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Romancing the Bride

(Frontier Vows #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  78 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 415 pages
Published October 25th 2018 by Utmost Publishing
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Romancing the Bride is a lovely, winning story from Melissa Jagears and just the kind of writing and story that I've come to expect from her. A captivating romance, a strong sense of setting, and a layered plot kept me coming back for more.

Annie Gephart is a strong woman, willing to do what she feels needs to be done in order to save her ranch and take care of her children. Despite her great strength, she is also vulnerable. She is wise about where she chooses to turn to help, however, and that
Okay, I just loved this story so much that I really haven’t got the words to give a coherent review. Annie and Jake are such a fun and unusual couple! The only thing predictable to me was some of the stuff to do with Annie losing the ranch...otherwise, it was so unpredictable and edge-of-my-seat. I read the entire thing in three or four large gulps and lost sleep two nights in a row.

The mystery in this story was really enjoyable. The bad guys in town have corrupted a decent guy, and that bit add
Oct 17, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I have read this one a kagillion times this year, so I'm claiming it for my first ever attempted Goodreads year reading challenge, not that I need more books to meet my challenge (since I set my sights rather low), but it's the principle of the thing, it must count on this year's list!

And since it comes out in 8 days, hopefully it'll be on lots of other 2018 Goodreads reading challenges before the year is over!

First of all, I just need to point out how much I love this book cover. IT IS BEAUTIFUL <3

Second of all, I need to apologize for how terribly late this review is. I AM THE WORST, I KNOW. sorrysorrysorry

This book was wonderfully good. I had such a good time reading it; it was romantic, interesting, and adventurous. Did I mention romantic? It features some of the best romance scenes I've ever read. *swoon*

Whenever I'm in the mood for a good prairie/frontier story reminiscent of Little House on th
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start with this novel? As beautiful as the cover is, the experience inside is just as incredible. Truly, this marriage of convenience story has skyrocketed up my list to become one of my very favorite books ever!

Romancing the Bride has so much packed into its pages. The author explores the way various characters handle grief and pain, the way sin can weave its way into people’s lives and gain control, and the inability to feel as if one can be forgiven for wrongs. Perhaps the most bea
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A marriage of convenience story with heart and grit! Love the Wyoming setting -- haven't read many stories that take place in this fact, this might be the first one! Jagears works her time-traveling magic with all her excellent historical details. From ranch life to a small town steeped in mystery and some of the unusual duties of the Marshal. And, of course, the harsh realities of a woman's life in this rugged man's world.

As far as the hero goes -- Jacob definitely earned a spot on t
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Realistic look at what it would be like for a widow on a ranch in small town Wyoming to remarry. I especially thought the trouble with teenage daughter Celia to be on point.
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
Melissa is a favorite author of mine. She always writes the most swoon worthy heroes, and amazing romances. 😋 She didn't disappoint in that aspect this go round. However, this was not my favorite book I've read by her.

While I LOVED the idea of this story, (I love a good marriage of convenience troupe) I didn't connect with any of the characters so I had a hard time getting "involved" in the story.

This book dealt with a lot of grief. Though I UNDERSTAND grief I can honestly say I do not understa
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent marriage of convenience story! I was immediately drawn to the beautiful cover on this book. Then when I saw that it was a marriage of convenience story with a unique storyline, I knew I had to read it. I ended up really enjoying it, and thought it had the perfect blend of romance and adventure. I loved Jacob and thought he was the perfect hero.
Heidi Chiavaroli
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Going back to her roots, Jagears crafts a marriage-of-convenience story that is not only sweet, but absolutely authentic. I loved the depth of Jacob and Annie, their genuine struggles, and their journey to find real love. A satisfying read that is sure to send historical romance fans cheering!
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
What matters now, is what you choose to do in the next hour, what you choose to do tomorrow. If your past decisions didn't get you where you wanted to be, figure out what decisions will. Beating yourself up over the past won't change a thing. ~Annie

If it's one thing I can count on with Melissa Jagears, is the tightly packed emotion in her stories! From laugh-out-loud moments, to those more tender ones, to tears flowing, and anywhere in between. This one had it all!

Annie Gephart certainly had
Lynda Edwards
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed Jagears’ mail-order bride stories, so this marriage of convenience novel sounded similar without being too close to her first series. In this book, I really enjoyed the characters and their slow process of learning about each other after their marriage while struggling with obstacles they had not anticipated.

Annie is caught in a difficult position: remarry before her “appropriate” mourning period is over or lose her late husband’s ranch. Her difficult teen daughter, an entire ran
Kathryn Bochman
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Jagears completely enthralled me with her latest book, Romancing the Bride. I have loved all of Jagears's books, but this one was my absolute favorite. It was much more than a feel good story and sweet romance; it was a multidimensional book filled with struggles of identity, grief, belonging, justice, priorities, and truth. In this novel, Jagears skillfully explored how loss seeks to define our existence, and how, with faith and love, this can be overcome to give us a future and a hope. ...more
Jaime Jo Wright
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance by Melissa Jagears. It was both heartwarming, heart-sizzling, and memorable!
Natalie Monk
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: open-series
As an enthusiast of the marriage of convenience trope, I do believe this is one of the sweetest renderings I've ever read. I love to ponder unique reasons people might have married without affection in times past and delight to see strangers choose love over self-preservation as they give of themselves to make things work.

This story takes a realistic look at the struggles of a destitute widow and the kind, practical marshal who marries her to save her ranch. In this partnership, the marshal tak
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this story so much that I couldn't put the book down!
I spent most of the day on Sunday reading just to finish it. I laughed out loud in different parts of he story. My son asked me what was so funny so I told him. I think I embarrassed him but I didn't care because we were in the privacy of our own home. But even if I were out in public I'd still laugh out loud.
One time I was with my mom in her office and I started laughing so hard that I fell off the couch!!

