A Bride for Keeps (Unexpected Brides Series #1)

A Bride for Keeps (Unexpected Brides Series #1)

by Melissa Jagears

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"Melissa Jagears is a stand-out talent! Her fresh new voice is strong, stylish, and makes A Bride for Keeps a page-turner for anyone who fancies a stirring love story."
-Rosslyn Elliot, author of Fairer Than Morning and Sweeter Than Birdsong

"A Bride for Keeps
treats readers to an engaging, prairie romance...delivering a heartwarming, satisfying read."
-Maggie Brendan, CBA bestselling author of The Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series.

"Melissa Jagears has penned a tender tale of a mail-order bride who takes both the groom--and herself--by surprise when love comes softly...quietly... to heal their broken hearts."
-Julie Lessman, author of Love at any Cost

"A Bride for Keeps is just beautiful. It put me in mind of Janette Oke's sweet prairie romances but with a bit more edge, which I found compelling...I loved it."
-Mary Connealy, author of Fired Up

Everett Cline will never humiliate himself by seeking a mail-order bride. Not again. He's already been jilted by three mail-order brides and figures a wife just isn't in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor hasn't given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another woman to town for him.

Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. A mail-order marriage in faraway Kansas is a last resort, but she'll do anything to leave her life in Massachusetts and the heartbreak she's experienced there.

Although Everett doesn't see how a beautiful, cultured woman like Julia could be happy sharing his simple life, he could really use a helpmate on his homestead. Determined to prove she's more than just a pretty face, Julia agrees to a marriage in name only. Faced with the harsh realities of life on the prairie and hesitant to explore the tentative feelings growing between them, can Everett and Julia ever let each other in long enough to fall in love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441263339
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Unexpected Brides Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 41,706
File size: 938 KB

About 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.
Carol Award-winning author Melissa Jagears is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian historical romance into the wee hours of the night. She's the author of the Unexpected Brides series, the Teaville Moral Society series, and Love by the Letter, a free prequel ebook novella. You can learn more about Melissa, her books, and where she hangs out online at www.melissajagears.com.

