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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Book Review: THE SUBSTITUTE BRIDE by Janet Dean

Okay, so I'm a little slow in my review. This book was released in 2010. But guess what--it's still good in 2012.

Elizabeth Manning had a choice: Either marry someone her father "sold" her to to pay his debts or run. She chose to run.

Her so-called intended was old enough to be her father, had really bad breath, and sported the table manners of a pig. Yep, she had to run.

She dropped herself from her bedroom to the ground below without mishap, but her bag of clothes didn't fare so well. No time to pick it up--run to the train station!

There she finds a would-be mail order bride in tears part-way to her destination, too homesick to go on. Sally Rutgers is crying because she wants to go home and she feels bad about not completing her contract to marry a farmer in New Harmony.

You guessed it--Elizabeth becomes Sally. Oh, what a tangled web we weave. But wait, what about that promise God made about bringing good out of everything that happens in our lives? Can He bring good out of even the deceptions we've fostered?

Elizabeth isn't the only one with secrets. Her new husband, Ted Logan, has a few things he hasn't shared with his mail-unordered bride, too.

Is this one time God can't untangle the web? Check out Janet Dean's book. And while you're there, you might find the others she's written interesting enough to read, too. Trust me, she's an accomplished historical romance writer.
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