Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Book: A Bride in the Bargain

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Bride In The Bargain

Bethany House (June 1, 2009)


Deeanne Gist


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.


The Wedding Is All Planned...
Someone Just Needs to Tell the Bride

In 1860s Seattle, redwoods were plentiful but women scarce. Yet a man with a wife could secure 640 acres of timberland for free.

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?

This is the third book I've read by Deeanne Gist. All are pleasantly light, but I had a harder time feeling this was "real" due to the setting. I'm familiar with Seattle and have probably read too many stories about how really HARD it was settling there in the 1800's. This book didn't really talk about that much at all.

Other than that though it was an interesting story about an event that really happened. Women brought around South America by boat not knowing that they were bought brides! And the reason why Anna doesn't want to wed gives the story depth and a little something more I can relate to!

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Bride In The Bargain, go HERE

1 comment:

  1. My mom bought this book recently and I am looking forward to reading it. I have enjoyed all the books I have read of hers. Like you said, they are a light read and sometimes I need something that isn't so serious. :-)


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