Historical Romance Book Review: Depending on You


About the Book

Book: Depending on You 

Series: Frontier Vows, Book 3 

Author: Melissa Jagears 

Genre: Historical Romance 

Publisher: Utmost Publishing 

Release Date: December 3, 2020

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Publisher's Book Description

"Can the joy and hope of Christmas restore their love before it’s too late?

Leah Whitsett’s life was ideal until the disastrous day she nearly died because of her husband’s deceit. When he returns home weeks before Christmas, she knows the best gift she can give him is forgiveness, but how can she relinquish her hard-won independence knowing he plans to turn their family’s life upside down again?

Bryant has always known his wife was a gift he’d never deserved, but how can he provide for her in a town that no longer wants anything to do with him? He longs to atone for the misery he’s put his loved ones through, but when he brings a family member home for the holidays, he and Leah may end up even further apart.

With emotions high and their marriage at stake, will the season bring the hope they need…or are their rifts too large to mend?"

My Review

Depending on You, by Melissa Jagears, is the third book in the Frontier Vows series. It is a historical fiction novella that offers a compelling story of a marriage on the brink of total brokenness. With sincerity and thoughtfulness, Ms. Jagears has skillfully woven a relevant story of heartache, repentance, faith, and forgiveness that is truly moving and emotionally-stirring.  

The characters in this novel are authentic and memorable. As they struggle with limitations, regrets, and painful memories, they are relatable and sympathetic. Even as they face an uncertain future, they grow to recognize that forgiveness is the hard and rocky path that will lead them to healing and restoration. Page by page, this book moves beyond mere entertainment and into a space of true meaning, encouragement, and hope.  

Depending on You is an impactful story of second chances. It is a story of faith and renewed trust. It is also a story of commitment, family, and compassion. From the first page to the last, this novella is honest, tender, heartfelt, and ultimately uplifting. I gladly recommend it.

My Reflection 

Within the narrative of Depending on You, there is a clear emphasis on the necessity of forgiveness. As the characters endeavor to heal from terrible choices and the painful aftermath of certain mistakes, they come to realize that the process of forgiveness is far from easy. Yet, they persevere and find that restoration is possible through God’s grace and timing. Their faith grows stronger and their trials become bearable when they turn to God in prayer and place their trust fully in his provision rather than in their own plans and abilities. As they pursue God's will, they find genuine hope and healing. While telling a touching story of a relationship restored, Depending on You gently points readers to the redemptive love of God who freely offers undeserved grace to us all.

About the Author: Melissa Jagears

“Much to her introverted self's delight, award-winning author Melissa Jagears hardly needs to leave her home to be a homeschooling mother and novelist. She lives in Kansas with her husband and three children.” --Biography from Melissa Jagears author page on Amazon.com.

Click here to visit Melissa Jagears website.


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