Romancing the Bride

Romancing the Bride

Marrying a stranger to save a ranch is one thing; losing the land on their wedding day is another. 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...

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Title:Romancing the Bride
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Romancing the Bride Reviews

  • Hannah

    Okay, I just loved this story so much that I really haven’t got the words to give a coherent review. Annie and Jake are such a fun and unusual couple! The only thing predictable to me was some of the stuff to do with Annie losing the ranch...otherwise, it was so unpredictable and edge-of-my-seat. I read the entire thing in three or four large gulps and lost sleep two nights in a row.

    The mystery in this story was really enjoyable. The bad guys in town have corrupted a decent guy, and that bit add

    Okay, I just loved this story so much that I really haven’t got the words to give a coherent review. Annie and Jake are such a fun and unusual couple! The only thing predictable to me was some of the stuff to do with Annie losing the ranch...otherwise, it was so unpredictable and edge-of-my-seat. I read the entire thing in three or four large gulps and lost sleep two nights in a row.

    The mystery in this story was really enjoyable. The bad guys in town have corrupted a decent guy, and that bit adds so much suspense! And the author doesn’t hesitate to push these characters to the absolute brink of the breaking point and sometimes over it!! Wow. It just gets worse and worse until I was sure the poor good guys were going to be terribly defeated!

    Overall, and excellent western-flavor book.

    Content: clean. 18+ for some situations related to a marriage of convenience.

    Thanks to the author for a free copy to read. A favorable review was not required.

  • Kav

    A marriage of convenience story with heart and grit! Love the Wyoming setting -- haven't read many stories that take place in this state...in fact, this might be the first one! Jagears works her time-traveling magic with all her excellent historical details. From ranch life to a small town steeped in mystery and some of the unusual duties of the Marshal. And, of course, the harsh realities of a woman's life in this rugged man's world.

    As far as the hero goes -- Jacob definitely earned a spot on t

    A marriage of convenience story with heart and grit! Love the Wyoming setting -- haven't read many stories that take place in this state...in fact, this might be the first one! Jagears works her time-traveling magic with all her excellent historical details. From ranch life to a small town steeped in mystery and some of the unusual duties of the Marshal. And, of course, the harsh realities of a woman's life in this rugged man's world.

    As far as the hero goes -- Jacob definitely earned a spot on the swoonworthy podium! Because, once committed, this man pursues not just Annie, but her children as well. Prepare for curled toes and smelling salt moments! And he's a man of faith; deliberate in the way he pursues the Lord's will in his life. Gotta love a hero with that kind of singular focus.

    Annie is beleaguered and overwhelmed and still reeling from the violent death of her husband and everything that has transpired since then. My heart hurt and my body ached for her. Vulnerable and wary, she has a lot to figure out before their marriage of convenience has a chance of growing into something more meaningful. Loved the way the romance slowly builds in fits and starts. Had me on tenterhooks the whole read.

    But then there's all the sinister things going on in town and somehow, the Marshal's new family is caught up in the middle of it. Plot twists led to some unexpected revelations and I like that not absolutely everything was tied up in a neat little bow. Not that there isn't a happily ever after -- there is, but it's a realistic one. Which kinda makes it all the sweeter somehow.

  • Lynda Edwards

    I have enjoyed Jagears’ mail-order bride stories, so this marriage of convenience novel sounded similar without being too close to her first series. In this book, I really enjoyed the characters and their slow process of learning about each other after their marriage while struggling with obstacles they had not anticipated.

    Annie is caught in a difficult position: remarry before her “appropriate” mourning period is over or lose her late husband’s ranch. Her difficult teen daughter, an entire ran

    I have enjoyed Jagears’ mail-order bride stories, so this marriage of convenience novel sounded similar without being too close to her first series. In this book, I really enjoyed the characters and their slow process of learning about each other after their marriage while struggling with obstacles they had not anticipated.

    Annie is caught in a difficult position: remarry before her “appropriate” mourning period is over or lose her late husband’s ranch. Her difficult teen daughter, an entire ranch of cowboys who quit and leave her with little knowledge of cattle, and taxes coming due all make the picture bleak.

    Jacob is a true hero—while by no means perfect, he tries to do the right thing and put others first regardless of his feelings. Treating them with love and kindness, he counts others a blessing even when they are difficult or not as expected.

