Romancing the Bride

Romancing the Bride

by Melissa Jagears

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ISBN-13: 9781948678032
Publisher: Utmost Publishing
Publication date: 10/25/2018
Series: Frontier Vows , #1
Pages: 412
Sales rank: 504,845
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.92(d)

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Romancing the Bride 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
eLynda 25 days ago
I have enjoyed Jagears’ mail-order bride stories, so this marriage of convenience novel sounded similar without being too close to her first series. In this book, I really enjoyed the characters and their slow process of learning about each other after their marriage while struggling with obstacles they had not anticipated. Annie is caught in a difficult position: remarry before her “appropriate” mourning period is over or lose her late husband’s ranch. Her difficult teen daughter, an entire ranch of cowboys who quit and leave her with little knowledge of cattle, and taxes coming due all make the picture bleak. Jacob is a true hero—while by no means perfect, he tries to do the right thing and put others first regardless of his feelings. Treating them with love and kindness, he counts others a blessing even when they are difficult or not as expected. The theme of healing runs through this book: the process itself, giving others the space they need to move through that process, of letting go and moving on when it's time, even if we sometimes don't feel it's time. Grief is a tricky animal, and the novel does a good job of realistically portraying the highs and lows, along with the guilt that can accompany surviving the worst. This is an outstanding book. Though not an easy read in some places, it is certainly a beautiful one that highlights the power of forgiveness, healing, and love in a world broken by sin. I highly recommend it for older teens and up, especially those who enjoy marriage of convenience stories where true love is a possibility, or those who like a dash of mystery in their books. I received an advanced copy of this book from the author but was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
AtyomenkoReader 4 days ago
Do you love marriage of convenience stories that are not your typical western? Is this a romance? It is, but it is really a slow build up and one someone would love that is not always a fan of a lot of romance. The convenience part of it was so well thought out and something that I could see actually happening, to the point that I found myself absorbed in my own memories while reading it. It has taken me a bit to write this review because of how much it touched me. The writing is what I have come to expect from this author, but this one touched a nerve deep inside as I read. If you like books that reach in and make you think, this is one to pick up.
swissgranny 9 days ago
Marriage of convenience stories are one of my favorite tropes, so the premise of Romancing the Bride quickly caught my eye. The added bonus of Melissa Jagears being the author sold me on this book. I’ve read some of her books before and always thoroughly enjoyed them, and this one didn’t disappoint. The characters were well-drawn and engaging, the storyline was intriguing, and the tender message of the healing that only God can provide added a depth to it. Jacob is such a selfless, upstanding hero, and Annie is a struggling heroine who is trying to overcome a tragic past and provide for her children. Though there were a few parts that I felt could have been a little more tightly written, the story left me feeling satisfied and eager for another of Jagears’ books. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions are my own
OntoHerBookshelf 10 days ago
Melissa Jagears has long been a name in historical romance that readers can trust to deliver clean, sweet romance that takes you on a journey. Her latest novel is no different. While many romance novels follow the falling-in-love stage pre-marriage, Romancing the Bride explores falling in love with your partner after a marriage of convenience. ‘Unfair’ has characterized Annie’s life the last year or so. And though she responds with strength to these dilemmas, bitterness is a difficult companion to rid oneself of. Jacob is such a sweet character. He’s not perfect, and his selfishness gets in the way of things just as much as Annie’s. But as they work together to figure out their future and how to raise two children—one a rebellious teenager—true sacrificial love begins to be displayed. I enjoyed that we got to explore the point of view of several other characters as well. Melissa doesn’t shy away from the hard parts of life and the difficulties that these characters face are similar to those common today. Especially at the end, I was breathlessly waiting to see how she would resolve everything. This is a sweet, romantic read, but with enough unique characters and compelling plotlines that it won’t feel like anything you’ve read before. I highly recommend Romancing the Bride. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
AMHeath 11 days ago
My Thoughts: One of the things that I came to admire from Jagears’s last series, Teaville Moral Society, was that she took on a difficult subject, creating a novel that was more than simply romance and historic western culture. And while the “realness” featured in Romancing the Bride wasn’t overly in-depth, it does bring a genuine feel to the story. Cattle rustling, corrupt leaders, gangster type of bullying, and land theft were all intricately woven into the tale. Add in a rebellious teen and the death of loved ones and you have something that modern readers can relate to as well. But I don’t mean to make this sound like a somber book because it wasn’t! That’s the beauty of it. Jagears brings the essence of a tough reality inside of a highly entertaining novel. It was romantic. Jacob and Annie had great chemistry together and their plight was realistic. The supporting cast was authentically crafted. From beginning to end, the religious content was properly in focus. Accepting Christ’s gift of forgiveness and salvation without earning it was among one of the greater themes, although there were others woven in. Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving Romancing the Bride 5 stars and highly recommending it to those who enjoy Christian historical fiction, Christian western, or marriage of convenience stories. ~I received a copy from the author. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.
