Silas Jonesey’s life in Salt Flatts, Kansas, has not followed the course he imagined. After his mail-order bride, Lucinda, abandoned him, it was an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices and sour moods. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true; his estranged wife has contacted him after ten years of silence to tell him of her whereabouts.
Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but after realizing she had been deceived about her intended groom she never went through with the marriage. Settling into life as a schoolteacher, she’s spent her spare time the past few years helping her student, Anthony, and his sick mother. When Lucinda passes away, Kate is ready to fulfill the woman’s wish that she take care of nine-year-old Anthony–until a man shows up in town asking about Lucinda and claiming he was married to the woman ten years ago.
Silas and Kate disagree over who should raise young Anthony, who has opinions of his own about his future. After being forced to come together for the good of Anthony, Silas and Kate begin to see another side to each other and the possibility of a united future despite all that stands between them. When Kate’s past comes to light, Silas’s feelings about women who abandon their grooms immediately throw the walls right back up between them. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony’s wounded souls bind them together as a family, or will past hurts and new resentments leave them lonely forever?
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A Bride at Last by Bethany House Publishers
“A genuine story of love, loss and redemption is at the heart of Jagears’ latest. A strong-willed Kate and a repentant Silas will appeal to readers, as will the sincere love they share. Jagears expresses in beautiful, descriptive language both Kate and Silas’ wounded hearts, their anguish and their faith. This story is both tender and heartfelt.”
“Melissa’s advantage . . . is her strength of characterization and her lack of fear in creating a hero and heroine who are practical, naturally flawed, and respond to their circumstances with genuine emotion rather than a souped up version of perfection! A Bride at Last is sure to please readers of Deeanne Gist and Karen Witemeyer and can be read as a standalone novel.”
“I haven’t been into historical romance as much lately, but this book brought me back to the days when I LOVED this genre. I don’t know … the right combination of romance, bit of suspense/problems, some profound themes and the faith aspect … I just really liked it. Happy day, ^_^ …. I really appreciated the realness. I appreciated that Silas and Kate both have genuine, dirty struggles (like we all do, truthfully), and they have to work through them. To learn trust, forgiveness. To learn together. To grow together. This love story had depth and was more than just a fluffy romance……”
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Bride At Last. I recommend it to other readers who enjoy the complexity of working out a relationship. Melissa Jagears writes about people with christian principles, who find christian solutions to everyday problems. Loved this book!“
“There are so many things that I liked about this book! First of all, the attraction between the two main characters is fabulous. There is a lot of tension and some mistrust between the two, as well. And, whew…Silas and Kate share some pulse pounding kisses! 🙂 It just all works together for the perfect mix of affection, angst, passion, etc…”
“Silas is a secondary character from A Bride in Store and definitely not hero material, or so I thought. But Jagears proved me wrong when she wove the strength of testimony into his wounded heart. “
“Melissa Jagears is one of those authors who takes a common trope and puts her own spin on it, giving the theme a refreshing twist and making it stand out above the rest. Her characters are full of passion and humor and kindness and life – and so are her stories!”