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A Bride in Store [Paperback]

By Melissa Jagears (Author)
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Mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell is on her way to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store business when her train is held up by robbers and she loses her dowry. She's further thwarted upon arriving in Salt Flatts only to find Axel, her groom, away on business.

Hoping a wife would push Axel to become a better business partner, William Stanton had encouraged him to seek a mail-order bride. With Axel gone, Will feels responsible for Eliza, so he finds her a place to stay and lets her help in the store.

Working together isn't what they'd expected, and when Axel is further delayed, neither can ignore the sparks that fly. But Eliza is meant for Axel and is set on a future with the store, while Will is biding time until he can afford medical school.

Their troubles are far from over when Axel returns to town, however, and soon both Will and Eliza must decide what they're willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams--or if God has a new dream in store for them both.

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"Beautiful, descriptive writing makes for excellent storytelling in Jagears' debut." --"RT Book Reviews
"Mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell is on her way to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store business when her train is held up by robbers and she loses her dowry. She's further thwarted upon arriving in Salt Flatts only to find Axel, her groom, away on business.
Hoping a wife would push Axel to become a better business partner, William Stanton had encouraged him to seek a mail-order bride. With Axel gone, Will feels responsible for Eliza, so he finds her a place to stay and lets her help in the store.
Working together isn't what they'd expected, and when Axel is further delayed, neither can ignore the sparks that fly. But Eliza is meant for Axel and is set on a future with the store, while Will is biding time until he can afford medical school.
Their troubles are far from over when Axel returns to town, however, and soon both Will and Eliza must decide what they're willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams--or if God has a new dream in store for them both.

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Pages   363
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.74 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 2, 2014
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0764211692  
ISBN13  9780764211690  


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"Beautiful, descriptive writing makes for excellent storytelling in Jagears' debut." --"RT Book Reviews
"Mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell is on her way to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store business when her train is held up by robbers and she loses her dowry. She's further thwarted upon arriving in Salt Flatts only to find Axel, her groom, away on business.
Hoping a wife would push Axel to become a better business partner, William Stanton had encouraged him to seek a mail-order bride. With Axel gone, Will feels responsible for Eliza, so he finds her a place to stay and lets her help in the store.
Working together isn't what they'd expected, and when Axel is further delayed, neither can ignore the sparks that fly. But Eliza is meant for Axel and is set on a future with the store, while Will is biding time until he can afford medical school.
Their troubles are far from over when Axel returns to town, however, and soon both Will and Eliza must decide what they're willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams--or if God has a new dream in store for them both.


More About Melissa Jagears

Melissa Jagears is the Carol Award-winning author of the Unexpected Brides series and the Teaville Moral Society series, a homeschooling mother to three, and an extreme night owl. Find her online at www.melissajagears.com.
Melissa Jagears has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Teaville Moral Society


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Sweet romance, captivating plot, strong thread of faith  Jun 18, 2015
A Bride in Store is a must read for anyone who enjoys historical romance, but it's also much more than a sweet love story. Ms. Jagears weaves an intricate tale of Will, generous to a fault, giving until he has nothing left, then giving some more.But Will has little interest in running his store while his heart yearns to practice medicine. Eliza is headstrong, gifted in business sense, but with the constant twinge in her conscience telling her there is more to life than being a successful retailer. The attraction between Will and Eliza is immediate and hard to ignore, but they both feel they can have no future together as long as their life goals seem to head in opposite directions. What they don't realize is that God's gifts and God's plan work harmoniously together, intertwining their lives in business, medicine and love.
A beautiful sequel to the novella, Love by the Letter and the full length book, A Bride for Keeps, I am now eager to read A Bride at Last. Will God answer Jonesy's prayer to find his wife? Melissa Jagears has my admiration as an inspirational author, always historically accurate, creating loveable characters muddling through real-life circumstances, and wrapping it all together with a strong thread of faith.
 
A Good Book with a Slightly Slow Start  Jan 27, 2015
Ever the impatient woman, Eliza Cantrell leaves a week early to meet her intended, excited to begin her dream of running her own store. Her quirk of timing proves to be something of a problem, however, when the train she takes is robbed before reaching Salt Flatts. When she arrives without the promised dowry despite her best efforts, will her groom still be interested in his mail order bride?

Will Stanton finds himself in a predicament as well: he longs to be a doctor, a school-educated one, but he cannot seem to save up enough money to get there. To complicate things further, while his business partner is away, Axel’s unmentioned fiancée arrives in town. He struggles to assist her but she has no money and a missing groom, and when he tries to work with her in the store, he finds he is developing feelings for Eliza. Women are scarce, but Will has no desire to steal his friend’s bride-to-be. Or does he?

