Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Bride for Keeps - a review

Synopsis: 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?

I'll say it right away: Melissa Jagears is a talented author.  Julia and Everett were both captivating characters  and their story unfolded beautifully.  However, I didn't enjoy A Bride for Keeps as much as I expected to. I may be a hopeless romantic, but I like thinking that 'falling in love' is actually about loving someone instead of just admiring them physically.  Everett's interest in Julia for most of the story is about how gorgeous she is and how much he wishes they could, ahem! have a real marriage. Which for a single girl like me is Unhelpful and generally Not Nice.

But if you enjoy mail order bride stories and don't mind a high level of physical mushiness, you still might want to try out A Bride for Keeps.

My rating: 6.5 out of 10

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