A BRIDE FOR KEEPS
Everett Cline will never humiliate himself by seeking a mail-order bride. Not again. He's already been jilted by three mail-order brides and figures a wife just isn't in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor hasn't given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another woman to town for him.
Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. A mail-order marriage in faraway Kansas is a last resort, but she'll do anything to leave her life in Massachusetts and the heartbreak she's experienced there.
Although Everett doesn't see how a beautiful, cultured woman like Julia could be happy sharing his simple life, he could really use a helpmate on his homestead. Determined to prove she's more than just a pretty face, Julia agrees to a marriage in name only. Faced with the harsh realities of life on the prairie and hesitant to explore the tentative feelings growing between them, can Everett and Julia ever let each other in long enough to fall in love?
Fantastic debut novel! Rich text and measured words are just two of the clever writing techniques that kept me hooked and devouring this historical romance. I love the way the story unfolds -- Jagears is careful to reveal Julia's back story in small doses that kept me in an agonizing reading frenzy! Lovely contrast to Everett, whose past is more of an 'open book' (excuse the pun.)
But oh my goodness, those two are stubborn! I wanted to thwack them each upside the head on more than one occasion. Neither is willing to trust the other and I was one frustrated reader! Of course, I had the benefit of being inside both hero and heroine's head so I knew they were perfect for each other -- it just took them the whole book to figure that out. :-)
A Bride For Keeps is the perfect mix of drama and humour and has one of the most touching conversion stories I have ever read. It flows naturally and sweetly and very convincingly and provides an uplifting conclusion to this great debut novel.
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