A Bride in Store (Unexpected Brides Series #2)

A Bride in Store (Unexpected Brides Series #2)

by Melissa Jagears


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A Bride in Store (Unexpected Brides Series #2) by Melissa Jagears

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764211690
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Series: Unexpected Brides Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 655,873
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade and the author of A Bride for Keeps, 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. Find her online at www.melissajagears.com.

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A Bride in Store 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
MountainsJJ More than 1 year ago
An historical romance with a western flair and a new up and coming author - what's not to like? That's how I felt at first. Only that feeling didn't survive to the last page for me. This was not a story I enjoyed. After reading many other reviews on line I see that I am in the minority though ... so please check around before making your own decision.  Melissa Jagears' second book, following her debut A Bride for Keeps continues on in the little western town of Salt Flatts, Kansas in 1881 with a new mail order bride arriving a tad too soon. The story premise  was interesting and drew my attention from the back cover. However I found the story moved very slowly at times with not enough at stake for me. The tension needed to drive this story forward was weak and sometimes implausible.  I would have liked to see the characters do more and think less. There was too  much "I think I should-- no I can't" inner dialogue going on. Both the main characters could have overcome most of the obstacles by having a little chat by the half way mark of the book. This isn't a typical western in my mind. If you're looking for a cowboy or two this isn't the book for you. However our main male character of the story, Will Stanton does a very good job of playing the adorably sweet,and superb gentleman hero. He felt well-rounded and easy to like. The only thing he needed was a little more of a backbone. Our female counterpart, Eliza Cantrell was not as endearing. She felt too spoiled, too selfish and too whiny to me. I understood as the book progressed that these were characteristics that she needed to work on and she did. However, I couldn't find that one character strength that drew me to like her. She did however, have the backbone our hero lacked. The other characters in the story were well done. The author does a good job of not writing to the stereotypical quirks and traits. Her ensemble of characters were fun and interesting. I did not read book one in this series, A Bride for Keeps, and I did not feel it affected my understanding of the characters. However there was one character, Jonesey, that I could not figure out why he was there - so maybe that was a carry-over from story one. Other than that I feel this book can be a stand alone. Overall, I struggled to finish the book. If I didn't have to write this review I would've shelved the book. I liked the idea and the characters were fine, but the story had no draw and no excitement for me. I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend but I will give this author another read when she publishes again. As her own characters would attest ... everyone deserves another chance. Thanks to Bethany House and the author for the opportunity to receive this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
LVandercook More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy the book. It had several problems. The first started occurring already in the first chapter. The author writes that the lead female, Eliza, "wasn't the prettiest in the world..." and then goes on to describe how the lead male, Will, was thinking about her curvy body and what he knew about how a female body looks. He also wants to touch her in ways in which the book deems inappropriate after only having known her for a few minutes. Christian authors don't need to write soft porn to get readers. Christian authors shouldn't write soft porn to get readers or for any reason. After this first chapter much of that faded away, but it the romance part of the book remains awkward. The author describes Will as a man who loves Eliza, then has him try to decide if he even cares about her a few times throughout the book. The two also both scrutinize each others looks to the point of awkwardness. While it is probably picky, in the seventh chapter the author suddenly decides to use slang and uses the phrase "pert near." The author hadn't used slang so far, so why she chose to here is beyond me. She does it again later in the book when Will thinks of Eliza's new dress as a "get up." It is just odd. The section of the book about the banker's wife being ill and pregnant could have used more clarity. When describing Irena's depression and Jonesey's alcoholism, the author seems to think that those issues will just go away if these people have more faith and attend church. This is much too simplistic of a way to view these issues. It is hurtful to those who struggle with them because it makes them feel like they should be able to fix themselves on their own, or it might make them wonder where God is when they do go to church and aren't magically fixed. Besides that, there are several