Monday, September 8, 2014

A Bride in Store By: Melissa Jagears

Back of 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.

My Thoughts

I was looking forward to reading this book, while it followed the same pattern as the other book in the series, it just did not seem to hold my interest as much as Jagers previous book.  It was well written and the plot has a few turns to keep you entertained, but it just lacked something for me.  Will was a kind, lovable person and Eliza was strong willed and smart, whats not to love?  Both struggled with LOTS of guilt, and self doubt, they had to figure out what mattered most in life.  The book introduced different people in the town than her last book, and many of their personalities helped hold my interest but I don't think I will read it again. 

I was given this book free from Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.