Title: A Bride At Last
Author: Melissa Jagears
Series: Unexpected Brides #3
~ MY REVIEW ~
A Bride at Last is the first book I've read from Melissa Jagears, and I must say, I quite enjoyed it! I haven't been into historical romance as much lately, but this book brought me back to the days when I LOVED this genre. I don't know, the right combination of romance, bit of suspense/problems, some profound themes and the faith aspect...I just really liked it. Happy day, ^_^
It tells the story of a mid-twenties school teacher whose prone to running. She struggles to keep the school board content, while also striving to protect a ten-year-old lad entrusted to her care. She meets a man named Silas, who is tempted by alcohol, and also has trouble trusting that people truly care about him. In this tangled mess, is God about to work out something beautiful?
So I really appreciated the realness. I appreciated that Silas and Kate both have genuine, dirty struggles (like we all do, truthfully), and they have to work through them. To learn trust, forgiveness. To learn together. To grow together. This love story had depth and was more than just a fluffy romance, I felt. There were some heated "romance-y" moments, but there was also a "boundaries need to be set in order to avoid compromise" sort of message, which is always appreciated! So I like that books such as A Bride at Last show there is struggle, and that boundaries when it comes to the physical side, before marriage, are very wise indeed!
I liked the messages portrayed. Very poignant. There could have been some more spiritual growth, but it was okay as it was too. Maybe they should explored the whole prayer thing more, since both of the characters seemed to doubt that God heard their prayers! At least at one point.
Anthony was a lovely added character, but sometimes I wanted to give him a little scolding! Think a little before you run off, child! You're not a man yet, listen to your father! :p
I loved the epilogue!!! So sweet. So very sweet.
All in all, just a lovely historical with a very nice message. More than your average mail-ordered bride story! I very much look forward to reading more by Melissa Jagears.
I received a copy of A Bride at Last through the Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to provide my honest opinion!