2 September 2014

Review: A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears

Fun Mail-Order Bride Story

Eliza Cantrell is a mail-order bride on her way to Salt Flatts, Kansas, in 1881, when her train is stopped by robbers, who steal all her savings and leave her needing stiches on her face. Her fiance, Axel Langston, isn’t in town, but his business partner, Will Stanton, is at the store. Will’s dream is to become a doctor, but he’s stuck in Salt Flatts as co-owner of the store until he can save enough money for medical school.

Will doctors Eliza's face, and finds himself inconveniently attracted to his partner’s fiance, even though she does keep wanting to make changes in his store. Eliza fights her attraction to Will, while wondering when Axel will get home … Southey can work together in the store and make the reader changes that will turn the store around financially.

A Bride in Store is the third of Melissa Jagear’s Salt Flatts mail-order bride stories, and while there are some characters from the earlier books, this novel stands alone. While the characters were excellent, and it was a good combination of Western romance and Christian principles, I didn’t enjoy the actual story as much as I enjoyed the previous novel and novella. Parts of the story felt contrived, and I wasn’t convinced by the decision Eliza made towards the end of the story. I could see it was the big dramatic gesture, and I don’t want to say too much, for fear of giving spoilers, but I thought there could have been a better solution. However, it’s still an enjoyable read. Recommended for fans of Mary Conneally, Tracie Petersen and Carol Cox.

Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review. You can find out more about Melissa Jagears at her website.

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