places in the book where the theology is poor. At times the author has Will think that God is directly speaking to him about Eliza or his career choices. This is mysticism as God comes to us in His Word and Sacrament. Just because someone desires something does not mean that God is telling them they should do something. If I desired to be a computer scientist but didn't know how to turn a computer on, it wouldn't be God telling me to be a computer scientist but my own desires. In the same way, if I wanted to be a teacher and had the ability that doesn't mean that God is calling me to be one. Now, if I get a job as a teacher, then God does want me to work out that vocation and be a good teacher, loving and serving my neighbors. In whatever position we have in life, be it mother, father, teacher, student, God wants us to love and serve our neighbors. However, when it comes to positions that we do not yet have, God gives us our mind, reason, and senses to decide if we should accept or decline other vocations. Definitely a confusion of the doctrine of vocation going on in this book. The funeral in the book was disappointing. The hope of the resurrection was overshadowed by the Law. The pastor left without even praying. Then Eliza decides that she, solely, is responsible for making sure that the whole town is alright and still believes in God after this tragedy. The logic behind that is terrible. The love story ended with a business proposition. That was just weird. Then, the epilogue had Eliza saying she was expanding the family...meaning she was getting a cat. Oh dear goodness. All in all, the book was horrible. Don't buy it. Don't read it. I received this book for free from Bethany Publishing House in exchange for my honest review.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read this book, but it turned out to be somewhat different than I expected. I love mail-order bride stories since it's a fascinating situation for two strangers to enter into. In this case, the delay of Eliza meeting her intended groom allows for her to get to know Will, his business partner. It takes a while for the chemistry to build between Will and Eliza and since they each are focused so much on the store and saving the business I felt like romance just wasn't a priority for them. Not to mention that Eliza is committed to marrying Axel and Will doesn't consider sharing the considerable flaws of his shady and absent business partner. I didn't fully buy into Will's hangups preventing him from pursuing his dream- there was just too much waffling and he came across as a weak character. There are some interesting historical details involving the general store that I enjoyed learning about. (Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Take: A Bride In Store is the first novel I have read by author Melissa Jeagers. Mabie it's because I didn't read the first book in this series, I don't know but this one looked so much better than it actually was. The story seemed long and overly complicated. Some parts were boring and I got slightly mad at Eliza and Will for not admitting their feelings for each other and for obsessing over their problems so much. All in all I liked this book, but I didn't love it. It held my interest for the most part and had a surprising twist, but it's not one that will stand out in my memory. * I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
OBAR4707 More than 1 year ago
My favorite Melissa Jagears book always changes to the last one I read! Eliza Cantrell wants a new life and is a mail-order bride on her way to meet her intended groom. On the train, she meets a couple from Salt Flats, the town where she is going. Before she can reach her destination, the train is stopped and robbed. Eliza tries to hide her money, but one of the robbers finds it. She is not only robbed of the dowry she has promised her intended, Axel, but the robber hits her in the face to “teach her a lesson” leaving a large gash. The couple, Carl & Kathleen, which we first met in “A Bride for Keeps” tell her she needs to have Will Stanton to tend her wound since it needs stitches. Will is not a real doctor, but everyone prefers his help and bedside manner over the local MD. Will is the son of Rachel and Dexter Stanton we first met in the short novel “Love by The Letter”. Since these books are standalone it is not necessary to read the first, but it is free on Melissa’s website and on Amazon. When Eliza arrives a week early, she finds Axel is not in town, but the man who so carefully stitched her face is Axel’s business partner. Eliza soon finds she is falling for Will and doesn’t know what she will do when Axel arrives. Will is also attracted to her, but knows it can’t be because she is Axel’s bride. There are some misunderstandings and conflicts because neither wants to admit an attraction to the other. Will is trying to save money for medical school and he knows Eliza’s dream is to own her own store. He has nothing to offer her other than his love. This story has so many twists, turns, sub-plots, and interesting characters, new and old. This book kept me reading until 3:00 AM. Melissa has a gift for writing believable stories that reflect life’s hardships, sorrows and joys. She has depth to her characters and gets you emotionally involved in their lives. This is a Christian book, but not to the extreme. Like the characters, you are gently showed how trusting in God can help you handle life’s challenges. But also like in life, not everything is perfect or turns out how you plan. Sometimes following a different path is what is meant for you. Expect the unexpected. You won’t know how it will end until you read the final chapter. The book does have a HEA with no cliffhangers, but the journey from start to end makes it unforgettable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ksucindy More than 1 year ago