Jutzie 20 days ago
Romancing the Bride by Melissa Jagears Frontier Vows Series Book One Annie Gephart has her hands full. A teenage daughter, a young son, a ranch she has no idea how to run. Oh, and her husband had foolishly got himself killed and left her to handle all of this alone. With taxes due, she has only two choices; sell the ranch, or get remarried. Marshal Jacob Hendrix doesn't do much marshaling at all. His boss keeps him busy with the most insane tasks. Jacob never wanted to be a lawman. He wanted to be a rancher. And now he has his chance. Just when everything seems to be falling in place to help both Annie and Jacob—everything falls apart. I loved the characters and the story-line and I'm looking forward to more in this series.
TrixiO 20 days ago
“What matters now , is what you choose to do in the next hour, what you choose to do tomorrow. If your past decisions didn't get you where you wanted to be, figure out what decisions will. Beating yourself up over the past won't change a thing. ~Annie” If it's one thing I can count on with Melissa Jagears, is the tightly packed emotion in her stories! From laugh-out-loud moments, to those more tender ones, to tears flowing, and anywhere in between. This one had it all! Annie Gephart certainly had her share of past mistakes and plenty of self-condemnation for them. Struggling with trying to raise her two children after the loss of her husband was hard enough without the possibility of losing the only thing tying her to her past. The ranch she loves so much! Her dream could come crashing down if she doesn't take desperate measures to ensure a future. But asking a man to marry her? Now that's quite unconventional! What choice does she have if she wishes to keep her family together and a roof over her head? Jacob Hendrix, the town marshal, is frustrated by not being able to capture cattle rustlers because he's too busy doing what Mayor McGill wants. Building sidewalks and running mundane errands is not his idea of what it means to keep the peace. When he receives an unexpected marriage proposal from widow Gephart, his dream of owning a ranch would come true. But will a marriage in name only satisfy his longing for more? Taking on two children—one a rebellious, grief stricken teen, and the other an easy-going precarious boy with a penchant for fun—could be a challenge he'd willing face if it meant he'd have a family. Gaining back the ranch just might bring them closer, or tear them apart before it even began! I felt so many things through this story! I was laughing in one moment, crying the next and had my heart so torn from one scene to the next! These characters get under your skin. I just wanted to hug Anne, take Celia under my wings and erase her grief, wrangle Spencer in some fun, and sidle up to Jacob to boost his confidence. I loved him especially! He's a man's man, but yet has his softer side he shows when it comes to Annie and her children. All those tender looks he shoots her way melted my heart. There were many times I wanted to shout to Annie to stop being so stubborn and let the man into her heart to love!! Ah yes, this is when I know an author does their job, when I get so emotionally tangled in the story and the characters. When it's hard for me to form a review and feel like I don't do it justice, then you as a reader know you're in for a treat with “Romancing the Bride”! * I received a complimentary copy from the author and was under no obligation to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own. *
gatorade635 23 days ago
I’m always a sucker for a marriage of convenience story and the fact that it’s by an author I love just makes it even better! Annie had endured so much loss in such a short time and my heart broke for her but I admired the way she was able to stay standing through it all. Her pain definitely caused her to have walls up and to be closed off a bit and it was nice to see her start to let people in. I absolutely loved Jacob! He selflessly gave of himself, loving and caring for Annie, Celia, and Spencer with no strings attached even when it was hard. The way he patiently pursued Annie, letting her set the pace of their relationship was wonderfully sweet. Things repeatedly didn’t go according to his plan, whether with his new family or his job as sheriff but he was not a man to give up when the going got tough and he persevered until the end. I like how there were many strong biblical principles woven throughout the story, ones that we can all learn from. This book was a wonderful read and I look forward to the rest of the series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Madalyn 24 days ago
