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When Lady Constance Morrow ?nds herself held against her will aboard a ship bound for the American colonies--a ship ?lled with "tobacco brides" and felons--she is quite sure that as soon as she arrives she will ?nd a reasonable man who will believe her father is an earl and send her back on the next ship to England. Instead she meets Drew O'Connor, a determined Colonial farmer who is nearly as headstrong as she is. Drew wins Constance as his bride but soon realizes he has taken ...
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Overview

When Lady Constance Morrow ?nds herself held against her will aboard a ship bound for the American colonies--a ship ?lled with "tobacco brides" and felons--she is quite sure that as soon as she arrives she will ?nd a reasonable man who will believe her father is an earl and send her back on the next ship to England. Instead she meets Drew O'Connor, a determined Colonial farmer who is nearly as headstrong as she is. Drew wins Constance as his bride but soon realizes he has taken on much more than he bargained for
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Editorial Reviews

Romance Designs
"This book was well written, well researched, emotionally engaging, and featured two wonderful protagonists. Along with a superb cast of secondary characters, the author opens the door for what I hope to see is a sequel featuring Drew’s brother Josh. I most definitely recommend this novel for anyone who is looking for an extremely satisfying and wonderful read."
Love Romances
"A dazzling debut novel....an inspirational tale that truly inspires rather than preaches at the reader... For fans of historical romance who are interested in reading about a time period that is rarely written about and who enjoy inspirational titles, A Bride Most Begrudging will be a most satisfying read."
Armchair Interviews
"My favorite female characters in historical novels are my alter ego: the strong-willed woman willing to speak her mind. She's an anachronism in time for she demands respect and is openly intelligent. Of course, she has a kind heart. And my favorite heroes are those also with a toughened exterior, but the heart of a saint. And Deeanne Gist creates such characters in her first novel, A Bride Most Begrudging....

This first novel is a good one. And, with the way the book ends, I foresee a second book continuing the O'Connor legacy."

Romance Junkies
"Deeanne Gist makes a huge splash into the world of inspirational romance with her debut novel, A BRIDE MOST BEGRUDGING. I must say this novel greatly impressed me with the details of the history of this time period, and with the message of faith interwoven throughout the pages of the book. The main characters are ones who capture the reader's attention from the get-go and the secondary characters enhance the story with their interesting personalities. I certainly hope this novel only signals the beginning of a long-lasting writing career for this talented and fresh new voice in inspirational romance."
Road to Romance
"This was a wonderful book, by a very talented author. I enjoyed this book right up to the last page. Constance was a fighter. She did not let Drew push her around and stood her ground. Drew tried to keep his distance, she confused him, but at the same time, he was very attracted to her. He wants to believe her story about being a lady, but he knows she is most definitely not a common born woman.... If you enjoy reading books set in the colonial era, A BRIDE MOST BEGRUDGING is the book to read."
Christian Fiction Reviewer
"With wit and humor, Gist weaves a lovely tale. Her graceful dialogue brings hearty, out-loud laughs, as well as tears of realization, sadness and understanding. What else can I say? It was just a wonderful story and it's left its mark upon my heart.... I highly recommend it."
Romance Reader's Connection
"A Bride Most Begrudging is a truly wonderful story. The setting of Virginia during the 1640s is one I find fascinating and fresh. Ms. Gist does a great job portraying the time period, which allows readers to understand the struggles they faced while at the same time seeing the joys they found. The characters are well written.... The message of faith is woven into this story seamlessly. If you enjoy a story of love and faith with historical details, then Ms. Gist's A Bride Most Begrudging is one you'll adore. I highly recommend this one and look forward to more of Ms. Gist's work."
The Best Reviews
"A BRIDE MOST BEGRUDGING is a fantastic colonial romance that highlights the plight of women and incarcerated indentured servants. The gist of the story line provides a vivid look at the mid seventeenth century Virginia Colony, especially life on a tobacco farm. The lead couple is a delightful pairing as he begins to believe her only after he sees how domestically pathetic except for their kisses she is...Virginia and the prime lovers make for a wonderful historical tale."
Bookloons
"This is a fast-paced, interesting look at life in the mid 1600s. Constance is a unique heroine. She is different from other women who came to America during that time, not knowing how to cook, clean, or exist in such primitive conditions. Drew's heart was broken when his previous fiancée died, and he's not sure he wants to fall in love again. He's a strong, yet vulnerable protagonist, and readers will fall in love with him as fast as Constance does. Both Drew and Constance hold tight to their faith in this tale that is also a lesson for them to learn to trust in God's protection and guidance. Even if historical novels are not generally your favorites, give A Bride Most Begrudging a try. Its original plot will keep you entranced and entertained."
Alan Cochrum
"A Bride Most Begrudging demonstrates a nice touch with early American history, as well as what happens what God gives you what you need instead of what you want."—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764200724
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 687,128
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.95 (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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A BRIDE most BEGRUDGING


