Author Alert ~ Melissa Jagears

Melissa Jagears


I’m delighted to introduce you to debut author

Melissa Jagears

and her historical romance

A Bride for Keeps

Bethany House




Who is Melissa?

I am a stay at home mother on a tiny little farm with a fixer-upper house. As much as I love writing and reading about homesteaders, I am so glad I’m a homesteader during an era with modern grocery stores to take up for my slack. I am an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher by trade, and I still work occasionally in that field along with being my church’s financial secretary.

My husband and I have been married since 2001 and have a young daughter and a baby boy. My husband shares my fascination with traditional living except for being more hands on. He loves blacksmithing, knife smithing, traditional archery, hunting, etc. Generally whatever a mountain man does, he does it or has or wants to attempt it. He comes in handy for research! And of course, the rest of the family gets involved. I have my own blackpowder rifle, named Calvin, that my husband made for me. And I’m pretty sure my daughter is probably one of very few her age who can instruct adults how to shoot a longbow properly. And the boy eats dirt.

A Bride for Keeps

Although Everett Cline can hardly keep up with the demands of his homestead, he won’t humiliate himself by looking for a helpmate ever again–not after being jilted by three mail-order brides. When a well-meaning neighbor goes behind his back to bring yet another mail-order bride to town, he has good reason to doubt it will work, especially after getting a glimpse at the woman in question. She’s the prettiest woman he’s ever seen, and it’s just not possible she’s there to marry a simple homesteader like him.

Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. Having finally worked up the courage to leave her life in Massachusetts, she’s determined to find a place where people will value her for more than her looks. Having run out of all other options, Julia resorts to a mail-order marriage in far-away Kansas.A Bride for Keeps

Everett is skeptical a cultured woman like Julia could be happy in a life on the plains, while Julia, deeply wounded by a past relationship, is skittish at the idea of marriage at all. When, despite their hesitations, they agree to a marriage in name only, neither one is prepared for the feelings that soon arise to complicate their arrangement. Can two people accustomed to keeping their distance let the barricades around their hearts down long enough to fall in love?

Enjoy this favourite snippet from Melissa:

She’d proven she intended to stay—at least bodily. But this was not how he envisioned living with her for the rest of his days. She’d drive him insane. “I don’t need you to work so hard, especially if you could get hurt.”

She glanced up in between a hammer blow, but kept pounding until the nail lay flattened, nice and sideways. She sat back on her heels. “That was the deal. You provide for me. I work for you.”

“But that’s not why you’re here.”

“What else do you need me to be doing?”

Warming me at night, laughing with me, sitting under the stars and dreaming up names for our future children.

I want you to live with me.

How could he tell a woman so attractive, so distant, what he desired?

Looks like another one to add to the wishlist ~ it releases this October!


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17 Responses to Author Alert ~ Melissa Jagears

  1. So good to see this. And the book sounds romantic!!! It’s already in my TBR pile and I’m definitely planning to read it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I can’t wait to read Melissa’s book! Already enticed by that excerpt. :)

  3. Yep. This one is going on my TBR list… I’m a Bethany blogger, so I hope to get a review copy! That snippet y’all shared was perfect to pique my interest… I really enjoy those slowly-realizing-that-they’re-falling-in-love stories, and I’m certainly looking forward to this one! The cover is beautiful too… I’m particular about covers. :)

  4. Melissa’s a dear friend of mine , and I can tell you… it is as good as it sounds. I am sooo excited that it’s almost here!

  5. Melissa, I really look forward to reading this book. The teaser you gave us I can think of so many plots that could come before or after. Do needless to say I am intrigued. Great post.

  6. Sounds like a wonderful book! I’m adding it to my list, I’ll be keeping an eye out for it. Love the cover too, so pretty.

  7. Melissa’s description of her life is priceless and sounds wonderful. I am excited about her new book as it is just the type I enjoy reading. Wishing her a lifetime of blessings with her family and her writing career.

    • Aw, thanks Judith. I really wouldn’t trade any of it for the world…well, maybe the fixer-upper house, sometimes it would be nice to have doors in all the holes and matching flooring, but you know, it’s better than no roof, so I’ll take it. :)

  8. Can’t wait!!! :)

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