Character Spotlight ~ Melissa Jagears’ Everett & Julia with Giveaway

A Bride for Keeps


Meet a farmer and mail order bride in

Melissa Jagears’

Historical romance

A Bride for Keeps

Bethany House

The Story

Everett Cline will never humiliate himself by seeking a mail-order bride. Not again. He’s already been jilted by three mail-order brides and figures a wife just isn’t in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor hasn’t given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another woman to town for him.

Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. A mail-order marriage in faraway Kansas is a last resort, but she’ll do anything to leave her life in Massachusetts and the heartbreak she’s experienced there.

Although Everett doesn’t see how a beautiful, cultured woman like Julia could be happy sharing his simple life, he could really use a helpmate on his homestead. Determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face, Julia agrees to a marriage in name only. Faced with the harsh realities of life on the prairie and hesitant to explore the tentative feelings growing between them, can Everett and Julia ever let each other in long enough to fall in love?

Enjoy meeting Everett & Julia

Brief physical description

Julia: Early 20s, she’s very petite with a tiny waist and nice curves, dark brown hair, dark brown eyes with a fair complexion and delicate nose. She’s a beauty. elizabeth-taylorMJShe wears fashionable clothing since she never needed plain work clothes in Massachusetts.

Everett: Mid Thirties, tall, dirty blond hair that’s a bit out of control, dark blue/steel gray eyes, and a square jaw. He’s roughened by weather, work-worn, and muscular. He wears simple work clothes and suspenders. Dress clothes make him uncomfortable.


Julia: Elizabeth Taylor

Everett: Robert Redford

Strengths and weaknesses

Julia’s strengths: She’s willing to try things she’s never done. She’s a survivor and a hard worker.

Julia’s weakenesses: Doesn’t easily trust.

Everett’s strengths: Hardworker, cares about others, dependable, and honourable.

Robert-RedfordMJEverett’s weaknesses: Doesn’t easily trust!

Quirk (if any)

Julia: Plays with the brooch at her throat, and if it’s not there, her collar.

Everett: Mangles his hat

Your inspiration for the character 

Julia: A woman who is beautiful, yet desperate enough to throw herself into a marriage of convenience.

Everett: A true mail-order bride story of a man jilted twice and still tries for a third bride. What kind of man would do that?

Background to the story

I read a compilation of true mail-order bride stories and found it so interesting how many of them failed and failed BIG! In romances, of course the mail-order bride story has to work out for the happily ever after, but I wanted to do a series that highlighted all the crazy ways mail-order bride arrangements failed…yet still give the hero and heroine a happily ever after.

Thanks Melissa!

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8 Responses to Character Spotlight ~ Melissa Jagears’ Everett & Julia with Giveaway

  1. ohhh I love it already….prissy girl meets down to earth guy…..”EDUCATION” coming to BOTH of them REAL soon…..yah…my kind of read!

  2. Love the pics of the people who look like Everett and Julia! They are perfect! This book is amazing!

  3. I have always enjoyed the mail-order bride stories. This one sounds great. Thanks! 

  4. Can’t remember if I entered this give-away, so filled the form again. If I did hopefully will just toss one and not both. The book sounds good and I love the cover. And, I’d love to win it.
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