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.
I had a hard time getting through the first chapter (which might be because I was already in the middle of another book at the time). Once I picked it back up and started reading again I almost read half the book before setting it down. I have read several other books by Melissa Jagears and loved them. I was not disappointed with this one. I would highly recommend this book.
Heartwarming western romance
I started reading this book without knowing anything about it. The beginning caught my interest right away. Annie, was in a predicament after her husband had died and she was left to run the ranch and raise their two remaining children. When the foreman, the last of her help, quit, she felt lost lol. She came to the conclusion that she either had to sell or find a husband. Her decision made for a fun and intriguing story. The ups and downs, twists and turns made for an exciting and entertaining read. There were a few slow parts, here and there, but for the most part it was very compelling. I would read the rest of the series.
Tugs at Your Heartstrings
Romantic. Suspenseful, Intriguing. Surprising. Inspirational. Those are just a few of the words that describe Romancing the Bride, by Melissa Jagears.
It never fails. Whenever I read one of this author's works, I plan to read a few chapters and end up reading up to the last page. This is mainly due to how she flawlessly weaves inspiration, intrigue and the unexpected into her historical romance stories. She does so in such a way that you connect with the characters, feel what they feel, and makes the story completely tug at your heartstrings. Be assured that Romancing the Bride does just that.
My heart went out to Annie Gephart and her situation. She had been through so much loss and difficulty and it seemed she could not catch a break. When Jacob Hendrix steps into the picture, all seems like it may work out, until it doesn't due to more surprises that come their way. Through it all, as Annie and Jacob navigate their new life with it's challenges, their faith is always at the forefront, guiding them, not to where they think they should be, but to where God leads.
Annie and Jacob's story is touching, romantic and inspirational. Along with the surprises and intrigue, there are many words of encouragement and inspiration that even had me reflecting on my own life. This beautiful story is not one to be missed, and I highly recommend.
I received a complimentary copy of this book by the author. All comments and opinions are strictly my own.