Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Bride at Last

GIVEAWAY

JAGEARS, MELISSA
A BRIDE AT LAST

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?

My Review:

How do you trust your heart to the one person who, by their very nature, has the power to break it? That is the dilemma both Silas and Kate grapple with throughout this story.  An interesting dilemma which the author carries out to nail-biting perfection.

A Bride at Last is the kind of book with multiple layers and storylines that make it hard to tear yourself away. Ferreting out both Silas and Kate's backstories kept me on tenterhooks the entire read. There's such depth to their hurt and it's easy to understand why trust is an issue for both of them. Understandable perhaps, but also deliciously infuriating. And while they both have reason to be wary of the other, it doesn't stop the sparks from flying!  Beware, potential readers, you might just get your fingers singed while turning these pages!

Fans of the Unexpected Brides series will be thrilled to meet up with quite a few familiar faces from earlier books. In fact, Silas is a secondary character from A Bride in Store and definitely not hero material, or so I thought. But Jagears proved me wrong when she wove the strength of testimony into his wounded heart.

 A mesmerizing read that will hold you captive right to the very end.

My thanks to Bethany House and the author for gifting me with a complimentary copy of this book.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Bride at Last 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 July 5 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

44 comments:

  1. This one sounds very interesting. I would love to win it.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  2. KlemmkDOTcATgmailDOTcom. Would love to read this and winning it would be a bonus!

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  3. I would love to read more about Silas and Kate. Thank you for the chance to do so soon.

    psalm103and138[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. There's is a great love story. Good luck, Caryl.

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  4. I enjoyed the first book in this series, but think I might have missed the second one. Would love to read this story.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You'll have to play catch up, Patty. But this reads well as a standalone so no worries about not reading the second one. (Other than that it is a great read!) Good luck.

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  5. I would love to read this one, Kav! Beautiful cover and a great title plus your review have pulled me right in.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's worth the read, Melanie. Good luck.

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  6. Kav, Melissa and I go to church together. Would love to win this newest book of hers. Thanks for offering it!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. Ooohhh...you hobnob with the rich and famous, Cheryl. Lucky you. Good luck.

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  7. When I saw that SILAS was the hero, I thought the same thing - that poor broken man, a hero? But now I can't wait! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. I know...he's a secondary character that stuck with me but I never thought he'd have his own story -- and certainly not this one. Lots of surprises in store for you, Rachael. Good luck.

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  8. Thanks Kav for the lovely review. So glad you enjoyed Silas as the hero!

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    1. So glad you turned him into one, Melissa. :-)

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  9. I would like to read it.
    karenskrayonsatgmaildotcom

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    1. Here's hoping you get the chance, Karen. Good luck.

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  10. I have heard many good things about Melissa's books! I know I would love to read Silas & Kate's story and how they worked through everything. I liked the fact that it's a multi-layered story and would keep me turning page after page. Thanks for this wonderful review! Sounds like a book I don't want to miss!

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    1. Sorry, forgot my email!
      teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    2. Not a read to be missed, IMHO. Good luck, Trixi.

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  11. I love when stories have multiple layers, and have to work their way out!

    missionwife at hotmail dot com

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    1. And boy does the author make her hero and heroine work. Good luck, Melody.

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  12. I also love a multi layered story. Thanks for the review and opportunity! elise_jehan at yahoo dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Elise. Good luck.

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  13. This book sounds interesting, especially since I'm a teacher.
    susanlulu(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Definitely up your alley, Susan. Good luck.

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  14. Sounds like a good book. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com. Kim

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  15. I can't believe how many books I've read recently that have a character with the name of Silas. It all started with the Laura Frantz book that I loved by the way ! This sounds teriffic and I'd love to read it. Thank you for the opportunity !
    Deanne Patterson
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. You know, Deanne, I've always thought that Silas was a perfect name for a villain. Now I've changed my mind. LOL Good luck, Deanne.

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  16. Looks like an interesting storyline. I would love to be entered, Kav!
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're entered, Nicole. Good luck.

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  17. I've really enjoyed Melissa's other books so am looking forward to reading A Bride at Last. I'd love to win it here! It sounds like it just may be the best one yet.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. I think so too. Good luck, Pam.

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  18. Looking forward to reading this one! I love Melissa's books.

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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  19. Love the age of the main character.
    karenskrayonsatgmaildotcom

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  20. This whole series looks fantastic. I'm excited to get going on this series. I am so intrigued by mail-order brides, b/c it is such a foreign concept to our culture now.
    Terrill Rosado tlhcoupon(at)htomail(dot)com

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    1. Mail-order brides are a favourite theme of mine too. And yes, this is a great series, but I think this one if my favourite. Good luck, trosado.

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  21. I also like mail order bride books. Thanks for the chance to win this book.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  22. I love a mail order romance, this sounds interesting with two broken hearts finding healing and romance.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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