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A Bride for Keeps 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rarely pay much for the books. I am a great believer in libraries. However I read the excerpt and just had to spend the money. Ii was not disappointed. I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book I like the characters and the dialog was perfect! However I don't think it was worth the 10.50 I paid only because it was only 260ish pages and the first 40 I already read in her fist book. Still a good author and great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book started out slow, but I got into it midway. I enjoyed reading about the determination of the man to win the love of his wife who had been deeply hurt in time past. In the book you read about his struggle with God to deny his flesh his marital rights in order to make his wife feel safe and cared for. Through the book you wonder will he get all he hoped for in a wife....
These-Pretty-Words More than 1 year ago
Series potential but irritating storyline I am so conflicted about this book. On one hand I really liked the majority of the characters. Mostly. Julia and Everett are both so damaged emotionally - the words expressing their pain and fear are gorgeous and touching, truly showing the reader how conflicted they both are. The secondary characters - meddling Rachel and faithful Dex, along with their brood - are highly entertaining and almost steal the show. They all come together to showcase a beautiful family unit without needing a blood relationship, which is wonderful to read. On the other hand, Julia and Everett irritated me to no end. At 54% through the book I noted how repetitive their thoughts and actions were - I'm not good enough, I don't deserve this gift, I'm damaged and unforgivable, I'm going to hide my emotions away so as not to get hurt. The avoiding going on between these two was practically a full-time job. By 75% I was close to putting it down and walking away. When I reached the 91% point I feared for the safety of my Nook as I was ready to throw the thing across the room. And yet... The story itself was warm and filled with beautiful moments of faith and friendship. The world building was relatively accurate (though I am no historian) without dumping a bunch of information on the reader. Something about the words Melissa wrote made me want to keep reading even when her characters made me so frustrated and upset. There was a flow to them, a warmth that softened all of the extra drama. They kept me tied to this story all the way through the end. Finally, the moments of faith and scripture were uplifting and a good reminder without crossing the line into "preachy" and fit the story perfectly. In the end, I gave this one three stars. While I can't say this is a book I would ever read again, there is almost a sense of potential for the series that leaves me wanting to read more. Melissa's writing has a pulse and a strength to it that has me intrigued. In fact, there was a novella published in September that is a companion piece for the series. Love by the Letter is the story of Dex and Rachel, and I will be adding it to my Nook right away.
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
A Bride for Keeps By: Melissa Jagears I have found another favorite author! From the first novella, Love by the Letter, I was hooked. A Bride for Keeps, Jagears debut full-length novel, grabs you from the first page. I read this book in two days. Julia Lockwood thinks she has to do more and more work on the homestead to make her worthy in Everett’s eyes. As with God’s love, it is not works alone that saves you, but faith. Julia must learn to love Everett Cline and accept his love for her. Can she do that with her past clouding her vision of what her life should be like? She has been abused by men in the past and can’t comprehend that Everett might love her for herself. Everett has sought three mail-order brides before Julia. One died before she arrived and two others married someone else once they got to town. Can he release his heart to Julia even though he’s afraid she will up and leave also? Everett must learn to trust, God and Julia. As I was reading this, a line spoke to me. “But you just told me you loved me, and those words have already wiped away the hardship. I would have gone through anything to have you say that to me.” As a mother, we say this when we have kids. Even though it involves pain to have a child we go through it. God sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins. Even before we were saved, He loved us and died for us. Just to hear us say we love Him, makes it all worth it. May I never forget to tell Him I love Him. I did not want this book to end. I love the characters, the messages, the romance. Cannot wait to read the next book by Melissa Jagears!
Mary Gorremans 20 hours ago
I totally enjoyed this story filled with the many trials and tribulations within it. It's well written with a great Storyline !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm always looking for good "how they met" romances. This one was a winner!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed book 2 of this series. Everett from book 1 and reading how his life turned out. It was also good to revisit with the characters Dex and Rachel from book 1, to read about their marriwd life and children. Great HEA story! ****vrnb****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A love story that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout wondering how these two damaged people will finally come together. Julia and Everett are thrown together by a matchmaking friend and although they need a loving relationship neither can trust the other due to past hurts. Everett is a strong Christian while Julia has rarely attended church so that is another stumbling block. The author has skillfully woven Christian beliefs and scripture into the story in a way that it flows naturally. The concepts that God looks at what's in a person's heart, not their appearance ( Julia's beautiful) and forgiveness is available to all due to God's love. Unlike some faith-based novels, however, you do not feel like you are overwhelmed by scripture. This is a complex story of two hurting people striving to find love with engaging characters on the side.
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I can totally understand why they were both so afraid to love. They had both been hurt badly in the past. But it all worked out! Great story!
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BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
_________________________________________ *My Thoughts* I love, love, love Melissa Jagears! Her historical novel, A bride in store got my attention. Then I read Love Letters, her novella. Then this came out and I HAD to read it! I'm so glad I did!! This one is even better then a Bride in store! I loved the idea of a young boy bringing to people together through his care. It worked out exactly as I thought it should! The development in Silas and Kate's relationship worked perfectly. Both characters experienced change in the book and I loved that. When you add in a sweet little boy in need of love, it just gets better! There is plenty of suspense as far as what is going on throughout the book. I found myself constantly second guessing my opinions which I loved! A perfect historical romance in every way! _______________________________________ *My overall thoughts* A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears is the third book in a wonderful historical series! With engaging characters and a perfect Christian testimony, this is a favorite! Love! __________________________________________ *My Rating* I give A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears... 5 stars!! http://bookreviewsforchristians.blogspot.com/2015/07/litfuse-review-bride-at-last-by-melissa.html *I received this book from the Litfuse, publisher, and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the premise, but the story itself was extremely repetitive and dragged on and on. I finished the book out of sheer stubbornness, but I was sorely tempted to quit reading halfway through the book.
Cindi_A More than 1 year ago
This novel is just what I needed. A sweet mail order bride story that is a bit different from others I've read. I couldn't help feeling a connection with both main characters. Julia is a delightful lady that is quite naïve in many ways and Everett has had some real difficulties when it comes to women. Many times throughout the book, I wanted to shake Julia and Everett due to some of their choices and lack of communication. However, there is some humor thrown into the mix to make this novel a true delight. Pick up a copy of A Bride for Keeps. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's not that I didn't enjoy it for what it is it is just not great literature. I could see the premise to make a much more exciting story than presented. It is nice light reading that for me got too preachy and sanitized.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story and well written. Can be enjoyed by young and old. I recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting through this book. it was well written and addressed the issue of rape and how women especially in the late 1800's were treated. but the author thankfully worked it out. I wish the author's at Bethany house weren't always dealing with troubled characters, but just had a good challenge for them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago