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From the back cover:
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?
Kate’s heart belongs to 9-year-old Anthony, whose young life has been anything but easy. With his mother’s passing, Kate is determined to protect him.
Silas had been estranged from his young wife for ten years when he arrived at her bedside. Was the young boy she left behind truly his?
Kate and Silas must work together to do what’s best for Anthony — but what may be best requires facing pasts they’d rather forget.
As a former teacher, I could relate to Kate’s concern and determination on behalf of a young student. A focused young woman, she was not without her own faults, which kept her character “human.”
Silas had a rough past of his own, but I wish he had been a stronger character. I could appreciate his efforts on Anthony’s behalf despite having just discovered him, but his insecurities made him seem soft.
Despite that, 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 Bride at Last is the third book in the Unexpected Brides series, but it is fully stand-alone as well. A touching historical romance worth enjoying!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)
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 Last.
Neither 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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