Romancing the Bride

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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 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.

What an enjoyable romance set in Wyoming in 1884.  Annie is none too happy that her husband is dead, leaving her to raise 2 children and run the ranch, which she has absolutely no experience.  And not only does she not have a good foreman, she doesn’t even have any ranch hands, and the cattle are disappearing.  She doesn’t want to leave her land – she’s got 3 babies buried there, but with taxes due she must do something!  I cannot imagine the difficult life and decisions she had to face!

And thus begins the novel with Annie quickly marrying Jacob, the town marshal.  But the author doesn’t just make this a romance novel, there are also real truths woven in, such as when Annie advises her rebellious daughter Cecilia, “What matters now, is what you choose to do in the next hour, what you choose to do tomorrow. If your past decisions didn’t get you where you wanted to be, figure out what decisions will. Beating yourself up over the past won’t change a thing.”  I enjoyed this book with all its ups and downs, twists and turns, noble people and sleazebags!  I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Author:  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 http://www.melissajagears.com, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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