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  1. A Bride for Keeps, Mail Order Brides Series #1
    A Bride for Keeps, Mail Order Brides Series #1
    Melissa Jagears
    Bethany House / 2013 / Trade Paperback
    $2.99 Retail: $14.99 Save 80% ($12.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 51 Reviews
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  1. Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Lovely Western Romance!
    November 5, 2015
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Everett Cline cannot believe his eyes when a fifth, that's right, fifth potential wife steps off the train in Salt Flats, Kansas. . . . . . and this lovely young woman is beautiful beyond words.

    Julia Lockwood had to escape her father's persistent insistence that she marry a man whose only desire was carnal, coupled with the fact that marrying Julia would almost certainly prove to be a lucrative business venture. When she answers a request to travel west and marry a Kansas farmer, she has no idea what making a life-long commitment to a virtual stranger might cost. Fortunately, Everett Cline is no ordinary western land owner. He is easy on the eyes, for sure, but for some reason after their hasty nuptials and Julia's request for a purely platonic relationship, she and Everett cannot seem to find their way to happiness.

    This engaging couple must travel a crooked path filled with perilous pitfalls, seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and harrowing circumstances before discovering the love, forgiveness and healing nature of divine restoration.
  2. Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Melissa Jagear's A Bride for Keeps
    August 14, 2014
    Carol
    Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Bride for Keeps is set on the Kansas prairie in the 1800s.

    It is the story of a mail order bride, Julia Lockwood being

    asked by her friend, Rachael to come to town for the purpose

    of marriage. Only the Rachel does not tell the intended

    groom-to-be, Everett Cline about the her request until the bride

    arrives. What an awkward situation for both, Julia and Everett!!

    Both characters have deep secrets that need Gods intervention

    to overcome in order for the marriage to succeed. They are well

    developed characters that have undeniable chemistry with a

    great cast of supporting characters. The secondary characters

    add some humor to the story with their family antics.

    The author covers the social issues of trust, abuse, dysfunctional

    family life, family values, personal values, living with deceit,

    rejection, fear, loss and grieving plus faith, friendship,

    forgiveness and love. It was amazing to realize that the a lot of

    issues during that era mirror a lot of the current issues

    throughout the world.

    The book is powerful in its teaching that no matter the

    circumstances Gods love and forgiveness are always

    unconditionally there for the asking.

    I received this ebook from the author. The opinion is my own.
  3. Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Unexpected Brides #1
    March 15, 2014
    Its About Time Mamaw
    Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Everett Cline has been tricked by his close friend and neighbor. His friend has sent for a mail order bride but his neighbor is married. The bride evidently is for Everett. This is not Everett's first attempt to marry a mail order bride and had no desire to try again. But his friend thought otherwise and arranged for a mail order bride for Everett.

    Julia Lockwood had no idea her groom to be knew nothing about her or her arrival. But when all comes to the surface Julia is determined to prove to Everett she was more than a pretty face. She would work hard and show him what a good, if not perfect, helpmate she could be for him.

    I enjoyed this story immensely and it's characters. Everett and his lack of faith in actually claiming a bride. Julia was so determined and learned things she never believed she would ever have done in life. Oh, how special it was to have such loyal and caring friends as their neighbors.

    This was a journey leading to a beautiful romance which grew in faith with God and his path for their future together. They learned to not only trust in each other but in God.

    The cover image caught my attention. Especially the expression on Julia's face. I could not wait to read the book. I was not disappointed. .

    I highly recommend this book.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House/Baker Publishing for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my honest opinion.
  4. St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I think this will be a good series!
    March 4, 2014
    wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The last thing Everett Cline wants is another mail-order bride, what does Rachel think she's doing sending for one without even telling him. The town already laughs and talks about his luck with women. I mean who would want to try a fifth time after the first one arriving DOA and the other three marrying other men, one before she even arrived in Kansas. Not only that he'd originally been jilted by Rachel's sister who married a man and moved back east. NO! He does NOT want to go through with this.

    Julia Lockwood feels that men only want her because of her good looks. Her mother died when she was nine years old after Julia 'let' her newborn brother die. According to her father she is to blame for the death of both of them, I don't know who he blamed for all of the other children that were lost, Julia was the only child that survived. Her father used her for a pretty pawn and he was forcing her to marry a man who only wanted her fathers business. When her fiancee pushes her too far and ruins her, Julia knows she has to run. After answering Rachel's ad for a mail-order bride and becoming friends, she goes to Kansas. Then when she's attacked again, in Kansas, she has even stronger feelings about not having a complete marriage or ever having children.

    This was a good story about the struggles some mail-order couples went through. Melissa keeps you reading and pulling for the two to 'JUST TALK' to each other. One trusts God to get them through, the other doesn't think they are good enough for God to care about. It looks like this is going to be a great series.
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Likeable characters
    February 21, 2014
    Heidi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    While I loved the premise, the characters, and many of the situations the characters were in, the continued lack of communication made it hard for the plot to progress, and the characters repeatedly stewed over the same issues throughout. I enjoyed the author's voice and will definitely be reading her next novel!
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