A Bride in Store is a must read for anyone who enjoys historical romance, but it's also much more than a sweet love story. Ms. Jagears weaves an intricate tale of Will, generous to a fault, giving until he has nothing left, then giving some more.But Will has little interest in running his store while his heart yearns to practice medicine. Eliza is headstrong, gifted in business sense, but with the constant twinge in her conscience telling her there is more to life than being a successful retailer. The attraction between Will and Eliza is immediate and hard to ignore, but they both feel they can have no future together as long as their life goals seem to head in opposite directions. What they don't realize is that God's gifts and God's plan work harmoniously together, intertwining their lives in business, medicine and love. A beautiful sequel to the novella, Love by the Letter and the full length book, A Bride for Keeps, I am now eager to read A Bride at Last. Will God answer Jonesy's prayer to find his wife? Melissa Jagears has my admiration as an inspirational author, always historically accurate, creating loveable characters muddling through real-life circumstances, and wrapping it all together with a strong thread of faith.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Historical romance and a touch of danger and mystery! I was new to Melissa Jagears' books when I started A Bride In Store, I had heard a lot of good things about them and I found that it lived up to it in every way. I fell in love with with all things historical as a small child and over the years I have become a bit of a stickler, holding historical fiction to a high standard. A Bride In Store lived up to that standard, it wasn't just a sweet little historical but had some very fascinating history in it as well. I had no idea that Five and Dime stores had been around so long and that many of our modern marketing practices date back to the Woolworth 5¢ stores. I enjoyed the history but I also became friends with the characters as I spent the hours reading their story. Their highs and lows became my own for awhile and I became quite involved, applauding them and shaking my head by turns. There is even a dash of danger and intrigue. You'll have to read the book to find out what a train robbery, stolen property, a lonely woman, and a table of broken dishes all have in common. Melissa Jagears has written engaging characters and interesting situations that pull you right into the story. A Bride In Store is a must read for historical and mail-order-bride fiction fans! (I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
VicG More than 1 year ago
Melissa Jagears in her new book, “A Bride in Store” published by Bethany House  brings us into the lives of Eliza Cantrell and William Stanton. From the back cover:  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. We all have our God given talents it is just that, sometimes, it takes a lot of maneuvering to get us into a place where we can use them. Eliza has to leave everything she knows to move to her future husbands town. On the way she is part of a train robbery and everything she owns is taken from her. When she does get to town he is not there but his business partner is. She has the talent to run the store very well, Will really has the talent to be a doctor. Both Eliza and Will are getting along terrifically until Axel, the intended future husband, comes back home. All of them are going to have to deal with their talents and dreams if they are ever going to move forward with their lives. Ms. Jagears has given us an exciting story filled with fun and unexpected characters.  On top of all this there is a romance.  Ms. Jagears is an amazing writer and she has given us a work that is just plain enjoyable.  Well done. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Dreams have a way of changing when love is involved... A Bride in Store   Unexpected Brides 2   By Melissa Jagears    Eliza Cantrell is a mail-order bride on her way to to Salt Flatts, but her plans go awry when the train is held up and all of her money is stolen.  But with her money gone Eliza knows she has little to encourage her intended husband to marry her - after all she isn't a beauty as she is well aware. But Eliza is determined to make the best of the situation she now finds herself in.  But with her intended away Eliza has to rely on the help of Axel's business partner William Stanton.  And Will is less than pleased at this turn of events that he wasn't aware of.  And there is something about Eliza that Will finds hard to resist. But when Axel finally returns home an unexpected turn of events threatens everything that they have been working towards.  Can turn love be found in an arranged marriage?  Or will hearts rule the day?  Read A Bride in Store and find out for yourself, you won't be disappointed. I was provided a copy of this book through the publisher and author in exchange for my honest review.
