Journey to New Heights

Journey to New Heights
We need a heart for the lost

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Substitute Bride by Carrie Fancett Pagels

My review today is on the book The Substitute Bride. I always like to read Carrie's books they are so interesting. This one is well written, humorous, and will touch your heart. I really enjoy the way she used The Christmas Carol to work out the story.

Sonja Hoeke is the youngest daughter of a family of girls. Her father has told her she must marry or he would throw her out of the house and proceeds to ask all the men in town to marry her. She works as a substitute for her father's mail route but hopes to become full time. Her best friend, Cora has recently died and left a big hole in her world.  She finds a letter for her friend in the post office. The letter is from Cora's pen pal and asks her to marry him as he must have a wife for his promotion. Sonja sends a letter stating Cora's death but that she would be his substitute bride if he was willing.

Louis Smith Penwell left his home at the poor farm and went on to become a prosperous man in the railroad. He is offered a promotion but after he accepts he finds he must return to the one place he never wanted to be. He sends a telegraph to Cora to tell her to stay he is on his way. When he arrives at his home town he finds that Cora is gone but her best friend is the one girl he remembers that he cared about.

A journey of love and trust as a non-angel helps bring them together and restore what had been taken from them. God always has a plan and it is always much greater than we've ever dreamed of. You too should learn to trust God and let Him work at his plan for you.


  1. Thanks so much for the lovely review, Glenda! I am so glad you enjoyed Sonja's and Louis's story! I was blessed to write it. God is Lord of second chances and Louis and Sonja both got that in the book! Blessings!

    1. Thanks so much for leaving a comment. Most of the authors I review don't bother to take the time to write comments. Bless exceedingly!