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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?
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|Take a look at your own life Aug 5, 2016|
|I really enjoyed A Bride at Last. It was a good exhibit on how we judge others on their mistakes without considering our own and maybe holding ourselves above others thinking that our mistakes aren't as bad as the other person's. And no matter what sin is sin and it is all equal. |
A Bride at Last forced me to take a look at myself and what sins I had committed in the past and how I might have judged someone harshly for things when I was overlooking my own. It was very well written.
I received a free copy of A Bride at Last for my honest review.
|Christian historical romance that will tug at your heart Apr 11, 2016|
|First book I've read by Melissa Jagears but was not disappointed. Definitely will be reading other books by this author. Her characters have flaws and they have to work to overcome them. Silas was deserted by his mail-order bride. Several years later he is contacted by his wife. Hoping reconciliation he goes to her only to find her dying and has a son that she claims is his. Kate Dawson is Anthony's school teacher (9 yrs old) and because of her friendship with the mother and child she assumes she will raise Anthony. Then two men show up claiming to be the father.|
The characters will tug at your heart, especially Anthony and all he is going through. I can tell you those emotions are real. My grandson lost his mother and even 8 yrs later he still has problems similar to Anthony on dealing with her death.
I give 5 stars when a book touches my emotions, laughter, tears, amusement, gripping tension (suspense). This one did touch my heart. This is part of series and I had not read any of the series prior to this book. This can be read as a stand alone book.
I received this book through the Book Club Network, author & publisher to read and asked to leave an honest review. All opinions are my own. I highly recommend this book to those who love a good, clean Christian historical romance.
|A Great Conclusion to the Series! Oct 29, 2015|
|Having enjoyed the first two books in the Unexpected Brides series, I eagerly opened this conclusion to the trilogy. In A Bride at Last, I was immediately drawn into the story and invested in the characters who captured my heart from the first chapter. |
The characters’ struggles are realistic and, despite the historical setting, entirely applicable today. Love, fear, substance abuse and recovery, difficult family situations, self-worth, sacrifice for others—I could go on, but this gives a quick snapshot of the breadth and depth of this novel. Life is lived in these pages, real life with flesh and blood characters who fail and triumph as we watch from the sidelines.
I enjoyed the romance in the book, but I also appreciate that the storyline is about taking the risk of loving someone beyond the romantic sense—loving anyone can be dangerous because it makes us vulnerable, but not taking that chance is shown to be no better and just as painful in the long run.
The spiritual thread is excellent in this novel and really added to my enjoyment; lately I have read a rash of books with missing Christian themes or outright objectionable content, but happily that was not the case here. Prayer is an important part of the characters’ lives as is a moment by moment reliance on God’s grace and guidance. To me, it never feels artificial but provides a great example of how we can “pray without ceasing” and what that might look like as it gets lived out on a daily basis.
I would highly recommend this novel to fans of historical romance, especially those that deal with marriages of convenience and orphans. It is a thoroughly enjoyable story with a strong Christian message of forgiveness, grace, and moving forward despite the struggles of life. I will be watching for Melissa Jagears’ upcoming novels as her debut series has proven her excellent storytelling abilities, with this story being my favorite of her books to date!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
|The Title says it all Sep 29, 2015|
|The title says it all. But, the fun in this book is how does she get there. The characters in the book are very well developed. The editing is fantastic (something that is a big factor in my enjoyment). The story flows well, you are not fighting your way through the pages. It is not a book that you just can't put down, but it keeps moving very well. The story is mostly light-hearted with a good Christian focus. But, it is Not a preachy type of book. You feel like you actually know the main characters. I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others that want a well-paced, Christian romance book. This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.|
|A Family at Last Sep 27, 2015|
|I was a little confused at first from the blurb on the back of the book. To me it read like Kate, the main female character, was the mail order bride, but that wasn't the way it turned out. She taught school and one of her students, Anthony, lost his mother to death. Kate loved him and took on his care until two men showed up, both claiming to be his father. Silas had been married to his mother who was the mail order bride. She left him eventually, but wrote him a letter right before she died asking for money.|
Richard had also been with his mother and was abusive to her and Anthony. Melissa Jagears takes you through a complicated story of abuse, past sins and a search for the truth. With no way to prove paternity like we have today, they must look for clues and word of mouth since the mother had passed away. Kate and Silas had both lost their parents at a young age, one to death and the other to abandonment. They wanted to make sure Anthony didn't have to grow up like they had.
I've read several historicals lately and always find it funny how much stock is put on morals and what you can and can't do in public as a man and a woman. So many rules to follow so that the ladies reputation is not sullied. In light of today or even a decade or two ago, it all seems so ridiculous. I'm just glad God allowed me to be born in the 20th century.
