A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears | $100 Memory-Making Giveaway and Facebook Party

Can Silas and Kate overcome their rocky start and experience healing—and possibly love? Discover the answer in Melissa Jagears’ new book, A Bride at LastNeither Kate nor Silas is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light as they attempt to prove nine-year-old Anthony’s paternity to the court. Can their wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

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  • One copy of A Bride at Last

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{More about A Bride at Last}

A Bride at Last (Bethany House, July 2015)

Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.

Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she’d been deceived about her intended groom, she’s now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she’ll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony–until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy’s father.

Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony’s wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

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Melissa Jagears

{More About Melissa Jagears}

Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade and the author of “A Bride for Keeps” and “A Bride in Store,” is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. She’s a member of ACFW and CROWN fiction marketing, and her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly.

Find out more about Melissa at http://melissajagears.com.


“This . . . is a light, enjoyable read filled with interesting characters, lots of twists and turns, and real-life issues.” —CBA Reviews

“An author who keeps you guessing about how the couple will get together until the very end, Melissa Jagears’s writing contains her trademark wit and a fresh spin that turns everyday situations into extraordinary ones.” —Naomi Rawlings, author of Falling for the Enemy

“A genuine story of love, loss, and redemption. . . . Jagears expresses in beautiful, descriptive language both Kate and Silas’ wounded hearts, their anguish and their faith. This story is both tender and heartfelt.” —RT Book Reviews

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    A Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears, even though it is part of a series, is a great stand-alone book. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series that have been in the series as well as those to come!

    Written by Memawsstuff on August 19, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2DRSBBJWW9SYA


    After reading the first 2 books of this series, I was excited to read Silas Jones’s story. This author is quickly becoming a favorite for me and I highly recommend this book.

    Written by Serving Joyfully on August 18, 2015


    This novel has drama, romance, and a rollercoaster of emotions for everyone involved in the situation.

    Written by The Talbert Report on August 9, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R1WP5RX6F8TDUQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • I’ve always enjoyed reading books about the pioneer days and the times of the mail order bride.Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I did feel like it dragged on a little long and that a slightly more condensed version of the story would have been more effective. The book dealt well with a few heavy issues such as addictions, lack of trust, fear of abandonment, and running from your problems. One thing I really appreciated was how the author draws you into the lives of the characters and makes you invested in each one of them.

    Written by TammyIsBlessed on August 7, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.ca/review/R2CSIJOA31673L/ref=pe_1086170_134824320_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    A Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears, even though it is part of a series, is a great stand-alone book. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series that have been in the series as well as those to come!

    Written by Memawsstuff on August 6, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2DRSBBJWW9SYA/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    One of the best historical romances I have read in a really long time! Seriously, this book grabbed me from the start and I enjoyed every part of it! A Bride at Last is actually the third book in the Unexpected Brides series, however, I was able to read the book without feeling lost and confused. I will be going back to read the others though for sure. The book flowed great and I actually read the book in only one day (thank goodness for a 13 hour road trip). It was full of great action with a little suspense, awesome characters, a well-developed plot and an adorable cover! A book totally worth reading!
    I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

    Written by A Mom After God’s Own Heart on August 5, 2015


    Melissa Jagears is an author that I haven’t really read much of. But if you love historical novels, this is one you will definitely want to pick up. I had a bit of a hard time getting interested at first but once I was about 1/4 of the way in, I didn’t want to stop! Especially when you have a couple who dislikes each other but stand together for the sake of a child.

    Written by Giveaway Lady on August 5, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R1QNNYX87E0RQ0/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    I honestly wasn’t sure I would like this book, but by the time I was a few chapters in….I was hooked.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on August 5, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1EBMMEEXN8UT6


    Both main characters had issues to work through during the book-like addictions, fear of abandonment, and lack of trust; which are some pretty heavy stuff. But it made the characters more likable and realistic.

    I like reading books set in the time period of 1800s. I find that period interesting to read because of stories of the west becoming developed, orphans, and mail order brides.

    I enjoyed A Bride at Last, even though I haven’t read the other two books in this series.

