Love by the Letter (Unexpected Brides): A Novella

· Baker Books
220 reviews

About this ebook

2014 Carol Award Winner for 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 is a companion novella to A Bride for Keeps, Melissa Jagears's full-length debut novel available fall 2013. Includes an extended sneak peek at A Bride for Keeps.

Ratings and reviews

220 reviews
Mary Morris
September 18, 2015
A great love store. It's surprising how people will not go with their feeling and just say what is on their hearts and most of their problems would be cut in half. If Dex would have just let Rachel know how he felt and also if Rachel would has let Dex know their time together would have been a lot sooner. God does work in mysterious ways. I would recommend this book.
2 people found this review helpful
MaryEllen Cox
June 19, 2021
Great characters. Good story. This two were opposites in their ease with book learning, but very similar in their desire to marry and have children ... and in their secret love for the other. With both too timid to speak up, they each wait until the last moment to say anything. Is it too late?
diya veerbhan
February 22, 2017
Well it was better than what I thought but there is something missing in it. At last great to read and probably you would like it.

About the author

Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. She's a member of ACFW and CROWN fiction marketing, and her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly. A Bride for Keeps is her first novel. Find her online at

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