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A Bride at Last

(Unexpected Brides #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  752 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesy has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.

Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she'd been deceived about her intended groom, she's now settled in
Paperback, 361 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Bethany House Publishers (first published June 30th 2015)
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Great ending to the Unexpected Brides series!

I really enjoyed the story of Silas and Kate. I love when an author takes a side character from previous books in a series, one that seems to have little chance of redemption, then gives them their own story - especially when it is as realistic and heartfelt as the one Melissa created for Silas. I think what endeared me to him the most (besides his gentlemanly personality) is that he still struggled with his alcohol addiction in a realistic way. No ma
Quite simply a delicious book about two who bond over a darling boy whose mother just died. Anthony’s father had no clue he existed, and Anthony’s schoolteacher Kate is who the mother left custody to at her death. But it’s not so simple when someone wants to force Anthony to pickpocket for him, and when Anthony himself has his own ideas about what should happen next! A sweet romance.
Andrea Cox
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, but I ended up listening to the audio version. These are my honest thoughts.

This story started out great! The fight for a child’s custody was entertaining under Mrs. Jagears’ hand. I especially adored how protective of the boy Kate Dawson was. It was fun following along as Silas Jonesy searched for proof of his fatherhood… and the problems that cropped up along the way.

I liked that there was a thread about the teacher’s rep
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed all of the books in the Unexpected Brides series. There are three full-length novels and one prequel. They have all been such good stories and each book can be read as a stand-alone. A Bride at Last has taken the top spot as my favorite in this series and I highly recommend it.

There are so many things that I liked about this book! First of all, the attraction between the two main characters is fabulous. There is a lot of tension and some mistrust between the two, as well. And, whe
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Satisfying conclusion to the Unexpected Brides series. I look forward to what Melissa Jagears will offer next!
Written from two points of view: Silas and Kate.

Silas was sent a letter from his dying wife, Lucinda, who abandoned him 10 years before. Knowing she had little time left, she also sent a letter to Richard, someone with whom she had been living years before, now asking for money to help with Anthony, the boy she said was his.

Silas and Richard arrived in Independence, Missouri only to be embroiled in a legal battle over the boy. But the school teacher, Kate, who loves Anthony dearly, doesn’t
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Melissa Jagears is one of those authors who takes a common trope (in this case mail-order brides or marriages-of-convenience) and puts her own spin on it, giving the theme a refreshing twist and making it stand out above the rest. Her characters are full of passion and humor and kindness and life – and so are her stories!

We learned some of Silas’ history in the previous book, A Bride in Store, but in A Bride At Last he is the main character and as such the details of his painful past come fully
Silas Jonesy's life hasn't gone the way he'd planned it. His mail-order bride left him after only a few months of marriage. Since then, he's fought an uphill battle to overcome addictions, and to actually become a productive member of the community. Then he receives a letter from his wife after ten years of silence. He's hopeful that she wants to reconcile and he sees the letter that his prayers have been answered. He doesn't expect to arrive in Missouri to find her dying and that she has a nine ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite of the series (both the couple and the plot), this one had me turning pages quickly! I'm not against conflict in a book, I know that's what drives a story forward, but I appreciate when things get resolved quickly so you can move on to other things, and this book moved from one incident to the next at a good pace. I adored both Kate and Silas, the sense and honesty they showed, and I really enjoyed how the author weaves former characters into the backdrop without making it intrusive ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Silas Jonesey's life in Salt Flatts, Kansas, has not followed the course he imagined. After his mail-order bride, Lucinda, abandoned him, it was an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices and sour moods. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true; his estranged wife has contacted him after ten years of silence to tell him of her whereabouts.
Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but after realizing she had been deceived about her inte
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears is a Christian historical novel, and I was blessed to receive a copy. It deals with a variety of themes and is set around mail order brides, widows and orphans, and the lost searching to be found.
Silas was abandoned as a four year old by his mother at a boys orphanage. For years he has wondered why and has been searching for love. He married Lucinda, a mail order bride who ran off after just seven months, ten years ago. Silas fears he is destined for a lonely l
Hallie Szott
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Books like Melissa Jagears’ A Bride at Last make my heart so happy. I just can’t help falling in love with a good Western historical romance novel - especially after loving its preceding novels (in this case, A Bride for Keeps and A Bride in Store). In this novel, Jagears revisits Salt Flatts, Kansas, and gives Silas Jonesey his second chance at love. Silas makes appearances in the previous Unexpected Brides novels, and after undergoing encouraging impr
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How do you trust your heart to the one person who, by their very nature, has the power to break it? That is the dilemma both Silas and Kate grapple with throughout this story. An interesting dilemma which the author carries out to nail-biting perfection.