    Written by EmpowerMoms on August 5, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/RKDTBTJHEK6T7


    I must commend the artist who did the cover of this book. It is very well done and the simplicity of the colors draws readers to the cover. It has several pictures on the cover, but it doesn’t look cluttered. In fact, to me it did the opposite. I was excited to read what all three of these things had to do with the story.

    To say that the world that Silas has known is forever changed when he receives news of a son would be an understatement. He finds out not only about his son, but he also learns there’s a chance that it may not be his son. To say there’s a bit of drama is an understatement!

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on August 4, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Bride-Last-Unexpected-Brides-Book-ebook/dp/B00QMSCNW2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1438743524&sr=1-1&keywords=a+bride+at+last


    This was an enjoyable book especially if you enjoy western books or mail order bride books. There were a few twists though in just as you think everything is happily ever after.

    Written by A Room Without books is Empty on August 4, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Bride-Last-Unexpected-Brides-Book-ebook/dp/B00QMSCNW2/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1


    I became hooked on the Unexpected Bride series by Melissa Jagears after reading the first book in the series. There is something about a mail order bride story that just draws me in and Ms. Jagears provides just the right blending of drama, romance along with a great historical setting that really makes for a page turning read with a few twists that held my attention from the first page to the last.

    Written by WV Stitcher on August 3, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JIEYJVQC9ZXZ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    Jagears has written a delightful read in A Bride At Last. The characters are well developed and intriguing. Jagears keeps readers turning pages with a perfect blend of tender romance and a little mystery infused with gospel grace. The transformation of Kate and Silas and their relationship is captivating. While parts of the story reach a predictable end, the journey Jagears takes readers on to get there involves nothing short of genius writing. You will enjoy A Bride At Last.

    Written by Mother of Three on August 3, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/AG8L0K3H4O50T

  • I found this story captivating; it held my attention all the way through. Silas, Kate, and Anthony are all likeable characters, who each must learn to overcome past hurts, and learn to trust. Coming from a family of teachers, I especially liked Kate. I’d definitely recommend this book, if you enjoy historical fiction.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on August 3, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R21U30J7P346OU


    Melissa Jagears has put a lot into A Bride At Last and, considering the subject matter, you wouldn’t think the story is going to work. Well let me assure you not only does everything work but this may be Ms. Jagears best work yet. Kate, Silas and Anthony are three wounded individuals and, considering what they have gone through, rightly so. How these three are going to, not only get along, but come together as a family is an adventure that, for a little while, I thought was going to be a downer. How totally wrong I was. Ms. Jagears has given us a brilliant story of how God can restore each of us in our wounded areas and also give us the desires of our hearts. A Bride At Last is an exciting story filled with fun and Kate, Silas and Anthony are such wonderful characters that we fall in love with.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on August 2, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2GI2FKNMBH9P0

  • This is truly a heart-wrenching story in many ways. Silas’ abandonment issues from early childhood and his trying desperately to drown it all in drinking, which drives his wife of less than a year away from him, resulting in even more loneliness…

    Written by the ramblings of miss aimymichelle on August 2, 2015


    I really enjoyed reading this book. There were so many questions. Who is Anthony’s father? How will Kate manage her teaching job AND take care of Anthony? Would Silas and Kate be able to overcome their differences?

    With faith and courage, the characters in this book inspire and encourage each other. Sometimes, they frustrate each other as well! The characters were easy to relate too and flawed. I can’t stand book with perfect characters. It’s just not realistic.

    I could not put this book down. Just when I thought everything was figured out, there was another plot twist.

    It’s a story of forgiveness, love and second chances (or third chances).

    Written by Adventures In Frugal Land on August 2, 2015


    Jagears has a knack for penning couples with fabulous chemistry — at least as far as I can tell from having just read this one book. At first, I was a little worried that the pacing of the story was a little “off”. It almost felt as if I had jumped into the middle of a continuing story, but as the setting moved from the town to Silas’s homestead, their story became more interesting and more evenly paced.

    Written by Renee C. @ Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot on August 1, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JSORB0XDR12Q/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    The back-and-forth between Kate and Silas became tiring by the middle of the book, and almost ridiculous near the end. I couldn’t decide if they were just shallow, or completely incompetent when it comes to decision making. In the end, though, A Bride at Last was satisfaction guaranteed. Great for a beach book!

