In the third of the Unexpected Bride series, Silas Jonesy--the man whose mail order bride abandoned him seven months after the wedding--discovers at his wife's deathbed that she bore a son. The timing is right to be his child, but there's another man claiming the boy is his. And there's Kate, a fiery schoolteacher who loves young Anthony like her own son, who would prefer that neither man claiming to be his father would take him away. When Anthony takes matters into his own hands, can they work together to do what's best for him?
I'm glad that, although Kate initially appeared to be one of those people who explosively forms an opinion and staunchly never budges, she turned out to be a much more reasonable person, proving my first impressions wrong. Considering that her first impressions of Silas are also off-base, and that she must reevaluate her opinions of him partway through, I was amused by the parallels of our positions. Silas, however, I really liked from the first. He's so wounded and scared, yet he oozes "sweetheart" from his very pores. How could a woman NOT fall in love with him?
The author does a good job portraying addiction--not just to alcohol, but to other things that have become habits. However, what I think the author did best was working out Kate and Silas' relationship. Kate's penchant for leaving when things aren't great is in direct conflict with Silas' fear of being abandoned. Those two have a lot to work out together in order for a relationship to survive, and Jagears writes it in an incredibly realistic way--she doesn't take the easy way out. And even then, like in all relationships, it takes faith for them to succeed.
Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for providing an e-book for review; I was not
required to make the review positive, and all opinions are my own.
1. A Bride for Keeps
2. A Bride in Store
3. A Bride at Last