Friday, June 20, 2014

Book Review: The Substitute Bride

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Title: The Substitute Bride

Author: Janet Dean

Series: Love Inspired Historical

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult

**4 stars**

I don’t always really enjoy these short novellas, but The Substitute Bride was a lovely, refreshing story. I enjoyed the prairie/farmer life and the connections I found to the LOVE COMES SOFTLY series by Janette Oke.

A widower with two small children and a black past. A desperate young woman fleeing an arranged marriage who switches places with a mail-ordered-bride. Gambling that ruins lives. Debts that threaten lives. A call from God. A beautiful love story written by God.

A cute, enjoyable story to be sure. There was some important lessons and deep themes as well, that made The Substitute Bride into more than just a fluffy romance.

There were a few things that weren’t settling so well with me. –Like little Anna’s snotty, disrespectful attitude; and the women of the town acting like their home life is such a drudge! But overall, those things worked out smoothly and satisfying.

A sweet, faith-filled romance overall. The Substitute Bride was a charming, short read for me.

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