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It’s a match made in heaven…as long as they don’t fall in love!

The ranch Nolan Key has spent decades working for, even lost a leg for, is now his—or at least it should be. But an absurd clause in his father’s will means he’s in danger of losing the place to his lazy, undeserving cousin. Nolan finds himself scrambling to save his home—by proposing marriage to the town laundress. 

Corinne Stillwater’s hands have betrayed her. Numb from hours of doing the same work over and over, her hands will only heal, according to the town doctor, if she gives up the laundry and marries. But she’s been stung repeatedly by love before, so that is one remedy she can’t swallow. 

When Nolan offers Corinne a marriage in name only, how can she refuse? Such a partnership could give them the security they seek, but what if the ranch isn't as secure as they believe, and their lives—and dreams—aren't quite as compatible as they thought?

Pretending to Wed is the second book in the Frontier Vows Series by award-winning Christian romance author Melissa Jagears. If you like marriage-of-convenience stories that deal with the nitty-gritty of making a relationship work, you’ll love this authentic romance set in a time gone by that tackles issues still relevant for today.

Fiction & Literature
May 28
Utmost Publishing
Melissa Jagears

Customer Reviews

61655 ,

A marriage of convenience?

What if she unwittingly fell for him? Nothing good would come of that!

This story will grab your attention and make sure you don’t quit reading until you have reached the end! Three months to marry or you lose the ranch - the last will and testament that makes one wonder about the sanity of the deceased father. A business arrangement perhaps....but can it really work?

Nolan is not interested in marriage, but cannot get the will changed. Corinne, the local laundress, needs to find a way to earn a living that doesn’t use her hands. Marriage is not for her, but a mutually beneficial contract would work. Thus a marriage of convenience takes place, neither of them expecting the changes this decision will bring.

Between laughing out loud and wanting the shake sense into them both, I thoroughly enjoyed this well written book. I particularly appreciated the research into patents and how they worked in 1884. It was most interesting to consider the difficulties and joy that came from a design that performed as the inventor envisioned it would.

This ARC was received through Utmost Publishing, BookFunnel and CelebrateLit. The comments and impressions are my own and were in no way solicited.

Melmanro ,

Delightful Marriage of Convenience Novel

Pretending to Wed by Melissa Jagears is a delightful marriage-of-convenience story in the Frontier Vows series. I enjoyed the first book so much I was hoping the second book would be just as good and the author did not disappoint. Nolan Key and Corrine Stillwater are two people who have been stung by life, but are so deserving of a happily-ever-after. How their business partnership turns into a different kind of need for each other is certainly a novel worth reading. In addition to the hero and heroine, there is a very nasty cousin and his fiancée that made me want to “boo” and enough humor to make me laugh out loud.

What I enjoy most about Melissa Jagears’ books are the way she seamlessly combines a sweet romance with a spiritual lesson. The characters’ conversations with God were a natural part of the story and not an add-in.

Characters from the first book do appear in this book, but I believe this book could be read on its own. (But you may want to start with that first book because it was lovely as well).

I highly recommend this book!
I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own.

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