I enjoyed reading A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears. The story begins the local school teacher Kate Dawson struggling to deal with a young pupil, Anthony Riverton, who loses his mother to illness. Kate did everything she could to help Anthony’s mother, but there is still more trouble ahead with two strange men arriving in town who both claim to be Anthony’s father. As Kate struggles to care for Anthony in the absence of his mother, she must also discern to which man she can trust Anthony’s future.
With strong central characters and a surprising plot, Jagears creates a believable story of how important family is and how letting go of the past can make a great difference in our lives. Kate, Silas, and Anthony all struggle to makes sense of difficult pasts. How will their pasts influence their relationships with each other? Jagears explores this question throughout of A Bride at Last. In the era of difficult frontier life and mail-order brides sometimes expediency overrules the heart. In this setting, both Kate and Silas struggle to determine whether their feelings for each other are real or just convenient.
I felt the plot was compelling, but a touch slow to unfold. Yet, I enjoyed the journey as I read A Bride at Last. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears for my candid review.