Book Review: “A Bride in Store” by Melissa Jagears

November 13, 2014 at 1:50 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Melissa Jagears in her new book, “A Bride in Store book coverA Bride in Store” Book Two in the Unexpected Brides series published by Bethany House  brings us into the lives of Eliza Cantrell and William Stanton.

From the back cover:  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.

We all have our God given talents it is just that, sometimes, it takes a lot of maneuvering to get us into a place where we can use them. Eliza has to leave everything she knows to move to her future husbands town. On the way she is part of a train robbery and everything she owns is taken from her. When she does get to town he is not there but his business partner is. She has the talent to run the store very well, Will really has the talent to be a doctor. Both Eliza and Will are getting along terrifically until Axel, the intended future husband, comes back home. All of them are going to have to deal with their talents and dreams if they are ever going to move forward with their lives. Ms. Jagears has given us an exciting story filled with fun and unexpected characters.  On top of all this there is a romance.  Ms. Jagears is an amazing writer and she has given us a work that is just plain enjoyable.  Well done.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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