Wonderful Book Romancing the Bride is a book so good it is hard to say enough about it. What a beautiful story of love set in the Wyoming Territory in 1884. Melissa Jagears, as always weaves a story that holds your heart from the beginning to the end. The characters, a desperate widow and her children and a sheriff with heart, are easy to love and identify with. The story is moving and full of mystery as well as developing love. Jacob stole my heart as he works at romancing this bride he finds himself married to. He fast became my favorite all time hero in fiction books. And then the book blessed my heart with the inspirational truths that are woven so skillfully into the story line. I finished the story in a day and then went back and read the last several chapters just so I could enjoy them again. That means that a book is better than good when I do that. I can’t wait for the next book in this Frontier Vows series to come out. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author but was not obligated to give a review. These are my true feeling about the book.
ARS8 24 days ago
This is another top ten favorite book this year. Annie and Jacob’s story will stay with me for a long, long time. Marriage of convenience stories are my absolute favorite genres to read. And when they are done well…be still my heart. This one was done exceptionally well. I am not sure what set this story apart from others I have read so much that it touched my heart. There was romance to be sure, but more than that this story showed that love is more than a feeling, that it is a choice. Jacob made his choice to love Annie and her two children no matter what, and he did so in a sacrificial way. I liked how the author showed the real struggle that Annie dealt with when it came to learning to love Jacob. After all, she had been a widow for less than a year and she had loved her husband of 16 years very much. She thinks of her first husband a great deal, which I imagine would be normal, and wonders if she will ever love Jacob like that. Yes, she and her first husband had problems and the loss of children put quite a strain on their marriage. However, it was in the manner of how he died that cast such a shadow over Annie and her daughter and son that threatened to rip the very fiber of their family apart. This is a story of new beginnings and of blending of a family that so desperately needed each other and God. Their marriage is not made any easier in the fact that the ranch Annie was so desperate to keep as a heritage for her children is lost to her and Jacob anyway. And this happens on their very wedding day. Not a good start to a marriage of almost virtual strangers. Author Jagears has packed quite an emotional punch with the side characters as well. Annie’s wayward 15 year old daughter is another strain to both Annie and Jacob, and I applaud Jacob for trying so hard to be a good father to her. This story also does not shy away from the consequences of evil and sin and that sometimes the innocents are the ones to pay. The lesson that stands out to me the most and I want to practice in my daily life, is that no matter what we do, no matter our circumstances, we, I should do all things to God’s glory. I cannot wait for more in this series. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the author. I loved it so much I purchased a physical copy for my keeper shelf, and as always- I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
A1Reads 24 days ago
Wowzers! I loved this book so much! In this marriage of convenience, Jacob had a chance to back out but he stays true to his vows and his new family. I love the gentle wooing he does of Annie. So many gentle touches. My heart was a puddle. Annie is unsure of her developing feelings for Jacob because she still loves her late husband. How can she love two men at once? There is a lot of drama in this book too. Between a rebellious teenager, cattle rustlers, and a few things that are just not quite right. As town Marshall, Jacob has his hands full. The mayor has him doing mundane custodian work and serving eviction notices. What else is going on?...you MUST read this book to find out. It is one of my favorite reads of this year! Romance and mystery blend perfectly together. I love everything Melissa Jagears writes. review image
KathrynVoss 25 days ago
Melissa Jagears completely enthralled me with her latest book, Romancing the Bride. I have loved all of Jagears's books, but this one was my absolute favorite. It was much more than a feel good story and sweet romance; it was a multidimensional book filled with struggles of identity, grief, belonging, justice, priorities, and truth. In this novel, Jagears skillfully explored how loss seeks to define our existence, and how, with faith and love, this can be overcome to give us a future and a hope. While I thought the plot and message riveting, it would have been nothing without the hero of Jacob Hendrix. To me, he personified patience. Jagears carved within this man a character that exemplified forgiveness, grace, and servanthood. Though far from perfect, I loved his honesty and zeal for integrity. Jacob made the perfect hero, worthy of carrying the plot and redeeming the storyline. I think Gilbert Blythe might have to move over as my all time favorite leading man. I highly recommend you picking up this book. Jagears outdid herself in this one!!! I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions in this review are my own.