A Bride at Last is the kind of book with multiple layers and storylines that make it hard to tear yourself away. Ferreting out both Silas and Kate's backstories kept me on tenterhooks the entire read. There's such depth to their hurt and it's ea
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book! I've been fighting a bit of a reading slump lately but I had this book finished in about twelve hours, it was that good!
Since I knew that Silas was going to be the hero of this book I payed extra attention to him in A Bride in Store, and while he had some changes to make I just knew that he would become a man to be proud of. And boy was I right! I loved how real the author made him, he overcame his addiction but the temptation was still there and it was inspiring to watch him f
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Kate and Silas are both strong, admirable characters, but have realistic flaws that show how they struggle with their past and the effect it has on their present and future. The chemistry is definitely there (my favorite parts!), they just have to overcome major trust issues and learn to discern and rely on God's will. Anthony is also a realistic portrayal of a young boy caught in the middle of two futures he wants nothing to do with. He is sweet and playful one moment, scared and taciturn the n ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great kissing;)

This is the.4th book in Ms. Jagears Unexpected Brides series. We met the hero of this book, Silas Jonesey, in the previous books. Silas has been dealt a rough hand in life. Abandoned by his mother, adoptive family, and estranged wife, his heart has taken quite a beating, plus he battles alcoholism. The heroine, Kate, has also been abandoned and abused. The road these two wounded souls take to their HEA is heartbreaking and poignant. I did like the story but it did drag in some pla
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love that all four stories were brought together at the end to conclude this series.

Silas, Kate and Anthony’s Story was sweet and heart breaking. I enjoyed that each character received their own personal healing in their own individual way. However I felt it lacked action at times. I felt I was waiting for something to happen but nothing ever did.

I give 5 stars to Pilar Witherspoon for an excellent engaging audio performance.

Recommend to those who like Christian historical fiction.
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a well written and entertaining historical Christian romance novel, one of the mail order bride category or it sort of is anyway. I thought the character development was great, and I really loved the protagonists. But I'm a little sad that this was the last book in this series. ...more
Raechel Lenore
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015

I really love how Melissa Jagears writes – her style flows well and keeps you interested. I don’t often read the mail-order-bride stories, or any sort of westerns in general, but if it’s by Mrs. Jagears I am sure to try it.

I have read her previous books of this series and adored each one (I think my favourite was the novella though!!), so I was really excited to read this next book, “A Bride at Last”. And while I enjoyed the writing style, and the characters, I was let down on some aspects of
Lisa Johnson
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Title: A Bride at Last
Author: Melissa Jagears
Pages: 368
Year: 2015
Publisher: Bethany House
Silas Jonesy is a farmer who arrives at his estranged wife’s request to give her aid when he discovers she has died. She left him ten years ago and he hadn’t heard from her at all until her letter of a few weeks prior. She also left him with a son, Anthony, he knew nothing about. However, there is another man in the picture who seems to think Anthony is his son. Before the question of paternity can be resolv
Lynda Edwards
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: keeper-shelf
Having enjoyed the first two books in the Unexpected Brides series, I eagerly opened this conclusion to the trilogy. In A Bride at Last, I was immediately drawn into the story and invested in the characters who captured my heart from the first chapter.

