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Friday, September 18, 2020


About the Book

Book: Pretending to Wed
Author: Melissa Jagears
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: May 28, 2020
PretendingToWed_EbookIt’s a match made in heaven…as long as they don’t fall in love!
The ranch Nolan Key has spent decades working for, even lost a leg for, is now his—or at least it should be. But an absurd clause in his father’s will means he’s in danger of losing the place to his lazy, undeserving cousin. Nolan finds himself scrambling to save his home—by proposing marriage to the town laundress.
Corinne Stillwater’s hands have betrayed her. Numb from hours of doing the same work over and over, her hands will only heal, according to the town doctor, if she gives up the laundry and marries. But she’s been stung repeatedly by love before, so that is one remedy she can’t swallow.
When Nolan offers Corinne a marriage in name only, how can she refuse? Such a partnership could give them the security they seek, but what if the ranch isn’t as secure as they believe, and their lives—and dreams—aren’t quite as compatible as they thought?
Pretending to Wed is the second book in the Frontier Vows Series by award-winning Christian romance author Melissa Jagears. If you like marriage-of-convenience stories that deal with the nitty-gritty of making a relationship work, you’ll love this authentic romance set in a time gone by that tackles issues still relevant for today.

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 I adored everything about this story. What happens when you take  two people who decide to marry for a business deal ? It’s not everyday that Corinne gets a proposal but I think she needed a way to save her health and business. I can’t imagine doing laundry by hand much less doing it to make a living. My heart went out to Corinne  as her hands started to cramp up the more she worked. 
Nolan has not had an easy time running the ranch since he lost a leg but he is determined to keep going. A will that has a specific clause directed at Nolan finds him scrambling to find a wife. It’s the perfect match as Nolan wants to keep the ranch and Corinne needs stability. What could possibly go wrong?  I had to laugh as I witnessed the marriage between two unlikely people. Corinne is not one who shows affection and you can feel her uneasiness as they start their new lives together. 
The author does a great job of making the time period realistic. I did enjoy learning about Corinne’s  past and how it still affects her today. She hasn’t been the person that others think highly of. In fact her job as a laundress was thought to be looked down on. I wanted to scream when customers would come in demanding things and making Corinne feel unworthy. 
Nolan was someone I really liked because he has a good heart. The author shows how a person who is handicapped can be productive at a job like everyone else. Going into the marriage Corinne and Nolan both believe they can make it work. What was special about the story was the unique and cleaver ideas that Corinne had to improve products. The author explains in her notes how she did a lot of research to make this part of the story authentic. I loved reading how excited Corinne was knowing she was capable of developing new products that would not only make money but give her confidence. 
I won’t tell you anymore about the story because I want readers to experience the trials and triumphs this couple goes through. God never abandoned them and showed them how a Godly marriage looked liked. Will two people looking for trust, confidence and a marriage of convenience find love?
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion. 

About the Author

Melissa jagearsAward winning author, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She lives in Kansas with her husband and three children. Her ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at

More from Melissa

The Elusive Electrical Spark to Awaken Frankenstein’s Monster
The plot of Pretending to Wed just wasn’t coming together for me. I had the romantic dilemma, but I didn’t love the characters. They were boring. And if I’m going to write a book, a.k.a. read it a bazillion times, I have to really want to read the book myself. I decided to take a break from the weeks of struggle and read. I was recommended a book because of the author’s great voice (I can’t recommend it because it’s not a clean novel), but I loved the fact that the heroine was a scientific illustrator. I wondered if I could give my heroine a scientific hobby and came up with inventing. That single character tidbit was the jolt that awakened Frankenstein’s Monster. She came alive! The research into what she could have patented at the time led my imagination to the egg hatching romance scene in the middle of the story and I was hooked! I couldn’t wait to read my book that didn’t yet exist.

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To celebrate her tour, Melissa is giving away the grand prize package of a Gift Certificate for the winner’s Choice of Book (up to 16.99 plus S&H) from Melissa’s Local Christian Bookstore, Faith & Life Bookstore, and a signed copy of Pretending to Wed!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds great and I can't wait to read it! This would be my first by this author. Thank you for the review and opportunity!