A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist

I'm late, I know. Who knew that Ponca City, Oklahoma had city wide WiFi, but it didn't reach my aunt's house and I would be the family Taxi Driver for the week? Ah well. If only vacations were really vacations...
Deeanne Gist has done it again with a wonderful historical romance in the upper west of the U.S. right after the Civil War and all about logging... well, almost. Since my dad was a logger in the late 1940s, this was a very interesting nostaglia trip for me. I fully enjoyed the whole trip around the Horn and all the news articles (that were really and truly printed in for real newspapers). Also, the characters were well developed, for the most part. There were a LOT of characters in this book, but not so many that it was confusing. It was just that a lot were mentioned and not developed which gave the story a two-demensional feel at times. However, the other characterizations were most excellent. Nothing happened out-of-character, and it was a good plot line as well.
Gist is also getting much better at period venacular. So once, you get into the dialogue wagon, there aren't any hiccups that jerk you into the present. This one is a keeper and worth the money. If you like period pieces and historical romance, you'll like this one. It is a bit formulaic in the romance department up to about the three quarter mark, then you've got a most delicious story development that will definitely require a hanky.

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?

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

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