts and the heartbreak she's experienced there.

Although Everett doesn't see how a beautiful, cultured woman like Julia could be happy sharing his simple life, he could really use a helpmate on his homestead. Determined to prove she's more than just a pretty face, Julia agrees to a marriage in name only. Faced with the harsh realities of life on the prairie and hesitant to explore the tentative feelings growing between them, can Everett and Julia ever let each other in long enough to fall in love?

You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format.

About The Author:

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. Find her online at

My Review:

A Bride for Keeps was a fantastic read! From start to finish my attention was kept, and I found myself reading this book in only a few hours (thanks to my hubby for holding down the fort). I felt that the story line flowed nicely and each character was developed very well. I loved the themes of forgiveness, living out our fave, and redemption, as these are all life themes that we, as readers, will experience. This made the experiences in the book way more relateable to the reader. Julia and Everett were by far my favorite characters of the book. This was a sweet, romantic read and I cannot wait to read more from this author! A fantastic debut novel to be sure.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase A Bride for Keeps at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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