Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Bride for Keeps


GIVEAWAY

JAGEARS, MELISSA
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?

My Review:

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.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Bride for Keeps please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 13 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 


"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

26 comments:

  1. Would love to win Melissa's book. Include me, please, Kav!

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  2. You're included, Cheryl. Good luck!

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  3. Sounds like a great read to start fall off right! Nothing better than a warm blanket and a good book! Count me in! jodycarr96ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I can read in any season but I have to admit that fall is my favourite! And this is a good book to snuggle up with. Good luck Jody!

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  4. I really enjoyed Melissa's novella Love by the Letter. I look forward to reading this full length novel!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I didn't read the novella. I'll have to back track on that. It was a clever way to get people excited about reading the novel though. Good luck Patty.

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  5. New author for me ... would love to try this one...rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. She's a new author to everyone, Becky because this is her debut novel! Good luck!!!!

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  6. I've been reading good reviews about this book. I have the novella but want to read both one after the other, so it would be great to win a copy of A Bride for Keeps. Thanks for the chance!

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  7. Oh, I've been wanting to read this book. It sounds wonderful and marriage of convenience stories are some of my favorites. It also is interesting to know that some of Melissa's favorite authors are some of mine as well. Looking forward to reading this novel!

    nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

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    1. I feel the same way about marriage of convenience stories, Sylvia. Wonder what the draw is? Anyway, this is a great one so good luck!

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  8. A Bride for Keeps sounds like a great story. I'm another reader who is fascinated by mail-order brides. I think it is a difficult concept to grasp in our present-day society.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Maybe that's what it is, Kay. Good luck!

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  9. I'm anxious to get my hands on this book!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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  10. This book sounds fantastic. Thank you for the opportunity to enter a giveaway for this book. Please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're entered, Barbara. Good luck!

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  11. I so hope to read this book! Thanks for the wonderful review, Kav!!
    mbaaij AT hetnet DOT nl

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  12. Oh, I would love to be entered! This looks like such a sweet read. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!
    Nicole Sager
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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  13. I thought I had entered for this already! A blonde or senior moment or both? lol Anyway I'm glad I came back! Please do enter me. I have the prequel on my Kindle. Thanks Kav!

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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  14. Thwack! Love your description of this historical romance... drama and humor, it sounds perfect. :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  15. This book looks like a good one! I really enjoy Historical Fiction.

    Jasmine A.
    montanamade(at)gmail(dot)com

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