Review: A Bride for Keeps (Unexpected Brides #1) by Melissa Jagears

17350829I really enjoyed this debut novel by Melissa Jagears. This is the story of Julia and Everett. What a moving mail-order bride tale!

After being jilted by his sweetheart years ago, Everett set out to find himself a mail-order bride for companionship as well as need for help around his farm. Three attempts and three failures later, he has given up. His friends, however, have not given up! Much to Everett’s surprise, his new mail-order bride has arrived!

Julia is typical of many mail-order brides in that she has something in her past that she is trying to escape from. Where Julia strays from the norm is that her past includes a very traumatic event that is going to make it extremely difficult to trust a man ever again.

When these two marry, will Everett be able to open himself up to his new bride, even after being jilted so many times before? Will Julia ever be able to trust Everett and be the wife he desires?

I found these characters to be very well written. Julia’s fear is completely understandable, as is Everett’s frustration with her! Watching these two find love is thoroughly enchanting! (5 stars)

I received a copy of A Bride for Keeps from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

The novella Love by the Letter by Melissa Jagears is currently available for free on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


Melissa Jagears

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.

You can connect with Melissa at as well as at Goodreads, Facebook and Pinterest.

About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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2 Responses to Review: A Bride for Keeps (Unexpected Brides #1) by Melissa Jagears

  1. booklovers1 says:

    Love the review 🙂 Sounds like just the story I need to read!! Thanks for sharing.

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