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?
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.
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