Monday, October 18, 2010

A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist

From the cover:
In 1860s Seattle, redwoods were plentiful but women scarce. Yet a man with a wife could secure himself 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 -- eastern widows and orphans brought to the Territory by entrepreneur Asa Mercer.

Anna Ivey's journey west with Asa Mercer's girls 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 be his lawfully wedded wife?

Tifferz Take:
My friend Melanie told me about this book! So I ordered it and when I got this in the mail and started reading and did not put the book down till it was done! I would say this is a very good historical romance. The plot was intriguing and kept my interest from the very beginning. A majority of the story takes place in Seattle, Washington, in the mid 1800's and is packed full of twist that the reader does not expect and some sexual tension in a very tasteful way. I find myself wanting to pick up more books that have mail-order brides. This is a solid read and I will be reading this one again! So glad I picked this book up!!I hope you enjoy it too!

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  1. Seattle AND historical fiction! I can't resist. Two things I love, just add some coffee and I'd be in heaven.


  2. Charlie-
    Thanks for your comment!
    I will check out your website. Thanks for stopping by!