The story was quite entertaining and a nice little epilogue was included at the end.
I received this book from the publisher through Bookfun for my honest opinion, which I have given.
|A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears Sep 24, 2015|
|A Bride at Last***** book 3 Unexpected Brides series by Melissa Jagears|
Years ago Kate Dawson was to be a mail-order bride but learned she had been deceived by her intended groom and vowed to never again quickly accept a marriage proposal. It is not easy for a single woman—a spinster—to find decent employment in 1885's Missouri, but Kate is thankful to have a job teaching at the local school. Even so, her life is not an easy one by any means. One of her students' mother dies leaving behind her 9 year old son, Anthony, in Kate's care.
Homesteader Silas Jonesey's mail-order bride abandoned him—ten years later he has no idea where she is or if she is alive—until he receives an unexpected letter from her. Hoping to be forgiven for the past, he rushes to her side—but it is too late. At her deathbed, he meets Kate and Anthony—who he believed to be Kate's son and is shocked to learn that Anthony is his son...a son he knew nothing about. Before he can wrap his mind and heart around having a son, another man, Richard, shows up and claims Anthony as his son. How will they figure out who is the real father of Anthony?
Wow, there is a lot to this story that captured my attention and held it to the very last page. At one point I was holding my breath during a suspenseful scene. I felt so sorry for young Anthony—he has had such a trying, sad life, full of heartaches. I wanted to hold him close and keep him safe. Kate also has had to struggle most of her life and I so wanted her to find someone to love and care for her. Along comes Silas, who has a wounded heart as well. He is another character that I wanted to find happiness, love and a family that will not abandon him like so many in his past. I couldn't believe the attitudes of the community and the school board towards their teachers and the strict restrictions they placed upon them. They were very judgmental and uncaring, despite circumstances the teachers may face. And then there is Richard, well he is one character that needed a good shaking and talking to. He is not a nice man at all with evil intentions...I did not like him. It was good to see Kate and Silas hold onto their faith, especially facing very difficult times. This is a great story with suspense, drama, an attempted kidnapping, faith and love that captures the reader. Twists and turns, unexpected surprises—some good and some not so good, loss and restoration that brings tears of happiness and sadness too. I liked the way we are given a glimpse into the lives of the characters eight years later at the end of the book.
~I won a copy of this book from publisher and the author, this is my honest review~
|Wow, Melissa Jagears does it again Aug 9, 2015|
|This is the 3rd (or 4th if you count the prequel) in the Unexpected Brides series. Even though this is a stand alone novel, all these books are great and will give you history on most of the characters in this book. So I recommend you read them all. (just saying)|
Silas Jonesey is just trying to find forgiveness and maybe fix his estranged marriage if he can find Lucy. When he is to late, he is thrown into a mixed up mess. Is he a father? and who is this beautiful Kate Dawson. Will they be able to find out who Anthony's true father is before it is to late? Will Kate ever love him or is her past more than he can deal with? Silas has many past heartaches he must deal with and overcome, he is a determined stubborn man just trying to do the best he can.
Kate Dawson only wants what is best for Anthony. She never imagined Silas or the problems he would bring into her life. Is she destined to be on old maid for the rest of her life or is love ever going to be in her future? Kate is a stubborn, energetic loving yet scared girl who too must overcome some of her past to be able to move to her future.
I love Melissa Jagears style, she really brings her characters to life. They have fun, spunky personalities, yet they all have their own problems. If you enjoy reading historical, good, clean christian romance you will love this one.
I was given a copy of this novel from the author for my honest review.
|Secrets, Wounded Souls, Adventure and Romance Aug 2, 2015|
|Melissa Jagears in her new book, “A Bride At Last” Book Three in the Unexpected Brides series published by Bethany House brings us into the lives of Kate Dawson and Silas Jonesey.|
From the back cover: 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?
