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Love by the Letter

(Unexpected Brides #0.5)

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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,931 ratings  ·  270 reviews
Dex Stanton has never had much time for book learning. He's been too busy helping to provide for his family. Now that he's heading west, Dex is hoping to start a family of his own. However, his attempt to acquire a mail-order bride fails miserably when the lady writes back ridiculing his terrible spelling. Rachel Oliver may be the last person he wants to know what a dunce ...more
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Published September 1st 2013 by Baker Publishing Group
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Michaela yes this book is good . I have to say though that I like the other ones after this one like a "bride in store " I dont remember what the series is cal…moreyes this book is good . I have to say though that I like the other ones after this one like a "bride in store " I dont remember what the series is called though i cant remember(less)
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Veronica ⭐️
This is a heart-warming novella about life and love in Missouri in the mid 1800’s. Dex Stanton is preparing to move to Kansas with his good friend Neil, Neil’s sister Patricia, her Fiancé Everett and a few other townsfolk to claim land and start a new life. Dex knows he needs a wife before he leaves and writes for a mail order bride.
Rachel is the local school teacher, the brains of the town. At her mother’s urging she has applied to attend college but she would like nothing more than to get marr
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Hannah
4.5 stars
I got really emotionally attached to these two characters, so I definitely enjoyed the story! A good opening to the series and a book I've put off reading for far too long.

Gripe: mantel was spelled "mantle" four times, and undue spelled as undo...it just struck me as really ironic in a book where one character's bad spelling causes issues for him. ;)
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Anne
Well, finally! I thought I'd never see the day when I'd read a short story and like it. This was really good. It was short and sweet, with just enough plot and characterization to make for a quick, heartwarming love story. Dex has always had his eye on Rachel, but he thinks she'd never have anything to do with him since he can't read properly and she's the smartest woman he knows. Unbeknownst to him, Rachel is strongly attracted by him and greatly admires his strength and hard-working ways. Howe ...more
Melanie
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a cute and fun story! It makes me really want to read Melissa's full-length novels -- hopefully this year. I liked how Rachel didn't judge Dex for his difficulty in reading/spelling or let it change her feelings for him. ...more
Andrea Cox
While this was a cute story, I had trouble buying the tutoring aspect. I've tutored children for fifteen years, and if I had done it the way the leading lady in this book did, I wouldn't have been in business long, not to mention how illiterate my fellow community members would have been. The lady said she wouldn't correct the guy's reading. If that's the case, how was he supposed to learn to read better? That might be solved by her other suggestion: that he guess at what the words are. That's s ...more
Sarah
This was a cute little story that didn't seem to go to fast or too slow. The book was pretty predictable, which I didn't mind since I was looking for just and easy, sweet read. Bothe the main characters were interesting and well done for such a short story.

I recommend this book for those who like romance, westerns, and quick reads.
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Stefanie
This was a cute, fun story to read. There wasn't much depth to the book and not a lot of development when it comes to the story itself. It's probably because it is the opening novella to a series, so I'm interested to see if the series develops the characters in a stronger light and adds more detail to the storyline.
Overall though, I enjoyed the read!
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Maria
Dex Stanton is about to move to Lawrence, Kansas, to start a new life. He decides to write to a mail-order bride company to find a good match but the lady whom he writes to laughs at his terrible spelling and he feels discouraged. Therefore, he decides to ask for help and goes to the smartest girl in town, Rachel Oliver, whom he secretly admires, but because of his reading and writing problems never dared to court her. She accepts to give him reading lessons during the last week before he leaves ...more
Beth
This was a sweet, lovely novella. There were no great surprises, however due to its short length, it works perfectly. Rachel and Dex were both very endearing characters, and while there wasn’t a lot of time to get to know them, they show up again in the author’s full length novel, A Bride for Keeps, which I am about 100 pages into & loving!

Recommended if you’re in the mood for a short & sweet, romantic read.
Naomi Rawlings
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Dex and Rachel both have a healthy dose of attraction for each other, but the way they show it had me wriggling, laughing and blushing all throughout the story. They’ve known each other for forever and been half in love for just as long, but getting them to talk about their feelings can be mighty entertaining. As a reader you never know quite what to expect. You think they’re going to say or do one thing, but then their perfectly laid plans go awry and end in disaster. Though I must admit, after ...more
Dina
Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dina by: Kindle freebie
Nice story, adorable hero, likeable heroine, what's not to like? Well, how can I say this? Hmm... I'm a slut and love scenes are a must in my romance books. There you have it, LOL. ...more
Noninuna
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-fiction
3.5 stars.

It's a cute story of how disability brings two longing hearts together.

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Courtney
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, 2018
I love (x3) this novella! I cannot get over how well written the story line was, and how developed the characters were. This is the first writing that I have ever read by Ms. Jagears and I was not disappointed, which was a breath of fresh air for me today.

Love by the Letter is not the typical "judge by the title" book, there are many twists and turns that was taken to lead the reader to know just how witty the title actually is. I highly recommend this novella, and I cannot wait to read the nov
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Cynthia Marcano
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melissa Jagears is a talented short story writer. I was hooked to the story from the very beginning.

Rachael is very likeable and Dex is all man and a completely lovable character. Jagears did a great job keeping the story going without it feeling stretched thin. I look forward to reading the next chapter of Rachael & Dex's adventure to Kansas Territory as well as Everett & Patricia's story.

