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Love by the Letter (An Unexpected Brides Novella) [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Jagears
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (452 customer reviews)

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Book Description

2014 Carol Award Finalist

Dex Stanton has never had much time for book learning. He's been too busy helping to provide for his family. Now that he's heading west, Dex is hoping to start a family of his own. However, his attempt to acquire a mail-order bride fails miserably when the lady writes back ridiculing his terrible spelling. Rachel Oliver may be the last person he wants to know what a dunce he is, but she's also the smartest woman in town--and it's clear he needs her help.

Rachel Oliver has lingered in town for three years secretly mooning over Dex Stanton, but now she's done. If the fool wants to write to a mail-order bride company, so be it. Once she begins giving Dex lessons, however, Rachel realizes she may not be prepared to give up just yet.

As their time together runs short, can two of the most stubborn people in town set aside their pride long enough to find love?

Love by the Letter is a companion Christian romance novella to A Bride for Keeps, Melissa Jagears's full-length debut novel available fall 2013. Includes an extended sneak peek at A Bride for Keeps.

Product Details

  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EVSB3N0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love by the Letter September 1, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novella, and I'm looking forward to a Bride for Keeps as we see what happens with the characters introduced in Love by the Letter.

One of my pet peeves with Christian romance has been that the vehicle that keeps the couple separated for the majority of the book almost always seems forced. Love by the Letter's reason for Rachel and Dex to have never expressed their interest in each other was one of the best reasons I've ever read. I totally bought it, and I wasn't annoyed with the characters that they weren't willing to take more risks with each other.

I also was fascinated by the introduction of dyslexia that Dex struggles with. I have a number of family members who struggle with dyslexia themselves, but I'd never seen it used in a novel before. In Melissa Jagears blog you can read that her husband also has dealt with dyslexia so it comes from experience close to home.

Melissa Jagears has a God-given talent and a skill that is very well honed. You are going to love her novella and we can look forward to the first novel to be released in October.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Romantic September 1, 2013
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This novella offers something for everyone. It's funny at certain moments and serious at others. Dex and Rachel both have a healthy dose of attraction for each other, but the way they show it had me wriggling, laughing and blushing all throughout the story. They've known each other for forever and been half in love for just as long, but getting them to talk about their feelings can be mighty entertaining. As a reader you never know quite what to expect. You think they're going to say or do one thing, but then their perfectly laid plans go awry and end in disaster. Though I must admit, after reading this story, I won't ever again think of butterscotch candy in quite the same way. (You'll have to read the novel to find out why.)

The author also has a fresh style of writing and puts spins on ordinary situations, turning every day things from mundane to extraordinary. If you're looking for a fun love story, then you'll want to read this. I personally can't wait until the author's full length novel comes out in October.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted more October 2, 2013
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Cute. Clean. Fun. But I wanted more. It made me sad it was so short. But for a quick easy read it was good!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Novella October 6, 2013
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Dyslexic Dex Stanton needs a bride to help run his homestead. Highly educated Rachel Oliver needs a reason to stay in town and escape her mother's expectations. Can two diametrically opposed people discover love?

In Melissa Jagear's delightful novella, the education disparity between Dex and Rachel sets the reader up for a humorous romance peppered with miscommunication, misunderstanding and misspellings, proving the cliché opposites attract--and love is not often followed to the letter. When it comes to matters of the heart, Dex and Rachel discover honesty and humility trump poetic verse and lyrical prose.

With fluid writing and precise historical research, Ms. Jagears pens believable characters and conflict true to prairie life in the 1800s. Love by the Letter is a short, satisfying prequel to Ms. Jagears full-length debut, A Bride for Keeps.

I look forward to reading more from this this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for a novella! September 9, 2013
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I'm not normally a big fan of novellas, but this one was quite good. There just usually seems to be to much shoved into to little space!
I had heard about the authors full length upcoming release so thought I would check this out because it was free... I'm a big fan of inspirational historical fiction, so this was right up my alley. Of course a lot happens in a short time period, but it all seemed to fit in just fine.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! September 2, 2013
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This novella kept me totally engaged. Had to read in one sitting! Great romance with spiritual encouragement! I will recommend it to my friends!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read September 6, 2013
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This is a novella, not a book (it's 70 something pages, 7 chapters in total~ the rest is an excerpt from the sequel) but I'm not complaining. For one reason, it was free and for another reason it's a very good read whatever it's length.

Basically, it's about a dyslexic man who has been in love with the town's most studious, clever bookworm for practically his whole life but never thought she'd look twice at him ~ being a 'dumb oaf'~ so he decides to send off for a mail order bride. Only problem is, the woman who responds to his advertisement makes fun of his spelling and the hero is so humiliated he decides not to attempt it again unless he can write a paragraph properly. So what does he do? He asks "miss bookworm" to help him with his reading and writing. The story goes on from there.

I thought the characters were genuine and their obstacles true. The story is touching in it's simplicity and heartfelt. I loved it. I also thought that the subject matter of dyslexia (though never addressed in those words) was tasteful and by no means demeaning. Well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good teaser September 9, 2013
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This novella did what it was supposed to do---made me want to read the author's upcoming debut, Bride for Keeps, A (Unexpected Brides Book #1): A novel. Even though this was a novella, it didn't feel incomplete, rushed, or a waste of time. The two main characters, Rachel and Dex, have insecurities that they don't want to reveal to the other person. Dex is ashamed that he can't read (due to a learning disability), Rachel wants to be a wife/mother but others think she's only an intellectual spinster-in-training (She solves math problems for fun...for fun!). I like good novellas, like this one, because the situation gets resolved quickly and you don't have to wait for the HEA. This novella contained an excerpt from A Bride for Keeps, which picks up 18 years later. We get to see Rachel, Dex, and their 4 kids but the book is about their friend Everett who Rachel's sister dumped!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love by the Letter
I loved this story. I will look for more of your books. Thank you for a heartwarming love story that melts the heart.
Published 17 hours ago by Michael Schneider
1.0 out of 5 stars stupid
Moral of story: marriage is more important than an education.

No chemistry between the characters, no substance to this book in general.
Published 2 days ago by RKS
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This was a great short read! Kept me intrigued right till the last page! Would definitely recommend to any one who lives historical romance!
Published 4 days ago by Laura
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute
cute little book if you just want something short. I read it in one night (several hours) kept my attention and happy there were not a bunch of spelling errors like some other... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Happymamma
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeking A Mail Order Bride
The novella introduces us to characters that are found in A Bride For Keeps. In this story we focus on Rachel and Dex and her family. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Redrabbitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet
A sweet story,short and flows nicely. Takes back in time when things were a little slower in pace.This would be a great little story to take along with you to the beach,doctor... Read more
Published 7 days ago by BrendaRomine
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok read
Published 10 days ago by Beth Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Way too little
This is why I don't like novellas - I want to know more about what happened to the characters. This left me very unsatisfied. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Applesmom1952@aol
4.0 out of 5 stars I Want More
Good story. I wanted to keep reading, but the story ended. I would like to read more of Melissa's books.
Published 17 days ago by LOLITA M FRENCH
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast read
A very fast enjoyable read!!
Published 19 days ago by Candace E. Winegar
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Melissa Jagears is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. Her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly. Learn more at

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