Melissa Jagears has put a lot into “A Bride At Last” and, considering the subject matter, you wouldn’t think the story is going to work. Well let me assure you not only does everything work but this may be Ms. Jagears best work yet. Kate, Silas and Anthony are three wounded individuals and, considering what they have gone through, rightly so. How these three are going to, not only get along, but come together as a family is an adventure that, for a little while, I thought was going to be a downer. How totally wrong I was. Ms. Jagears has given us a brilliant story of how God can restore each of us in our wounded areas and also give us the desires of our hearts. “A Bride At Last” is an exciting story filled with fun and Kate, Silas and Anthony are such wonderful characters that we fall in love with and want the very best for. On top of all this there is a romance. Ms. Jagears is an amazing writer and she has given us a work that is just plain enjoyable. Well done.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
|A great story with twists and turns! Jul 30, 2015|
|This is the second book I have read by Melissa Jagears. The first book I read was called a Bride in Store, which is book one in this series. I didn’t have the chance to read the second book in this series, but don’t feel it is necessary to read either of the first two books to enjoy this one. A Bride At Last is a great story about how everyone has things in their past that they aren’t proud of. Silas has a history of letting his past mistakes determine who he thinks he is. Kate has been through a lot so far in her life, and doesn’t want to ever jump into getting engaged again. She would rather just run away from situations instead of getting through them.|
Kate has been Anthony’s teacher for a while, and when his mom gets sick Kate does all she can do to help them. When Anthony’s mother passes away, Kate figures she is going to be the one taking care of him. She already loves him and can’t picture her life with out him in it. When two men show up wanting to be Anthony’s father Kate wants to run away more now then ever. But what would she do to support her and Anthony? Kate’s adventures are just about to begin and she has no clue what God has planned for her life. Will she embrace the future He has planned for her?
Silas feels like his life has been in limbo for about ten years, so when he receives a letter from his estranged wife he leaves as soon as possible. Silas has always hoped that she would come back, but figures if she’s waited this long to contact him it must be because she wants something from him. Could this boy be his son? Silas would love nothing more than to have a family of his own, but how can he prove what he hopes is true in his heart? So many things happen in this story that I would love to tell you about, but don’t want to spoil anything. You’ll just have to read it for yourself. Will Silas get his hearts desire even if he can’t admit to himself what it is?
This book is full of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. The author kept me interested and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters along the way. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House publishers and TBCN in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
|I really liked that they were fighting to help Anthony. Jul 23, 2015|
This is an interesting story about a woman that was a mail order bride. However that falls through and she becomes a teacher. What else could a woman do in 1885? I liked that there were men fighting to be Anthony's dad. Most stories the kids are looking for parents. I liked that Kate was wiling to also help Anthony. Who will end up his parents? will he have a mom and dad that love each other? This was a really nice story. I loved the ending and I can not wait to read more from this author. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
|Historical Romance Fiction Jul 20, 2015|
|This is the first book in this series that I have read and it can be read as a stand alone book. The story is well written with strong characters and easy to read. I love historical fiction books. I like Melissa's writing style and she has done a great job with this story. Would love to read the other books in the series. |
Silas and Kate are both trying to overcome their past childhood struggles and poor choices. Silas married a mail order bride that ended in disaster. Kate answered an ad to be a mail order bride but did not like her intended and fled. Kate's best friend passes away leaving a son Anthony whom Kate loves and wants to raise him as her own. Things get complicated when Silas arrives and Kate finds out that her friend was his wife. Silas wonders if Anthony might be his son and wants to raise him when another shows up and says he is the father. I loved how Silas, Kate and Anthony learned how to trust each other and overcome their doubts and fears. How their journey together to find the best life for Anthony. How all of their lives were changed and their faith and trust in God. There is stress, suspense, romance, faith, forgiveness and much more in the book.
I recommend this book.
I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.
|Both made mistakes before, and both need to be loved . . . Jul 9, 2015|
|Christian Historical Romance set in Missouri 1885. Kate and Silas both grew up without parents in abusive, lonely backgrounds. Kate had been a mail-order bride once, and Silas had married one - each with less than perfect results - and neither is ready to act so quickly again. Anthony is Kate's student, but she has been supporting him and his mother for some time. As his mother dies, Kate is planning on taking Anthony in to raise, but his mother said that she notified the boy's father. The person Anthony's mother wrote to is Silas, not the man he had been calling Pa. |
Silas was never aware that he had a son. However this other man had been using Anthony to support his gambling habit, so he's not ready to give up custody. Neither is Kate, and Silas becomes attached to Anthony even before having proof that he's his father.
In the meantime, fearing he'll be separated from Kate by either of the men, Anthony runs away. Silas has to get back to his ranch, but doesn't want to give up looking for the boy. As time goes by both Kate and Silas have to come to grips with mistakes they made in the past and in learning how to trust another person. Yet each is desperate for real love in their lives. There were several times I thought that the story would be wrapped up, but another twist appeared - and I was glad that it continued. I think it's wonderful that the author included an epilogue to tell what happened as time went on. I highly recommend this as an excellent read.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Bethany House Publishers - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
|Not my favorite book in the series Jul 8, 2015|
|I had a bit of difficulty in making it through this book. It never hooked me where I was so invested in the characters or the plot where I couldn't wait to find out what happened. The characters are nice enough, but the plot felt a little too forced, in my opinion. It is a given that these type of historical fiction romance novels end with the main characters in love forever. For me, I like to read to discover how it all happens. I thought there were a couple of minor surprises, for example, I expected Silas to determine his paternity from reading Lucy's journals, but that was not the case. However, those surprises were not enough to keep my interest.|
The best part of the book for me was Silas. I enjoyed reading about his struggle with alcoholism, because I've never read a book of this genre in this time period addressing people struggling against drinking. I thought it was a nice addition to the book.