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears is a nice and easy read. Christian Historical with engaging characters, humor and of course romance. Eliza Cantrell advertised as a mail order bride and when her ad was answered and the man owned a general store she couldn't wait for her departure date and left early. What a disaster that turned out. She arrives, broke, no where to stay and her finance is out of town and no one knows where he is. Then she finds that he has a partner in the store. She starts trying to help out and William Stanton, Axel's partner, doesn't really know what to do with her. He does find a place for her to stay, lets her get under his skin and she watches the store while he takes of patients. He was studying to be a doctor but hasn't been able to finish his medical studies. Eliza thinks that when Axel returns they can buy out William and he can return to school. Instead, things get worse when Axel returns. I won this book at Book Club Network and I enjoyed reading this book and a new author for me. The book is an easy read, not so many characters that you forget who is who, just enough individuals that are different to make you smile, and Eliza comes to learn that God is there to help and take care of His children. I wasn't asked to leave reviews but when a book is good then I try to share an enjoyable experience with other reader. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
JeanneTakenaka More than 1 year ago
A Bride in Store is Melissa Jagears’ second novel, and my first read by her. Overall, I loved the story. She weaves in themes of looking beyond the surface of a person, forgiveness and following dreams into a well-written story. Jagears  masterfully wrote a story with unique characters, fun happenings, and unexpected twists. Eliza Cantrell is a feisty mail-order bride with big dreams of owning her own store. She has great business acumen and knows how to use it. She has a heart for other people and sees beyond the surface of a person into the heart. She sees her dream as the safe thing to hold onto, even at the expense of her heart. Will Stanton is a big-hearted guy with a knack for doctoring, even though he has no degree. He runs his friend’s store, but not very successfully. He knows how to give more than straight medical care, seeing each person through eyes of compassion. Things I loved about this story: As these two characters meet and grow in their friendship, it’s fun to see how their values grow and change as they rub off on each other. They stretch each other in the best of ways. I loved the well-rounded characters that peopled this story. And I liked how Jagears’ dealt with real life issues in a sensitive way. I found myself thinking about how I might view situations had I been a character in the book. Her descriptive writing helped me picture every scene and what happened inside it. I loved this. I found myself thinking about this story after I’d read the last word. Other than a couple places that dragged for me, it was a great read! I look forward to reading Jagears’ future books. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Janine_S More than 1 year ago
“A Bride in Store” by Melissa Jagears is the second book in her 'Unexpected Brides' series but other than meeting Will Stanton again, this is a completely stand alone book. This is a book that is kind of hard to put into words what I think of it other than I truly enjoyed reading the book. Since it is hard to put into words let me describe my journey through the reading of the book: couldn't believe the beginning, aww how sweet, oh man this can't be good, why doesn't the character speak up, NO that can't be happening, WHAT WAS THAT, shaking my head, roll my eyes, aww that was so sweet, really now, ok saw that coming, didn't see that coming, when are they going to learn, and about time. I would say that mostly covers the emotions that I found myself experiencing reading this story along with a few other things repeating. I found it hard to put the book down. Will Stanton is now a young man who has a dream and is trying to work that dream come true. His heart is so soft and tender not to mention very large. He can't seem to say no, unless it is to Eliza funny enough, to anyone when they are asking for help regardless what the time might cost him. Will has some lessons to learn for himself which he does slowly throughout the story which could be easy to overlook if one wasn't looking for them, until suddenly the lessons are fully learned. Will knows what his problems are, or at least a couple of them, and works on trying to improve those problems if not outright fix them. Eliza is a woman who seems to have blinders on for she is determined to see her desire come true. She is a woman who is learning a whole lot throughout the story, but she is also a woman who has a warm heart and is sometimes too honest. That honesty though got her in trouble a couple of times, also endeared her to a few people as well. Though Eliza does have some flaws, she is also a woman who is willing to overlook people who others shun and sees them for who they are. There is also a reason why she holds back the way she does and when she learns her lesson it is so unique in how she handles things, that I couldn't help but smile. This story takes on so many twists and turns that honestly if I try to explain it all, then I would be giving away way to much of the story, so please refer to the paragraph talking about my journey through the story. That is the best I can do other than say it kept me on the edge of the seat the entire time I read the book. I must say that Ms. Jagears writing seems to be improving with each book and honestly I think she is now becoming only the third author I will consider buying her book without reading it first through the library. I found that there is a couple of conflicts going on in the story. There is an external conflict that is always there but not the main focus of the story and resolved by the end of the story. The resolution of that conflict was interesting for there was both good and bad that came from that. The internal conflict was more of the main focus. The internal conflict is more in front because of everything that is happening but it helps shows the character's true inner character in their morals and beliefs. These really helped make the story go that extra mile in my humble opinion. I hope all who read this book enjoy it as much as I did.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
Mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell has arrived. She had decided to arrive early to meet her intended, but Axel Langston isn’t in town. Instead she meets his business partner, William Stanton. Eliza is very adept at business, and she’ll try to keep her focus on the store, because otherwise … it falls on Will. He knows Eliza’s Axel’s fiancée, yet he can’t help but picture her in his arms. She isn’t classically beautiful, and she’s stubborn, but her passion for the store and her tenacious spirit attract him too much. He’s in a war with his feelings and keeps trying to convince himself that she’s better off with Axel. After all, she wants a general store, and she’ll have that with Axel. Will just wants to go to medical school, but saving up isn’t going so well. Things do not settle down when Axel finally returns to town. If anything, they worsen. Someone’s stealing from the merchants and families about town, even though the train robbers were supposedly captured. This book snagged my attention from the first chapter. The plot is sturdy, and the story isn’t without humor. Despite pops of humor, this Christian historical fiction novel doesn’t downplay the hardships of eking out an existence in small town 1881. If anything, it hones in on it by including competing general stores and touching on the medical knowledge of the time. I found this story to be fairly fast-paced and appreciated the author’s attention to historical detail. I also liked how the main characters struggled with their faith as they became closer to God again, but that Jagears wasn’t all preachy about it. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction with a touch of romance, plenty of doubts, misunderstandings and stubbornness. And also faith and love and hope. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
luv2read30 More than 1 year ago
 Ms. Jagears is a new author for me and this is also the second book in the series, that being said I will definitely keep an eye out for more books from her! A very entertaining read that was not too fluffy or too predictable. I'm not usually a fan of mail-order bride stories, but very pleasantly surprised by this book. She had just enough plot twists to keep me turning those pages!            Set in Kansas, in a small town, Eliza Cantrell comes with the hopes of running a successful store and marrying her pen pal, and in that order. Highly ambitious, Eliza is willing to sacrifice love for her dream of being a store owner, while her fiancés business partner, Will, becomes more and more of an attraction for her. Will never wanted to own a store, but has not yet figured out a way to realize his dream of becoming a doctor. Each will have to decide what they are willing to sacrifice for love.            This was a sweet romance, and easy to read, but at the same time dealt with real life problems and heart ache as the characters deal with disappointment, grief, and self-doubt. I definitely recommend this book; you won't be disappointed! I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
It was okay. 2.5 stars A Bride in Store is Melissa Jagears’ sophomore novel. It comes after A Bride for Keeps though you don’t really have to read them in order. I had really enjoyed A Bride for Keeps and had high expectations for this book. I’m sorry to say that it fell a bit short of my expectations. The descriptions were well done and I could easily picture each scene. I enjoyed the historical details included, though it isn’t set around any particular event, so there weren’t many. There is a lot of information about stores and the goods they sold, which was interesting, but they sometimes seemed to clutter the story instead of enhancing it. Eliza Cantrell is the heroine in this story. She is strong, determined, and not overly feminine. I wasn’t able to connect with her much at all and struggled to continue reading. She isn’t a very likable character and I found her somewhat annoying. She is portrayed as not being very attractive and that seemed to be something of a sticking point for her. She kept thinking about how Will was more attractive than her and that she hoped her fiancé would like her. She is also quite selfish, though we do see some resolution on this point. She becomes more aware of it and does her best to be more selfless, though it seemed to me that she tried to do it on her own strength, instead of relying on the Lord. William Stanton is the hero and he’s interesting. He isn’t much the stereotypical hero, which was nice. He’s a store owner, but is called to be a doctor. He cares for the people around town, even though he isn’t certified and doesn’t often get paid for it. He is very selfless and kind, a nice change from Eliza. But those traits get him into trouble, because he won’t say “no” to anyone and is taken advantage of often. He meets Eliza when he is asked to care for her after she arrives. He then goes out of his way to help her and make her feel welcome, but she doesn’t seem to notice. All she can think