::From the back of the book::
Everett Cline will never humiliate himself by seeking a mail-order bride. Not again. He's already been jilted by three mail-order brides and figures a wife just isn't in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor hasn't given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another woman to town for him.
Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. A mail-order marriage in faraway Kansas is a last resort, but she'll do anything to leave her life in Massachusetts and the heartbreak she's experienced there.
Although Everett doesn't see how a beautiful, cultured woman like Julia could be happy sharing his simple life, he could really use a helpmate on his homestead. Determined to prove she's more than just a pretty face, Julia agrees to a marriage in name only. Faced with the harsh realities of life on the prairie and hesitant to explore the tentative feelings growing between them, can Everett and Julia ever let each other in long enough to fall in love?
Let me just start by saying if your a fan of historical fiction that keeps you guessing, particularly when it comes to romance...this is the book for you. I enjoyed this book immensely and was sad to see it end. The plot left me on the edge of my seat guessing what would happen next. The tension between Everett and Julia was so strong the reader can definitely feel it. The author did a fantastic job of bringing everything to life in this novel. Clearly both characters have unmistakable feelings for each other, but due to their unfortunate pasts neither of them will express their feelings.
Poor Everett put his hope in mail order brides only to have himself left being jilted by every one of them.
Julia having a frightening past with love is extremely leery of marriage. However becoming a mail order bride will help her escape the life where she isn't appreciated.
When both characters come together they finally agree upon a marriage in name only, but as feelings surface things are no longer as easy as they thought their arrangement would be. I won't deny that I've seen this plot type time and again, but the twists this one takes makes it new and exciting. I honestly did not know what would happen. I would go into greater detail but I don't want to spoil anything.
This is a very inspirational romance and it is very easy to get swept away in the historical setting. I felt as if I was right there alongside the characters. I found myself siding with each of them on separate occasions as well as becoming frustrated with each one of them at times. This book is the perfect example of faith and how God will work everything out to your own good. It was all in all an amazing read, and one I won't soon forget. I can't wait to see more from this author.
::About the author::
Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. Her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly. Learn more at www.melissajagears.com
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review.