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    Another well written book from Melissa Jagears

    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 from the author. This review is my own opinion.
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    One of my favorite novels this year!!!

    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 takes on a needy family he has the means to care for and a choice piece of property which reminds him him of the reason he came west. But when the ranch they married for is suddenly taken away, awkwardness ensues. Cattle rustlers, grieving children, and a sooner-than-expected attraction clutter this new marriage relationship now balancing on a wobbly foundation. I sympathized with Annie as she struggled to preserve her family dynamic after the loss of a spouse and many buried children and make room in her heart for a new husband as society tells her she's too soon a widow. Jacob (steadfast, wise, sacrificial, distracted-grin-inducing, wish-he-weren't-fiction Jacob) is a fixer. He tries to discern God's leading in his life, tries to do his best in a demeaning, title-only marshal job, tries to fix his crumbling relationship with his best friend, tries to settle into his new role as father and husband, tries to woo his grieving wife, and tries to catch cattle rustlers before he finally learns to trust God's timing in situations he can't seem to change. And Celia...I know Celia. I believe we all have had Celias in our life, and even displayed Celia's flaws in some stage of our character development--desperation to avoid change and fighting to create her own security. Her difficult arc is the novel's concrete foundation, the dark sky from which glows all the celestial, heart-warming moments of this story. Then there is smallest of this make-shift family and possibly my favorite character, Spencer, full of hugs and sunshine, mischief and sticky buns. Through the years I have read every Melissa Jagears book I could get my hands on, and this is my new favorite. True-to-life characters are the shining glory of this novel and a trademark Melissa Jagears carries beautifully. As I've mentioned in other reviews of her books, her immersive, heart-deep writing style calls to mind the tried-and-trusted work of one of my favorite novelists, Lori Wick. While all the characters are flawed in their own way, I cheered them along as they faced emotional struggles, family conflict, marital issues, delinquent juveniles, dangerous cattle rustlers, and political corruption. Themes of loneliness, societal pressures, blended families, grief, and loss were portrayed in touching, relatable ways. Now I'm counting the days until I hear what's next in the Frontier Vows series. *I received a copy of this book from the author. The opinions expressed are my own. And the five star rating is definitely my opinion. This novel earned every star.
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    Best Book!!!

    Melissa Jagears never disappoints me when I read her books. When I saw the cover and the book was a marriage of convenience, I was so happy. One of the best marriage of convenience books I’ve read!! If your a fan of these books this is the book for you. You’ll love this book and the blessing you’ll receive. I receive a complimentary copy and all opinions are my own.
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    One Amazing Book

    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 trying to handle her increasingly rebellious daughter. She realizes that she has to make a quick decision - sell the ranch or marry someone who can help her. But, there's only one man she can see herself living with and she has no idea how he'll respond since they're essentially strangers. Jacob feels inadequate as the town marshal since just about everything he tries to do ends in failure. He can't find the cattle rustlers or the town vandals, yet how is he supposed to do that when the mayor has him doing menial jobs such as enforcing a sidewalk rule? Therefore, when a widow he barely knows proposes to him so that she can save her ranch, his dreams of ranching are rekindled. Yet, is she enough to entice him? Can he grow to love her and her children? Unfortunately, their new relationship is immediately threatened when they learn that the ranch has been foreclosed on based on an unknown loan and the increasing belligerent behavior of Annie's daughter. The rest of the book details their daily struggle to make sense of what God is trying to teach them and hold on to their faith. There's a ton going on in this book and I applaud the author for being brave enough to write it. It covers more than simply Annie and Jacob. It covers Celia, Annie's daughter, and her struggles. It also features the lives of Bryant and his wife, Leah. Their secondary story should be a warning that sin has consequences, yet if we are to live like Christ, we are compelled to forgive. At the end, I was reminded of several parables that Jesus taught. Romance - PG / Kisses and references to a husband / wife relationship Language - PG / references to a character's foul language Violence - Warning - there is violence done to a character and although it's carefully written, it's not glossed over. It highlights the depravity people can stoop to. My rating - 5 stars
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