    Written by Savings in Seconds on August 1, 2015


    I fell in love with this book. I love the mail order bride era. So many stories that are forever untold. This one though gets told! From thinking a man a scoundrel to falling in love with him is quite a big leap. Especially when he’s been married to a woman you cared for until her death.

    I have to say I probably felt the most sympathy towards Anthony. The poor child just never knew what a real home could be. .. . .well until the end! And so many sets of twins for our little miss Kate!

    But I got ahead of myself. From attempted kidnapping to running away this book is full of surprises and you’re going to want to read it. I really did enjoy it and have already passed my copy on to other local readers!

    Written by For Him and My Family on August 1, 2015


    Melissa Jagears has created a delightful conclusion to her bride series. It’s one that will thoroughly entertain readers and keep the pages turning. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 for happily-ever-afters.

    Written by Digging For Pearls on July 31, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/AA00ETUXU7TFG?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview


    I enjoyed A Bride at Last. The truths about how we view (and yes, judge) others were skillfully woven into the story to step on toes without angering their owners. Do we hold against another the very thing we wish to be forgiven of ourselves?

    A touching historical romance worth enjoying!

    Written by Fiction, Faith, and Fun on July 31, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R23XCZBGIW4Q0G/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00QMSCNW2


    I love historical novels, and for some reason have always enjoyed stories about mail order brides. This was a charming read. Like most Bethany House historical fiction that I have read, it was gentle and inspiring, and would make a great Hallmark Hall of Fame movie.

    Written by View from the Birdhouse on July 31, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/RC6YK68G34WB9/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    I enjoyed A Bride At Last. While the story was a bit predictable, it still had enough of a plot that I wanted to keep reading. I really enjoyed that the main characters had to dig a bit into their pasts to figure out what was keeping them apart. And while this is the third book in a series, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything by not having read them. Over all I’d give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

    Written by One Redeemed Mom on July 31, 2015


    Both the main characters were damaged individuals who had a lot of faults, and made a lot of mistakes in the way they dealt with each other. That shouldn’t necessarily be a negative: I don’t want to read novels where perfect heroine meets perfect hero, he rescues her after she stubs her toe and they live happily ever after. But I would like them to be a little less stupid about their faults. In this respect, I was particularly annoyed by the “hero”, who spent too much of the second half of the novel not forgiving the heroine for something in her past … even though she’d managed to get past something in his past (I hope that sentence makes sense!).

    The result was the plot seemed to drag.

    Written by Iola’s Christian Reads on July 30, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RE82N91C4X8AD/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00QMSCNW2


    A Bride at Last is the perfect summer read for those who love Christian historical fiction and clean romances. I tend to enjoy fiction set in the 1800s, and this book did not disappoint.

    Written by WordSmith on July 30, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2NXRW544T5VMA


    This was an interesting read, I really enjoyed the characters as liked watching them as they grew and developed throughout the book. I appreciated the flaws and growth of these characters and seeing how they change and become a lot more likable. This book had enough going on to make it interesting and I read it fairly quickly. At times I wanted to smack Silas because of how he acted towards Kate, but it all worked out in the end. I received a copy of this book for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on July 30, 2015


    This is a touching love story of a man, a woman and a child with lots of humor. I laughed out loud as the story played out in my mind’s eye. I was also choked up by the touching sentiments expressed in the building of a family. But the story dragged in spots and there was more conflict than I usually like in a book I’m reading to be entertained. Still, A Bride At Last contains valuable life lessons about love and forgiveness. I do recommend it.

    Written by WORD Up! on July 30, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R37DIVN8IHRC78/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    A lovely novel that is part of a series, but easily reads as a standalone. Overall, this is a good story with a captivating premise of healing. However, there were moments that I was bored with what I was reading. I believe certain aspects of the plot didn’t flow as nicely as one would hoped. Even for the boring parts, I did enjoy Ms. Jagears expressive use of words to illustrate Kate and Silas’ wounds and what and how their pain reflected on who they are today. You can tell from this book that Ms. Jaegars is brilliant in her descriptions and her development of her characters. With that said, I liked A Bride at Last.

