Something has to really catch my eye in order for me to take one of those quizzes that pop up all over social media. But, the other morning, a blog from Bethany House caught my attention with their quiz of “Which Character Are You” (click on the title to take the quiz and feel free to share your response with me in the comments on this blog post). with the possible options being characters from 4 of the novels being released during September. Two of the four books are waiting for me to read and I had just started A Bride in Store. Lo and behold, apparently, I have a lot in common with Eliza Cantrell from A Bride in Store. This definitely made the novel a bit more fun to read. I kept looking at the character to see if we had much in common. There were definitely a few things, but there were also a number of ways we are quite different.
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I really enjoy a mail-order bride story, but I have some mixed feelings on this novel. The characters and storyline had aspects that I loved and other parts that frustrated me.
First of all, both Will and Eliza were extremely well-developed. I enjoyed getting to know both of them. Will is charitable to a fault and Eliza is determined and hardworking. In many ways, they are a classic case of opposites attract, but by the end of the novel, they are the perfect compliment to one another.
The storyline had some strong and exciting points that I won’t go into because I can’t without spoilers. There were moments when I couldn’t read this book fast enough, but then I would get a little bit bored with it and felt like it dragged on until the next exciting thing happened. Within the storyline is also the point at which I would become frustrated with the characters. While Eliza is extremely honest about what she thinks, she isn’t so honest with her feelings for Will. And Will seems to just sit around brooding about Eliza, a lot.
One thing that I did appreciate though, was the overarching message in this novel. Both Will and Eliza have big dreams that keep getting thwarted. Each of them have to learn to be willing to let go of their own dreams to allow God to give them something better.
I would love to hear from you! Do you have any favorite mail-order bride stories?
For more on the author or this book, please check out the following links:
- Melissa Jagears’s Website
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- Read what Melissa Jagears is reading on GoodReads
- Check out A Bride in Store on Amazon
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