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A Bride in the Bargain

A Bride in the Bargain

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by Deeanne Gist

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In 1860s Seattle, a man with a wife could secure himself 640 acres of timberland. But because of his wife's untimely death, Joe Denton finds himself about to lose half of his claim. Still in mourning, his best solution is to buy one of those Mercer girls arriving from the East. A woman he'll marry in name but keep around mostly as a cook.

Anna Ivey's journey

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Bride in the Bargain 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
JBINGHAM More than 1 year ago
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.
bp0602 More than 1 year ago
A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist is an enjoyable historical fiction novel. The setting is 1860s in Seattle. Anna Ivey leaves her home and heads West, signing on to be a cook. Joe Denton has signed a contract with Asa Mercer for a bride. His land is at stake if he doesn't get a bride within the time frame set by the judge. Mercer delivers Anna who has only agreed to be a cook. One might think Anna will agree to be Joe's bride, but she will not budge on her position against marriage. Will Joe be able to find a bride before it's too late and he loves his beloved land? This is the first book I read by this author, and I enjoyed it. I found it interesting that actual events were used to create the story. I have read many Christian books and found some of the details in this one to be a bit much. There were no inappropriate scenes but a couple times I felt like too much was said regarding Joe's thoughts towards Anna. The setting, characters, and story were all entertaining and it is well written in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Bride in the Bargain was the second book I read by Deanne Gist. The first one I read by her was Maid To Match. While I loved Maid To Match, I'd have to say this one's my favorite so far. Anna is a young woman who does not want to get married! Yet here she finds herself in California, with a complete stranger, and their standing at the alter without her even knowing it's their wedding ceremony! She definitely puts that to an abrupt halt. But as time goes on, her view on marriage changes. Joe Denton is a hulking lumberjack on a mission. He's going to save his land. He's even willing to marry a complete stranger in order to do so. Yet what he doesn't know is that this stranger is not willing to marry him. He's definitely in for a ride. The only thing I didn't care about this book was that the characters seemed a bit too shallow. Not rude shallow, but not very in depth. Don't get me wrong, I really, thoroughly enjoyed the book. There was just so much physicalness and not enough time for them to get to know each other, which makes for some unbelieveable circumstances. I did like this book!
Sneezybee23 More than 1 year ago
Anna Ivey strongly suspects Hoke will eventually attempt to rape her and she will kill in him. Opting to avoid that particular situation, she agrees to travel with Asa Mercer to Seattle, Washington, where she will work as a cook for Mr. Joe Denton and his lumberjack employees. When Anna arrives in Seattle and discovers that Joe is expecting a wife, she is less than agreeable. Her refusal to marry Joe not only inconveniences him, but also endangers 320 acres of his land. Can Joe overcome Anna's aversion to marriage? There's plenty of attraction between Anna and Joe, but will love enter the picture? A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist manages to be a classic, historical romance while avoiding many of the cliches that commonly accompany a storyline like this. Authentic characters, romantic tension, and just a tad of suspense makes this novel difficult to put down. I can definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm surprised to find I'm the only one not thrilled by this book. The 3rd book I own by Deanne Gist and I never should have purchased it ..... and wouldn't have it I hadn't gotten it for so cheap. Though Deanne Gist is a well-written author, all of her books have bored me to tears. None of her heroines are likable, and in general the characters aren't interesting or well-developed. Many things the characters do simply are just not believable, as in the way a real person would act. So no more Gist for me. I much prefer Lynn Austin's fascinating novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the attention to detail, and interesting characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story line, no smut, and a bit of history to boot! I enjoyed this quick, easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It holds a lot of interesting history and a great lot of imagination. I definitely recommend it for young and old!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best Deeanne Gist book I have read.
BellaBW More than 1 year ago
I liked the characters and the circumstance, however, too many negative happenings occurred. A bit more happiness would be appreciated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of Deanne's books so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and fun to read. Cute, good feeling love story that isn't overly mushy. Spunky and good hearted.
AVIDIDAHOREADER More than 1 year ago
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
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
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I had not read a book from Mrs. Gist in a few years. I recieved an email from her about discounts on her books and decided to get one. I truly enjoyed this book. I thought it was more realistic than some christain novels where people never touch or just hold hands. I like knowing the leading characters thoughts. The story was well developed and kept me interested. I would have liked an epilogued to know about their lives five or ten years later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lived this book. Wonderful read.
Cindi_A More than 1 year ago
Another great novel by Deeanne Gist!! She sure knows how to write a captivating story. I laughed, I cried, and felt so close to the characters. Anna Ivey, destitute and desperate, flees her home in Massachusetts to get away from her employer and start a new life in Seattle Washington. She reads a brochure that promises work at her destination. What she doesn't know is that her transportation arrangement and the contract aren't what they seem. Can Anna survive without a plan once she arrives? Joe Benton becomes a lumberjack after moving from Maine to Seattle with a dream of making a home for his wife and enjoying his livelihood. But, before his wife can join him there, she passes away. Because of not having a wife, half of his land may be taken away. Each married couple may claim 640 acres but only 320 is permitted for a single man. His whole career, and the men who work for him, are in jeopardy of losing their jobs. Will Joe find a way to hold onto his land? The author paints her characters with a fine brush. One cannot help but embrace them as if they are standing right in front of you. Anna is young but isn't intimidated easily. She has spunk and sass which catches the eyes and hearts of those who meet her. Ronny, a young man, really takes a shining to Miss Ivey. Aside from the main characters, Anna and Joe, Ronny is my favorite character. It is enjoyable seeing him grow up and mature. I wanted to hug him several times throughout the story. I highly recommend this book for those who love historical fiction and want a fun and charming read.
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sw81 More than 1 year ago
I bought the book while it was on sale and enjoyed it somewhat. The author is new to me and she write a fairly clean book but needs more effort in reality in her story line. Truthfully I felt the bride Anna had unrealistic expections and the after her refusal of Joe's marriage offer his preposal to a elderly toothless woman to save his land a bit far fitched. Still all in all, it was a fictional story and it did entertain me . I am always grateful for the pages being listed (368) on the in the product details as they were in this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute, clean, and very entertaining!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Realistic characters and decent plot. Just what I needed for a relaxing few hours. I will definitely read more of this author's work.