about is owning her own store and her hopes and dreams. I admired his tenacity and willingness to overlook her faults and forgive her when she inadvertently wounds him. He has trouble accepting the death that comes with being a doctor. He feels like a failure whenever he can’t help someone and questions God. I thought Ms. Jagears did a great job of portraying his struggle realistically.I actually didn’t care for their relationship. It starts out very one sided and doesn’t change until about half way through the story. Will had some of what I would consider borderline inappropriate thoughts about Eliza almost immediately, which was a little strange. That is dealt with shortly thereafter and it turned into a good lesson on controlling your thoughts, so thankfully that was resolved pretty quickly. They end up becoming something of friends, but that seemed rather awkward, considering Will was half in love with her and Eliza was still suspicious of pretty much everyone. She is pretty cold to him at first and considered him to be a bit of an idiot, at least when it came to business matters. When they do become more than just friends, it seemed to me they were constantly making up excuses for why it wouldn’t work, instead of just talking about it and trying to work it out. I quickly became frustrated with them and seriously considered skipping to the end. I refrained, but it was tempting. One thing I will say that I did enjoy quite a bit was the spiritual aspect. I liked that it kind of progressed throughout and didn’t focus on just one subject. It changed as the characters grew in each area. I do think Ms. Jagears took the sacrifice part a little bit too far, because then it became a road block for the characters. Eliza was trying to become more selfless, so she was attempting to let go of Will so he could follow his dreams, and Will was letting go of Eliza so she could have her dreams. It just grew into this huge issue, which neither of them would talk about (see above complaint). Also, they rarely consider what God might desire for them, but rather pursue their own thoughts and desires through the majority of the story. The ending was little odd and I didn’t think it really added to the story. For me, it just drug it out and left me wanting something different. As negative as this review is, the book truly wasn’t awful or I wouldn’t have finished it. I obviously found it lacking in a few areas, but it was an okay read. It will not be a book I reread, but I will definitely read this author again in hopes her next book is as good as the first. I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher through The Christian Manifesto for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
A Bride in Store is the second full-length novel in Melissa Jagears’s Unexpected Brides series. Once again, this talented author has penned a unique, inspirational tale. Rather than a predictable mail-order bride storyline, surprising events keep this story fresh and engaging. I enjoyed the historical details, as well as the wonderful characterization, and look forward to the next book in this great series. I highly recommend A Bride in Store! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Will Love Win Out? A Bride in Store is a book you don't want to miss. I thoroughly enjoyed this book to the fullest. This can be read as a stand alone book but I encourage you to read A Bride for Keeps first, this way you will get to know some of the characters that carry over into A Bride in Store. Melissa Jagears books are definitely on the rise. It didn't take me long to love some of the characters in this book. William (Will) Stanton and Eliza Cantrell will capture your heart. One is on the selfish side, the other would give you the shirt off their back. Both have big dreams. I think that Irena Lightfoot will capture your heart too. Speaking of Irena, why does she wear a face-obscuring scarf? The story starts in Kansas 1881. Life is hard, money is tight, bad men abound, and illnesses will take a life or two. This book wasn't preachy but yet God's love shone through. Forgiveness was there for the asking. Faith was lacking in the beginning. Did it win in the end? What about trust? Will Eliza and Will be able to move forward and trust God and each other? This is a 5 star read all the way. I highly recommend it. I won this book on Goodreads. I wish to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
Regina_Jennings More than 1 year ago
I'll start with what you really want to know - this is a good book. My favorite aspect of this story was the unexpected characters. There's a lady who's a former side-show oddity, a hero with a girly sneeze, a well-respected citizen with a secret (and that's all I will say about that), and a guy who faints at the sight of blood. Just when I'd get lulled into thinking I knew everything about this sleepy little town, some fresh quirk would appear. Now for the official information: Eliza Cantrell doesn't like suspense. Eager to meet her pen pal/intended, she leaves for Salt Flatts a week early which throws her smack dab in the middle of a train robbery. Her nest egg is stolen, she's beaten and when she gets to Salt Flatts she finds her fiance is out of town.  Lucky for Eliza, her intended's business partner William Stanton is there to greet her, but William is soon put to the test. He can't ignore his partner's bride-to-be - someone needs to help her until he returns - but how can he work with this intrepid young lady without losing his heart?   This is a sweet story with the perfect balance of thought-provoking conviction and romantic attraction. (A Bride in Store was given to me by my friends at Bethany House so I thought I'd go ahead and post a review it since I liked it so much.)
