A Bride In The Bargain: You may not know this, but I started reading historical fiction when people told me that A Bride Most Begrudging would change my opinion about the genre being worn out. They were right. And Deeanne has done it again with A Bride in the Bargain.
I’m not allowing myself to read much right now because I’m under different deadlines. To meet them, I simply can’t inhale books like I usually love to do. So this book I have savored a few chapters at a time, when I have longed to curl up with a blanket and tall glass of sweet tea and race through it.
With A Bride in the Bargain you’ll travel back in time to the days after the Civil War and travel with a Mercer bride to the Seattle area. The only trouble is this gal doesn’t know she’s a Mercer bride, she thinks she’s traveling to be a cook. You can imagine the sparks that fly with the correction of her ideas. The spiritual thread is layered into the story in a way that adds to the dimensions of the hero and heroine. And the romance is — spicy spaghetti as a another blogger that has referred to Julie Lessman’s books. This is not your grandmother’s romance. Instead, the hero and heroine are well aware of each other, they just resist.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you’re looking for a fresh historical romance set in a time and location that isn’t done, check this book out. It’s worthy of the addition to your reading list.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Joe Denton doesn’t have a wife, though. His died before she could follow him to Seattle and now the local judge is threatening to take away his claim. In desperation, he buys himself a Mercer bride–one of the eastern widows and orphans brought to the Territory by entrepreneur Asa Mercer.
Anna Ivey’s journey west with Mercer is an escape from the aftermath of the Civil War. She signed on to become a cook–not a bride. When she’s handed over to Denton, her stubborn refusal to wed jeopardizes his land. With only a few months before he loses all he holds dear, can he convince this provoking, but beguiling, easterner to become his lawfully wedded wife?
Deeanne Gist, the bestselling author of A Bride Most Begrudging and The Measure of a Lady, has a background in education and journalism. Her credits include People magazine, Parents, and Parenting. With a line of parenting products called “I Did It!® Productions” and a degree from Texas A&M, she continues her writing and speaking. She and her family live in Houston, Texas.
Since the debut of those novels, her very original, very fun romances have rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere. Add to this two consecutive Christy Awards, two RITA nominations, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you’ve got one recipe for success.