By DEEANNE GIST

Bethany House Publishers

Copyright © 2005 Deeanne Gist
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-7642-0072-0


Chapter One

Virginia Colony Two Months Later

THE GOWN THEY GAVE her fit too closely. It displayed her figure with humiliating clarity, but perhaps that would work to her advantage. She had lost so much weight, she couldn't imagine any farmer wanting to invest in such a sickly looking woman.

Several tobacco planters had been on board already to examine the "cargo." The men stood chained on one side of the upper deck, the women on the other. The men were being sold as indentured servants for seven or fourteen year terms, depending upon their sentence.

But the women were to serve a lifetime sentence. They were to be purchased as brides. One bride in exchange for 120 pounds of tobacco leafage, the colony's cash crop.

All except Constance, that is. She had been placed alone up on the half deck, her wrists and ankles shackled, the first mate standing guard behind her right shoulder. The captain was asking two hundred pounds of tobacco for her. Ridiculous.

Her gaze drifted over the indentured men. Uncle Skelly was not among them, of course. How could he be?

Only twice during the voyage had the captain allowed the women onto the upper deck for fresh air. The first time up, she'd passed Uncle Skelly on the mid deck. With a collar and padlock about his neck, they had chained him not only to a board but to three of the most abominable creatures she had ever seen. Jail fever consumed one of those creatures.

The second time up, she had found Uncle Skelly's place on the board eerily vacant. The first mate, Cooper, had confirmed her fears. Skelly Morrow was dead.

Constance swallowed the rush of tears that even now accumulated in her throat at the memory.

"Look lively, maiden. Here comes a'one," Cooper snarled.

She stiffened as a young farmer of but a score or so years approached the half deck. He looked at Cooper, nodded slightly, then turned to her.

She jerked back when he captured some strands of her hair between his long work-roughened fingers. The captain had not allowed her to wear a headcloth this morning. He'd insisted on having her hair loose and uncovered around her shoulders and back.

This display was nothing short of blasphemy. A woman's hair was sacred and a recognized symbol of her maidenhood, only to be worn free while speaking wedding vows.

She'd never felt so naked in her life. Her hair wasn't soft and silky like other women's. It was wild and thick with tightly coiled ringlets that seemed to multiply when unbound.

The bay breeze picked up, causing her hair to swirl around her face. She tried again to free herself from the man's grasp.

"Easy, miss. I'll not hurt you," he said.

His voice was kind, as were his eyes. He did not rake her with an offensive look nor handle her roughly. If he asked to see her teeth, though, she'd be most uncooperative.

Below, two men captured her attention. One was a dark-haired farmer with a straw hat in his hand. The other was blond and had been on board the ship during the passage over. He'd not been a prisoner, nor had he been a crew member. She'd learned he had paid an extraordinary fee for his passage to the colony, a place he claimed as his home.

The pair singled out Mary, the woman who'd been chained next to Constance the entire voyage over. They spoke with Mary, checked her teeth, and had her walk the length of the deck and back.

The captain approached them. More words were exchanged. The bargaining had begun. In a few minutes, Mary's fetters were removed and she left the ship with the blond man, while the dark-haired farmer signed a voucher for the captain.

Constance tapped down her panic. Mary was more than a fellow prisoner. She was Constance's only friend.

Of a sudden, the captain pointed to Constance and the farmer turned in her direction. He narrowed his eyes, finished his transaction with the captain, and headed to the half deck.

She returned her attention to the young man in front of her. He still had hold of her hair, but he was focused on Cooper.

"... a gen-u-ine lady, she is," the first mate was saying.

"Then why was she transported?" the man asked.

"Oh, we didn't ask questions. Not our job to ask questions."

She rolled her eyes.

"You have papers for her?"

"No, he does not," Constance replied.

Cooper grabbed her arm. "Keep quiet, missy, or you'll be the sorrier for it."

"Looking for a bride, Gerald?" The dark-haired farmer had reached the half deck.

The man who must have been Gerald released her hair and jumped back. "Drew! No, not at all."

