Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"A Bride in Store" by Melissa Jagears

About the Book

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.

This book was release in September 2014
I received this e-book from "Netgalley.com" for free,
in exchange for a honest opinion and review of this book.  
No other compensation has been received.

My Review

A Bride in Store” by Melissa Jagears is the second book in her 'Unexpected Brides' series but other than meeting Will Stanton again, this is a completely stand alone book. This is a book that is kind of hard to put into words what I think of it other than I truly enjoyed reading the book.

Since it is hard to put into words let me describe my journey through the reading of the book: couldn't believe the beginning, aww how sweet, oh man this can't be good, why doesn't the character speak up, NO that can't be happening, WHAT WAS THAT, shaking my head, roll my eyes, aww that was so sweet, really now, ok saw that coming, didn't see that coming, when are they going to learn, and about time. I would say that mostly covers the emotions that I found myself experiencing reading this story along with a few other things repeating. I found it hard to put the book down.

Will Stanton is now a young man who has a dream and is trying to work that dream come true. His heart is so soft and tender not to mention very large. He can't seem to say no, unless it is to Eliza funny enough, to anyone when they are asking for help regardless what the time might cost him. Will has some lessons to learn for himself which he does slowly throughout the story which could be easy to overlook if one wasn't looking for them, until suddenly the lessons are fully learned. Will knows what his problems are, or at least a couple of them, and works on trying to improve those problems if not outright fix them.

Eliza is a woman who seems to have blinders on for she is determined to see her desire come true. She is a woman who is learning a whole lot throughout the story, but she is also a woman who has a warm heart and is sometimes too honest. That honesty though got her in trouble a couple of times, also endeared her to a few people as well. Though Eliza does have some flaws, she is also a woman who is willing to overlook people who others shun and sees them for who they are. There is also a reason why she holds back the way she does and when she learns her lesson it is so unique in how she handles things, that I couldn't help but smile.

This story takes on so many twists and turns that honestly if I try to explain it all, then I would be giving away way to much of the story, so please refer to the paragraph talking about my journey through the story. That is the best I can do other than say it kept me on the edge of the seat the entire time I read the book. I must say that Ms. Jagears writing seems to be improving with each book and honestly I think she is now becoming only the third author I will consider buying her book without reading it first through the library.

I found that there is a couple of conflicts going on in the story. There is an external conflict that is always there but not the main focus of the story and resolved by the end of the story. The resolution of that conflict was interesting for there was both good and bad that came from that. The internal conflict was more of the main focus. The internal conflict is more in front because of everything that is happening but it helps shows the character's true inner character in their morals and beliefs. These really helped make the story go that extra mile in my humble opinion.

I hope all who read this book enjoy it as much as I did.

Other Books in the Unexpected Brides series 
by Melissa Jagears

Love by the Letter
A Bride for Keeps