Hello reader friends and Happy Sunday! In honor of the Lord’s Day, I’m sharing my thoughts on a book with a minister as the main character! This was a hysterical read for me. I know I’m probably alone in that, but our heroine, Jules, just really made me chuckle. In fact, she’ll be stopping by the blog pretty soon to talk to me! I am so excited for that 🙂 Don’t miss it!
In 1875, Kansas bachelor Drew Montgomery’s sole desire is to serve God, but his congregation’s ultimatum that he marry or leave, forces him to advertise for a wife by proxy.
Jules Walker strides into Drew’s life wearing breeches and toting a gun and saddle–more cowboy than bride. After years on the trail, she’s not exactly wife material, but she longs for home and family, and will do anything to ensure Drew never discovers what she really is.
I didn’t think I could laugh so hard at a mail order bride story with a minister as the main character, but somehow Jodie Wolfe managed to have me to just that! This story was nothing at all like I was expecting, it was so much more! Jules is by far my favorite character in this story. All of the things she did to make me giggle weren’t her fault, but I couldn’t help myself from giggling and gasping every now and then. She is not your run of the mill heroine, and honestly I think that’s why I liked her so much. She did not try to prove herself to anyone, nor make excuses for her actions. She just simply was who she was!
What made this story even more interesting was the secret the Jules was hiding, and how that totally changed the storyline later on in the book. The action and excitement just added to the already wonderful storyline, and had me on the edge of my seat. I will say one thing that surprised me was Drew’s character. I could not see a minister marrying a mail order bride, especially like Jules, and then treating her the way that he did (good way for those of you wondering). He called her beautiful to others, even in the beginning. I thought that showed class, nurturing, and maturity. It made me respect his character, rather then being someone who would just marry for the convenience of it and then complain about who he was married to. It showed compassion, and love – the kind of love we receive from Christ. This part of the story just really touched my heart.
I highly recommend reading this charming story. I think you’ll find you get a few chuckles out of it too! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA) and has been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests. A former columnist for Home School Enrichment magazine, her articles can be found online at: Crosswalk, Christian Devotions, and Live the Adventure Letter. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. In addition to writing, Jodie teaches ladies’ Bible studies, sings in her church choir and is a voracious reader. You’ll often find her praying for snow in Pennsylvania. 🙂
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