A Bride for Keeps

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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 is n't in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor has n't given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another oman to town for him.

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

Although Everett does n'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 ore 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?
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Published October 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers
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gave it

Completely heart-warming and romantic! I had been meaning to read this book ever since loving the short story Love by the Letter by the same uthor, and was somethin that it would probably not disappoint.

He needs one pretty badly, even if just as a helpmate to work his farm ... ... which might just be what he 'll get after all! Miss Julia Lockwood, a beautiful runaway from Boston, sees marriage to Everett as both her doom and her salvation.

So, reluctantly, Julia gets off the train in Kansas to meet Everett for the third time.

Rachel, Everett 's best friend Dex 's wife, has decided that he should be allowed at least another chance at happiness with a oman, and is sure Julia will be the right one for him.

She has no idea that Julia hides deep scars and is monstrously afraid of marriage, and she does n't tell Julia that Everett has tried about four times to get married, and failed.

verett sees her get off the train and can not believe she can be the woman Rachel has secretly arranged for him to marry.

And poor Julia is in for quite a shock when she sees Everett for the last time! Of course he 's tall, ruggedly handsome and swoon-worthily built, buuuut ... .he looks just like her ex-fiancé!!!! So now we have: the guy who is angry about having a fourth mail-order bride thrust at him, but happy because she 's prett, but scared that she 's going to leave him too+ the girl who 's had a misadventure with another an and can not possibly trust another one so soon, but who needs to get married ASAP= LOTS of confusion, but a darn good recipe for a really good romance!!! Everett is both incredibly attracted and scared of Julia, so he keeps his distances, which make Julia thinks that he might not want to get married after all, and since she 's indecisive about it herself, he thinks she 's going to leave, which makes her think that maybe he thinks she would n't be capable of working a farm, but he really thinks that she thinks his farm sucks, when in reality she just does n't know much about farming so she tries to learn as much as she can and does so much work that he thinks she wants to be alone, so he does n't talk to her, which makes her think that he does n't want her, so she goes to the store without telling him, he freaks out because he thinks she 's leaving, she has absolutely NO intention of leaving and wants to be his roommate, he wants to be LES than her friend so he decides to talk to her, but she finds all his questions annoying so she keeps her istances, which make him think that she wants to be alone so he lets her be, which makes her think that he 's disappointed in her and ... THEY KEEP ROLLING IN THE SAME VICIOUS CIRCLE FOR PRETTY MUCH THE ENTIRE BOOOOOOKKKKKK!!!!

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This is a usefu nove for me to review because it left me with many mixed emotions.Everett Cline is a nice-looking, God-fearing homesteader who has been quite unlucky in the love department.

His very good friend and neighbou, Jane, secretly answers a mail order bride ad as herself but on Everett 's behalf and after corresponding with the young lady for many years, invites her to travel to Kansas to meet/marry Everett.

It dragged in many places and, I feel, was way too long for the outcome of the books.

It was tiring watching her throw away a chance at love but she had a very sturdy wall built around her heart and many misconstrued ideas about male and female relationships.What surprised me was that Rachel took the time to get to know this young woman through correspondence and sends for her but yet she is not a Christian ... does not share Rachel 's or Thompso 's beliefs.

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While I liked Emma and Everett, I just got fed up with how they treated each other.

Allen had been burned in the past ( view spoiler) [ five women had jilted or left him already.

Meanwhile, ulia has run away from an unloving home and carries a dark secret ( view spoiler) [ the man her father had arragned for her to marry became angry when she refused him and rapes her.

Also a past rape which is not talked about, more implied with no details.

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What made this interesting is that we know Everett ’ s secret almost from the outset, and that provides some good comic moments as it seems that every female Julia meets in Salt Flatts was at one time engaged to her usband.

Smith is a strong Christian, but marriage to Julia reminds him of his esponsibility to be the spiritual head of the mansio, even when he ’ s married someone who doesn ’ t share his beliefs ( and while I don ’ t normally support this, I think A Bride for Keeps handles it well).

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Just to name a few.If you secretly harbor a wish that your beauty was so all consuming that it was a constant source of conflict with everyone around you, and you 'd like to experience it vicariously through a shallow, vain fictional character, then this is the nove for you.

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