Monday, July 6, 2015

Thank Goodness - Getting a Bride the Old Fashioned Way

A Bride at Last

Melissa Jagears 

Unexpected Brides #3

Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.

Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she'd been deceived about her intended groom, she's now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she'll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony--until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy's father.

Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

      The third book in the Unexpected Brides series, A Bride at Last is the conclusion of a story line that was hinted at in the first novel, A Bride for Keeps.

Silas and Kate both have to deal with the various problems associated with a recovering alcoholic. The subject wasn’t particularly sensitive, but forced the characters to consider forgiveness as it applies to themselves and those around them.

            The first two books in the series are set primarily in the town, with little to no movement from it and the surrounding area. This one takes place primarily in a very different little town. Ultimately we are not quite as close to the other characters that popped up in the other books. They do interact a bit, and you have to prepare yourself so that you aren’t overwhelmed because it has been a couple of years since the plot of the other two. I personally love this because it feels like an extended epilogue.

            Kate is a teacher, so she has to deal with the expectations of proper manners that come out because of that. It is REALLY annoying, so I would recommend having some kind of stress releases nearby. Throwing the book across the room imagining certain characters bloated heads being slammed into the wall while losing your page isn’t really a good option.

            I really loved this book, and I hope that more will come out of this series. I have a few guesses about what the next plotline could be. I can’t wait to see who comes next!

            I received a copy of this book from the amazing author, Melissa Jagears, in exchange for telling people about it if I like it (which I do – I LOVE it!!). Enjoy reading and don’t forget to click on the cover to read an excerpt. 

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