I thought I knew what to expect from this novel when I picked it up. It seemed to be laid out rather nicely, but nothing out of the ordinary for a mail-order bride storyline. Girl meets boy, but not the boy she is supposed to meet, feelings develop, and they have to decide whether love trumps duty and the promises already made. It was an interesting read, but nothing that really gripped me and forced me to turn the pages.
I am not sure how or exactly when it happened, but it transitioned from a story I was simply reading to one that I was living. I think it must have happened as the first twist was revealed—it amazed me in no small measure, probably because I had been lulled into not expecting anything out of the usual. And there was not just that one twist to be had—they kept coming, one after the other, with little time to mentally adjust and process new information before being surprised yet again. This novel was painstakingly plotted and expertly crafted.

The story was in no way predictable. Another very unique aspect to this novel is that while there are obstacles keeping the hero and heroine apart, I never felt like they encountered a problem simply to prolong the story; all of the issues were natural and, to be honest, I sometimes wondered if I was going to get a happy ending. Jagears puts her characters in seemingly impossible situations and somehow works it out both realistically and in a satisfying manner.

I truly enjoyed this story. It is peppered with enough humor to keep the novel from becoming morose, which is a good thing considering the often-heavy subject matter that, in fact, did bring me to tears once. For a while, I was worried that Jagears’ sophomore novel would not live up to the expectations created by her debut, but it certainly did—it just took some time to get there. Despite the slow start, this is a great story with enough twists, turns, and romance to have readers coming back for her next novel.

This review originally appeared at The Christian Manifesto: http://thechristianmanifesto.com/archives/book-review/a-bride-in-store
 
Historical romance and a touch of danger and mystery!  Jan 19, 2015
I was new to Melissa Jagears' books when I started A Bride In Store, I had heard a lot of good things about them and I found that it lived up to it in every way.

I fell in love with with all things historical as a small child and over the years I have become a bit of a stickler, holding historical fiction to a high standard. A Bride In Store lived up to that standard, it wasn't just a sweet little historical but had some very fascinating history in it as well. I had no idea that Five and Dime stores had been around so long and that many of our modern marketing practices date back to the Woolworth 5¢ stores.

I enjoyed the history but I also became friends with the characters as I spent the hours reading their story. Their highs and lows became my own for awhile and I became quite involved, applauding them and shaking my head by turns.
There is even a dash of danger and intrigue. You'll have to read the book to find out what a train robbery, stolen property, a lonely woman, and a table of broken dishes all have in common.

Melissa Jagears has written engaging characters and interesting situations that pull you right into the story. A Bride In Store is a must read for historical and mail-order-bride fiction fans!

(I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
 
An Enjoyable, Fun, Well Crafted Romance  Nov 13, 2014
Melissa Jagears in her new book, “A Bride in Store” published by Bethany House brings us into the lives of Eliza Cantrell and William Stanton.

From the back cover: Impatient to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store, mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell sets out on her travels a week early. But her plan goes sadly awry when her train is held up by robbers who steal her dowry and Axel, her groom-to-be, isn’t even in town when she finally arrives.

Axel’s business partner, William Stanton, has no head for business and would much rather be a doctor. When his friend’s mail-order bride arrives in town with no money and no groom in sight, he feels responsible and lets her help around the store–where she quickly proves she’s much more adept at business than he ever will be.

The sparks that fly between Will and Eliza as they work together in close quarters are hard to ignore, but Eliza is meant for Axel and a future with the store, while Will is biding his time until he can afford medical school. However, their troubles are far from over when Axel finally returns, and soon both Will and Eliza must decide what they’re willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams–or if God has a new dream in store for them both.

We all have our God given talents it is just that, sometimes, it takes a lot of maneuvering to get us into a place where we can use them. Eliza has to leave everything she knows to move to her future husbands town. On the way she is part of a train robbery and everything she owns is taken from her. When she does get to town he is not there but his business partner is. She has the talent to run the store very well, Will really has the talent to be a doctor. Both Eliza and Will are getting along terrifically until Axel, the intended future husband, comes back home. All of them are going to have to deal with their talents and dreams if they are ever going to move forward with their lives. Ms. Jagears has given us an exciting story filled with fun and unexpected characters. 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.
 