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
What a chance of circumstances Eliza has that makes her end up early in a town far from home. She ends up there early, and as she is a mail order bride, her groom to be is not there to meet her. Not only that he is anywhere to be found, now what? This poor girl not only does not know where her future husband is, but also is robbed of her dowry on the train to Kansas. Can’t imagine how this poor girl managed, yes she is very smart, but could see the hand of God in all that proceeds to happen. I really enjoyed this story and how things all worked out, not always how you hope, or expect. Come along and enjoy this rather spunky young woman, and see if she gets the chance of a lifetime, and her dream fulfilled. Then there is her fiancé’s partner, who takes her under his wing, and he has his own demons. William is a doctor without a degree, and is really not paid for his services, even though he has helped many. I loved being in this early American town. You won’t be able to put this one down until you find out how all of the answers. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
PattiJoM More than 1 year ago
Author Melissa Jagears has written a delightfully entertaining mail-order bride story. A BRIDE IN STORE is set in 1880s Kansas and features Eliza, who is very adept at running a business, and Will, who longs to be a doctor. The unexpected twists and turns in this historical romance kept me turning pages and never bored. The Christian thread was woven into the story so it didn't feel "preachy" while offering the message of the only One who can help us. I highly recommend this book to fans of historical romance---and even those who are not fans might change their minds and love this genre! Thank you for sharing this love story with us, Melissa Jagears---FIVE STARS!!
God-Lover More than 1 year ago
After reading Melissa Jagears’ debut A Bride for Keeps, I had high expectations for her next release. A Bride in Store did not disappoint. With an exciting start and a sigh-worthy finish, I loved every word of this delightful romance, similar in style to Jody Hedlund and Karen Witemeyer.  I enjoyed Melissa’s thoughtful portrayal of a little known medical condition and it lent depth to the story. And after reading about Will in A Bride for Keeps, it was great to see him finally get the girl! A must read for all lovers of historical romance!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve always enjoyed mail-order bride stories, but sometimes – let’s face it – they can wind up sounding a bit repetitive. However, the blurb for this book gave me fresh hope for a unique story and it certainly delivered! With vivid writing, the growth and transformation of the plot, as well as the characters, made me a happy reader indeed. ;) This was my first time sitting down with author Melissa Jagears and her endearing cast of characters, a visit I truly enjoyed. The characters were believable and real to me. Each one flawed, yet lovable. I enjoyed the journey as they pursued their dreams, were humbled by their weaknesses, and challenged by their faith and sacrificial love for one another. It was easy to flip the pages as the attraction and tension grew between Will and Eliza. Their relationship is one that’s easy to read and fall in to. Despite their conflicting goals and life hardships, their mutual respect and friendship demands a lot of soul-searching. You’ll find yourself laughing at them one moment, frustrated with them the next, but overall you’ll still be their #1 fan. The ending is especially good. :) Most of all, I appreciated what the characters – and I – had to learn about following God’s plan above all else. I value stories with real character conviction and this one portrayed it well. A Bride in Store is a fun, enticing tale with a lot of depth and reality to it. It was romantic. It was real. And it was really good. This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author and publisher for my copy.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Melissa Jagears' writing is so much fun. She is such an entertaining author. She knows how to craft a story that will make you laugh and then have you in tears. Bride In Store is one of those stories that I find myself laughing and then a few pages later, my heart is just aching for the characters. I found the story not to be predictable, which makes it refreshing. I love Eliza and Will. They were so much fun and real. I highly recommend this book. I cannot wait for more by this talented author. Five stars
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears Unexpected Bride Series Book Two Eliza Cantrell is going to be a mail-order bride. More important is the fact that she will be able to help run her fiance’s store. Something her brother didn’t want her help with now that her father passed away and left everything to him. Just because she had a lack in judgment who she let court her. Seems her trip to Kansas may not be everything she hoped for either. William Stanton is stuck her in Salt Flatts. How many years has he planned to go to medical school? How many years will he be stuck here? And his friend and partner in the store is absent more these days than present. William knows God is calling him to medicine, he just has to find his way. Which just got a bit harder because of woman. There is a free prequel, Love by the Letter and then book one is Bride for Keeps that tell about some previous mail-order brides that came to this mostly male town. The books are stand alone but if you enjoy a good series you’ll want to read them all. And I have a feeling from the lonely males still hanging around that this series has a few more exciting books to come.