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Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.

Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she'd been deceived about her intended groom, she's now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she'll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony--until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy's father.

Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764211706
ISBN-13: 9780764211706
Series: Mail Order Brides

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Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade and the author of A Bride for Keeps and A Bride in Store, 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. Kentucky
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Historical Fiction!
    July 22, 2016
    Connie
    Kentucky
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I am a fan of mail-order bride stories and 'A Bride At Last' features two. Kate Dawson was set to become a mail-order bride but never followed through with it. Silas Jonesy married his mail-order bride but the marriage was over after seven months. Kate turned to a life of teaching and Silas turned to a life of alcohol and other poor choices. Now, after almost ten years, Silas receives word that his wife Lucinda is dying and she has a nine year old son. He believes that he is young Anthony's father but another man arrives with the same claim. Kate, who has promised Anthony's mother that she will take care of him, is suddenly drawn into the efforts to prove his true parentage and forced to admit a growing attraction to Silas

    Melissa Jagears has created three intriguing and determined characters for readers of this book. Kate is determined to judge Silas without admitting that she also has faults; Silas is determined to improve himself for Anthony's sake and Anthony us determined to hold on to his beloved teacher.

    This is a sweet story of learning to trust God so that we can trust others and to accept love from unexpected sources. I recommend this to lovers of historical romance fiction.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A satisfying finale to a great series
    March 14, 2016
    Cindy J
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears is the final book in the Unexpected Brides series. Silas Joneseys mail-order bride disappeared after only a few months of marriage. After nearly ten years, Silas receives a letter from her asking for help. He travels to her home, intending to ask forgiveness for the rough beginning of their marriage and to try again as a family. Unfortunately, he arrives shortly after her death. Kate Dawson has been caring for her student, 9-year old Anthony Riverton, and his ailing mother Lucinda for the last couple of years. Kate plans to take Anthony as her own after Lucindas death, but complications arise when two different men arrive, both claiming to be Anthonys father.

    Silas was an alcoholic, although he had now been sober for around four years. Earlier in her life, Kate had experienced abuse from an alcoholic and was unwilling to trust another one. She had been engaged twice prior to meeting Silas, and he was leery of trusting someone again who wouldnt honor their commitments. Silas and Kate struggled to overcome these hard lessons and learn to trust again. The struggles Silas and Anthony faced as they forged a relationship were heart-wrenching. I enjoyed this story. The characters were believable, and they matured throughout the story. Although I read books one and two prior to reading this story, I do feel this could have been read as a stand-alone story. The characters from the other books only played a minor role in this story, and there werent any dangling threads from past stories.

    I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Entertaining Book!
    March 9, 2016
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Bride at Last is an enjoyable, easy to read book. It has a story line that keeps your attention. The characters are realistic. Even though this is the third in a series it is easily read as a stand- alone. I enjoyed each one of the book. This author has the knack of bringing her stories to life. I look forward to reading more of her books.

    I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  4. Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Romance!
    January 15, 2016
    Rachel
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Oh, where do I begin?! This story was wonderfully good. This story was surprisingly strong and captivating. It had me up nights reading to find out what was going to happen. I couldn't put it down.

    Kate is a young teacher who has been helping a woman and her young son. When the woman dies, she leaves her son in Kate's charge. But, soon a man by the name of Silas shows up claiming to be the boy's father and that's when things get interesting.

    This book is the third in the series but it is not necessary to read the others in the series first. This story starts out a little slow. It's not enough to keep you from reading, but be for warned it does take a few chapters for the story to really get going. I really did love this book from the very beginning, even with the slow speed of the story. The storyline builds really well. Melissa actually surprised me with some things in the storyline. When I thought the story couldn't possibly go anywhere else, she took me on another twist, Each twist and turn added great bulk and energy to the story. The romance is wonderfully written. So sweet and loving yet a little bit strong. Nothing offensive, just a strong romance thread in certain spots. I am now dying to read the other two books in the series.

    This is an excellent book for those romance lovers out there. With a little bit of mystery/suspense to round out the story, it most certainly will not disappoint.

    Thank you to TBCN for the opportunity to review this book. A positive review was not required.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Finally...A Bride at Last
    December 28, 2015
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears is a book that had me emotionally spent. We have a story of two wounded individuals that are really trying to survive life the best way that they can and sometimes they make some really bad decisions. Silas Jonesy has not only been abandoned by his mail order bride, but he also grew up as an orphan. When he finally locates his bride after 8 years, she has died but he finds out she was keeping something from him. Enter schoolteacher Kate Dawson who lost her parents at a young age and then was abused by relatives, who has taken the now motherless Anthony into her care. However, at the risk of losing her job because of a town that does not care for a little boy, she must now fight for Anthony not only against Silas but another man who also claims Anthony is his son.

    Both of these characters dont necessarily make the best choices, and understandably they are trying to protect themselves, but also frustrating as they end up making bigger problems. We are also treated to two very different towns: one that cares and one that doesnt. This story brings back characters in the previous books but it can be read as a standalone. I think the biggest lesson I grasped from this novel was to take care of your responsibilities and to always keep your promises.

    I received this book for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
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