PinkGranny 25 days ago
Romancing the Bride is such a compelling story. I can't imagine facing the hardships women like Annie faced. Life in the old west was hard and on any given day a man or woman could lose their spouse. Like many who sunk their money into land and cattle, there wasn't much money left over. Under most circumstances for a woman to lose her husband meant losing her livelihood. I could almost feel Annie's desperation when she decided to ask Jacob to marry her. I could almost feel how she felt moving to town and seeming to live as his wife to a town that wasn't sure what to make of her. Melissa Jagears has made the characters of this book come alive. Between the pages of this book you can see the tension in the air when church services are over and everyone prepares for the wedding. It cracks in such a way you aren't sure what is going to hit this couple next. Take a surly teenage girl, unsupportive friends and a flirty young beauty and even the best bride or groom might want to turn around and leave the altar. So many things backfire and it takes a great deal of faith sprinkled with patience. I found myself thinking about Cassie, Annie's daughter. She is so full of anger and disappointment over her father's death that she does her best to make everyone in the family unhappy. Yet, through it all, Jacob, as her stepfather deeply cared about her. He would do whatever he could to make her see he wasn't trying to replace her father. Jacob's prayer for his marriage and his new family are an inspiration. He was a strong man who was humbled by his faith, and that faith is what made him strong. I received an advance reader copy of this bookbut was under no obligation to review it. However, I can't help but share when I read such a good book. I recommend this book with 5 stars: great story, wonderful characters who are superbly developed and lovely description for a glimpse back into historical times in Wyoming.
Melmanro 25 days ago
Melissa Jagears’ Romancing the Bride is an extremely enjoyable version of the marriage of convenience story. Annie proposes to Jacob out of desperation. She just wanted to save the land that she and her first husband ranched before his untimely death and keep the home that her children knew. Jacob is an honorable man and a swoony hero. As with other marriage of convenience stories, Jacob and Annie are not in love when they marry. Jacob soon learns that he wants to woo his wife and make her fully his. Add to this some unsavory goings-on in town and an unruly teenage daughter and you have a precious story of overcoming obstacles on the way to real love. Melissa Jagears is a master at presenting deep spiritual lessons through the characters that are an integral part of the story and are not overly preachy. She has done this beautifully in Romancing the Bride with reflections on forgiveness, healing, and trusting God to work out situations according to His design. If you like to have your heart stirred while reading, I highly recommend this book. Will your heart be stirred by the sweet kisseds shared between Jacob and Annie? Or will your heart be stirred in a different way by the loving God who comforts our sorrows and forgives us to bring us to himself? Either way, this book is a winner! I received a copy of the ebook from the author. All opinions in the review are my own.
Sdgodfrey 25 days ago
My heart hurt for Jacob, Annie and her two children when heartbreaking news came immediately after their wedding. The struggles they go through are very real but don’t get overly depressing. Jacob and Annie were so thoroughly likable and I rooted for their relationship to grow and blossom. Spencer’s eternal optimism was so adorable I wanted to reach through the pages and give him a big hug. This is another well-written and well-edited book from Melissa Jagears. I received a copy of this ebook from the author. This review is my own opinion.
