A BRIDE IN STORE
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.
Their troubles are far from over when Axel returns to town, however, 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.
Melissa Jagears won the Carol award in the novella category this past weekend and it's clear to see why. She knows how to deliver a well-crafted story that engages both the mind and the emotions. She's become a 'must read' author for me.
And we all know I have a soft spot for mail-order bride stories and Jagears delivers a doozey with this one. It has it all, action, romance, thwarted purposes, even a bit of a mystery and it starts out with a bang. A very interesting first meet for a hero and heroine.
Love bungling Will. Heart of gold, unwavering determination...except when it's wavering :-) and an unhealthy (in his opinion) attraction to his missing friend's mail-order bride. Eliza shares that determined character trait, to the point of stubbornness. She has her future all mapped out for her and doesn't quite know what to do when her plans go drastically awry. Watching sparks fly as they both work towards a future that might or might not include each other made for an exhilarating read. Jagears kept me on my toes and surprised me a time or two with great plot twists.
Awesomely awesome read!
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