I have enjoyed all of the books in the Unexpected Brides series. There are three full-length novels and one prequel. They have all been such good stories and each book can be read as a stand-alone. A Bride at Last has taken the top spot as my favorite in this series and I highly recommend it.
There are so many things that I liked about this book! First of all, the attraction between the two main characters is fabulous. There is a lot of tension and some mistrust between the two, as well. And, whew…Silas and Kate share some pulse pounding kisses! 🙂 It just all works together for the perfect mix of affection, angst, passion, etc…
The story changes location about halfway through the book and the challenges that these two main characters faced in the first half morph into new challenges. Throughout the story there is also a little boy who is very believably written. Misunderstandings, reluctance, and fear color decisions that are made by all of these characters.
I really felt for Silas and Kate and what they were going through, but even more, I felt compassion for the troubling backgrounds that they both came from. They both endured so much, which impacted the people they became.
A Bride at Last was a thoroughly enjoyable story from start to finish, and the epilogue at the end of the book was wonderful! I highly recommend it. (5 stars)
My thanks to the author and the publisher for the complimentary copy that I received in exchange for my honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Silas Jonesey’s life in Salt Flatts, Kansas, has not followed the course he imagined. After his mail-order bride, Lucinda, abandoned him, it was an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices and sour moods. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true; his estranged wife has contacted him after ten years of silence to tell him of her whereabouts.
Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but after realizing she had been deceived about her intended groom she never went through with the marriage. Settling into life as a schoolteacher, she’s spent her spare time the past few years helping her student, Anthony, and his sick mother. When Lucinda passes away, Kate is ready to fulfill the woman’s wish that she take care of nine-year-old Anthony–until a man shows up in town asking about Lucinda and claiming he was married to the woman ten years ago.
Silas and Kate disagree over who should raise young Anthony, who has opinions of his own about his future. After being forced to come together for the good of Anthony, Silas and Kate begin to see another side to each other and the possibility of a united future despite all that stands between them. When Kate’s past comes to light, Silas’s feelings about women who abandon their grooms immediately throw the walls right back up between them. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony’s wounded souls bind them together as a family, or will past hurts and new resentments leave them lonely forever?
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.
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