DMGP 25 days ago
Let me begin - This is an amazing book! For those who desire to read Christian Romance, this ranks in the best of the best. It covers multiple Biblical themes such as rebellion, the presence of evil, the consequences of sin, forgiveness, the need for salvation, and several more. It begins with Annie and her desperate situation. She's recently widowed but she doesn't have time to grieve as the life she knows is crumbling around her. She's on the verge of losing the ranch while simultaneously trying to handle her increasingly rebellious daughter. She realizes that she has to make a quick decision - sell the ranch or marry someone who can help her. But, there's only one man she can see herself living with and she has no idea how he'll respond since they're essentially strangers. Jacob feels inadequate as the town marshal since just about everything he tries to do ends in failure. He can't find the cattle rustlers or the town vandals, yet how is he supposed to do that when the mayor has him doing menial jobs such as enforcing a sidewalk rule? Therefore, when a widow he barely knows proposes to him so that she can save her ranch, his dreams of ranching are rekindled. Yet, is she enough to entice him? Can he grow to love her and her children? Unfortunately, their new relationship is immediately threatened when they learn that the ranch has been foreclosed on based on an unknown loan and the increasing belligerent behavior of Annie's daughter. The rest of the book details their daily struggle to make sense of what God is trying to teach them and hold on to their faith. There's a ton going on in this book and I applaud the author for being brave enough to write it. It covers more than simply Annie and Jacob. It covers Celia, Annie's daughter, and her struggles. It also features the lives of Bryant and his wife, Leah. Their secondary story should be a warning that sin has consequences, yet if we are to live like Christ, we are compelled to forgive. At the end, I was reminded of several parables that Jesus taught. Romance - PG / Kisses and references to a husband / wife relationship Language - PG / references to a character's foul language Violence - Warning - there is violence done to a character and although it's carefully written, it's not glossed over. It highlights the depravity people can stoop to. My rating - 5 stars
TrishRobertson 25 days ago
From the beginning, I was pulled into the story and the lives of the characters. I felt like I was living in the pages of this story right along with a vivid cast of characters that had me feeling like part of their community. Annie has known her share of hardship. Yet her strong faith in God, and her realization that through it all, God is with her. She may struggle, but she doesn’t lose faith. Annie’s struggle to grieve the loss of her husband while allowing herself to love again is one that is realistic and I feel many who have lost a first spouse and remarried, could easily identify with. Jacob lived a bachelor life, and while he wanted a family, he wasn’t necessarily planning on getting married to a woman with children. However, he feels lead to marry Annie and to help her. He easily steps into the role of father with Annie’s young son. However, Celia, Annie’s headstrong, young teenage daughter holds a lot of resentment and anger. Jacob has a large capacity for love, and he strives to love others as God loves them. We see that he isn’t always perfect, he loses his patience, but he also gives freely of himself and is quick to admit when he has done wrong. There are plenty of twists and turns that kept me glued to the story and rapidly turning pages to find out what would happen next. There were moments of laughter, tears, and a swoon-worthy kiss, or two. This story is filled with lots of emotion! I highly recommend this book. If you are looking for a marriage of convenience story that is top-notch, and that packs a lasting punch, look no further! I am thrilled that this is only the first story in the series because it means that I get to visit again with a new story and I can’t wait! I give this story 4.5-stars and encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself and a friend. (I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)
BrittanyMc 25 days ago
Where do I start with this novel? As beautiful as the cover is, the experience inside is just as incredible. Truly, this marriage of convenience story has skyrocketed up my list to become one of my very favorite books ever! Romancing the Bride has so much packed into its pages. The author explores the way various characters handle grief and pain, the way sin can weave its way into people’s lives and gain control, and the inability to feel as if one can be forgiven for wrongs. Perhaps the most beautiful emotion explored in this novel is the love that grows between Jacob and Annie, and the gentle way in which Jacob cares for Annie even when she makes it hard for him to do so. Their interactions captured my heart! I will be thinking of these characters a long time from now and this book is definitely one that I plan to re-read many times in the future. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.