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?
You can't help love Everett and Julia in this book, even though you just want to knock their heads together at the way they act towards one another. Julia's determination and Everett's stubbornness makes them perfect for one another in every way. Just takes a while and a lot of adventures along the way for them to realize that.
You will be cheering for them along the sidelines hoping one of them sees sense at some point!!
Stars out of 5: 5 I read this book in a day, as I couldn't put it down and needed to know what happened next. This is Melissa's first book and I loved it. Look forward to reading many more of her books over the years.
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