Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Bride in the Bargain

A bride in the Bargain
Written by Deeanne Gist
Published at Bethany House

About the book
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?

Who is 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. Visit Deeanne's Web site at .

My Thoughts
I really enjoy historical fiction. And this time I also discovered a new author. Like I said before, nothing is best than expanding your taste in reading. Believe if you are an avid reader like me, you want to read the books from this author.

Her characters become real as you pursue the reading of the novel. Not only does she makes them believable but they environment where they live and interact to each other is real as well. The dialog is rich and propels you into the story. And the author has a way of bringing mystery and new elements as you follow the story.

When I first picked up the book to read, I half expected some Christian version of Harlequin book. But I was wrong. Yes there is a blooming love story in this novel but having this set in a lumberjack camp during the early years of Seattle makes it different somehow. I couldn’t put the book down while I was reading. I had to continue and know what will happen to Joe, Anna and the rest of the characters.

One thing I would like to see with this book would be a movie. I think it has all that it needs to be a wonderful movie. I know I would enjoy it very much.

A Bride in the Bargain is available everywhere even as and

Thanks to Bethany House for giving me the opportunity to review this novel for free.

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