    The theme of healing runs through this book: the process itself, giving others the space they need to move through that process, of letting go and moving on when it's time, even if we sometimes don't feel it's time. Grief is a tricky animal, and the novel does a good job of realistically portraying the highs and lows, along with the guilt that can accompany surviving the worst.

    This is an outstanding book. Though not an easy read in some places, it is certainly a beautiful one that highlights the power of forgiveness, healing, and love in a world broken by sin. I highly recommend it for older teens and up, especially those who enjoy marriage of convenience stories where true love is a possibility, or those who like a dash of mystery in their books.

    I received an advanced copy of this book from the author but was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.

  • Brittany

    Where do I start with this novel? As beautiful as the cover is, the experience inside is just as incredible. Truly, this marriage of convenience story has skyrocketed up my list to become one of my very favorite books ever!

    Romancing the Bride has so much packed into its pages. The author explores the way various characters handle grief and pain, the way sin can weave its way into people’s lives and gain control, and the inability to feel as if one can be forgiven for wrongs. Perhaps the most bea

    Where do I start with this novel? As beautiful as the cover is, the experience inside is just as incredible. Truly, this marriage of convenience story has skyrocketed up my list to become one of my very favorite books ever!

    Romancing the Bride has so much packed into its pages. The author explores the way various characters handle grief and pain, the way sin can weave its way into people’s lives and gain control, and the inability to feel as if one can be forgiven for wrongs. Perhaps the most beautiful emotion explored in this novel is the love that grows between Jacob and Annie, and the gentle way in which Jacob cares for Annie even when she makes it hard for him to do so. Their interactions captured my heart!

    I will be thinking of these characters a long time from now and this book is definitely one that I plan to re-read many times in the future.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

    You can read this review on my blog:

  • Heidi Chiavaroli

    Going back to her roots, Jagears crafts a marriage-of-convenience story that is not only sweet, but absolutely authentic. I loved the depth of Jacob and Annie, their genuine struggles, and their journey to find real love. A satisfying read that is sure to send historical romance fans cheering!

  • Beth

    Romancing the Bride is a lovely, winning story from Melissa Jagears and just the kind of writing and story that I've come to expect from her. A captivating romance, a strong sense of setting, and a layered plot kept me coming back for more.

    Annie Gephart is a strong woman, willing to do what she feels needs to be done in order to save her ranch and take care of her children. Despite her great strength, she is also vulnerable. She is wise about where she chooses to turn to help, however, and that

    Romancing the Bride is a lovely, winning story from Melissa Jagears and just the kind of writing and story that I've come to expect from her. A captivating romance, a strong sense of setting, and a layered plot kept me coming back for more.

    Annie Gephart is a strong woman, willing to do what she feels needs to be done in order to save her ranch and take care of her children. Despite her great strength, she is also vulnerable. She is wise about where she chooses to turn to help, however, and that is where Jacob Hendrix comes in. A man of good character himself, Annie knows that if Jacob does accept her offer, she and her children will be taken care of. What doesn't fully sink in, however, is what it will mean for them as a couple courting after marriage. On top of this, there are people in town that don't want them to succeed, both as a couple or as ranch owners.

    It seems cliche to say, but I do love a well-done marriage of convenience story - emphasis on well-done. While many of these types of stories might seem like rehashing of things that are already done, Romancing the Bride has a freshness to it and a layered feeling that gives the story wonderful depth. What I enjoyed most was that while the romance is obviously a draw of the story, there are also several other thoughtful plot points - ones that involves Annie's family and Jacob adjusting to their new life, along with navigating the complexities of small town living. Moments of danger and tension culminate to an ending that feels worthy of the characters' journey. Don't get me wrong - the romance is so tender and tasteful and oh-so-swoony, but I admired how all of the plot points work well together to make a complete story. One I wholeheartedly recommend! If you have enjoyed Jagear's previous novels, have a fondness for marriage of convenience stories, or just love a finely-wrought romance, pick up Romancing the Bride.

    I received an advanced copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a review, positive or otherwise, and this review is my honest opinion.

  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)

    Melissa is a favorite author of mine. She always writes the most swoon worthy heroes, and amazing romances. 😋 She didn't disappoint in that aspect this go round. However, this was not my favorite book I've read by her.

    While I LOVED the idea of this story, (I love a good marriage of convenience troupe) I didn't connect with any of the characters so I had a hard time getting "involved" in the story.

