Julia Lockwood is trying to escape a troubled past that has left her with mental scars and with secrets she would rather leave undiscovered. After her father and fiancée betrayed her, Julia ran away from home, but not until after the damage had been done. When she strikes up a correspondence with Rachel Stanton little does she know what her future holds.
Everett Cline has no intention of seeking out another bride. He’s been jilted several times and one mail order bride arrived dead. His unfruitful attempts to find a wife have made him a running joke in town and quite frankly he would just as soon have no more to do with the bridal business. But then Rachel sticks her scheming, but good-hearted, nose into his affairs and presents Julia Lockwood to him as a mail order bride. But Everett is not sure he wants a wife – he’s been betrayed so often he fully expects Julia to run off without a word. To begin anew Julia and Everett must overcome their pasts, which is easier said than done.
I almost passed up A Bride for Keeps (thanks, Debbie!). I’ve had my share of mail order bride stories and let’s just say they’re not a favorite. But between Debbie’s enthusiastic review and the interesting summary, well…Melissa Jaegers has crafted a very touching story, one that pulls at the heart strings to make it a very memorable read. Very few books evoke emotion from me as a reader – sure they’re interesting but to feel the characters’ pains and joys (no, I didn’t cry all over the Nook and short it out)? That’s another story. But this book was different. It was very well written and the issues faced by the characters just draw one in. The story gradually comes together so that the reader just has to keep reading and reading to get the full picture – and I mean that in the most respectful way as I admire that type of skill.
As a side there was some content I wasn’t comfortable with but the obvious talent the author has me looking forward to her future stories!
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