Historical Christian Romance   Oct 16, 2014
A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears is a nice and an easy read. Christian Historical with engaging characters, humor and of course romance. Eliza Cantrell advertised as a mail order bride and when her ad was answered and the man owned a general store she couldn't wait for her departure date and left early. What a disaster that turned out. She arrives, broke, no where to stay and her finance is out of town and no one knows where he is. Then she finds that he has a partner in the store. She starts trying to help out and William Stanton, Axel's partner, doesn't really know what to do with her. He does find a place for her to stay, lets her get under his skin and she watches the store while he takes of patients. He was studying to be a doctor but hasn't been able to finish his medical studies. Eliza thinks that when Axel returns they can buy out William and he can return to school. Instead, things get worse when Axel returns.

I won this book at Book Club Network and I enjoyed reading this book and a new author for me. The book is an easy read, not so many characters that you forget who is who, just enough individuals that are different to make you smile, and Eliza comes to learn that God is there to help and take care of His children. I wasn't asked to leave reviews but when a book is good then I try to share an enjoyable experience with other reader. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
 
It was okay - 2.5 stars  Sep 22, 2014
A Bride in Store is Melissa Jagears’ sophomore novel. It comes after A Bride for Keeps though you don’t really have to read them in order. I had really enjoyed A Bride for Keeps and had high expectations for this book. I’m sorry to say that it fell a bit short of my expectations.
The descriptions were well done and I could easily picture each scene. I enjoyed the historical details included, though it isn’t set around any particular event, so there weren’t many. There is a lot of information about stores and the goods they sold, which was interesting, but they sometimes seemed to clutter the story instead of enhancing it.
Eliza Cantrell is the heroine in this story. She is strong, determined, and not overly feminine. I wasn’t able to connect with her much at all and struggled to continue reading. She isn’t a very likable character and I found her somewhat annoying. She is portrayed as not being very attractive and that seemed to be something of a sticking point for her. She kept thinking about how Will was more attractive than her and that she hoped her fiancé would like her. She is also quite selfish, though we do see some resolution on this point. She becomes more aware of it and does her best to be more selfless, though it seemed to me that she tried to do it on her own strength, instead of relying on the Lord.
William Stanton is the hero and he’s interesting. He isn’t much the stereotypical hero, which was nice. He’s a store owner, but is called to be a doctor. He cares for the people around town, even though he isn’t certified and doesn’t often get paid for it. He is very selfless and kind, a nice change from Eliza. But those traits get him into trouble, because he won’t say “no” to anyone and is taken advantage of often. He meets Eliza when he is asked to care for her after she arrives. He then goes out of his way to help her and make her feel welcome, but she doesn’t seem to notice. All she can think about is owning her own store and her hopes and dreams. I admired his tenacity and willingness to overlook her faults and forgive her when she inadvertently wounds him. He has trouble accepting the death that comes with being a doctor. He feels like a failure whenever he can’t help someone and questions God. I thought Ms. Jagears did a great job of portraying his struggle realistically.
I actually didn’t care for their relationship. It starts out very one sided and doesn’t change until about half way through the story. Will had some of what I would consider borderline inappropriate thoughts about Eliza almost immediately, which was a little strange. That is dealt with shortly thereafter and it turned into a good lesson on controlling your thoughts, so thankfully that was resolved pretty quickly. They end up becoming something of friends, but that seemed rather awkward, considering Will was half in love with her and Eliza was still suspicious of pretty much everyone. She is pretty cold to him at first and considered him to be a bit of an idiot, at least when it came to business matters. When they do become more than just friends, it seemed to me they were constantly making up excuses for why it wouldn’t work, instead of just talking about it and trying to work it out. I quickly became frustrated with them and seriously considered skipping to the end. I refrained, but it was tempting.
One thing I will say that I did enjoy quite a bit was the spiritual aspect. I liked that it kind of progressed throughout and didn’t focus on just one subject. It changed as the characters grew in each area. I do think Ms. Jagears took the sacrifice part a little bit too far, because then it became a road block for the characters. Eliza was trying to become more selfless, so she was attempting to let go of Will so he could follow his dreams, and Will was letting go of Eliza so she could have her dreams. It just grew into this huge issue, which neither of them would talk about (see above complaint). Also, they rarely consider what God might desire for them, but rather pursue their own thoughts and desires through the majority of the story.
The ending was little odd and I didn’t think it really added to the story. For me, it just drug it out and left me wanting something different. As negative as this review is, the book truly wasn’t awful or I wouldn’t have finished it. I obviously found it lacking in a few areas, but it was an okay read. It will not be a book I reread, but I will definitely read this author again in hopes her next book is as good as the first.
I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher through The Christian Manifesto for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
 
