A Bride In Store


I almost always enjoy a good mail order bride story and “A Bride in Store” was no exception. Because of the subject, the reader can expect some similarities to other stories but I have found that most have fairly unique plots. While some aspects of “A Bride in Store” may have been vaguely familiar, there were several distinctive situations and characters that I have not run across in my years of reading more books than most people even think about. I really don’t think I’ve read about a bearded lady before!

The plot of “A Bride in Store” was very well paced and both Eliza and William were well-rounded characters who grew spiritually and in maturity as the story progressed. Eliza was very focused on success at the beginning but she was also compassionate and unjudgemental toward others. William was accused of a lack of ambition but his care and sacrifice for others was actually what kept him from achieving his dreams – and loyalty to a friend was the very thing that kept him from acting on his attraction to Eliza. Several unexpected twists and surprises began early in the story and kept things interesting. A bit of action and danger, a touch of humor, and a sweet romance rounded things out to make readingĀ  “A Bride in Store” a satisfying experience.

This book was provided for review by
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Impatient to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store, mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell sets out on her travels a week early. But her plan goes sadly awry when her train is held up by robbers who steal her dowry and Axel, her groom-to-be, isn’t even in town when she finally arrives.

Axel’s business partner, William Stanton, has no head for business and would much rather be a doctor. When his friend’s mail-order bride arrives in town with no money and no groom in sight, he feels responsible and lets her help around the store–where she quickly proves she’s much more adept at business than he ever will be.

The sparks that fly between Will and Eliza as they work together in close quarters are hard to ignore, but Eliza is meant for Axel and a future with the store, while Will is biding his time until he can afford medical school. However, their troubles are far from over when Axel finally returns, and soon both Will and Eliza must decide what they’re willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams–or if God has a new dream in store for them both.

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Melissa JagearsMelissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade, 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. A Bride for Keeps is her first novel. Find her online at www.melissajagears.com.