Overall, I did not enjoy this book. I wanted to, especially since I enjoyed A Bride for Keeps so much. I enjoyed revisiting Julia and Everett, but this book didn't grab me as much as that one did. However, I will definitely give the other books in this series a try. I just hope that they are more like A Bride for Keeps.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
|A compelling historical romance! Jul 2, 2015|
|A Bride at Last is a compelling historical romance! Silas, Kate, and Anthony each endure an emotional journey filled with twists, turns, and surprises. I enjoyed each of these unique characters and the tenuous threads that bound them together. I love the Unexpected Brides series and, as it concludes, I was pleased to revisit characters from earlier stories. Rich in drama and emotion, Melissa Jagears has penned another tale that will draw the reader into her story world!|
A Bride at Last is the third full-length novel in the Unexpected Brides series. Each of the books in this series can be read independently. However, I have enjoyed each of the engaging tales and recommend them for fans of historical romance and mail-order bride stories.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. I appreciate the opportunity to read this story and share my honest opinion.
|Fantastic Book Jun 30, 2015|
|A Bride At Last is my first book to read by Author Melissa Jagears. This is a fantastic book from the beginning to the end. I was totally captivated and intrigued while reading plus it has a lot of twists and turns in the storyline. Definitely keeps it interesting. I am not disappointed with this book in any way. I highly recommend reading A Bride At Last by Author Melissa Jagears. I'm looking forward to reading her next book.|
I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
|Grab Your Tissues Jun 29, 2015|
|Grab the Tissues! A tender heart rending story in so many ways! I fell in love with the characters. What a fitting conclusion to the Mail order brides series. While it is the third in the series, it is able to stand alone. I loved all 3 books so I heartily recommend all 3 books. This is well written. One of the the things I loved most was the inspirational thread found through out the book. It dealt with problems from their past that both had to deal with. I loved the way the book wove in the truth that God is the giver of hope and victory over the past. A couple of my favorite quotes from this book are: “Jesus I need help. Everything is giving way, the storms have hit, and that's a dangerous place for me. I've got Anthony to look after now. Thank you for entrusting me with him, though I'm uncertain I'll be a good father. Please be my hope and stay—I need your stability.” and “So all this to say, I want to shed my fears and not pin my hopes on a person—as I hope you will too—but rather trust God for the future He wants to give us.” I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.|
|My new favorite of the series! Jun 27, 2015|
|I have enjoyed all of the books in the Unexpected Brides series. There are three full-length novels and one prequel. They have all been such good stories and each book can be read as a stand-alone. A Bride at Last has taken the top spot as my favorite in this series and I highly recommend it.|
There are so many things that I liked about this book! First of all, the attraction between the two main characters is fabulous. There is a lot of tension and some mistrust between the two, as well. And, whew…Silas and Kate share some pulse pounding kisses! :-) It just all works together for the perfect mix of affection, angst, passion, etc…
The story changes location about halfway through the book and the challenges that these two main characters faced in the first half morph into new challenges. Throughout the story there is also a little boy who is very believably written. Misunderstandings, reluctance, and fear color decisions that are made by all of these characters.
I really felt for Silas and Kate and what they were going through, but even more, I felt compassion for the troubling backgrounds that they both came from. They both endured so much, which impacted the people they became.
A Bride at Last was a thoroughly enjoyable story from start to finish, and the epilogue at the end of the book was wonderful! I highly recommend it.
My thanks to the author and the publisher for the complimentary copy that I received in exchange for my honest review.
|Great characters Jun 23, 2015|
|Kate, a school teacher, is shocked when two men show up to claim Anthony. Anthony's mother has passed away and asked Kate to care for her son upon her death. Silas has been abandoned multiple times in his life. Now that he knows he has a son, he refuses to abandon Anthony. Richard needs cash quickly, so he wants Anthony to turn to pickpocketing to net him some quick cash. How can Kate figure out who the true father is and who to trust? Anthony also needs to learn to trust adults after a rough childhood.|
The characters are the draw for this intriguing book. The author was able to create individuals who were seriously flawed and make them lovable. They had strength and depth of character. The plot had several twists and turns that kept the story moving and the reader engaged. While this is book three in the series and previous characters are present, it can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoy this author's writing style and use of visual descriptions that place you into the story with the characters.
I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
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