Thursday, October 11, 2018

Romancing the Bride by Melissa Jaegers



Desperate to keep the ranch where three of her children and a husband lie buried, Annie Gephart must marry or sell. Which of the few bachelors in town would consider a surprise proposal to wed a plain widow with a rebellious daughter, a spirited boy, and unpaid taxes—without laughing in her face? 

Jacob Hendrix has never fully let go of his ranching dreams despite ending up as a small Wyoming town’s marshal. The job wouldn’t be so bad, except he’s more errand boy than lawman. When Annie proposes marriage without a single coquettish bat of an eyelash, can he commit himself to a woman he hardly knows for a choice piece of property he’d be an idiot to pass up? 

But taxes aren’t all that threaten Annie and Jacob’s plans. Cattle rustlers, crumbling friendships, and wayward children make this marriage of convenience anything but. When they lose what they’ve sacrificed everything to save, will the love of a stranger be enough? 

Romancing the Bride is the first book in the Frontier Vows Series by award-winning Christian romance author Melissa Jagears. If you like heartwarming marriage-of-convenience stories, you’ll love this sweet romance filled with endearing characters.


I enjoyed this story so much that I couldn't put the book down! 

I spent most of the day on Sunday reading just to finish it. I laughed out loud in different parts of he story. My son asked me what was so funny so I told him. I think I embarrassed him but I didn't care because we were in the privacy of our own home. But even if I were out in public I'd still laugh out loud. 
One time I was with my mom in her office and I started laughing so hard that I fell off the couch!!

If there's one thing I can't really can't stand it's a self centered person. They just take and take without appreciating anything you do for them. I think that this is one of life's hardest lessons. I always try to treat people the way I would want to be treated. 
I'm actually referring to a certain character in this book. I really wanted to teach her a lesson but it wasn't for me to do. It was her parents and God.

Her brother Spencer now I really loved him. If I were to have a brother I'd want him to be like Spencer. I wished I had half his energy!! Of course, I'm partial to boys anyway since I raised one. Although I'd love to have a sister for him. But it wasn't to happen. God's will I suppose. 

Grief has no time limit. I've probably said this a million times in my reviews but it never hurts to be reminded. There are 4 stages of grief. I don't remember all of them but denial is one I know of. 
I wanted to take Annie in my arms and tell her that it would be ok with time. And of course God's love. 
One thing though is you never get over missing that person once they are gone. I should know. I still miss my mom so much that it still hurts. One person said that I needed to get "over it" I wanted to slug them so bad. I decided not to lower myself to their standards. 
This story meant a lot to me because it offers hope, love and a chance to grow closer to God. 

Melissa writes in such a way that she made feel like a part of Annie's family. I enjoyed the sibling rivalry and realized that being raised as an only child was quite boring. I saw what I missed. So not fair!!!

Bless Jacob!! What an amazing man!! I'd love for him to be my Pa. He was so very kind and gentle. Of course there was his stern side too. I guess that's what it takes to be a cool Pa. I admired him very much. Especially his faith. It was very strong even in times of trouble. Or when things didn't go right for him.

The person I felt sorry for the most was Leah. My how I loved her personality!! I felt that she was dealt an unfair blow in life. Well, I just let you read the story. Here's where I'll end and hopefully I haven't given too much away!! I can't wait for you to enjoy this wonderful book!!

I received this book with no compensations necessary. All are my honest opinions.


Melissa Jagears
Much to her introverted self's delight, ACFW Award winner and double INSPY finalist Melissa Jagears hardly needs to leave her home to be a homeschooling mother and novelist. She lives in Kansas with her husband and three children and can be found online at, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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