Mail Order Bride with Intrigue  Sep 14, 2014
The story of Eliza, William and Axel in 1881 Kansas. Eliza comes as a mail order bride for Axel, a questionable character who owns a store with his friend, William, who wants to be a doctor. William practices as a 'doctor' without his license and is well received by his patients because of his caring and listening skills. He doesn't have enough money to go to medical school, but can't seem to save the money needed as he is overly generous with his customers. Axel struggles with alcoholism and as expected, keeps promising Eliza he'll not be a problem to their marriage. Eliza feels obligated to the mail order bride contract, really likes William but doesn't think it's a good match as she wants to run her own store and then William couldn't go to medical school, which is in another town. And round and round they go on the way to the conclusion. The novel kept me very interested; is well written with characters who are well developed. There are several smaller plots in the story that also keep one's interest. Well done
 
Another winner  Sep 3, 2014
Eliza is not having a good day. She is a mail-order bride and had decided to meet her future husband early. But the train she is on is robbed and she loses all of her inheritance. It’s the money that she was going to use to invest in her husband’s store. She receives a nice gash to the face as well and inadvertently meets her new associate when he stitches up her face. Her husband, on the other hand, is nowhere to be found.

I’ve enjoyed every one of Melissa Jagears books and this one was no exception. I enjoyed the interaction between the couple. The message of grace that is woven throughout the story is prominent without being pushy or preachy. The full of life characters definitely add to the plot. There is heartbreak and sacrifice, but the overall theme is redeeming. If taken to heart, this book can help you grow in your Christian walk as well as entertain you. I can’t wait to read her next book.

I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
 
They Say Patience is a Virtue  Aug 27, 2014
They say patience is a virtue, but Eliza Cantrell is not the most patient person. That's why she decides to set out a week early to travel and meet her future husband. However, things don't quite work out as she planned.

All Eliza wanted to do was meet her future husband, marry him, and help him with his store, being that Eliza grew up in the business. But, instead she finds herself on a train that is held up by robbers and she's robbed her of her dowry. She still has hopes that her intended will be waiting for her and that the rest of her plan will be accomplished. Except that her intended, Axel, is no where to be found. Instead she meets William Stanton, Axel's business partner, with little know how for business, and part time fill in doctor. Will and Eliza work together in the store while Eliza waits for Axel's return. During this time, sparks begin to fly between them. Then, a twist of events occurs when Axel finally returns and he and Eliza proceed with their wedding plans. Finally, everything begins to fall in place as Eliza's plan is finally coming to fruition. Or is it?
A Bride in Store has romance, suspense, and twists and turns that keep you wondering what will happen next. It is also a story of seeking God's will, forgiving, sacrificing and giving of oneself. Melissa Jagears has done a fantastic job of blending all of these components together into a beautiful story that you are sure to enjoy.

I received a copy of this book from www.netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
 
You don't have to read the first in the series to love it!  Aug 26, 2014
This is the first book I have read by Melissa Jagears. I really enjoyed her as an author. A Bride in Store is the second book in a series called Unexpected Brides. I obviously have not read the first book in the series called A Bride for Keeps. After reading a Bride in Store I would be interested in reading the first in the series. Jagears was great at making me feel like I knew the characters with out having to read the first book, which I know some authors aren’t the best at.

The story opens up with Eliza Cantrell as a mail-order bride, on a train on the way to meet her fiance. While on the train some crazy things happen, and Eliza feels like it couldn’t get worse. That is until she arrives in Salt Flatts, and her fiance is no where in sight. So much for surprising him by coming a week early. William Stanton is part owner of the Men’s Emporium, and a doctor in every way except having a license. He is so kind that he can’t turn anyone down, and rarely gets paid for the calls he goes to and for the people he helps. And his bedside manner is way better that the county’s current physician. After finding out that Eliza has no where to go will offers to help find her a place to stay, and keeps her close by having her work in the shop. All kinds of unexpected things happen along the way, but they both want to deny their feelings. Can they end up together?

There were many great things to take from this story. Never judge someone by how they look, take the time to get to know them. There are many great people who don’t have friends and don’t feel loved because they look a little different. You can make such an impact on someones life by just treating them nice, and offering them your friendship. Another thing to learn is that you shouldn’t blame yourself for the things that happen that are out of your control. The what ifs of life do nothing but make you sad and hold you back. We need to learn from our mistakes, and sometimes understand that there is nothing you could have done that would’ve changed the outcome. Our lives are in God’s hands. God wants what is best for us and to give us the desires of our hearts. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
 

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