    Check out my full review scheduled to be live on August 3, 2015 at: http://justcommonly.blogspot.com

    Written by Just Commonly on July 30, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2DQHL1MDG4IA4/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764211706


    Once again, Melissa Jagears spins another great mail order bride book (the third in the series). It is a stand alone book so don’t worry if you didn’t read the other two.

    This book is full of suspense, love, faith and I loved every minute of reading it! Jagears fit A LOT into this book and I loved watching Silas, Kate and Anthony become a family!

    Written by The Review Stew on July 30, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3MVL18YANI84Q/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764211706


    This book was a sweet and enjoyable read. I do love historical fiction! I also love books about school teachers (having worked in a school setting for years myself), so this was my favorite part of the book actually.
    Unfortunately though it never really hooked me, I was never sucked in. I always felt like I was just standing there looking in.

    Written by Wall-to-wall books on July 30, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3RJCIC1FY493J/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00QMSCNW2


    A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears is the third book in a wonderful historical series! With engaging characters and a perfect Christian testimony, this is a favorite! Love!

    Written by Confessions of a Teenage Bookworm on July 29, 2015


    I did not enjoy this one at all. I made the mistake of putting it down midway and did not want to pick it back up! But, I somehow got to the end and here I am. *sigh* Was all the kisses really necessary? I don’t think so. I also think that the cover & back-cover are really plain and not very exciting. I personally didn’t enjoy the back-n-fourth emotions between Kate & Silas, and this will probably be the last time I pick up a book by this author.

    Written by Books for Christian Girls on July 28, 2015


    This series has intrigued me and I’ve wanted to read one of Melissa’s books for a while now so I jumped at the chance to read A Bride at Last the fourth installment in her Unexpected Brides series! I have not been disappointed!…Can these characters learn to trust each other and their feelings to bring about what’s best for the good or will things crumble completely along with their hearts?!…

    Written by ASC Book Reviews on July 28, 2015


    How far would you go for love? Kate Dawson has to decide that when her student’s mother passes. That decision, on the part of Kate, Silas, and Anthony, makes for a great story. Overcoming a troubled past is not easy, and I love the way that Jagears wrote this spiritual journey.

    The book isn’t all serious, though. Kate’s position as a teacher is threatened by the strict rules of the school board, and her search for the missing Anthony sets the town to gossiping. My great-grandmother had a few similar stories of defying school board rules, and while these had serious consequences for Kate, time and distance makes them funny. Jagears did a fantastic job of writing these scenes in a very realistic way. The mild humor and vivid descriptions made the book come alive for me.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on July 27, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R21O3JUEVLZU4B


    A Bride At Last is book three in the Unexpected Bride Series. I’ve read another one of Melissa Jagears’ books before and adored it. And I feel just the same about this book. I loved how you could feel the raw emotion of each character. I can’t wait to see what the author writes next!

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on July 27, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3DEKU5O2QK4CY


    So funny enough, I may have looked at the cover on this one and VERY quickly skimmed the summary when making my decision to review this book. So when I received the book and realized that it was actually a historical fiction, and the third in a series I was really annoyed at myself and not looking forward to delving into this one. BUT I am glad that I did! This book can easily stand alone, and was a good quick read! I absolutely LOVED the storyline, and all it’s fabulous twists and turns. It kept me guessing as to how it was all going to play out, and I am so glad that I gave it a chance!

    Written by Home of OHM on July 27, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/pdp/profile/A3SJGGDSBMTQY/


    I absolutely loved this book! I am a fan of Melissa’s books anyways and once I read the description for A Bride At Last, I knew I must read this one as well! Kate was intended to be a mail-order bride, but things did not work out, and Silas was abandoned by his mail-order bride and both have tried to move on from these incidents. As these two individuals find themselves fighting for a common cause (child) the past hurts and secrets intertwine as well.

    Written by Moments on July 27, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R3TMFXEQ03Q6HB/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • It’s hard to imagine in this day and age of “instant everything” a world in which mail order brides could even be a thing. That is the era of our story.Schoolteacher Kate befriends a local mother and child, and when the mom dies, she wants to care for young Anthony. Except 2 men step forward claiming to be his father. This book takes us through their attempts to establish paternity in the court, and the hesitant friendship that develops between Kate and Silas, one of the two men.

