Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"A Bride at Last" by Melissa Jagears

About this book:

  “Silas Jonesey's life in Salt Flatts, Kansas, has not followed the course he imagined. After his mail-order bride, Lucinda, abandoned him, it was an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices and sour moods. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true; his estranged wife has contacted him after ten years of silence to tell him of her whereabouts.
  Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but after realizing she had been deceived about her intended groom she never went through with the marriage. Settling into life as a schoolteacher, she's spent her spare time the past few years helping her student, Anthony, and his sick mother. When Lucinda passes away, Kate is ready to fulfill the woman's wish that she take care of nine-year-old Anthony--until a man shows up in town asking about Lucinda and claiming he was married to the woman ten years ago.
  Silas and Kate disagree over who should raise young Anthony, who has opinions of his own about his future. After being forced to come together for the good of Anthony, Silas and Kate begin to see another side to each other and the possibility of a united future despite all that stands between them. When Kate's past comes to light, Silas's feelings about women who abandon their grooms immediately throw the walls right back up between them. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together as a family, or will past hurts and new resentments leave them lonely forever?”

Series: Book #3 in the “Unexpected Brides” series. {I have read #1 & #2 but the reviews on in the Old Rating System.} 

Spiritual Content- Many Prayers (though most of them are “God, please show me a sign.” Prayers); Scriptures are quoted & mentioned; Mentions of those in the Bible; Talks about God & praying; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Church going & Hymns are sung.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blast’, an ‘idiot’, a form of ‘shut up’, three forms of ‘doggone’, three forms of ‘dumb’ and six forms of ‘stupid’; Curses and rude names are said but not written; Many mentions of spankings & beatings; Many mentions of drinking, drunks, gambling & smoking; Silas used to be an alcoholic but has been sober for four years this time (but a large part of this story is him fighting the urge to get a drink, pouring old alcohol away & remembering the taste of whiskey. Semi-detailed to Detailed); Blood (bare-above-not-detailed).
               *Note: “There were plenty on how Richard has treated Lucy—d*mning stuff.”.

Sexual Content- a not-detailed kiss, Eleven Barely-above-not-detailed kisses, Five semi-detailed kisses, Two Detailed kisses, Two Very-Detailed kisses; Remembering kisses (semi-detailed); Mentions of & Talking Above kisses & kissing; Wanting to touch and kiss & staring at lips (semi-detailed); Touches (semi-detailed); Noticing, Nearness & Blushes (semi-detailed); Flirting & Smelling; Men leer at Kate; three ‘wanton’s; A mention of virility; A handful of hints about brothels & working girls; Many Mentions of honeymoons, desires, loving someone & baby making (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of children born out of wedlock & mistresses; Love, falling in love, ignoring how you feel, & the emotions.

-Kate Dawson
-Silas Jonesey 
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                             Set in 1885 {Epilogue set in 1893}
                                                        361 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating- 
Blah, not again. I did not enjoy this one at all. I made the mistake of putting it down midway and did not want to pick it back up! But, I somehow got to the end and here I am. *sigh* Was all the kisses really necessary? I don’t think so. I also think that the cover & back-cover are really plain and not very exciting. I personally didn’t enjoy the back-n-fourth emotions between Kate & Silas, and this will probably be the last time I pick up a book by this author.  

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House Publishers) for this review.

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