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Lucinda
Between 3 1/2 and 4 stars. I don't usually read novellas but this one was cute, especially as an introduction to the novel. ...more
Aerykah
Pretty good! Kinda fast-paced, but that was okay because the characters already had something of a history together.
I enjoyed it & definitely look forward to more books from this author.
Rebekah Morris
This was an okay story. Misunderstandings, not communicating very well, and a dominating mother who says she’ll deliver a note to someone but isn’t planning on doing it– not my favorite kind of situations.
There is an historical inaccuracy that made me wonder if other historical things were correct. It says in the book that Rachel listened to the starlings singing in the trees. This was in 1858. Starlings weren’t even brought over until 1890, and if you’ve ever heard them, they don’t sing. They s
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Carolyn
Having secretly loved one another from a afar, a hard-working farmer with dyslexia and a highly-intelligent woman who desires marriage and family over higher education must decide whether to go all-in before the wagon train leaves for Kansas territory.

Love by the Letter is a well-done novella! Often novellas leave me dissatisfied, either lacking in character development or wanting for more. This one was done just right. Dex and Rachel were developed enough for the reader to understand their back
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Cindy Nipper
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christian Historical Romance

Part of the "With All My Heart Romance Collection: Five Novellas of Living Love to the Fullest"

Love by the Letter by Melissa Jagears
April 29, 2020
5 stars
God's timing is perfect, but oh, the hurt it sometimes causes when we dont see God's hands at work.  He can't lead you when you won't walk, or knock as this story describes.  This was heartwrenching to know they loved each other but didn't trust God or themselves to believe the other could love them just the way they
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AlegnaB †
4.4 — I don’t usually like novellas all thatmuch because I’m not a fan of love-at-first-sight stories. However, the main characters in this novella had known each other many years. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the other books in the series.
Brittany
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love by the Letter is a delightful read. When the book begins, we meet Dex Stanton, who will be setting off with a wagon train bound for Kansas in a little over a week. He has decided that he will be needing a wife out in Kansas. But Dex has a problem. He needs to be able to write a good letter that will be well received by potential brides. Back in a time where learning problems were not understood, Dex felt that he must be dumb to not be able to read, write or spell well.

He resolves to ask Rac
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Laura
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: LOVE BY THE LETTER
Author: Melissa Jagears
Publisher: Bethany House
September 2013
ASIN: B00EVSB3N0
Genre: Historical / novella

Dex Stanton has never had much time for book learning. He's been too busy helping to provide for his family. Now that he's heading west, Dex is hoping to start a family of his own. However, his attempt to acquire a mail-order bride fails miserably when the lady writes back ridiculing his terrible spelling. Rachel Oliver may be the last person he wants to know what a du
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Anna Marie
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time for something frontier-sy. With no sex, of any kind. I just didn't expect this book to be 'inspirational' fiction. And it was. It was also *super* short.

Dex has always loved Rachel, but she's so smart, she does math with the alphabet in it, and everyone knows she's headed to college. Besides, he's so dumb, he can't read what his ten year old nephew does. Who'd want him, a farmer who can barely spell his own name?

Rachel has always loved Dex, but all the men in town are intimidated by her sma
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Natalie Monk
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle-read
I finished this novella yesterday and it's WONDERFUL. A historical prequel to her full-length novel, "A Bride for Keeps," this sweet story is about trusting God's plan and following his leading in your relationships and career choices. Melissa writes real-to-life characters with the perfect blend of comedy, faith, and prairie romance. Can't wait for the full-length novel "A Bride for Keeps" to be released this October!

Dex Stanton struggles with dyslexia and dispairs of finding a woman--any woma
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Tima
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dex can't read. He's spent too much time helping out his family to really learn. But now that he's heading west he wants to have a family of his own. But his attempts to write for a mail order bride aren't going well. So he enlists the help of Rachel. She's incredibly smart and his only hope of learning to read and write well enough to find a wife. She's so far out of his grasp that he doesn't even think of her as a potential wife.

This little novella was sweet. Despite the shortness it showed de
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Kimberly
What a great novella. I had first read A Bride For Keeps and loved it! So had to read this one which starts the series. I am hoping the author will be coming out with A Bride In Store soon as I enjoy her style of writing never any typos and continuously keeps the interest going! If you want a good clean romance with a great story to go along with it this is a series for you. Her books are set in late 1800s with a Christian flare to them. Regardless of what faith you follow it's a 5 star book you ...more
Megan
This was a wonderful novella to get me interested in the first book in the Unexpected Brides series. I loved mail-order bride stories, and really didn't read the description too well and thought that was what this book was, so I was surprised when it wasn't. However even though it wasn't, or maybe because of it, I found the story extremely cute and fun. The scene at the end was so perfect and sweet, fits the title of the book exactly. I'm definitely going to be reading more by this author. ...more
Staci
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I became a Melissa Jagears fan in a big way after reading A Bride for Keeps. So fabulous!

This novella (I don't think I've read a novella previously) was a cute read. It was great to get the back story of Everett, Rachel and Dex.

I've entered about 10 contests to win a copy of A Bride in Store so sure hope to be a winner soon. :-)
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Candice
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great prelude to Melissa's debut novel! I loved the characters and the storyline. It was a quick yet satisfying read and just enough to make me want to read more from this author! I can't wait to see what happens in "A Bride for Keeps." ...more
Cathy
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So sweet

This was a sweet and heartfelt read. I loved the premise of the book where the heroine helps the hero learn how to read better. He was a handsome, kind and capable man who had struggles with reading because of dyslexia. I really enjoyed this novella.
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