    I enjoyed this book, and would have no qualms about my teen daughter reading it, as well.

    Written by Greatly Blessed on July 26, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R17WY26WWJRQBY


    A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears was very interesting to read. Kate befriends Silas’ estranged wife and son and provides for them. Anthony’s mother passes away and Kate is determined to take over the care of Anthony. The child thinks another man is his father, a man who is abusive and cunning. In reality Silas is the boy’s father. The novel centers on whether or not Silas can keep Anthony and whether or not Kate will accept Silas’ proposal of marriage. I felt pulled apart at times and grew weary of the waffling back and forth between the two characters. It was a relief to me with the novel was over. I was sent a free print copy of the book by LitFuse Publicity in return for my honest review.

    Written by I’m Hooked on Books on July 25, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2TT3UVOSSI2HB


    Melissa Jagears is one of those authors who takes a common trope (in this case mail-order brides or marriages-of-convenience) and puts her own spin on it, giving the theme a refreshing twist and making it stand out above the rest. Her characters are full of passion and humor and kindness and life – and so are her stories! A Bride At Last is a book which will draw you in by its characters and keep you there by its many captivating layers of twists and turns. With tender honesty, Melissa Jagears pens a story of people torn by addiction, abandonment, and anxiety – and the beautiful healing that can come when they lay these wounds at Jesus’ feet.

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on July 25, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R2QK3DROARRKEK/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • This was a very enjoyable, well-written story! There were a few twists, too, that I didn’t see coming when romances are usually more predictable. I really liked Kate and Silas. They were written very well, with flaws and good qualities.

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on July 24, 2015

  • Whenever I read a historical novel, I always feel how shocking the norms were during these time periods especially in North America. The concept of mail-order bride can be mind blowing and the same goes for the many children that were orphaned or left to survive on their own. Kate Dawson is an incredibly strong woman for the time period she lives in. She has been hurt, taken advantage of but still manages to push ahead. Her job as a teacher helps her to protect ‘her’ children and guide them. She becomes extremely attached to Anthony who has been abused by his ‘father’.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on July 24, 2015


    This was my first book by author Melissa Jagears and I have to say it was an awesome read. I enjoyed reading the book from start to finish. The main characters are well developed and the relationship between Silas and Kate, filled with mistrust, passion, tension, and fear makes the readers feel like they are experiencing these extreme emotions right along with the two. The story line is well developed even though the location changes about halfway through the book and new challenges arise. I highly recommend this book. I cannot wait to get my hands on another book by Jagears.

    Written by Karen’s Korner on July 24, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com

  • The beginning of A Bride at Last where readers meet sweet Anthony, feisty Kate, and an unsure Silas was a great start to this story. It pulled me in immediately with its full characters, heart-wrenching story, sweet inspirational moments that weaved seamlessly through the story, a boy whose life had been nothing but rough, and a romance with plenty of sparks. Needless to say my interest continued all the way through to the end.I’d highly recommend A Bride at Last to those who enjoy reading Christian historical romance. It was an enjoyable read and I’ll be going back to read the rest of the series as well as whatever Jagears writes next.

    Written by Wishful Endings on July 23, 2015
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    I was expecting a simple mail-order-bride where the a women goes out west and and falls in love with a troubled man, but that isn’t exactly what I got here. The story here is set in my home state of Missouri, where the main characters, Silas and Kate, have already both tried to find love through mail-order-bride way and both failed. I wasn’t for sure if I was going to like the book, but by the fifth chapter I was hooked into the plot and quickly finished reading it. Overall, A Bride At Last is a well-written romantic tale with a few surprises here and there.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on July 23, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R3DGSQR49KHDOQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    This was a sweet book – I really enjoyed how the characters were developed. Jagears writes a book that is believable for that time which I truly appreciated. Kate isn’t written as a modern woman under the constrains of her time but as a practical women in her time, knowing her appropriate role. The romance was slowly built and I liked that too! Overall an enjoyable summer read!

