- File Size: 777 KB
- Print Length: 123 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EVSB3N0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Love by the Letter (Unexpected Brides): A Novella Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
Love by the Letter is not the typical "judge by the title" book, there are many twists and turns that was taken to lead the reader to know just how witty the title actually is. I highly recommend this novella, and I cannot wait to read the novel that follows with the focus shifted to familiar characters.
Dex is leaving the family farm to be part of a wagon train going to new territory in Kansas. He has been a hard worker since he was 12 years old and he knows he can make a success of a homestead. The only thing he needs is a wife.
Dex has admired Rachel nearly all his life. She is bright and planning on going away to college. Dex is certain that such a woman would never look at him. He believes his secret would never allow such a brilliant woman to love him. He can barely read. He has a learning disability. He feels that his lack prevents him from finding happiness with someone he loves.
Rachel has loved Dex since she was 6 years old. She admires his character, his kindness and his devotion to hard work. When he comes to her for help in learning to read, she becomes aware that he has written away to find a mail – order bride.
The story is filled with a small town feel. All the characters are likable and would make good neighbors. The ending of the plot is never truly in question, but the journey to get to the happily ever after is an entertaining one.
When Dex discovers Rachel is teaching his step-nephew to read he takes a chance and asks her to help him in the few days he has left before the wagon train leaves. He really needs help because when he got the response from the mail-order bride letter she was laughing at his spelling, how can he find a bride if he can't even spell out what he wants. No one is more surprised than Dex when he gets the idea that just maybe Rachel would marry him and go west, but then the day before the wagon train is to leave, and he hasn't had a chance to ask Rachel, who shows up but the mail-order bride! He never responded to her letter to tell her whether she should come or not to Kansas and go west with him, so now what can he do? And to top it all off Rachel sees and hears it all.
If this is any clue as to the rest of the series, I will love it! I don't believe I've read any of Melissa's books, but this prequel was great and has me looking forward to the whole series. Melissa did a wonderful job.
You can only get this prequel as an e-book and as of this posting it is free on Amazon. Hurry up and get it while you can at this price!