A Bride in Store   -     By: Melissa Jagears
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Mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell is on her way to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store business when her train is held up by robbers and she loses her dowry. She's further thwarted upon arriving in Salt Flatts only to find Axel, her groom, away on business.

Hoping a wife would push Axel to become a better business partner, William Stanton had encouraged him to seek a mail-order bride. With Axel gone, Will feels responsible for Eliza, so he finds her a place to stay and lets her help in the store.

Working together isn't what they'd expected, and when Axel is further delayed, neither can ignore the sparks that fly. But Eliza is meant for Axel and is set on a future with the store, while Will is biding time until he can afford medical school.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764211692
ISBN-13: 9780764211690
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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.

Author Bio

Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade and the author of A Bride for Keeps, 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. Find her online at www.melissajagears.com.

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  1. Dali
    SB, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    They Say Patience is a Virtue
    August 27, 2014
    Dali
    SB, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    They say patience is a virtue, but Eliza Cantrell is not the most patient person. That's why she decides to set out a week early to travel and meet her future husband. However, things don't quite work out as she planned.

    All Eliza wanted to do was meet her future husband, marry him, and help him with his store, being that Eliza grew up in the business. But, instead she finds herself on a train that is held up by robbers and she's robbed her of her dowry. She still has hopes that her intended will be waiting for her and that the rest of her plan will be accomplished. Except that her intended, Axel, is no where to be found. Instead she meets William Stanton, Axel's business partner, with little know how for business, and part time fill in doctor. Will and Eliza work together in the store while Eliza waits for Axel's return. During this time, sparks begin to fly between them. Then, a twist of events occurs when Axel finally returns and he and Eliza proceed with their wedding plans. Finally, everything begins to fall in place as Eliza's plan is finally coming to fruition. Or is it?

    A Bride in Store has romance, suspense, and twists and turns that keep you wondering what will happen next. It is also a story of seeking God's will, forgiving, sacrificing and giving of oneself. Melissa Jagears has done a fantastic job of blending all of these components together into a beautiful story that you are sure to enjoy.

    I received a copy of this book from www.netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Clein
    Rochester, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Twists and turns
    August 27, 2014
    Clein
    Rochester, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I knew I would enjoy this book based on the author's previous books. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much this one entranced me. Naturally the characters were wonderful. I felt that I was living with them. It gave the flavor of history, without a lot of time setting everything up. Especially interesting was the training or lack of training for those who practiced medicine. There were sweet touching moments, sad times and funny bits as well. However, what really grabbed me were all the twists and turns in this book. I can often figure out how a book is going to go fairly easily. I can still read them and enjoy them, but I am pretty sure of what will happen. This book had so many unexpected twists that fit the story. It made reading the book a wonderful pleasure.
  3. mustlovetoread
    Newport VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a definite must read mail order bride historical Christian fiction!
    August 27, 2014
    mustlovetoread
    Newport VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Bride in Store

    By: Melissa Jagears

    What is the purpose of prayer? Can you follow your dream and follow what God wants you to do at the same time? God wants you as you are. All your hopes and dreams reside in Him. I loved this book by Melissa Jagears. These characters were so focused on fulfilling their dream they couldnt see any other way to get what they wanted, but yet they werent happy.

    Eliza Cantrell is a mail order bride. When she comes to town to find her intended, Axel Langston, she finds his business partner Will running the store. Axel is gone. She jumps in and helps make improvements to the store as she has had experience back East. Once Axel returns, how can she decide which man she really should marry, the one who sent for her or the one who takes her breath away?

    Axel Langston finally returns to town finding his mail order bride has already arrived. He is prepared to marry her and have her run his store, something she has always wanted, her own store. What happens when she finds out about his past? Will she still marry him?

    William Stanton is in love with a woman he cant have because she is promised to another, not able to run the store he is managing due to being too kind and being taken advantage of, blindsided by a crook, and failing at medicine because he wouldnt charge for his services and didnt have enough education, afraid God would require more than he was willing to surrender. When you feel like youve lost it all, thats when you give it all to God. William has a heart for practicing medicine but he doesnt have the education to be a doctor. He tries, but doesnt have faith in his abilities. Can Eliza convince him to go to school to be the doctor God has called him to be?

    Which man will Eliza choose? Can she have her dream of owning a store and true love? This is a wonderful story of true love and believing God has your best in mind when things happen. Once I started reading this story, I couldnt put it down. The writing, the characters, pull you in and keep you turning pages. Will read more by this author and hope there are more stories about these characters to see what happens after the end.

    I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Wilani
    Franklin, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wow! a Page Turner
    August 25, 2014
    Wilani
    Franklin, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow! a page turner again from Melissa Jagears in this second novel of her mail order bride series. I loved this story. One of the memorable moments is the way she wove a trust in God that even when we are disappointed in life, God is there taking care of us. As the characters learn to put God first and think of others instead of self, details begin to work out because the Lord was orchestrating it all. This is a story I plan to read again. I also hope that in future books we will learn more of these characters that have become so special to me.
  5. Joybell
    TN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Should Eliza follow her childhood dream regardless?
    August 25, 2014
    Joybell
    TN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    A Bride In Store by Melissa Jagears - Author (Unexpected Bride Series #2)

    An excellent Christian fiction read with romance, mystery, history and faith. Eliza Cantrell, mail order bride intends to surprise her intended groom,Azel, by an early arrival. She is robbed of her savings and injured during a robbery on the train. When she arrives Azel is not there. No one knows where he is or when he will return. Her childhood dream of owning a store seems to be impossible. She has nowhere to stay and no money for food.

    Where will she stay? How will she eat? Who is William Staton? Will there be a permanent scar on her face from William's stitches? When will her intended groom return?
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