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A Bride For Keeps Unexpected Brides Book 1

Author : Melissa Jagears
ISBN : 9781441263339
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"Melissa Jagears is a stand-out talent! Her fresh new voice is strong, stylish, and makes A Bride for Keeps a page-turner for anyone who fancies a stirring love story." -Rosslyn Elliot, author of Fairer Than Morning and Sweeter Than Birdsong "A Bride for Keeps treats readers to an engaging, prairie romance...delivering a heartwarming, satisfying read." -Maggie Brendan, CBA bestselling author of The Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. "Melissa Jagears has penned a tender tale of a mail-order bride who takes both the groom--and herself--by surprise when love comes softly...quietly... to heal their broken hearts." -Julie Lessman, author of Love at any Cost "A Bride for Keeps is just beautiful. It put me in mind of Janette Oke's sweet prairie romances but with a bit more edge, which I found compelling...I loved it." -Mary Connealy, author of Fired Up Everett Cline will never humiliate himself by seeking a mail-order bride. Not again. He's already been jilted by three mail-order brides and figures a wife just isn't in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor hasn't given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another woman to town for him. Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. A mail-order marriage in faraway Kansas is a last resort, but she'll do anything to leave her life in Massachusetts and the heartbreak she's experienced there. Although Everett doesn't see how a beautiful, cultured woman like Julia could be happy sharing his simple life, he could really use a helpmate on his homestead. Determined to prove she's more than just a pretty face, Julia agrees to a marriage in name only. Faced with the harsh realities of life on the prairie and hesitant to explore the tentative feelings growing between them, can Everett and Julia ever let each other in long enough to fall in love?

Love By The Letter Unexpected Brides

Author : Melissa Jagears
ISBN : 9781441263346
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2014 Carol Award Winner for Novella Dex Stanton has never had much time for book learning. He's been too busy helping to provide for his family. Now that he's heading west, Dex is hoping to start a family of his own. However, his attempt to acquire a mail-order bride fails miserably when the lady writes back ridiculing his terrible spelling. Rachel Oliver may be the last person he wants to know what a dunce he is, but she's also the smartest woman in town--and it's clear he needs her help. Rachel Oliver has lingered in town for three years secretly mooning over Dex Stanton, but now she's done. If the fool wants to write to a mail-order bride company, so be it. Once she begins giving Dex lessons, however, Rachel realizes she may not be prepared to give up just yet. As their time together runs short, can two of the most stubborn people in town set aside their pride long enough to find love? Love by the Letter is a companion novella to A Bride for Keeps, Melissa Jagears's full-length debut novel available fall 2013. Includes an extended sneak peek at A Bride for Keeps.

A Bride At Last Unexpected Brides Book 3

Author : Melissa Jagears
ISBN : 9781441269515
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Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts. Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she'd been deceived about her intended groom, she's now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she'll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony--until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy's father. Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever? "An author who keeps you guessing about how the couple will get together until the very end, Melissa Jagears's writing contains her trademark wit and a fresh spin that turns everyday situations into extraordinary ones." --Naomi Rawlings, author of Falling for the Enemy

A Bride For Keeps

Author : Melissa Jagears
ISBN : 0764211684
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"Melissa Jagears is a stand-out talent! Her fresh new voice is strong, stylish, and makes A Bride for Keeps a page-turner for anyone who fancies a stirring love story." -Rosslyn Elliot, author of Fairer Than Morning and Sweeter Than Birdsong "A Bride for Keeps treats readers to an engaging, prairie romance...delivering a heartwarming, satisfying read." -Maggie Brendan, CBA bestselling author of The Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. "Melissa Jagears has penned a tender tale of a mail-order bride who takes both the groom--and herself--by surprise when love comes softly...quietly... to heal their broken hearts." -Julie Lessman, author of Love at any Cost "A Bride for Keeps is just beautiful. It put me in mind of Janette Oke's sweet prairie romances but with a bit more edge, which I found compelling...I loved it." -Mary Connealy, author of Fired Up Everett Cline will never humiliate himself by seeking a mail-order bride. Not again. He's already been jilted by three mail-order brides and figures a wife just isn't in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor hasn't given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another woman to town for him. Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. A mail-order marriage in faraway Kansas is a last resort, but she'll do anything to leave her life in Massachusetts and the heartbreak she's experienced there. Although Everett doesn't see how a beautiful, cultured woman like Julia could be happy sharing his simple life, he could really use a helpmate on his homestead. Determined to prove she's more than just a pretty face, Julia agrees to a marriage in name only. Faced with the harsh realities of life on the prairie and hesitant to explore the tentative feelings growing between them, can Everett and Julia ever let each other in long enough to fall in love?

A Bride In Store Unexpected Brides Book 2

Author : Melissa Jagears
ISBN : 9781441264725
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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.

