Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mail Order Bride Part The Second

A Bride in Store

Melissa Jagears 


"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.

     A Bride in Store is a wonderful continuation of the book A Bride for Keeps or the novella Love by the Letter by Melissa Jagears. William, the protagonist, is the son of the two lovers in Love by the Letters and the young man who has a passion for medicine. Finally William has grown to adulthood and is trying, and failing, to find a way to make his dream of becoming a doctor true without any real financial support. Eliza is William's partner, Axel's, mail order bride. Eliza has a history of running stores and has come to Salt Flatts to have the chance to run her own business. 

     William and Eliza have very different ideas of how to run a store, and of course delicious pre-romantic sparks fly. All the while we are waiting for Axel, whom we don't want, to show up. By the time he does several very wonderful adventures and scandals have been tossed into the mix. 

     I loved reading about what happened to William. In A Bride for Keeps we meet William and just kind of love him. He was a fantastic minor character and makes an even better lead. Melissa Jagears did a wonderful job of separating the two books. This one isn't quite so angst-y as the first, but it definitely has its share of problems. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my complete and honest review. 

By the Way: The final book in the trilogy is scheduled to be released sometime next year, so be on the look out!

Here is an excerpt, so you can try it for yourself. All you have to do if it comes up Failed to Load PDF is refresh the page. 


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