Friday, July 9, 2021

Book Review: The Substitute Bride by Carrie Fancett Pagels

About the Book

A Christmas Carol meets It’s A Wonderful Life.

A letter for Sonja’s deceased friend arrives at the post office in Michigan, and with it a proposal. With her father threatening to kick her out of his home, Sonja impulsively responds, offering to travel west to be a substitute bride. At the same time, Louis’s railroad promotion sends him back to Michigan, the one place on earth he’d hoped to never return—where Christmas past was full of pain. A mysterious stranger leaves him marked copies of “A Christmas Carol” as he considers romancing Sonja in Christmas present. Will Louis discern the best choices for Christmas future? Does it include the Poor House, again? Even so—will God bring healing and love to him this year?

This book is available for purchase here.

My Review

This story could have been a comedy of errors, with Louis proposing to his long-distance pen pal Cora, and with Sonja replying to his proposal after Cora's passing.  But upon meeting, they remembered each other from their youth and their good and caring character drew them to each other.

In the short duration of this novella, Louis and Sonja must deal with hurts and insecurities, but their love for each other brought healing.  It was easy to like and root for these characters.

This was a quick, pleasant read, which I recommend to readers of Christian historical romance.

I was gifted a copy of this book by the author.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author


Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., writes stories about overcoming with God's help (including a Romantic Times Top Pick inspirational novel). She has eighteen published romances. Carrie is an ECPA-bestselling award-winning author of Christian historical romance. She won the Maggie Award for Excellence medallion in 2018 for her novel, "My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island." Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination.

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