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.