Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Book review: A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears

Love for a child brings them together, but is it enough to keep them together?

A Bride at Last is the third book in the Unexpected Brides series.  It is about Silas Jonesey, a homesteader in the 1880s who was given up by his mother, then abandoned by his wife Lucinda.  On her deathbed, Lucinda asks him to come to her, but he arrives after her passing.  That is when he learns that he has a son, Anthony.  Anthony is being cared for by his teacher, Kate Dawson.  As they contend with each other for custody of Anthony, Richard Fitzgerald shows up at Lucinda’s funeral, claiming that Anthony is his son.

Silas’ and Kate’s days are filled with time together because of Anthony.  Each is attracted to the other, but their troubled pasts and their commitments to their livelihoods threaten to keep them apart.

This book is filled with many plot twists, and I enjoyed it very much.  I wish that I had read the previous books in the series, because I didn’t know if references to their pasts were from previous books, or part of the current story.

I admired how the main characters were committed to doing what was right, first for Anthony, then for each other.  Near the end of the book, Kate’s thoughts were, “If Silas was trying to be a better man, she’d work to become a better woman.”

Those who enjoy historical, especially “prairie” fiction will certainly enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

About the author:

Much to her introverted self’s delight, Melissa Jagears hardly needs to leave her home to be an elementary home school teacher, day-care provider, church financial secretary, and historical romance novelist.  She doesn’t have to leave her house to be a housekeeper either, but she’s doubtful she meets the minimum qualifications to claim to be one in her official bio.  Her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly.  Find her online at, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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