    Written by A Rup Life on July 23, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/RZUK377SSW4VY/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    This is an interesting story about a woman that was a mail order bride. However that falls through and she becomes a teacher. What else could a woman do in 1885? I liked that there were men fighting to be Anthony’s dad. Most stories the kids are looking for parents. I liked that Kate was wiling to also help Anthony. Who will end up his parents? will he have a mom and dad that love each other? This was a really nice story. I loved the ending and I can not wait to read more from this author. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

    Written by Deal Sharing Aunt on July 23, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R1JUOXLX6752TE/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • This book was an okay read. Even with the heavy topics of death, abandonment, and abuse this book didn’t read very deeply for me. I didn’t connect with either of the two characters and they came across as a bit irritating to me. But it was a decent story that I did read all the way through. I just felt like there was something missing to make this book a really good read. It okay and even with the topics I mentioned above not a traumatic reading but it didn’t have me not wanting to put it down.The historical aspects seemed to be accurate and this is clean, Christian fiction.

    Written by Homemaking Organized on July 22, 2015


    Books like Melissa Jagears’ A Bride at Last make my heart so happy. I enjoyed every page of A Bride at Last, a story of facing fears, finding family and trusting God, and have no doubt that fans of the series will be pleased.

    Written by Book by Book on July 22, 2015
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    A Bride at Last is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Jagears. I’ve heard good things about her writing. The style of writing itself is impeccable. She has come up with a unique idea and expanded it to take the concept of a typical mail-order-bride historical to a whole new level.

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on July 22, 2015
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  • 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!

    Written by LuxuryReading.com on July 21, 2015


    For some reason, I expected something completely different than what this book turned out to be. But in the end, it still turned out to be a great book.

    One of the things I love about historical fiction is getting a glimpse into the way life was way back when. I love all the tradition and the “old” views of how a proper lady should act – especially around men. This book was no disappointment in that department.

    Written by Ting’s Mom Books on July 21, 2015
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    What a sweet historical romance! The audience will read of the two main characters’ struggles with their pasts as well as the consequences of their past actions. Then, the story shows how to the Silas and Kate put their trust in God, no matter how bleak the circumstances. Both main characters were a delight to meet and get to know better. Silas with his daily struggle against alcohol and abandonment and Kate with her propensity to run away and hide when things get tough show issues many can relate to. But they both turned to God and surrendered their fears to Him. God can and will do what is best for those who place their trust in Him!

    Written by Seeking with All Yur Heart on July 21, 2015
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    I found this book easy to read, and stayed up one evening to finish it. Nothing is straightforward, from the custody case to the relationship between Silas and Kate. Both carry wounds from their past which influence how they act towards each other. There’s also a side story involving Silas’s childhood which explains his determination to look after Anthony. I did find there was a plot element that came and went with little explanation or resolution, but that’s probably the most negative thing I can say.

    Written by Proverbial Reads on July 20, 2015
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  • This is an excellent historical novel, full of secrets and mysteries. When Kate tries to do what is right for one of her students who is recently orphaned, she is pulled into a debate over who the boy belongs to. When past hurts come to light, Silas, Kate and Anthony must figure out how to move forward.
    My favorite part about this book is that it has a lot going on, which makes the story far from dull! The characters are well developed and I enjoyed all the secondary characters as well, since I thought they added to the story quite nicely.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on July 19, 2015


    Christian Western Romances have long been my favorite genre and it’s been quite some time to have such a treat as this one. It showcases once again the struggle women had when faced with certain circumstances and keeping up ones reputation and propriety even though Kate isn’t doing anything wrong. It is that perception that women had to struggle against during the late 1800’s as some were willing to answer ads as a mail order bride and found themselves with men who were less than respectable. I never realized the outcome of the children who were forced to grow up as orphans, most being given away to those who might be able to raise them or placed in orphanages. The only other option was living on the streets. Well worth all 4 out of 5 stars!

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on July 19, 2015
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    Overall, I really enjoyed A Bride at Last. Kate and Silas are both likeable characters, and I wanted them to be together. I did feel like Silas’s reaction to Kate’s past was a bit too extreme—or perhaps just too drawn out. That said, I loved the way Jagears brought about their reconciliation.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on July 18, 2015
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    A Bride at Last is an attention grabbing story about two very wounded people who have difficulty trusting each other. Their friendship and mutual attraction grows despite the multiple complications they encounter yet misunderstandings threaten to come between them. Each character was well defined and it was easy to relate to both Silas and Kate and their situation. Anthony’s reactions to his circumstances were extreme but understandable from a child’s point of view.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on July 17, 2015
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    A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears depicts two people finding healing and love between a rock and a hard place. It has humor, secrets, and the classic Jagears telling of a romance between two people who long for the same thing: family.