"Is she for sale?" Drew asked Cooper.

"Aye, mate."

"As a tobacco bride?"

"Aye."

Drew turned back to Gerald and raised an eyebrow.

"Now, Drew, it is not what it appears. I was merely curious."

"You gave up the right to be curious the moment you married my sister."

Gerald's face filled with color. "Actually, it was you I was thinking of," he sputtered.

Drew lifted both brows this time.

Gerald swallowed. "I, uh, just thought if you found someone of an, uh, acceptable nature, you might be interested."

"And you deem this female acceptable?"

Gerald paused. "They say she is a lady of the realm, Drew."

"She has red hair, and I absolutely abhor red hair"

She stiffened. Gerald's face suffused with color. Although her hair was more auburn than red, Gerald's hair was almost orange, it was so bright.

"Your pardon. I did not know."

"Well, well, well. What have we here? Looking for a bride, Master O'Connor?" A scrawny, slovenly man with more teeth missing than not swaggered onto the half deck.

Tension bounced between the three men. Drew put on his hat, shifted his attention to Constance, and tipped his brim. "If you will excuse me, miss." He, along with his brother-in-law, moved past her, past the man with the missing teeth, and past two other farmers now approaching the half deck.

The scraggy man watched them leave and ejected tobacco-colored saliva onto the wooden planks as he followed their progress.

"Emmett," greeted one of the advancing farmers. He and his companion both had great bushy black beards, jolly faces, and rounded bellies. Perhaps they were kin.

"Woodrum," Emmett said, then turning to her, grabbed her cheeks and squeezed until her mouth gaped open. "Well, would you look at all them teeth. Why, she's got a mouth full of 'em. How's the rest of her, Cooper? You patted her down?"

She reared back, trying to grab his arm, but the chains around her wrists and waist restricted her movement. He tightened his grip. The rank smell of him took her breath away, and if he'd had any fingernails at all, they'd have cut half-moons into her cheeks.

"No damaging of the goods, matey, until after you buy her," Cooper said. "Pat all you want, but don't be leaving any bruises."

She stiffened. Emmett released her with a shove, and she would have fallen backward if the big man called Woodrum hadn't caught her elbow. Once she was steady, he relaxed his hold, then let go of her completely.

Emmett raked his gaze up and down her frame, rubbing his hands against his puny chest. "Why's she up here away from them other brides?"

"She's one of them ladies of the realm, she is," Cooper responded. "And she'll cost you a few more tobaccy leaves than them others."

"What proof you got fer yer claim? I say she's nothing more than a quail plucked right off them London alleyways." He eyed her again. "She shore got what it takes to do the job, and I ain't gonna be paying out a bunch of sot weed for used goods."

Woodrum scratched his cheek. "How much are you asking for her?"

"Two hundred pounds," Cooper answered.

Emmett harrumphed. "Of tobaccy? You'll not be gettin' two hundred pounds for a light skirt."

"She's a gen-u-ine lady, mate, but no bloke's a forcin' you to claim her. We already got us a bid for her, we do."

Emmett furrowed his brows. "From who?"

"Drew O'Connor."

Woodrum and his silent companion looked at each other, caution evident in their expressions. Emmett's eyes took on an unnatural brilliance. Constance didn't know what game the first mate was playing, but she would hold her tongue for now.

"O'Connor, you say?" Emmett asked. "How much did he offer?"

"Two hundred."

"Then why's the maid still here?"

"She has to be paid for in tobaccy only. No vouchers. The capt'n wouldn't release her or take her off the block before collecting payment. O'Connor went to collect his sot weed."

As far as she knew, that was an outright lie, but she couldn't be certain.

The merciless sun beat down upon them. Sweat trickled down Emmett's face and into his snarled beard. "Well, ain't that interesting." He wiped his hands against his backside, then looked to the first mate. "May I?"

"Help yourself," Cooper replied.

Emmett reached for her.

She leaned away from him. "Touch me, and I'll see you flogged before the morrow's sun appears on the horizon."

Emmett's eyebrows shot up to his hairline. "Ho, ho! Would you listen to that? A saucy one, ain't she?" Cackling, he rubbed his hands together.

Constance tensed.

"Leave off, Emmett," Woodrum said, grabbing Emmett's arm. "It's clear that she is healthy and there is no padding beneath her garment."

Emmett's lip curled. "What's it to you, Woodrum?"

"Either up Drew's wager or keep your hands to yourself."

"I ain't makin' no bid till I test the goods."

