COTT: A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears

A BRIDE AT LAST by Melissa Jagears! 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?

 

 

 

 

Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly has to say:

In [Jagears’] latest novel [A Bride at Last], . . . the characters are all
well-balanced and engaging: Silas’ struggle with his failed marriage,
struggling faith, and dark past makes him sympathetic; Kate’s commitment to
Anthony gives her depth and pathos; and their romance develops
realistically . . . a memorable read for fans of redemptive historical
romances.

Check out her upcoming release, With This Ring?

A historical novella compilation of four award winning authors – Karen
Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings and Melissa Jagears Four top
historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer
stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer’s
“The Husband Maneuver,” Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins when the
ranch foreman she loves seems to be leaving forever. Regina Jennings offers
“Her Dearly Unintended,” where friends stranded by a rising river pretend
to be newlyweds when a dangerous stranger arrives. Mary Connealy’s “Runaway
Bride” finds a Texas ranger getting more than he expected when he rescues a
young woman fleeing a dangerous arranged marriage. And Melissa Jagears’
“Engaging the Competition” finds a young woman forced to assist the man
she’s often sparred with after an accident leaves him helpless. Each tale
is a fun blend of history and romance that will delight readers.

Find
it here on Amazon

About Melissa:

Melissa Jagears is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical
Romance after everyone is asleep. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides
Series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter is
free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs
out online at www.melissajagears.com

Sabbath Sunday: The Detour

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This summer a small bridge closed that connects us to most of the routes I need. Thanks to the construction of a new bridge, I’ve had to take detours to find my way around.

Some detours were through official signage and others were roads I took by looking at my GPS.

The picture above is Evans Lake in Springfield, Ohio. Had the bridge been active, I would never have needed a detour.

I never would have seen this beautiful spot.

And that’s just how life is.

There are times, too many, actually, where I have it all mapped out.

And then comes a detour. Something I never planned and I don’t appreciate.

But that detour was never a surprise to God, and if I allow myself to take a look, I might find beauty, peace, blessings and so much more.

How about you?

Saturday Confession: I’ve Ghosted Before

I try as a mom and mentor of sorts to stay on top of the latest terms, crazes and technology. Not to be the cool middle aged lady, but to know what’s out there trying to harm my kids and children I care about. I’d love to say I always know the latest, but often I’m still behind the times.

Like when I heard the term “ghosted.” It was in a picture I saw of Scarlett Johansson. She was accused of ghosting Sean Penn, someone she had been involved with but no longer was. The commenters felt she was icing him out, treating him as if he wasn’t even in the room.

Apparently, that’s ghosting. It’s ignoring the relationship, whether in person, texts or calls. It can be romantic or friendship.

And I’ve ghosted long before it was a thing.

Years ago, I mean YEARS ago there was a boyfriend who disappeared. He went off to college but never said goodbye. I was angry more than anything else.  Everyone had their theories but months later, he came calling. As if this never happened. Talk about ghosting. He flat out disappeared. And when he returned, he asked for my number.

And I gave him the wrong number.

And he knew it.

His last words to me were, “You don’t want me to call you, do you?”

And I said nope and drove off.
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As an adult, I’ve been ghosted and I’ve done the same. There’s no good excuse because when it happened to me it was almost as painful as losing my father. I ached. It was a loss that took me a long time to process.  Choices needed to be made outside of my power and who I am and how I live were outside the parameters. Someone had to go. I was an easy elimination to be rid of. I was obviously not as valued as I had valued them. That fact just about did me in.

When I’ve ghosted as an adult, it was never malicious or fun. I simply was at a loss. Either the relationship ran its course and I didn’t know how to communicate beyond what I’d already done, or, the other person required more out of me than I was able to give. Sometimes I ghosted because I gave and gave and gave and nothing changed because the other person was content to stay as is and keep coming me for changes. There were times I backed off because it was too draining, too high maintenance for me to handle. I also became invisible when I realized the relationship wasn’t what I thought it was. I was a crystal ball of sorts, the go-to when there was a crisis or a prayer request. When I was in need of prayer and support, I stood alone against the people I eventually ghosted. Lastly, I ghosted because trust had been broken and we knew it, but I didn’t have the courage to say so. I closed my circle in tighter and moved on.

I’m not proud of it and yet if I had to do it over again, I can’t say I’d act differently just yet. That’s the beauty of Saturday confession. I’m working on it, but I’m not perfect.  I’m simply being transparent enough to share my confession.

Right now in any of those situations I don’t have words that would be comforting. I’d create more hurt with honesty, and I definitely don’t want to lie. So like my wedding song, I Say Nothing at All.

Ghosting. Have you done it? Has it been done to you? Don’t be invisible. Share in the comments.