    Written by Taylor Reid Reads and Breathes on July 17, 2015


    A Bride at Last is a faced-paced love story that makes you sad to see the story end because you want to read more. It is well-written with developed characters and storyline. I loved how the book does not end where you expect it to and shows how God can heal the lives of people.

    Written by Simple Harvest Reads on July 16, 2015
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    A Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears was a great story to read. Now that I am done with this book I have to say that I love Anthony the most out of all the characters which makes me smile because he is just a child in this book and most of the time I love the female characters.

    Written by The World As I See It on July 16, 2015
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    Kate and Silas are both strong, admirable characters, but have realistic flaws that show how they struggle with their past and the effect it has on their present and future. The chemistry is definitely there (my favorite parts!), they just have to overcome major trust issues and learn to discern and rely on God’s will. Anthony is also a realistic portrayal of a young boy caught in the middle of two futures he wants nothing to do with. He is sweet and playful one moment, scared and taciturn the next. Much of the story involves Kate and Silas frantically searching for Anthony since his M.O. is to run away, which created a sense of urgency to the pacing of the novel.

    Written by Heidi Reads… on July 16, 2015
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    This is a good addition to a fun series. Even though this book is a part of a series it can be read as a stand alone and you will not feel lost. There are a number of topics in this book to keep the story moving along. For example the story has mail-order brides, custody issues, discrimination as well as orphans and widows.There is also romance and adventure involved. Plenty of things going on to keep you turning the pages to see what is going to happen next. I really liked the characters in this book and found myself pulling for Silas and Kate to work things out and become a family. The author did a good job with the settings so you can really see and feel what is happening. A nice ending to a good series.

    Written by Griperang’s Bookmarks on July 15, 2015
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    A lot of hearts wrenching choices are made in this book, and yet you find that all everyone has to do is follow God’s wishes. This book focuses on Silas Jonesey/aka Unknown and Kate Dawson, one abandoned and the other ran in previous mail-order bride relationships.
    There is a ten-year-old boy that Kate had befriended, and loves; she helped his mother, and now must release him to his Dad. His Mother has passed away, and now the unthinkable as she has to say good-bye.
    Enter Silas who was abandoned by his wife, and has arrived to late to ask for forgiveness. He finds out that his wife, yes they were still married has a son, and another man claims him, the boy also calls this man Pa.
    Everyone seems to be hurting from the current situation, and from past experiences.

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on July 14, 2015
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    Mail order brides, widows and orphans, seeking and finding – A Bride At Last has it all.
    Travel back in time to the American homestead. Enjoy the bond of sisterhood that supports Kate.
    Bring out the mothering instincts for nine year old Antony.
    See the need to surrender to God’s plan for life, instead of living in fear of the past repeating itself.

    Written by Avid Reader Reviews on July 14, 2015
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    Melissa Jagears has written a really wonderful romance called A Bride at Last. At the center of this story is a young boy named Anthony who has just seen his mother die. Kate Dawson is Anthony’s teacher, a job she decided to take after her attempt at being a mail-order bride never came through. After his mother died Kate thought that she would be taking care of Anthony, but, there are 2 men who want him and are going to fight. Silas Jonesey has not had a good life. He has just gotten a letter from his no longer wife, so he has come to claim Anthony. When he meets Kate she and Anthony truly love each other and he can see this. He asks Kate to help him get Anthony in court. While they are working together they start to have other kinds of feelings for each other. The problem is that they both holding back. Will they be able to have a new, fresh start together? This was a heartwarming story that I really enjoyed reading. I give this book a 5/5.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!on July 13, 2015
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  • pamela thurston says:

    Love the sound of this story.. it sounds very interesting and I live this type of story. I would really Luke to read this book. Thanks you for reading my message. Have a wonderful day.

  • Sheila Watson says:

    This book sounds so good. I can’t wait to enjoy it.