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Written by Melissa Jagears

Narrated by Suzie Althens

2 hours, 58 minutes

Released 3/2019

Historical Fiction/Romance

Bethany House Publishers



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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. 


Carol Award-winning author 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, the Teaville Moral Society series, and Love by the Letter, a free prequel ebook novella. You can learn more about Melissa, her books, and where she hangs out online at

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Suzie Althens records from her professional studio in Alaska near the beautiful Matanuska Glacier. She narrates regularly for major publishers and specializes in audiobooks and e-learning.  Suzie is enthusiastic about narrating nonfiction, allowing her to perform memoir, inspiration and medical discoveries, yet she also enjoys women’s fiction and mysteries. Suzie narrates children’s encyclopedias for educational publishers and fiction for Learning Ally, a nonprofit organization who say she woos the reluctant reader.   

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