Impatient to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store, mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell sets out on her travels a week early. But her plan goes sadly awry when her train is held up by robbers who steal her dowry and Axel, her groom-to-be, isn't even in town when she finally arrives.
Axel's business partner, William Stanton, has no head for business and would much rather be a doctor. When his friend's mail-order bride arrives in town with no money and no groom in sight, he feels responsible and lets her help around the store--where she quickly proves she's much more adept at business than he ever will be.
The sparks that fly between Will and Eliza as they work together in close quarters are hard to ignore, but Eliza is meant for Axel and a future with the store, while Will is biding his time until he can afford medical school. However, their troubles are far from over when Axel finally returns, and soon both Will and Eliza must decide what they're willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams--or if God has a new dream in store for them both.
I read this author's debut and absolutely loved it, so I could not wait to get my hands on book two! I was ecstatic when I discovered that I had won a copy and I made plans to read it as soon as I could. But then review books came that I needed to read first and life got busy and this book sadly sat on my shelf begging me to read it. Then book number three's release date approached and I got the chance to be an influencer for it so since I am a stickler for reading books in order I had the excuse I needed to finally blow the dust off of this book and dive into it's beautiful story! Thankfully the wait just made the reading that much sweeter!
Will's character in A Bride for Keeps was one of my favorites and so I was quite happy that he was going to be the hero of this book! And what a hero he was! I loved his selfless care and love for anyone and everyone he came in contact with. He truly challenged me to think less about my own needs and to help people regardless of the personal cost! I felt so bad for him as he struggled with the guilt he heaped upon himself for the people he was unable to help or save, and it was lovely to watch as he realized that their lives were in God's hands and not his.
Eliza was a fun heroine. She berated herself for being selfish but she really had a heart to love others. I loved they way she accepted Mrs. Lightfoot and never treated her differently because of how she looked.
The author did a fabulous job of making you wonder until the very end if Will and Eliza would be able to overcome the obstacles keeping them apart in order to be together! In short I loved everything about this story and I am so excited for A Bride at Last!
Meet the Author
Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade, 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.