Keeping “A Bride For Keeps” On My Bookshelf

A bride for keepsMail-order brides and ruggedly handsome cowboys just seem to go hand in hand when it comes to romantic tales of the Wild West, but Melissa Jagears in her debut novel, A Bride for Keeps, puts a fresh spin on an old story. Everett Cline, jilted by one to many brides, has lost faith in the good Lord’s provision. Julia Lockwood has never known a loving earthly father, let alone a Heavenly one. Finagled for him by well-meaning neighbours, Everett is so not interested in this latest mail-order bride. And as for Julia, she steps off the afternoon train like a woman meeting a firing squad.  Though this is not exactly the match everyone hoped for, if the unlikely pair give each other a chance they just might be surprised by love.

Jagears has a fresh compelling voice and Salt Flatts, Kansas sounds like a place I want to settle in and get to know. I can hardly wait for her next installment!


Everett Cline will never humiliate himself by seeking a mail-order bride. Not again. He’s already been jilted by three mail-order brides and figures a wife just isn’t in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor hasn’t given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another woman to town for him.

Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. A mail-order marriage in faraway Kansas is a last resort, but she’ll do anything to leave her life in Massachusetts and the heartbreak she’s experienced there.

Although Everett doesn’t see how a beautiful, cultured woman like Julia could be happy sharing his simple life, he could really use a helpmate on his homestead. Determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face, Julia agrees to a marriage in name only. Faced with the harsh realities of life on the prairie and hesitant to explore the tentative feelings growing between them, can Everett and Julia ever let each other in long enough to fall in love?

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

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