Bride For Keeps

Author : Nicole Helm
ISBN : 9781948342391
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They all said it wouldn’t last…. Sierra McArthur never could have imagined they were right, but ever since her husband’s world was rocked by a family secret, it’s clear that their happily ever after isn’t to be. But one last night of passion with her husband creates a lasting consequence neither of them planned on…. Or is it? Carter McArthur doesn’t want a divorce. But he doesn’t know how to fix all the mistakes he’s made in the wake of his family’s betrayal. But when a surprise pregnancy gives them one last chance at forever, Carter is determined to make her understand, she’s not his bride by accident. She’s his bride for keeps.

His Stolen Bride

Author : Shelly Thacker
ISBN : 9780984764600
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She’s kidnapped on the morning of her royal wedding—by her groom’s most dangerous enemy. Treachery leads battle-hardened Highland lord Darach of Glenshiel to abduct an innocent: wealthy Lady Laurien d'Amboise, betrothed to the knave who betrayed Darach and his men. Stealing the delicate beauty from the steps of Chartres Cathedral on her wedding day, he vows to keep her safe—and untouched—for she is a hostage to be bartered for the freedom of his beloved Scotland. But soon he discovers that his lovely captive has unexpected strength, fire—and plans of her own. From a besieged French castle to the untamed Scottish Highlands, Darach and Laurien are swept up in wild adventure, dangerous secrets... and forbidden love that puts their honor and their lives at risk. An RWA Golden Heart Award Finalist “Fast-paced action, a very likeable heroine, and a story that keeps you enthralled from page one.” -Rendezvous “A compelling, memorable romance. HIS STOLEN BRIDE joins the ranks of the finest medieval captive/captor stories along with those by Elizabeth Stuart and Johanna Lindsey. 4 1/2 stars (highest rating)." -Romantic Times Book Reviews A full-length novel of 100,000 words Adult content: steamy love scenes An earlier edition of this novel was originally published by Avon Books under the title Falcon on the Wind This extensively revised Author's Preferred Edition includes new scenes never before published. Also includes a link to exclusive, multi-media bonus content: "The Making of His Stolen Bride: The Story Behind the Story." The Stolen Brides Series: One is kidnapped from her wedding by her groom’s most dangerous enemy... one falls through time and finds herself married to a dark stranger... one may never reach her royal wedding if she can't resist her rugged protector... one is abducted by a mysterious swordsman and swept away to a secret island paradise. Four regal brides are about to discover that falling in love with a warrior is the most dangerous adventure of all. Each book in the Stolen Brides Series is a stand-alone novel, so you can enjoy them in any order. A special note for fans of Forever His: His Stolen Bride is a prequel novel that takes place five years before Forever His. In His Stolen Bride, we meet a young knight by the name of Sir Gaston de Varennes for the first time. Enjoy! The prequel: HIS STOLEN BRIDE (Darach and Laurien) Book 1: FOREVER HIS (Gaston and Celine) Book 2: HIS FORBIDDEN TOUCH (Royce and Princess Ciara) Book 3: HIS CAPTIVE BRIDE (Hauk and Avril) Buy all 3 books and save: STOLEN BRIDES BOXED SET now available at a special price for a limited time!

