Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey 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 into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she’ll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony–until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy’s father.
Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony’s wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?
Read on for my review of A Bride at Last, an excerpt from the book, and information on a fun giveaway.
A Bride at Last is the third in the Mail Order Brides series and brings the reader back to the Kansas plains in the late 1800s. Silas Jonesey, a minor character in the previous books, finally has his life together and hopes to reconnect with his estranged wife in Missouri. Optimism turns to sadness when he learns reconciliation will be impossible and, to complicate the matter further, he may or may not be the father of her son who now needs a home. There are no such luxuries as a DNA test in this era, so his claim can only be proven or disproven by the words of the boy’s mother. But did she paint an accurate picture of her life with Silas?
I found this book easy to read, and stayed up one evening to finish it. Nothing is straightforward, from the custody case to the relationship between Silas and Kate. Both carry wounds from their past which influence how they act towards each other. There’s also a side story involving Silas’s childhood which explains his determination to look after Anthony. I did find there was a plot element that came and went with little explanation or resolution, but that’s probably the most negative thing I can say.
The first part of the novel takes place in Missouri, but the action soon returns to Salt Flatts, Kansas. Readers have the opportunity to catch up with familiar characters from previous books in the series. At this point, it’s probably advisable to have read those books as past events are mentioned. New readers will see the town through Kate’s eyes. Judging by the epilogue, A Bride at Last appears to be the final book in this series.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and Bethany House for my complimentary copy of A Bride at Last, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 07 July 2015
Page Count: 368