Friday, July 24, 2015

Melissa Jagears’ ‘A Bride at Last’ Review and a $100 Memory-Making Giveaway

About the book:
A Bride at Last
(Bethany House, July 2015)

Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.

Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she'd been deceived about her intended groom, she's now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she'll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony-until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy's father.

Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

My review:

This was a very enjoyable, well-written story!  There were a few twists, too, that I didn't see coming when romances are usually more predictable.  I really liked Kate and Silas.  They were written very well, with flaws and good qualities.  They felt very much like real people.  I also thought it was more unique that Silas seemed to have a harder time trusting and risking his heart than Kate.  Silas seemed to have a deep faith in God and he often prayed and asked for help.  It didn't seem like Kate's faith was as strong or that she grew much in the story.  There were a lot of cute romantic moments.  There's a bit of a mystery, too, where Silas wants to find out what happened to his birth family as he was sent to an orphanage as a child.  Sometimes I thought the story lagged a bit or that something was taking too long to get resolved.  Some of the characters in Melissa's previous books make an appearance or are featured prominently, but this book worked fine as a stand-alone.  I hadn't read anything by Melissa before this book, but I definitely plan to read her others!  I highly recommend this book if you like historical romances!

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

About the author:
Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade and the author of A Bride for Keeps and A Bride in Store, 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 Melissa online: website, Facebook
Can Silas and Kate overcome their rocky start and experience healing—and possibly love? Discover the answer in Melissa Jagears' new book, A Bride at LastNeither Kate nor Silas is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light as they attempt to prove nine-year-old Anthony's paternity to the court. Can their wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

Celebrate the release of A Bride at Last by entering to win a $100 Memory-Making giveaway and RSVPing to Melissa's August 4th author chat party!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $100 gift card to Netflix (for a family movie night), Shutterfly (to create a family memory book), or TablePlayGames (for a family game night)
  • One copy of A Bride at Last
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/4. The winner will be announced at Melissa's 8/4 A Bride at Last Facebook author chat party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Melissa and fiction fans, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!

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