Title: A Bride at Last
Author: Melissa Jagears
Publisher: Bethany House
Silas Jonesy is a farmer who arrives at his estranged wife’s request to give her aid when he discovers she has died. She left him ten years ago and he hadn’t heard from her at all until her letter of a few weeks prior. She also left him with a son, Anthony, he knew nothing about. However, there is another man in the picture who seems to think Anthony is his son. Before the question of paternity can be resolved, Anthony runs away. He seems particularly close to his teacher, Kate Dawson. Kate and Silas search endlessly for Anthony and appear to draw close over the weeks of searching for him. Silas wants a future with Kate, but will he be enough for her? Everyone he has known has never wanted him for any length of time and left him all alone. Will Kate run from him too?
Kate Dawson works as a teacher in Breton, Missouri. She has been supporting Anthony and his mother on her meager teacher’s pay. Anthony’s mother Lucinda has given her consent for Kate to keep Anthony as her son once Lucinda dies, which will be soon as she has consumption. With Lucinda’s death, Kate expects to take care of Anthony whom she has come to love like a son, but she doesn’t expect two men to show up with each claiming to be Anthony’s father. She thinks about stealing away with Anthony to live somewhere else where no one knows them. After all, running is her specialty.
What a sweet historical romance! The audience will read of the two main characters’ struggles with their pasts as well as the consequences of their past actions. Then, the story shows how to the Silas and Kate put their trust in God, no matter how bleak the circumstances. Both main characters were a delight to meet and get to know better. Silas with his daily struggle against alcohol and abandonment and Kate with her propensity to run away and hide when things get tough show issues many can relate to. But they both turned to God and surrendered their fears to Him. God can and will do what is best for those who place their trust in Him!
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