Historical Fiction, Review

Romancing the Bride by Melissa Jagears

about the book

Romancing the Bride by Melissa Jagears

Marrying a stranger to save a ranch is one thing; losing the land on their wedding day is another.

Desperate to keep the ranch where three of her children and a husband lie buried, Annie Gephart must marry or sell. Which of the few bachelors in town would consider a surprise proposal to wed a plain widow with a rebellious daughter, a spirited boy, and unpaid taxes—without laughing in her face?

Jacob Hendrix has never fully let go of his ranching dreams despite ending up as a small Wyoming town’s marshal. The job wouldn’t be so bad, except he’s more errand boy than lawman. When Annie proposes marriage without a single coquettish bat of an eyelash, can he commit himself to a woman he hardly knows for a choice piece of property he’d be an idiot to pass up?

But taxes aren’t all that threaten Annie and Jacob’s plans. Cattle rustlers, crumbling friendships, and wayward children make this marriage of convenience anything but. When they lose what they’ve sacrificed everything to save, will the love of a stranger be enough?

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my thoughts

This marriage of convenience story is built on faith with a healthy dose of suspense and family drama. Genuine characters reflect the hardworking spirit of ranchers and homesteaders, the raw emotion and vulnerability of grief, and the honesty and integrity which we as people of faith strive for.

Annie is one tough mama and I admire her dedication especially when she’s falling apart on the inside. She’s carrying the weight of immense loss in her heart and the fate of her family’s home and livelihood sits squarely on her shoulders. I’m not sure anyone is strong enough to hold it all together on their own.

Jacob is an “almost too good to be true” western hero until an even more attractive man is revealed as readers are invited into his thoughts and struggles. He is a man who lives his faith and extends compassion to everyone he encounters. Jacob has broad shoulders and a big heart to boot!

As this conveniently wed couple stumbles and bumbles along the path of matrimony, life continually throws them off track with insecurities, attraction, rebellion, and conspiracies. This story is original and engaging and inspired warm cozy feelings in my heart! I highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

 

about the author

Melissa Jagears

Carol Award winning writer, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night.

She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides series and Teaville Moral Society series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try.

You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online on her website!

 

also available

A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears A Love So True by Melissa Jagears A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears

What are your thoughts on “marriage of convenience” stories, reader friends?!
Did you add Romancing the Bride to your tbr?

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