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Love by the Letter

Unexpected Brides
Written by: Melissa Jagears
Narrated by: Suzie Althens
Series: Unexpected Brides, Book 0.5
Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins

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Publisher's Summary

A 2014 Carol Award winner for Best Novella.

Dex Stanton has never had much time for book learning. He's been too busy helping to provide for his family. Now that he's heading West, Dex is hoping to start a family of his own. However, his attempt to acquire a mail-order bride fails miserably when the lady writes back ridiculing his terrible spelling. Rachel Oliver may be the last person he wants to know what a dunce he is, but she's also the smartest woman in town - and it's clear he needs her help.

Rachel Oliver has lingered in town for three years secretly mooning over Dex Stanton, but now, she's done. If the fool wants to write to a mail-order bride company, so be it. Once she begins giving Dex lessons, however, Rachel realizes she may not be prepared to give up just yet.

As their time together runs short, can two of the most stubborn people in town set aside their pride long enough to find love?

Love by the Letter includes an extended sneak peek at A Bride for Keeps. Love by the Letter is the prequel novella for the Unexpected Brides series.

©2013 Melissa Jagears (P)2019 Two Words Publishing, LLC
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  • A+D
  • 2019-05-19

Love the Last Letter

This story makes my heart smile. I particularly love the last letter.
Dex does not feel worthy of Rachel. She is so smart and he can barely read.
Rachel has been daydreaming about Dex for years but her mother wants her to go to college and get a degree.
I loved this story when I read it years ago. I loved hearing it again. The narration is excellent!

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  • Cheryl
  • 2019-04-27

A Squeaky-clean historical western romance

Love by the Letter is a squeaky-clean historical western novella. This story has a strong innocent vibe, with characters who exhibit youthful thoughts and behaviors, giving off the same feel as an episode of Little House on the Prairie. Initially, it was difficult for me to connect with Dex. I like a humble man, but Dex was so self-critical. As the story progressed, he grew, and became much more relatable. Rachel, though she, like Dex, lacks communication skills, is a more developed character. It was easy to connect with her. I love her altruistic heart, and how she doesn’t look down on those who may not share her intellect. After a rather sluggish beginning, the story gained momentum and kept my attention.

Overall opinion: Love by the Letter is a sweet romantic story that takes place in the 1800s and has just enough description to set a clear scene. The novella can be read in a day, providing a satisfying closure, and a glimpse into the Unexpected Brides series. 3.5 Stars

Source: I received this audiobook at no cost from the publisher. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.