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A Bride in the Bargain

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Deeanne Gist once again spins a great story to engage the imagination and challenge the heart.

This was not only a fun read but totally captivating. Great escapism while daring you to hope and dream for the characters to rise above their past problems and hurts; and embrace love and one another. I had so much fun with this book I couldn't put it down and then I d...
This was not only a fun read but totally captivating. Great escapism while daring you to hope and dream for the characters to rise above their past problems and hurts; and embrace love and one another. I had so much fun with this book I couldn't put it down and then I didn't want it to end.

posted by JBINGHAM on March 19, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Waste of time---Waste of money..................................

Waste of time---Waste of money...................................................................................................................................................
Anna Ivey has just traveled for seven months on a ship with a bunch of mail order brides an...
Waste of time---Waste of money...................................................................................................................................................
Anna Ivey has just traveled for seven months on a ship with a bunch of mail order brides and doesn't have a clue. She doesn't know she is a mail order bride. She apparently doesn't know they are either. Did she never have a conversation with anyone? Then her poor hapless groom (who she refuses to marry) hires her on as a cook for his lumber camp and when she gets to his home tells that he has to sleep in the barn because it wouldn't be proper for them to sleep in the same house. Does he take her back to town and find another cook. No, he goes out to sleep in the barn. Didn't get half way through it. Big disappointment

posted by kronan1 on August 11, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Nice quick read

    Realistic characters and decent plot. Just what I needed for a relaxing few hours.

    I will definitely read more of this author's work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Good enough read

    This book was an alright book in the beginning. What it needed was some romance. We keep reading that he has to keep his land but does he try to woo his lady, no. Just a few love scenes and maybe a better ending wrapped up wouldd have put this book into a five star category

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

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    Reminded me of a little bit of A Bride Most Begrudging, with a few differences.

    Anna Ivey travels to Seattle as a cook, not a bride. Joe needs a wife or he'll lose his land in a couple of months. That's where Anna comes in, only she makes it clear she doesn't plan on marrying anytime soon. But will at least be the cook which is why she's there. Days go by as Anna gets used to cooking for Joe and his workers. All the while not knowing that Joe no longer to be marry another but wants to marry Anna instead. A good read but not one that I would read again to be honest. I like how you learn a little history as well, depending on the setting. Overall, if you liked A Bride Most Begrudging or any of Deeanne Gist's books then you'll probably, A Bride in the Bargain.

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

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    Not My Favorite, But It'll Do.

    I enjoyed A Bride Most Begrudging, Courting Trouble, Deep in the Heart of Trouble, but I found this one somewhat lacking in comparison. It was still enjoyable for the most part, but certian plot points just seemed a bit too stretched out. It was good, but not her best. The Mrs. Wrenne character just disappeared completely, and we never heard from her again or what happened to her. For Anna to have developed such a bond with her, but never to write her or seek her out - and the old lady doesn't bother to either. The whole character seems to have been placed there only for one reason. Besides Joe and Anna, it seems other characters are also very limited in this story, quite unlike her other novels where they have more dimensions. Still, I sound overly cirtical, but it was enjoyable.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    Cute and sweet

    Orphaned and jobless, Anna answers an ad in a New York newspaper. The ad is searching for "domestics, nannies, or teachers" to come out west to work in the Northwest territory. She is told she will be cooking for a lumberjack camp near Seattle. Little does she know that the lumberjack camp owner has actually sent for a wife, and is expecting one when she steps off the boat.

    Set mostly in rural Seattle in the 1860s, A Bride in the Bargain is a gentle and quick read. The plot is a bit predictable, but still interesting if you like this sort of book. I would recommend it for fans of the historical fiction/romance genre.

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