Sweet Briar Rose

Author : Lena Goldfinch
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"With unexpectedly fresh characters and twists, the imagination is kept on its toes, even while feeling entirely comfortable with the familiarity of the mail-order bride storyline... A great curl-up-on-a-cold-night read, so go grab a copy for yourself!" (USA TODAY on The Unexpected Bride) A delightful historical western romance from the author of The Unexpected Bride. COLORADO 1880 Rose was once a barefoot dreamer, carving whimsical creatures from the driftwood she found on the beach. However, after the death of her father, Rose finds herself cut adrift. So she answers an advertisement to become the bride of a blacksmith in Sweet Briar, Colorado, bravely leaving behind the coast of Maine and her beloved sandy beaches. Living in the shadow of the Rockies, Emmett Southerland is a bit of a hopeless romantic. He's been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the dark-haired beauty in the photograph he keeps over his heart. However, soon he and Rose find themselves snowed-in during the worst storm Colorado has seen in twenty-five years. This sweet mail-order bride romance very loosely reimagines the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, complete with a satisfying happily-ever-after. Sweet Briar Rose is a short novel of approximately 42,000 words. Historical Western Romance Note for fans of The Brides Series: Sweet Briar Rose is not Christian Fiction, but falls into the Sweet / Clean and Wholesome category, with no graphic content or swearing. EXCERPT It was eerily quiet now in Emmett's kitchen alone, with just the snapping of the fire. Rose strained to hear the sounds of Emmett and his burly dog, Boston, as they left to go downstairs and outside through the front entrance of Emmett's shop. She heard the creak of the door to the stairwell opening and closing again, and the sounds of them climbing down the stairs. And then nothing. She pictured Emmett lacing his boots and putting on his coat. She pictured Boston too, standing beside him, the long brown plume of his tail swaying, awaiting his own morning ritual. It was impossible to sit still, simply waiting, a sense of foreboding gathering around her. If anything happened to them, she'd well and truly be alone. And then she heard it, the crash of a thousand pounds falling. She didn't know what it was, but she leapt to her feet and scrambled down the stairs after them. On the final step, she stopped. Emmett and Boston stood before the open door. Snow had spilled in around their feet. Thin swirls drifted across the floor and settled. More snow was piled high in the doorway, all the way to the top. Not only snow, a wall of ice. "What happened?" She stood on the last stair, gripping the handrail. Emmett turned his head toward her, as if startled by her voice. He brushed snow from his coat and quickly shut the door against the cold. His leather hat lay on the floor at his feet. It too was covered in snow. "What happened?" she repeated, frightened by the look on his face. His expression was grim. Had he been hurt? She tucked her robe more tightly about her. It felt too thin, not nearly enough to keep her warm. Her teeth began to chatter. "A sheet of ice. Up on the roof. It must have formed overnight. All that icy snow... I just opened the door and it broke free." He said it so matter-of-factly. Despite his grim expression, it didn't seem as if he was nearly as concerned as he should have been. "And it fell in the doorway?" she pressed. At his calm nod, she blurted out, "You could have been crushed--you and Boston." Did he not see that they could have been severely injured, that they could have died? She swallowed and asked, "Are you hurt?" "No, I'm not hurt. And thankfully, Boston didn't push out ahead of me like he usually does." For one brief instant, a sickly expression crossed Emmett's face. He did realize they could have been crushed. That Boston might've been killed if he'd rushed out the door first. Emmett reached down to ruffle the dog's neck fur. Boston simply sat there with his eyes on the door, perhaps waiting for his master to open it again, not understanding they were quite literally snowed in. *** "I love a good mail-order bride story, and this one delivered!" (HEIDI READS) "Sleeping Beauty with a western twist." (CARISSA'S BOOKSHELF)

The Unexpected Duchess

Author : Valerie Bowman
ISBN : 9781466839427
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IN THIS BATTLE OF WITS Lady Lucy Upton's tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the Duke of Claringdon...but it turns out that he's made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she's had in ages. KISSES ARE THE BEST WEAPON Lord Derek Hunt made a promise to his dying friend to marry the demure Cassandra, and for a man who wants nothing more than peace and quiet after the horrors of war, she'll make the perfect bride. If only the impudent Miss Upton will let him court the girl! Doing battle is the last thing on his mind, but bantering with Lucy behind the bushes is too tempting to resist. And in The Unexpected Duchess, the spoils of this war just may be true love... Valerie Bowman's Secret Brides novels are: "Intriguing [and] engaging."—Publishers Weekly "Too delightful to miss!"—Lisa Kleypas "Sparkling...witty...engaging." —RT Book Reviews

The Mackinnon S Bride

Author : Tanya Anne Crosby
ISBN : 9781942820208
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3 books in 1: In celebration of the 20th year of publication for The MacKinnon’s Bride, this anniversary edition includes: • THE MACKINNONS BRIDE, a complete novel • MACKINNONS’ HOPE, the missing epilogue • HIGHLAND BRIDES & TRIBES, A Reader’s Companion to the Highland Worlds of Tanya Anne Crosby THE MACKINNON’S BRIDE When Iain MacKinnon’s young son is captured by the English, the fierce Scottish chieftain vows to stop at nothing to secure the boy’s return. Retaliating in kind, he captures the daughter of his enemy, planning to bargain with the devil. FitzSimon’s daughter has lived her entire life in the shadows of the man she called father—yet never would she have imagined he would deny his only daughter. Even as Page blames her captor for welching on a deal with her father, she suspects the truth... but the shadows hold secrets. Now only the love of her unlikely champion can save the MacKinnon’s Bride. MACKINNONS’ HOPE Eleven years later, Hugh FitzSimon is a broken man. He is forsaken, alone, a wretch left to wallow in his grief. A scrooge to rival Ebenezer, he is visited by the ghost of his dead wife, who has come to reveal what life has been, what it could be, and where it will end if the candle burns out before FitzSimon has made amends. Meantime, in the Highlands, the MacKinnon clan faces their darkest hour. With their village destroyed by fire, and winter on the way, how can they rally when whispers of war have begun? At 17, Malcolm MacKinnon has lost his way but a very unexpected “ghost” may yet help him find his way. For years fans have asked for a MacKinnon’s Bride epilogue and here it is, a short story to lend a little cheer for the holidays. THE TRIBES, A Reader’s Companion to the Highland Worlds of Tanya Anne Crosby • Character profiles for the leading characters of seven books, delineating how they are connected • Family trees • Select artwork, digitally signed • Inside scoop from the author as relates to the creation of her novels • Hints at future novels, plus a chance to give the author feedback • Asides from the author about various historical elements included in her stories • Extensive Glossary, including Gaelic and medieval words and phrases used in the novels • Complete Series Bibliograph

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