The whole idea of a mail order bride is something that seems far fetched in 2013. My daughter asked me about the book I was reading, so I gave her the synopsis of A Bride for Keeps. Farmer needs a wife and gets jilted and passed over four times. The fifth time Everitt Cline ends up at the train station to pick up a package for his best friend, he is shocked to discover that the most beautiful passenger on the train is actually another mail order bride.
A Bride for Keeps proves that relationships can become very complicated and the baggage of the past is often a major factor in how people deal with the present.
A Bride for Keeps
Everett Cline wants a bride but is scared to let himself love or trust. Julia Lockwood is running from a damaged relationship and wants to be loved but is terrified to get to close to a husband. Throw in traumatic events from when she was a child where she watched her mother have multiple losses; Julia is a hurting mail order bride.
I enjoyed reading A Bride for Keeps – not because it was full of high powered drama, but because it showed how relationships can only grow and thrive when they are full of honesty, trust and finally love. This is another great ‘clean read’ that makes the worth reading in 2013 list! This is my first book by author Melissa Jagears, but will certainly not be my last.
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?
I received a copy of this book from Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for posting about the book. I was not required to write a positive review.