A Bride in the Bargain

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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 ...

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Overview

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?

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In Civil War–era Seattle, a married man can acquire 640 acres of virgin timberland. Unfortunately for lumberjack Joe Denton, his wife has just died. It doesn't take him long, however, to hit on a plan that satisfies his two big needs: he will buy one of the women arriving from the East, marry her in name only, and keep her around as a full-time cook and housekeeper. What he doesn't bargain for is that his prospective bride turns out to be Anna Ivey, a feisty young woman who really doesn't want to tie the knot with this very presumptuous stranger. A faith-based romance by the author of Deep in the Heart of Trouble and Courting Trouble.
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Popular evangelical Christian novelist Gist tells a could-have-happened tale of a Seattle landowner who requires a wife to keep his 640 acres. In the land replete with timber but few women, widower Joe Denton signs a contract with Asa Mercer to deliver the wife he needs to ensure his land rights. Unfortunately, 19-year-old Anna Ivey doesn't realize she's signed on for marriage; she only wants passage out West and a job. Sparks fly as tempers flare when Joe and Anna discover they are at cross-purposes. Acquiescing to common sense as well as a sense of desperation, the two agree to work together temporarily. As Anna cooks up a storm in payment for the traveling debt Joe incurred on her behalf, Joe cooks up his own scheme for wooing Anna into marriage. Gist's work is comical, sassy and sweet-yet her story's ending ties together a bit too neatly for readers who relish real-life finales. (June)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764204074
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 464,397
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Deeanne Gist--known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee--has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very original, very fun historical & contemporary romances. Add to this four RITA nominations, two Christy Awards, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you've got one recipe for success. She has a very active online community on her website at IWantHerBook.com and at Facebook.com/Deesfriends.
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  • Posted March 19, 2010

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    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 didn't want it to end.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    Love This Book!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    Enjoyable historical fiction

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    disappointed

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

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    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 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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

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    Another great read from Deeanne Gist!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    wow!!

    I really loved this book it was great!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    MUST READ!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    Good book

    Love this book i couldnt put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    Best Deeanne Gist book

    This is by far the best Deeanne Gist book I have read.

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  • Posted June 21, 2014

    I bought the book while it was on sale and enjoyed it somewhat.

    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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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Good beginning.

    I liked the characters and the circumstance, however, too many negative happenings occurred. A bit more happiness would be appreciated.

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  • Posted April 15, 2014

    This is one of my favorite books by Ms. Deeanne Gist.  (it was a

    This is one of my favorite books by Ms. Deeanne Gist. 
    (it was also my fist by the author) 
    Great story line :D 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Cute, clean, and very entertaining!

    Cute, clean, and very entertaining!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    This is my favorite of Deanne's books so far.

    This is my favorite of Deanne's books so far.

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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 December 11, 2013

    Spunky and fun

    Well written and fun to read. Cute, good feeling love story that isn't overly mushy. Spunky and good hearted.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    THIS WAS A FUN READ AND HIGHLY RECCOMENDED ALONG WITH THE OTHER

    THIS WAS A FUN READ AND HIGHLY RECCOMENDED ALONG WITH THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent

    The best book I have read in a long time. You will not regret buying this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Great read!

    Deanne Gist never disappoints!

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