Eliza Cantrell, mail order bride, has decided to come to meet her groom-to-be a week earlier than planned. She hopes that she will be able to be a help to him in running his store and find a friend and companion in this man with whom she has been writing. But her plans go all wrong when her train is held up and all her dowry is stolen.
Arriving in town hurt and dirt poor, Eliza seeks out her fiancee only to find that he is not even in town! His partner at the store, Will, allows her to stay and help around the store until Axel, her intended returns. Will soon discovers that Eliza has a remarkable head for business and soon does amazing things with the store. Working together, Eliza and Will form a friendship with sparks of something a little more underneath. What will happen when Axel returns and choices must be made?
I thought this was a really sweet book and I read it super quickly! I love when stories are not a straightforward boy meets girl, blah blah blah :-) This has enough twists to keep you wondering what is going to happen! I've just now notices that Melissa Jagears has another book previously published and I will definitely be looking it up. If it's anything like this one, it will be a good read.
Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for a free copy of this book to review.