 

Book Review: The Battle Plan for Prayer by Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick

Book Description:

51E0yk71DzL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Inspired by the Kendrick Brothers’ new movie, War Room, this exciting new resource from the #1 best-selling author team behind The Love Dare and The Resolution for Men is designed to help anyone learn how to become a powerful person of prayer. The Battle Plan for Prayer begins with prayer’s core purpose, its biblical design, and its impact throughout history. Readers will be guided scripturally through the fundamentals of how effective prayer works, inspired towards a closer, more intimate relationship with God, and shown how to develop specific prayer strategies for each area of life. Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish. It should be your first plan of attack in all of life’s battles, not your last resort. If you want to experience the joy of mightily answered prayer, then it’s time to engage with God at another level.

 The Battle Plan for Prayer reminds me a lot of The Love Dare, the book inspired by the movie, Fireproof. The Battle Plan starts with the basics and each day, as they suggest reading a chapter at a time daily, gets more intense. By the end of the book the reader is armed with Biblical definitions of prayer, Scripture, examples and then strategies for specific prayer events.

What I found especially helpful were the Appendix at the end. They are full of resources to turn to time and time again. The entire book was well done and a must have for any family hungry to turn or return to prayer as part of their lifestyle.

The Battle Plan is part of the resources available to all ages in conjunction with the upcoming movie, The War Room. Please check my reading page to see my other reviews.

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I received The Battle Plan for Prayer in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review/Movie Promotion: Captive by Ashley Smith

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CAPTIVE, based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is a thrilling drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives.  When Brian Nichols – on the run as the subject of a city wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son – takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren’s best-selling inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life.  While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope.  

 

The movie stars David Oyelowo, who played Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the recent film, Selma.

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I remember Ashley Smith’s story well. She was the single mom who was held hostage in her home and read The Purpose Driven Life to her captor. She went from victim to instant hero with an onslaught of publicity. It was obvious she wasn’t comfortable with the attention and as time went on, I heard bits and pieces of her story. She was a recovering addict. She didn’t even have custody of her daughter. And then, the story disappeared.

Captive is a haunting read because in Ashley’s words, she re tells her story and puts the reader right there in the apartment with her. I was completely absorbed into the story and read it in an evening. As the scenario unfolds it is obvious God had His handprints all over this. It’s amazing for all the places Brian Nichols went, he arrived at Ashley’s neighborhood. She was in the process of unpacking. She was new. Faith was a very new thing for her and it was her lifeline. But she had a plan B. She still had a stash of drugs.

I loved Captive because it’s an intriguing story that shows what God can do with a willing vessel. What I found surprising was she didn’t read a lot of The Purpose Driven Life to him. I had the impression she read chapter after chapter. I came away thinking God guided her conversation. She kept talking to him. He was a churched man. And that’s what made his story so sad.

I Googled the two to see “where are they now?” Ashley is married with two more children. It appears as if she is doing well and is active in her relationship with Christ. Brian Nichols? I see no mention that he transformed for the better after all the conversations he shared with Ashley.

This is going to be a major movie this month and I believe it will be not only solid entertainment, but a solid message, too. Captive, the book, was. I hope you read it.

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COTT: Vote for Your Favorite Release

Beautiful New July Covers!

Welcome, fellow book lovers! As we wrap up summer, we’re bringing you four wonderful reads to take out on your deck chair. From the mountains to the rugged west, these books offer a great variety of escapes. But if you could only pick one, which would make it into your need-to-read pile? Vote at the end–and don’t forget to leave a kind word for your favorite author.

 

 

The Lady and the Mountain Fire by Misty M. Beller 

Claire Sullivan’s desire to help others carried her all the way to the Montana Territory to care for her blind grandmother, but the callous, hardworking doctor she meets there doesn’t fit her expectations. When disaster strikes their rough mining city, Claire must face her her greatest fear to help the man she’s come to love.

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A Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears

Silas and Kate are both wary of love after failed mail-order engagements, but when a common interest in a motherless boy leads to an interest in each other, they begin to think they can set aside past hurts. However, neither is prepared for the secrets that have yet to come to light.

Purchase on Amazon

To Soar on Eagle’s Wings by Renee Blare

While the sun shines in Timber Springs, snow falls on the Snowy Range, and trouble’s brewing in the meadows. The area’s new game warden, Steve Mitchell launches his first wildlife investigation of the season, but the trouble follows him—straight to town.

The Daughters of Jim Farrell by Sylvia Bambola

Pennsylvania 1873: When Jim Farrell is hanged for murder, his three daughters resolve to clear his name. But all too soon their dangerous quest rips the family apart and could cost them the men they love.

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