Anyway! It was a pleasant introduction to debut author Melissa Jagears and her new novel from her Unexpected Brides series.
Book #1 is a mail-order-bride story with the over-arching theme of finding acceptance in spite of your past. That acceptance being from man and God both and the value you can find in a redeeming grace, even in the midst of flawed love.
If you love mail-order-bride stories, you'll enjoy this one. It made me want to drink some peach-cinnamon tea with a big patchwork quilt. It was heartwarming, well paced, and touching.
Everett, our hero, has struck out with getting married. Surely after three times a failure, mail order brides are not for him...in spite of his well-meaning and interfering friend.
Julia had yet to find someone who is NOT enamored with her pretty face and what it has to offer and instead can see into her heart. Being her father's pawn has left her wounded and jaded, and surely no man will ever truly love her. So why risk it? Marriage by mail requires nothing but hard work and loyalty--no love included.
It's a beautiful tale of love. If you're looking for a hard driven plot, this won't deliver on that. This is the romance you'll cherish for just that, romance. This is the book you'll treasure for its soft woven Spiritual threads and gentle promises.
So leave a comment about why YOU would have considered being a mail order bride in the 1800's or better yet -- why you WOULDN'T have :)...
*Disclaimer 1: I sheepishly admit the copy I have to give away was sat upon by my 18 month old and son and now sports a crease in its cover. So if you are forgiving of the pre-purchased giveaway copy being sat upon by a delightful little Peter Pan, then please enter our contest :)
* Disclaimer 2: Open to citizens of the USA only -- we don't always do this, but unfortunately, this month, I have to limit postage costs :)
Library Lady, Janet--you are the winner of the free give away. Watch for an email this week!