A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Eliza traveled by train to a small town as a mail order bride. The train ride ended in catastrophe when robbers held up the train and took her savings, and left her with a scar on her face.
One of the first gentleman she met stitched up her face and helped her find a place to live. Will was a gentleman in every sense of the word. She was immediately attracted to him, but there was a small problem, he was the business partner of her intended. Her fiancee, Axel, was away from town without a way to get in touch with him. Axel's place in the story is pivotal, his secrets revealed added a great twist to the story.
I liked the subtle attraction that Will and Eliza fought. He couldn't stand the thought of her with Axel, and she tried not to like Will knowing that she was soon to marry another man. Both had a sense of honor and integrity. Neither wanted to compromise their standards to follow the desires of their hearts.
There were many unique characters to the story that added a layer of entertainment and enjoyment to the story. Some were a little hard to like, while others who were shunned by society, were the most remarkable people and added a wonderful feel to the story.
Both Will and Eliza had dreams that didn't seem to match and they didn't feel they could overcome. Neither felt that they could be selfish enough to ask the other to give up their dreams so that they could have a future together. It showed quite a bit about their characters that they were willing to sacrifice happiness so that they other may have their dreams come true.
As I thought about the title, I appreciated the cleverness depicted. Eliza came as a mail order bride so that she could have a store to run. I thought it was cute and that I would throw that out there.
I enjoyed the book and the characters. This is a clean historical romance with Christian nuances.
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