Pretending to Wed (Frontier Vows #2) by Melissa Jagears

About the Book:

It’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.

My Thoughts:

What I love about reading Melissa Jagears books, is that her characters face real-life challenges. The story begins with the couple getting married and discovering what daily life looks like. They face difficult challenges. Love and romance is only part of the story, the real life experiences happen when you face challenges together. Does it pull you closer or drive you further apart.

I fell in love with this wonderful characters, flaws and all! I wanted to reach in and give Corinne a hug and encourage her to pray and then talk with Nolan, maybe even give her a good shake and push her in the right direction. Both Corinne and Nolan have past baggage that no matter how they try to leave behind, somehow tags along. This is true for all of us. And just another example of how these characters are delightfully realistic!

I loved reading this book and enjoyed getting to know Corinne and Nolan! I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoyed marriage of convenience stories, and or stories with dynamic, realistic, flawed, lovable characters.

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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About the Author:

jagearsheadshotcompressed  Carol Award winning writer, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides Series with Bethany House. The prequel 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

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First Line Friday: Pretending to Wed

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Today I am excited to be featuring Pretending to Wed (Frontier Vows #2) by Melissa Jagears! I just started reading this one last evening, and I am already swept away.


Wyoming Territory
Summer 1884

          This couldn’t be happening. Not unless he’d stumbled into one of those silly romance novels his aunt used to read.



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