    This book dealt with a lot of grief. Though I UNDERSTAND grief I can honestly say I do not understa

    Melissa is a favorite author of mine. She always writes the most swoon worthy heroes, and amazing romances. 😋 She didn't disappoint in that aspect this go round. However, this was not my favorite book I've read by her.

    While I LOVED the idea of this story, (I love a good marriage of convenience troupe) I didn't connect with any of the characters so I had a hard time getting "involved" in the story.

    This book dealt with a lot of grief. Though I UNDERSTAND grief I can honestly say I do not understand the grief of losing a husband AND children. For me personally, as a young reader, the constant pushing away thing grew a tad tedious.

    Celia was another character dealing with grief in a way I never did, by rebelling. Again, I've never lost a parent so I couldn't connect.

    I'm not trying to make light of this sort of grief! I just personally couldn't connect with it.

    Though it grew a bit overwhelming it was interesting to try and put myself in the shoes of someone deals with grief differently than I do. And try and imagine what it would be like to feel that pain, and how I would react. This book definitely made me think.

    I, like always, loved our hero! He was such a wonderful, sweet character. He was a born protector and had the biggest heart. He loved the widowed and the orphaned, and everyone in between.

    On top of having the marriage of convenience troupe 😍, there was also a "coming to find her attractive instead of instantly falling in love" troupe. I WAS LIVING FOR IT!

    The bad guys were creepy and slimy, and maybe a few that were snakes in a suit...you'll have to read it and find out.

    In the end everyone got a happily ever after, in a round-a-bout way. I'm a happy camper! 😉

    I rated it a 3.5/5 stars.

    *I received this book from the author for an honest review**All opinions are my own*

  • Trixi

    If it's one thing I can count on with Melissa Jagears, is the tightly packed emotion in her stories! From laugh-out-loud moments, to those more tender ones, to tears flowing, and anywhere in between. This one had it all!

    Annie Gephart certainly had

    If it's one thing I can count on with Melissa Jagears, is the tightly packed emotion in her stories! From laugh-out-loud moments, to those more tender ones, to tears flowing, and anywhere in between. This one had it all!

    Annie Gephart certainly had her share of past mistakes and plenty of self-condemnation for them. Struggling with trying to raise her two children after the loss of her husband was hard enough without the possibility of losing the only thing tying her to her past. The ranch she loves so much! Her dream could come crashing down if she doesn't take desperate measures to ensure a future. But asking a man to marry her? Now that's quite unconventional! What choice does she have if she wishes to keep her family together and a roof over her head?

    Jacob Hendrix, the town marshal, is frustrated by not being able to capture cattle rustlers because he's too busy doing what Mayor McGill wants. Building sidewalks and running mundane errands is not his idea of what it means to keep the peace. When he receives an unexpected marriage proposal from widow Gephart, his dream of owning a ranch would come true. But will a marriage in name only satisfy his longing for more? Taking on two children—one a rebellious, grief stricken teen, and the other an easy-going precarious boy with a penchant for fun—could be a challenge he'd willing face if it meant he'd have a family. Gaining back the ranch just might bring them closer, or tear them apart before it even began!

    I felt so many things through this story! I was laughing in one moment, crying the next and had my heart so torn from one scene to the next! These characters get under your skin. I just wanted to hug Anne, take Celia under my wings and erase her grief, wrangle Spencer in some fun, and sidle up to Jacob to boost his confidence. I loved him especially! He's a man's man, but yet has his softer side he shows when it comes to Annie and her children. All those tender looks he shoots her way melted my heart. There were many times I wanted to shout to Annie to stop being so stubborn and let the man into her heart to love!! Ah yes, this is when I know an author does their job, when I get so emotionally tangled in the story and the characters. When it's hard for me to form a review and feel like I don't do it justice, then you as a reader know you're in for a treat with

    !

    * I received a complimentary copy from the author and was under no obligation to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own. *

  • Lori

    Excellent marriage of convenience story! I was immediately drawn to the beautiful cover on this book. Then when I saw that it was a marriage of convenience story with a unique storyline, I knew I had to read it. I ended up really enjoying it, and thought it had the perfect blend of romance and adventure. I loved Jacob and thought he was the perfect hero.

  • Melissa

    I have read this one a kagillion times this year, so I'm claiming it for my first ever attempted Goodreads year reading challenge, not that I need more books to meet my challenge (since I set my sights rather low), but it's the principle of the thing, it must count on this year's list!

    And since it comes out in 8 days, hopefully it'll be on lots of other 2018 Goodreads reading challenges before the year is over!

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