Saturday I decided I would take a day of relaxation and read a book. I started reading Romancing the Bride in the morning and spent most of the day curled up in my bed glued to the story. I couldn’t stop reading until late at night when I finally finished it. This is so uncharacteristic of me. I’m usually all about being productive and getting things done, but this book was so captivating that I couldn’t put it down. I found myself transported to 1884 in the Wyoming Territory and not wanting to leave.

The Amazon synopsis of Romancing the Bride says, “If you like heartwarming marriage-of-convenience stories, you’ll love this sweet romance filled with endearing characters.” I’d never given it any thought before, but realized after reading this that I do like marriage-of convenience stories, and they were right. I loved this one.

I like the concept of a couple being thrown together into a marriage and learning to love each other. To me, it’s far more romantic than love at first sight. Anyone can fall in love with a stranger, but there’s something special about spending time with someone and the love growing the more you get to know each other.

Romancing the Bride is much more than a sweet romance with endearing characters. It’s a story of survival, adjustments, love, and family. While it’s foremost a historical romance, it also addresses issues of parenting, friendship, and accepting God’s will when we don’t understand it. Ultimately, it’s a story of redeeming grace. I loved the way she incorporated faith and scripture into the storyline in a totally organic way that showed spiritual struggles without sermons.

Melissa Jagears weaves together a story with so many twists and turns you never know what’s going to happen next. This was my first book by her, but it won’t be my last. I can’t wait to check out her others.

If you’re looking for a captivating historical romance, check out Romancing the Bride. Just be prepared to drop everything else because once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop.

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About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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