21 September 2014

A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears

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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.

I always find reading a Western historical romance novel such a fun treat, and of course, Melissa Jagears’ A Bride in Store is no exception. After recently reading A Bride for Keeps, the first book in Jagears’ Unexpected Brides, I could not wait to pick up this second crazy mail-order bride adventure and revisit the familiar Kansas town and its characters. In this story, Eliza Cantrell sets out earlier than planned to meet her arranged groom, Axel Langston, and encounters train robbers en route. Then, after arriving in town, Eliza finds her groom missing and while waiting for him, must work in close proximity to his handsome, kind-hearted business partner, William Stanton. The series of nearly comical and unfortunate mishaps naturally continues as Eliza and Will unexpectedly develop feelings for one another and then Axel returns to town. In sorting through these circumstances, Jagears tells a heartfelt tale of achieving dreams, making sacrifices for those dreams and believing self-worth. I loved it immensely and believe other fans of Western historical romance will enjoy it as well. Now, I’m eager to see who is next to the altar in the series. I can’t wait.

Thanks to Bethany House, I received a copy of A Bride in Store and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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