It was nice to return to the town of Salt Flatts, Kansas for A Bride in Store. This is book two in the Unexpected Brides series, but can stand alone if you have not read book one, A Bride for Keeps (Here are the links for Kindle and Nook). I highly recommend reading both of these books. They are each a mail order bride story, but they have twists to them that keep the stories unique. I would also recommend the wonderful, prequel novella, Love by the Letter, which is free on Kindle and Nook. All three of these books have been ones I really enjoyed.
On to my review:
I really liked both of the main characters in this story, even though they could, at times, be a bit frustrating in their inability to tell each other how they really felt. They were also so sure that they could never be together! Just a little communication and flexibility could have solved things quicker for them. But where would the fun be in that? 🙂
In all seriousness, William and Eliza truly both had very good reasons for behaving the way they did and for thinking that they weren’t what the other person needed in a spouse. I really enjoyed the tension that arose between the two of them once Axel, who was Eliza’s intended, eventually showed up in the story.
The side story involving a very sick baby was heartbreaking, as was the way Mrs. Lightfoot was treated. The author did a wonderful job highlighting a scary medical issue, as well as reminding us of the need to recognize that we are all God’s children, regardless of our outward appearances.
William and Eliza both grew a lot emotionally and spiritually in this book and many times each of them questioned what God’s will actually was for them. It was refreshing to see Eliza and William realize, at different points in the story, that they needed to relinquish control of their lives over to God.
I definitely recommend to fans of Christian, historical fiction. (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell is on her way to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store business when her train is held up by robbers and she loses her dowry. She’s further thwarted upon arriving in Salt Flatts only to find Axel, her groom, away on business.
Hoping a wife would push Axel to become a better business partner, William Stanton had encouraged him to seek a mail-order bride. With Axel gone, Will feels responsible for Eliza, so he finds her a place to stay and lets her help in the store.
Working together isn’t what they’d expected, and when Axel is further delayed, neither can ignore the sparks that fly. But Eliza is meant for Axel and is set on a future with the store, while Will is biding time until he can afford medical school.
Their troubles are far from over when Axel returns to town, however, and soon both Will and Eliza must decide what they’re willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams–or if God has a new dream in store for them both.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Melissa Jagears is a stay-at-home mother to three small children on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. Her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly.