It doesn’t seem all that often anymore that author’s share the story behind a character or where the inspiration came from. But a few weeks ago (before I read the book… although I had every intention of doing so!), I read a guest post by Melissa Jagears about her husband’s addictions. While reading A Bride at Last, with that story in mind, it definitely added a depth to the story that I’m not sure I would have picked up on before.
**I received a copy of this book from Bethany House and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
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?
“And stubborn’s good. It’ll help you stay sober, but it’ll also keep you from good things too, just as much as it’ll keep you from the bad.”
-Kate Dawson, A Bride at Last
This is certainly one of those stories that stick with you. And it is a wonderful one. From the characters to the themes of addiction and fears there is so much to love about this story. For me, I connected with these characters from the first page, and the situations in which they found themselves in had me intrigued.
I had no idea what to expect from this book. With each page turn, I found the story moving in a different direction than I anticipated. When you read a lot, sometimes it is hard to find books like that, but this was just an all-around wonderful read.
About the Author:
Melissa Jagears is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance after everyone is asleep. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides Series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter is free to try. A Bride for Keeps and A Bride in Store should be available wherever books are sold. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at http://www.melissajagears.com
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