Without taking his eyes off Emmett, Woodrum handed his hat to his companion, removed his coat, and relinquished that as well. He slowly began to roll up his sleeves.

The man's belly may have been round, but his arms and chest appeared to be solid rock. "You'll not touch her unless you pay for the privilege."

Smelling a fight, the farmers on the upper deck had begun to crowd close.

Emmett slowly lowered his hands. "Two hundred twenty, Cooper. I'll give you two hundred twenty pounds for her."

"Two twenty-five," Woodrum countered.

It was time to speak up. "Gentlemen," she interjected, "this is really all quite unnecessary. I am not a tobacco bride. I am the daughter of an earl. The captain kidnapped me and is trying to sell me unlawfully. As soon as the governor comes aboard, I will have an audience with him and will then be freed and on my way back to London."

Her statement, made during one of those unfortunate moments when every person in the crowd, for whatever reason, is silent all at once, carried across the entire breadth of the ship.

The quiet that followed her pronouncement was fraught with shock. On the heels of that, a huge swell of laughter and guffaws from the whole company of men rose to alarming levels. Even Woodrum was amused.

"Oh, she's a wicked one, she is," Emmett cackled. "Where's the capt'n?"

The crowd parted, and the captain took the steps two at a time. Woodrum and his friend receded into the crowd.

Emmett grasped the captain's hand. "I'll give you a whole hogshead for her, capt'n, and while my field boy rolls it down here, I'll be celebrating at the meetinghouse."

The captain pursed his lips for a moment, then broke into a grin. "Three hundred pounds it is, then. Gentlemen, Goodman Emmett here has purchased himself one high-born bride."

The men roared their approval and surged forward, encircling Emmett. He put an X on the voucher and exchanged it for a receipt from the captain. The excitement escalated and the crowd pulled Emmett off the half deck and further away from her. He twisted around. The depraved promise in his eyes projected itself into her very soul.

Bile converged in her throat. She was going to be sick. Forsooth, she was going to be sick right here, right now.

Help me, Lord, help me. Where is the governor? Where are you, Lord? Please, please. Help me.

As one, the company moved from the ship to the shore. And on, she supposed, to the celebration.

Chills from within shot through her body, causing a series of bumps to erupt along her arms and legs. Then an all-consuming anger at the incredible injustice of it all made her blood surge. Her resolve solidified and she focused in on the captain.

"How dare you!" she cried. "You will not get away with this. Mark you, if you do not arrange an audience with the governor at once, I will create a commotion of such magnitude they will write legends about it."

The captain did not even bother to acknowledge her. "Throw her back in the hold, Cooper," he said over his shoulder as he descended the steps.

She filled her lungs with the intention of letting out a scream the likes of which would not be ignored. Before she could release it, the first mate squeezed a band of skin between her neck and her shoulder.

Debilitating pain cut off her scream and buckled her knees. She crumpled to the ground. Cooper did not let go but followed her to the floor. She whimpered, trying to pull away from the torturous vice his fingers created.

His hot, foul breath invaded her ear. "Not one sound, dovey. Not one."

Chapter Two

CONSTANCE LAY SHIVERING and alone belowdecks. Darkness entombed the hold. Midnight had passed, but morning was still more than a few hours away.

She felt certain the men's celebration was over, for the balance of brides had been picked up long ago. All except for her.

She tried not to let desperation fill her. If the governor had put in an appearance, it was after Cooper had forced her back into the hold and secured her to the wall. With that opportunity gone, she knew there would be no other. At least not anytime soon. And by the time she did see the governor, it would be too late.

She would belong to a man. An odious, vulgar man who inspired revulsion, loathing, and horror. A man who, in the eyes of this colony. would have complete dominion over her. Who would have the right to do with her as he saw fit.

Her stomach clinched and she pushed herself up off the rough planks and heaved once again. Nothing left.

She'd managed to hold her fears at bay until the last bride had been led to her doom. When the trapdoor had closed behind that poor woman, it was the first time in over eight weeks that Constance had been completely alone. And it terrified her. The dark, damp, malodorous deck that had felt so cramped and hemmed in now loomed over her with a soundless assault.

The irons around her waist and wrists weighted her down. Collapsing onto the slats, she vaguely heard the scurrying of a rat echo off the walls of the hold. A fresh rush of tears spilled from her eyes.

Have you heard my cries, Lord? Have you destroyed my enemy? Is that why I am still here?

