Today I present to you a book review. I was priveledged to be an influencer for Melissa Jagear’s newest book, “A Bride in Store”. Her first book that related to this one (call it first in the series if you will) was “A Bride for Keeps”. I’ve read both, now, and would definitely read more by this author!
But now, for my review:
A Bride in Store
by Melissa Jagears
Series: #2 in “Unexpected Brides”*
Source: Copy from Author & Publisher
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Impatient to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store, mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell sets out on her travels a week early. But her plan goes sadly awry when her train is held up by robbers who steal her dowry and Axel, her groom-to-be, isn’t even in town when she finally arrives.
Axel’s business partner, William Stanton, has no head for business and would much rather be a doctor. When his friend’s mail-order bride arrives in town with no money and no groom in sight, he feels responsible and lets her help around the store–where she quickly proves she’s much more adept at business than he ever will be.
The sparks that fly between Will and Eliza as they work together in close quarters are hard to ignore, but Eliza is meant for Axel and a future with the store, while Will is biding his time until he can afford medical school. However, their troubles are far from over when Axel finally returns, 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.
I was excited to read this book, and knowing that Mrs. Jagears had written one previous to this, I checked that one out from the library before I read this one. I’m glad I did, too, because there was some good background and references that gave this story more insight. But both books could easily stand alone. And be equally enjoyable!
What I was most impressed with in this book was how it was not solely focused on the romance aspect of it – it was planted firmly in the message of Christ, which I loved and greatly appreciated. I was so happy to watch the characters go through different things and struggles, and see them pull through to Christ in the end. It was such a pleasure to find the goal of His healing being the center of this book.
The characters were very well built up, and I really liked William. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d relate too much to Eliza, but I really grew to love her, too. I appreciated everything about this story. It was realistic, and definitely caught your attention and held on. I thought about this book a lot when I was not reading it. The book carried moments that made you laugh, and there was many a moment that was rather…heart-breaking, but it was all portrayed superbly. Mrs. Jagears handled every aspect very well. I really enjoy her writing, and will be looking forward to more of hers in the future. A lot of it really had me thinking – which is something I always love about any book; I want to be convicted and encouraged to learn more – especially in fiction because that is what I mainly read. There was a couple spots in the book where I actually had to stop and think about what was being said/learned. I even marked one particular spot that really got me thinking, for further remembrance. :)
I loved the ending – perfect. And I don’t mean it was perfect only for the fact that it was ‘happily ever after’, but because it ended in a way you could believe it. It wasn’t all easy. For either character. But finally, in the end they realised what matters most.
Adorable. Yep, that’s what this book was. I really enjoyed it. It’s an easy read, while still being captivating, and there is a bit of suspense in there too – always good for a novel. :D
My thanks goes out to the publishers and the author for sending me this review copy and letting me be an influencer! It is a joy!
*However, I just found out that there is a novella by the title “Love by the Letter” that is like a prequel to this series, or sort of the first, which would make ‘A Bride in Store” kind of the third…Either way, you can find a free ecopy of “Love by the Letter” on Melissa Jagears’ site listed above! I’m looking forward to reading it. :)