Love by the Letter (Unexpected Brides) [NOOK Book]

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2014 Carol Award Winner for Novella

Dex Stanton has never had much time for book learning. He's been too busy helping to provide for his family. Now that he's heading west, Dex is hoping to start a family of his own. However, his attempt to acquire a mail-order bride fails miserably when the lady writes back ridiculing his terrible spelling. Rachel Oliver may be the last ...
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Love by the Letter (Unexpected Brides)

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Overview

2014 Carol Award Winner for Novella

Dex Stanton has never had much time for book learning. He's been too busy helping to provide for his family. Now that he's heading west, Dex is hoping to start a family of his own. However, his attempt to acquire a mail-order bride fails miserably when the lady writes back ridiculing his terrible spelling. Rachel Oliver may be the last person he wants to know what a dunce he is, but she's also the smartest woman in town--and it's clear he needs her help.

Rachel Oliver has lingered in town for three years secretly mooning over Dex Stanton, but now she's done. If the fool wants to write to a mail-order bride company, so be it. Once she begins giving Dex lessons, however, Rachel realizes she may not be prepared to give up just yet.

As their time together runs short, can two of the most stubborn people in town set aside their pride long enough to find love?

Love by the Letter is a companion novella to A Bride for Keeps, Melissa Jagears's full-length debut novel available fall 2013. Includes an extended sneak peek at A Bride for Keeps.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441263346
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Series: Unexpected Brides Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 78
  • Sales rank: 2,091
  • File size: 625 KB

Meet the Author

Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. She's a member of ACFW and CROWN fiction marketing, and her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly. A Bride for Keeps is her first novel. Find her online at www.melissajagears.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 26, 2013

    I liked how the author made you feel the insecurities of Dex and

    I liked how the author made you feel the insecurities of Dex and his problems. I didn't like the rush ending, maybe if she included an epilogue of even 24 hrs., I'd be happier. The next book is almost $10.00 and I am not going to spend that much money, when I am not sure that book will leave you hanging. Granted the book is free and a novella., but I have read many novella's and wanted to read more by an author. Not this time. (ljb)

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

    Great Read

    This book is a prequel novella to Bride For Keeps - Unexpected Brides. As such, it was meant to introduce you to characters that are featured in the following book. Dex and Rachel fight through their insecurities to find out that they both may want the same thing.

    It was an enjoyable and quick read and made me want to get the next book. I do wish there was a little bit more to it, but, then, it wouldn't be a novella.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Although not normally a reader of this genre, I totally enjoyed

    Although not normally a reader of this genre, I totally enjoyed Melissa Jagears’ Love By The Letter. The author brought this interesting historical era and setting to life with humorous characters and a captivating plot. Dex, who suffers from dyslexia, is both intimidated and enthralled by Rachel, the town’s pretty little smart girl. But she’s out of his league, so he resorts to advertising for a mail order bride to accompany him to a raw homestead in the opening of western Kansas. But he makes the mistake of writing his own letters… He decides to receive tutoring from his secret true love whose commitment to attending college in Tennessee, should protect his heart from unrealistic expectations—and his reputation from ridicule. The believable plot twists and turns keeps you cheering the hero and heroine on and turning the pages. 




    I enjoyed the characters, the sibling rivalries between Rachel and her sister, and the banter between Dex and his brother and bachelor friends. The author’s dry sense of humor and spiritual insight made Love By The Letter a fun evening read. I’m looking forward to more from Melissa Jagears. 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Good read

    Short 73 page story. 12 years she waited, men are dense.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Short and sweet!

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    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    Wonderful historical piece! I wrote in my review of A Bride for

    Wonderful historical piece!

    I wrote in my review of A Bride for Keeps that “meddling Rachel and faithful Dex…are highly entertaining and almost steal the show.” When I learned there was a companion piece highlighting Rachel and Dex as a couple, I jumped for it. My initial thoughts on these two were correct – they totally steal the show.

    Love By The Letter introduces us to the characters of Rachel and Dex before the time period of A Bride for Keeps. Bachelor Dex is heading out to start a new life for himself with others from town. He’s kind and hard-working but has very little education which makes reading and writing difficult for him. If he wants to get the attention of a mail-order bride, he knows he needs help with his letter writing.

    That’s where Rachel comes in. Smart, studious and crushing hard on our Dex, she’s everything he could want and nothing he feels he deserves. They’ve basically avoided each other for years, both interested in the other but neither ready to risk the possible embarrassment of showing interest. But when Dex shows up at Rachel’s door asking her to help him improve his reading, these two kids start one of the most awkward and bumbling friendships/unknown-courtships I’ve ever read.

    The concept of God opening doors was strong in this piece. Rachel even went searching through the Bible to find verses having to do with doors and ended up more confused than ever. The message is clear – God will open the doors but you need to find the courage to walk through them. Both Rachel and Dex brought this up multiple times throughout the piece and kept that message at the forefront of their thoughts. Beautifully done!

    I give Love By The Letter five stars. I adore this novella. Melissa’s writing style shines in this format, and the characters practically jump right off the page. Gorgeous and sweet, Love By The Letter will keep you smiling from the very first page. I will be looking out for the next book in this series based on this novella alone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Awesome book

    Love this book. Keep the good work up

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

    Good

    Worthwhile reding.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    First time reading this author

    Wonderful read!

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    Highly recommended!

    A sweet love story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    short and Sweet.........................

    Timeline didn't quite work. Can't imagine he thought she could teach him to read in the alloted time. Ending a little rushed. But a nice quick read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Good

    Quick, enjoyable read. Good for a free book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Recomend

    was a qick and fun read...Love stories in the old west can be very nice and this was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Great story. Dex's character was very likeable, just an average

    Great story. Dex's character was very likeable, just an average guy for that time period. I was very pleased
    that Rachel's character stood up to her Mother. I will buy the next book in this series. A very nice HEA. *vrnb*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Wish there was more

    A good read but i felt the story could have been developed more and extended

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    Very good but wish it were longer.

    Very good but wish it were longer.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    OK

    Cute story writing not the best, however I did enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Loved this little story. I want more from this author!

    Loved this little story. I want more from this author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Delightful

    Wish there were more books like this - gives you a warm feeling for the characters. Not having to skip numerous pages of pornographic graphics was so refreshing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Nice short story

    Nice short story. Very simple plot. Gave good insight to reading dysfunction and how we view them.

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