Sunday, July 12, 2015
A Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears
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?
This book is the third book in a series but it reads well as a stand alone novel. I haven't read the first two and didn't feel like I missed out on anything.
I really liked this book. The characters were likeable but flawed. The premise was believable. The only real issue I had with it was there just seemed to be too many things that popped up. It's almost like the author had several ideas of what roadblocks could come up and couldn't decide which to use so she used every single one of them.
All in all though it was a very enjoyable book with an undercurrent of the unquestionable love for God and a desire to give Anthony the best home and family life possible.
My copy of this book was provided by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.