This is the first book I have read by Melissa Jagears. I really enjoyed her as an author. A Bride in Store is the second book in a series called Unexpected Brides. I obviously have not read the first book in the series called A Bride for Keeps. After reading a Bride in Store I would be interested in reading the first in the series. Jagears was great at making me feel like I knew the characters with out having to read the first book, which I know some authors aren’t the best at.
The story opens up with Eliza Cantrell as a mail-order bride, on a train on the way to meet her fiance. While on the train some crazy things happen, and Eliza feels like it couldn’t get worse. That is until she arrives in Salt Flatts, and her fiance is no where in sight. So much for surprising him by coming a week early. William Stanton is part owner of the Men’s Emporium, and a doctor in every way except having a license. He is so kind that he can’t turn anyone down, and rarely gets paid for the calls he goes to and for the people he helps. And his bedside manner is way better that the county’s current physician. After finding out that Eliza has no where to go will offers to help find her a place to stay, and keeps her close by having her work in the shop. All kinds of unexpected things happen along the way, but they both want to deny their feelings. Can they end up together?
There were many great things to take from this story. Never judge someone by how they look, take the time to get to know them. There are many great people who don’t have friends and don’t feel loved because they look a little different. You can make such an impact on someones life by just treating them nice, and offering them your friendship. Another thing to learn is that you shouldn’t blame yourself for the things that happen that are out of your control. The what ifs of life do nothing but make you sad and hold you back. We need to learn from our mistakes, and sometimes understand that there is nothing you could have done that would’ve changed the outcome. Our lives are in God’s hands. God wants what is best for us and to give us the desires of our hearts. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.