The Bargain

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Mismatched lovers and unexpected attraction catch fire in this timeless novel by the New York Times bestselling author and legend in historical romance Mary Jo Putney. . .

Forced to wed to keep her inheritance, independent Lady Jocelyn Kendal finds an outrageous solution: she proposes marriage to Major David Lancaster, an officer dying from his Waterloo wounds. In return for making her his wife, she will provide for his governess sister. But after the bargain is struck and the ...

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Overview

Mismatched lovers and unexpected attraction catch fire in this timeless novel by the New York Times bestselling author and legend in historical romance Mary Jo Putney. . .

Forced to wed to keep her inheritance, independent Lady Jocelyn Kendal finds an outrageous solution: she proposes marriage to Major David Lancaster, an officer dying from his Waterloo wounds. In return for making her his wife, she will provide for his governess sister. But after the bargain is struck and the marriage is made, the major makes a shocking, miraculous recovery. Though they agree to an annulment, such matters take time. . .time enough for David to realize he is irrevocably in love with his wife.

Haunted by her past, Jocelyn refuses to trust the desire David ignites in her. She never counted on a real husband, least of all one who would entice her to be a real wife. But some bargains are made to be broken--and his skilled courtship is impossible to resist. . .

"Delightful. . .a perfect escape." --Baton Rouge Morning Advocate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420117264
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 432,646
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Jo Putney graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in eighteenth-century literature and industrial design. A New York Times bestselling author, she has won numerous awards for her writing, including two Romance Writers of America RITA Awards, four consecutive Golden Leaf awards for Best Historical Romance, and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance. She was the keynote speaker at the 2000 National Romance Writers of America Conference. Ms. Putney lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit her Web site at www.maryjoputney.com.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    NOT Your Run-o'-the-Mill Romance

    Although there are a millions of romance novels circulating out there in America, this is one author who absolutely knows her business when it comes to creating a love story that not only offers passion and romance, but also offers a complex plot that will keep readers intrigued until the very last page. This New York Times bestselling author has once again written a book that will have no trouble breaking more records.

    We begin at the funeral of the Earl of Cromarty, who is being laid to rest in Charlton Abbey in England in the year 1812. The Earl had one daughter, Jocelyn, and, unfortunately, no sons. Of course in the British world, a daughter could not inherit the lands from her father, so Jocelyn's priceless home falls into the greedy hands of her Uncle and his horrific wife, Elvira. But, there was one more surprise. At the reading of the will, Jocelyn is told that she will not even inherit her father's money UNLESS she is married by the age of twenty-five.

    In London, 1815, Major David Lancaster is wasting away in a hospital bed. He is in an incredible amount of pain, and is paralyzed from the waist-down due to his injuries at Waterloo. Not only is he waiting for death, but he's also extremely scared to leave behind his younger sister, Sally, who has no means of support once David 'meets his maker.'

    A very beneficial meeting occurs when a woman named Jocelyn - who is just about to turn twenty-five and only has eyes for one man who is a confirmed bachelor - walks into the hospital and makes a bargain with the Major. If he marries Jocelyn, she will provide five hundred pounds a year for Sally's care and well-being. This is a wonderful match, seeing as that Jocelyn really doesn't want to be married but must get her inheritance, and the Major is close to death.

    However, Sally is extremely upset. She thinks Jocelyn is absolutely horrible for using her brother and wants this woman to simply disappear. She goes on a quest for the perfect doctor and finds herself in the office of a "mad-Scot" named Ian Kinlock. This Doctor is also smart enough to find it quite odd that if Sally's brother is paralyzed.then why is he in pain?

    Soon, Major David Lancaster finds himself on the mend - in his wife's house - where Sally moves him so that she can make Jocelyn's life a real pain. But will this man who was near death, and this high-society female with a total fear of marriage, find that they are actually meant for each other?

    Unbelievable plot, fantastic characters, and a romance that is truly a 'dream.' I can never say enough about this fantastic author except I, for one, hope she writes for the next fifty years.at least!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2011

    Great read

    I am not sure what the other reviewer is talking about. The summary for this book is exactly what this book is about. Great read. I enjoyed it.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    not what it seems

    this is not the book that is summarized. Its about two different characters and totally different story line

    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Very good plot.

    I very much enjoyed this story. Romance novels usually just have one romantic couple to follow, but this one had two (that was a nice change). Although there definitely was one couple whose romance was the most important, the minor characters' romance was also enjoyable. There was enough of a plot to make it interesting and new, even though we all know how it will turn out. This did not have as many "steamy" scenes as other romance novels, but it was definitely romantic. I would eagerly recommend it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2011

    Couldn't put it down

    I really enjoyed this book! I like historical fiction and it was a very interesting and romantic book. I am extremely interested in all this author's other books based on this book alone! I literally couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Great

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Test

    T

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Another great MJP novel!

    Great story line! LOVE her books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    I love this book

    In read this book years ago and really enjoyed it, but over time I forgot the title or who had written it. I had been searching for it because I remember the story and wanted to read it again. I found it. It was just as good the second time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Fun book

    Fun book -- very enjoyable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Great Story

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Sweet and entertaining!

    This book is a beautiful love story, sweet and takes you on a touching journey and leaves you feeling happy, thoughtful and wanting more from this great author!

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    A sweet love story.

    Great plot. You will not be disappointed.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

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    Not my favorite

    At first I thought this could be one of those books you read when your out of books and don't have the money for a new one. But once I got past the first two pages I found I couldn't put it down. It became a much faster and enjoyable read until about halfway through. Once the Major makes his miraculous recovery, and decides to win her heart, it becomes predictable and I found myself growing board. There was too much detail when the annulment was agreed upon. I wasn't reading this to learn the process for getting annulled in that period. Overall I think its okay if you like period pieces, which I do, but not good enough to read again and certainly not good enough for my library.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Amazing

    This is my first read of a mary putney novel amd i will most definitly be back for more. It was a pleasure to read a romance that was so much more than girl meets boy, boy seduces girl, they marry. The other themes she brings forth, abandonment, guilt over death, medicine are truely what makes this a great read. I barely put it down.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    So well written

    Mary Jo Putny has done it again!

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Great Book!

    I really enjoyed this story - and I thought the description and the story were the same as well. I liked the fact that you had the main story and a secondary story involving the groom's sister. Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2011

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    Not what I was hoping for.

    I normally stick to my tried and true authors Julie Garwood and Johanna Lindsey, but I've re-read all of their books many times over, and figured I'd give another author a try. I didn't like the book at all. It started out interesting enough, but it just got more and more irritating as I read along. No humor in it either. I had to force myself to finish it.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Enjoyed

    I really enjoyed this book. Loved the romance and drama. Wished it didnt end.

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