A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears is a book that had me emotionally spent. We have a story of two wounded individuals that are really trying to survive life the best way that they can and sometimes they make some really bad decisions. Silas Jonesy has not only been abandoned by his mail order bride, but he also grew up as an orphan. When he finally locates his bride after 8 years, she has died but he finds out she was keeping something from him. Enter schoolteacher Kate Dawson who lost her parents at a young age and then was abused by relatives, who has taken the now motherless Anthony into her care. However, at the risk of losing her job because of a town that does not care for a little boy, she must now fight for Anthony not only against Silas but another man who also claims Anthony is his son.
Both of these characters don’t necessarily make the best choices, and understandably they are trying to protect themselves, but also frustrating as they end up making bigger problems. We are also treated to two very different towns: one that cares and one that doesn’t. This story brings back characters in the previous books but it can be read as a standalone. I think the biggest lesson I grasped from this novel was to take care of your responsibilities and to always keep your promises.
I received this book for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.