Reviewed by Charity Lyman
I am an avid reader. I enjoy many different genres with mystery and suspense in a tie for first place. But a close second would have to be historical fiction. Maybe it is the change of pace from the high speed mystery or maybe it is being able to enjoy a different time period through the eyes of a character. Whatever it is, I was happy to be able to read Melissa Jagears’ new novel, A Bride at Last. It is an engaging historical tale and I found it quite to my liking.
The heroine of the story is a young school teacher, Kate Dawson. Kate was supposed to be a mail order bride. When she realized that she was deceived, she turned to teaching children. One of her students is a young man whose mother is dying and his father is absent–obviously for a good reason after we hear from his mother. But when the mother dies and push comes to shove, two men step in to replace his father. One turns out to be a jerk who forces the kid into thievery and a life of deception; the other is a dirt farmer and Kate’s intended husband.
While I enjoyed the banter between Kate and Silas, I loved the sizzling chemistry even better. The fun and the laughs that broke up the serious story line made me enjoy the book even more. All in all, though, A Bride at Last was more serious and showed hardships of daily living on the prairie, as well as the struggles people went through without the trinkets and electronics we have today. It truly made me think about my own life and how nice I have it. A Bride at Last gets a 4.5 star rating from me. Great for the reader who loves historical fiction!
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided by Bethany House Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.