If there's one thing I ca
A.M. Heath
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My Thoughts: One of the things that I came to admire from Jagears’s last series, Teaville Moral Society, was that she took on a difficult subject, creating a novel that was more than simply romance and historic western culture. And while the “realness” featured in Romancing the Bride wasn’t overly in-depth, it does bring a genuine feel to the story. Cattle rustling, corrupt leaders, gangster type of bullying, and land theft were all intricately woven into the tale. Add in a rebellious teen and t ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m always a sucker for a marriage of convenience story and the fact that it’s by an author I love just makes it even better!
Annie had endured so much loss in such a short time and my heart broke for her but I admired the way she was able to stay standing through it all. Her pain definitely caused her to have walls up and to be closed off a bit and it was nice to see her start to let people in.
I absolutely loved Jacob! He selflessly gave of himself, loving and caring for Annie, Celia, and Spence
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So romantic!

This beautiful love story had one of my favorite themes, the marriage of convenience. Take a marshal that looks like a fairy tale prince with a heart for God and strong integrity along with a plain widow with a rebellious daughter and sweet son...then watch this marriage turn into a marriage of love and a happy family. Jacob (hero) just melted my heart with his wooing and romancing of his bride. Their coming together as husband and wife was one of the beautiful love scenes I have ev
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Romancing The Bride is probably the best book I've read this year! I was snatched by the author's words and thrown into the story on the very first page. The story is filled with wonderful faith content, romance, true love, action, and so much more! I was rooting for the main characters as they walked through the hard things of life. I fell in love with many of the supporting characters, and the town of Armelle itself. I could start at the beginning and reread this book now! Romancing The Bride ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
From the beginning, I was pulled into the story and the lives of the characters. I felt like I was living in the pages of this story right along with a vivid cast of characters that had me feeling like part of their community.

Annie has known her share of hardship. Yet her strong faith in God, and her realization that through it all, God is with her. She may struggle, but she doesn't lose faith. Annie's struggle to grieve the loss of her husband while allowing herself to love again is one that is
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is another top ten favorite book this year. Annie and Jacob’s story will stay with me for a long, long time. Marriage of convenience stories are my absolute favorite genres to read. And when they are done well…be still my heart. This one was done exceptionally well.

I am not sure what set this story apart from others I have read so much that it touched my heart. There was romance to be sure, but more than that this story showed that love is more than a feeling, that it is a choice. Jacob mad
Dawn Pearson
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let me begin - This is an amazing book! For those who desire to read Christian Romance, this ranks in the best of the best. It covers multiple Biblical themes such as rebellion, the presence of evil, the consequences of sin, forgiveness, the need for salvation, and several more.

It begins with Annie and her desperate situation. She's recently widowed but she doesn't have time to grieve as the life she knows is crumbling around her. She's on the verge of losing the ranch while simultaneously tryi
Karen Riekeman
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been a lover of Melissa Jagears books since her first novella, Love by the Letter. This book does not disappoint for those who love her writing and love a great romance.
Annie Gephart's husband has died in a tragic accident leaving her with 2 children to raise alone and their Wyoming ranch to run. But Annie doesn't have the help she needs to run the ranch and money to pay the taxes. So, in a brave but desperate act, she proposes marriage to the town's most eligible bachelor, the marshall, J
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marriage of convenience stories are one of my favorite tropes, so the premise of Romancing the Bride quickly caught my eye. The added bonus of Melissa Jagears being the author sold me on this book. I’ve read some of her books before and always thoroughly enjoyed them, and this one didn’t disappoint. The characters were well-drawn and engaging, the storyline was intriguing, and the tender message of the healing that only God can provide added a depth to it. Jacob is such a selfless, upstanding he ...more
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Wow. This captivating first novel in a new series from Jagears makes me eager to see what comes next! Melissa Jagears brings a wonderful marriage of convenience story that will have readers turning the pages as fast as they can. Annie and Jacob are two characters that will be in my head for awhile. Annie's strong will and Jacob's determination are a winning combination. Yes, their marriage may have started off on paper only, but the way Jagears weaves their story, inch by inch, their love blosso ...more
Vicky Sluiter
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I have really enjoyed each book by author Melissa Jagears, and this one is no different. She writes in such a way that I am pulled into the story immediately. Great, well developed characters make Romancing the Bride an excellent read.

The course of love doesn’t always run smooth, and this story certainly proves that. Troubles abound but so does love and commitment. The question is who loves whom? There are many twists and turns within this story and you won’t get bored.

If you enjoy historical f
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
My heart hurt for Jacob, Annie and her two children when heartbreaking news came immediately after their wedding. The struggles they go through are very real but don’t get overly depressing. Jacob and Annie were so thoroughly likable and I rooted for their relationship to grow and blossom. Spencer’s eternal optimism was so adorable I wanted to reach through the pages and give him a big hug. This is another well-written and well-edited book from Melissa Jagears. I received a copy of this ebook fr ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Romancing the Bride starts off the exciting new series by Melissa Jagears, Frontier Vows. I instantly fell in love with the main character, Annie. She has been through so much heartache. I loved it when Jacob entered the scenes. Such sweetness.
Romancing the Bride gets a well deserved five plus stars from me. I would give it one hundred if I could. I highly, highly recommend it. Great job, Melissa! I look forward to book two from the Frontier Vows series.
I received this book from the author. Th
Dana Michael
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marriage of Convenience

Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed Romancing the Bride. The hero was absolutely precious. But in a manly, wooingly, romantic way. I felt the pain of the heroine and for her children and what all they had gone through. It was such a good read. I loved the ending and I hope there will be more stories in the near future.
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