“A Bride for Keeps” by Melissa Jagears, book review
Julia Lockwood knows she needs to get away from Boston and the man her father has “promised” her to. Kansas seems as good a place as any, especially since Rachael has invited her to come. So she takes the train to Kansas. WOW, what wide open spaces. And now that she is here, what is she to do? Learn to be a farm wife, complete with milking, gardening and helping to birth babies.
Everett Cline has tried the mail order bride things before, without any success. And he is not about to try again. But he so wants a wife to share his life, farm and faith. Could Julia be the one? How is he to handle this situation.
This novel set in 1876 Kansas tells a lot of the difficulties of these home steading families. But also shows how communities work together to build farms and lives. I enjoyed the book. It was easy to read and follow the characters. I appreciated the detail given to the farm work and the difficulties faced by these brave families.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, as a member of the Christian Fiction Book Association. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2013)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Word From The Author:
I am a stay at home mother on a tiny little farm with a fixer-upper house. As much as I love writing and reading about homesteaders, I am so glad I’m a homesteader during an era with modern grocery stores to take up for my slack. I am an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher by trade, and I still work occasionally in that field along with being my church’s financial secretary and writing novels.
My husband and I have been married since 2001 and have a daughter and two little boys. My husband shares my fascination with traditional living except for being more hands on. He loves blacksmithing, knife smithing, traditional archery, hunting, etc. Generally whatever a mountain man does, he does it or has or wants to attempt it. He comes in handy for research! And of course, the rest of the family gets involved. I have my own blackpowder rifle, named Calvin, that my husband made for me. And I’m pretty sure my daughter is probably one of very few her age who can instruct adults how to shoot a longbow properly. The boy digs random holes in my yard to make “cement” with dirt and water making our yard a tripping hazard. The baby does what babies do.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A Tender Tale of Love on the Prairie Perfect for CBA Readers!
Although Everett Cline can hardly keep up with the demands of his homestead, he won’t humiliate himself by looking for a helpmate ever again–not after being jilted by three mail-order brides. When a well-meaning neighbor goes behind his back to bring yet another mail-order bride to town, he has good reason to doubt it will work, especially after getting a glimpse at the woman in question. She’s the prettiest woman he’s ever seen, and it’s just not possible she’s there to marry a simple homesteader like him.
Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. Having finally worked up the courage to leave her life in Massachusetts, she’s determined to find a place where people will value her for more than her looks. Having run out of all other options, Julia resorts to a mail-order marriage in far-away Kansas.
Everett is skeptical a cultured woman like Julia could be happy in a life on the plains, while Julia, deeply wounded by a past relationship, is skittish at the idea of marriage at all. When, despite their hesitations, they agree to a marriage in name only, neither one is prepared for the feelings that soon arise to complicate their arrangement. Can two people accustomed to keeping their distance let the barricades around their hearts down long enough to fall in love?