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    A Book for Keeps

    Julia Lockwood has faced more heartbreak in the past ten years than most people experience in a lifetime. Trying to escape from the pain back home, she impulsively agrees to become a mail-order bride for her pen-pal’s neighbor. While uprooting her life and adjusting to being a wife for a Kansas farmer is more difficult than she imagined, Julia is determined to prove to Everett that she can handle it, that it wasn’t a mistake for him to choose her. With the past hurts still filling her heart, Julia struggles with her self-worth and can’t allow herself to let Everett in. Will she ever let go long enough for him to show her he doesn’t want to hurt her? Although based on its synopsis, this book—the first installment in the Unexpected Brides series—seems like it is purely a romance novel, it really isn’t as much as you would think. In a good way of course. A Bride for Keeps is threaded with feelings of guilt, pain, rejection, and worthlessness that I found I related with on so many levels. Many times I found myself begging Julia and Everett to see that they were worth so much more than they thought they were. To me, it made this story more understandable, more thought provoking, more touching than it would have been otherwise. That is why I give it all five bookmarks. It reached my heart in ways some books never can. Also, there is an e-novella—Love By the Letter—that precedes A Bride for Keeps that you can get for free on your Kindle or Nook. It’s a really great short story that first got me hooked on Melissa’s writing, so I would definitely suggest checking that out before you try this one.
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    Sweet

    A sweet story about how the past can cause friction. Also how finding God's love can find you peace.
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    Loved it
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    Great read!

    Loved the book. Not too short and not totally predictable. The author weaves a beautiful message into the story without being cliche. Characters are precious. Now...where can I find a man like she describes...?
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