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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: The Substitute Bride by Janet Dean

The Substitute Bride by Janet Dean
Love Inspired Historical / 2010
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

About the book:
Fleeing an arranged marriage, debutante Elizabeth Manning exchanges places with a mail-order bride bound for New Harmony, Iowa. Life on the frontier can't be worse than forced wedlock to pay her father's gambling debts. But Ted Logan's rustic lifestyle and rambunctious children prove to be more of a challenge than Elizabeth expects. She doesn't know how to be a mother or a wife. She doesn't even know how to tell Ted the truth about her past--especially as her feelings for him grow. Little does she know, Ted's hiding secrets of his own, and when their pasts collide, there's more than one heart at stake.

My rating:
My thoughts:

The Substitute Bride was a good Love Inspired Historical read. I really loved the first half of the book, but the last half (in my opinion) wasn't as good...hence the four stars rating. I loved how Elizabeth took the place of a mail-order bride who had cold feet and Elizabeth met the potential husband instead. I thought that was really unique.

The characters were nice. I liked how Ted overcame the things in his past and showcased a redeemed life. Elizabeth annoyed me a little bit with what she did towards the end (won't say what to avoid spoilers), but she also made me laugh at times. :)

All in all, a good read. I loved the first half and liked the last half. If you enjoy quick inspirational historical romance reads, I think you'd like The Substitute Bride.

*I did not get this book for review - I won a copy and was not required to review it, but chose to. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*


  1. Melanie, thanks for taking the time to read The Substitute Bride! I appreciate your review.

    Blessings, Janet Dean


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