The characters’ struggles are realistic and, despite the historical setting, entirely applicable today. Love, fear, substance abuse and recovery, difficult family situations, self-worth, sacrifice for others—I could go on, but this gives a quick s
Just Commonly
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
"A Bride at Last" by Melissa Jagears is the last full novel (not including the unofficial novella, "Blinded by Love" in the "Convenient Bride Collection") of the Unexpected Bride series. To be honest, I have not read any of the previous novels in the series, and didn't realize there was a series. At least it was not noted in the cover or description of the book. With that said, "A Bride at Last" can be read as a standalone novel. Back to "A Bride at Last". This is a story about rising above the ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
3rd book "A Bride at Last" in series Unexpected Brides by Melissa Jagears

I have not read others in the series but this stand alone story is an amazing one that keeps you reading way past time to stop. I could not put it down.
Silas Jonesey was a quite man who had taken a mail order bride to live with him in Kansas. She came from home of wealth and was not used to the hard life in Kansas and left him within a few months.
For ten long years he wondered where his wife was and if she would come back.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, christian
The beginning of A Bride at Last where readers meet sweet Anthony, feisty Kate, and an unsure Silas was a great start to this story. It pulled me in immediately with its full characters, heart-wrenching story, sweet inspirational moments that weaved seamlessly through the story, a boy whose life had been nothing but rough, and a romance with plenty of sparks. Needless to say my interest continued all the way through to the end.

Kate was such a fun, strong, and lovely character. The love she had f
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Some of the novel's stronger points are the characters. Anthony in particular intrigued me: he's a child character who isn't dumbed down and who is given a complex range of emotions. Kate stands out as a determined, confident woman (though she has a tendency to think in a plethora of rhetorical questions). Richard struck me as a rather flat character: racist, abusive, greedy, dirty, uncouth, unchivalrous, repulsive, repugnant, evil. But when we travel to Salt Flatts, we do see some rounded, "ant ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it
"A woman who kept her word would surely keep her vows", wouldn't she? . . . . . wonders the man who cannot decide about marrying someone who has admittedly made some mistakes when it comes to love. And the woman in question has plenty of reasons to doubt a man who drove his mail-order bride of only seven months straight into the arms of another. Doesn't she?

Silas Jonesy and Kate Dawson meet under the strangest of circumstances. Silas has responded to a letter from his unknown-to-him -dying wife,
Nicki Olsen
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing

*My Thoughts*

I love, love, love Melissa Jagears! Her historical novel, A bride in store got my attention. Then I read Love Letters, her novella. Then this came out and I HAD to read it! I'm so glad I did!! This one is even better then a Bride in store!

I loved the idea of a young boy bringing to people together through his care. It worked out exactly as I thought it should! The development in Silas and Kate's relationship worked perfectly. Both character
Rachel Dodson
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh, where do I begin?! This story was wonderfully good. This story was surprisingly strong and captivating. It had me up nights reading to find out what was going to happen. I couldn't put it down.

Kate is a young teacher who has been helping a woman and her young son. When the woman dies, she leaves her son in Kate's charge. But, soon a man by the name of Silas shows up claiming to be the boy's father and that's when things get interesting.

This book is the third in the series but it is not nece
Joanie Bruce
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book and a fun read. It’s what I would call a perfect historical romance and full of facts about that era: mail-order brides, orphans living on the street, women willing to marry for the purpose of having a roof over their heads.

What I liked: The plot is unusual and full of twists and turns. The characters are honest and genuine. I also loved the way their care and concern for each other trumped all the disadvantages of their continuing each course of action. Ms. Jagears kept
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley & Bethany House for the ARC. There is quite a change in the way this book starts out compared to the other 2 in the 'Brides' series, that for a while I questioned if I was in fact reading the correct book! Personally, and this may be because I have read the other 2, and was ready for the next installment, I had a hard time with this story, until the direction of the book turns back to Salt Flatts, where familiar & favorite characters sprang to life again. Was it my favorit ...more
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