As if in answer, the squeak of the trapdoor reached her ears just as light from a lantern reached her eyes, She covered her eyes with her arm, the clanking of her chains ricocheting around her.

The heavy tread of the mate clomping down the steps sent her heart into a terrible gallop. She curled into a tight ball. Please. Please. Spare me, Lord. Rescue me. Please!

The crewman's smell reached her before he did. "The call to reckoning has come, wench. Up with ye, now. Yer man's arrived and it's anxious he is to take possession of ye."

In a pig's eye, she thought. A great calm settled upon her. She slowly unfurled, pulled herself into a sitting position, and looked up to see who had the late night watch. Arman. A beastly excuse of a man.

He removed the lock attaching her to the wall and pulled the chain from around her waist. Grabbing the irons around her wrists, he yanked her to her feet. The room swirled round, but Arman gave her no time to gain her sea legs.

She stumbled. He shoved her forward. She fell hard on her knees, pain shooting up her legs to her back and neck.

"Get up," he snarled, jerking her back to her feet. "You'll not be playing yer high-and-mighty games with me, missy. Ye might work yer wiles upon Cooper, but yer nothin' more than a hen to that struttin' rooster on the uppers, and if ye think to be givin' him or me any troubles, it'll go the worse for ye."

She kept her face expressionless, but she would not cooperate with Arman or the rooster. And she was prepared to do whatever it took to free herself from the knave.

When they made the upper deck, she scanned the area for the despicable Emmett man that had purchased her. He was not there. Instead, Arman led her to stand in front of the dark-haired farmer they called Drew O'Connor.

What was he doing here? Was he to take her to Emmett? But, no, it had been clear those two were not on friendly terms. Confusion clouded her thoughts.

"Remove the fetters," O'Connor said.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted September 24, 2010

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    A Bride Most Begrudging

    Lady Constance Morrow only boarded the ship because she wanted to bid her uncle goodbye. Unfortunately, a deceptively simple choice leads to her being kidnapped, sold as a tobacco bride and then won on a gamble by Drew O'Conner. When she is forced into a marriage of convenience, she remains convinced that once her father hears of her misfortune, he will bring her back to England. What she does not count on is the strong attraction between her and her new husband. But this is only one of many struggles that she faces. Will their growing love survive the struggles that rage inside each of them?

    This was actually my second time reading A Bride Most Begrudging and I had the same opinion of it that I had the first time. I loved the story. It is well-written and the pace is perfect. There is plenty of romance and even the occasional moment of humor. I loved the characters and the depth that the author gave to them. However, the sexual overtones are so strong that they almost overpower the story. It's just a matter of personal taste whether or not that would bother a reader. Deeanne Gist is known for her edgy fiction and most of the time I love her books, but this one is actually my least favorite by her.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

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    A Nice Surprise!

    I was at Sam's Club checking out the book section and bought this one along with Courting Trouble and its sequel, Deep in the Heart of Trouble. Honestly, the synopsis on the back cover of A Bride Most Begrudging didn't appeal to me as much as the Trouble books, but I bought them in case I devoured the other two too fast. And I did, which led me to reaidng this one. It was certainly not a disappointment, but rather a nice surprise. The characters felt nice and flshed out - just the way I like them. I really like the whole angle with Contance's math thing - it really added something to the novel. I definately recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or even just looking for something new to read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    I can see why it's a bestseller. A must read...

    I found the subject matter of this book (a forced marriage under dreadful circumstances) extremely captivating. How does one who has full marriage rights grow to love a stranger enough to want to be married to them in all ways? The tension in this story was highly believable and exciting to read. A real page turner. The historical element and Constance's bumblings at trying to be a good colonial wife was thoroughly intriguing and very sympathetic. I felt like I was in the colonies with her and couldn't stop reading. I was so glad when the couple finally admitted their feelings to each other, but then I wanted to slap Drew for thinking it best for her to be shipped back to England where she'd be 'happier.' I wanted to cry with Constance when Drew started avoiding her and refusing to get close. How painful and real. I won't say anymore or it may spoil some of the details for the reader. Overall this was a satisfying read with a wonderfully written spiritual element and moving romance theme. I'd love to see more books published by this author. It doesn't get better than this!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

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    Quite possibly my favorite books! Love, love this book. I fell

    Quite possibly my favorite books! Love, love this book. I fell in love with both characters, as well as Grandma, Mary & Sally. Every character was shaped and molded and easily relatable. I've read it multiple times and every time I still get excited and can't put it down. No doubt, this is my favorite book of Deeanne Gists. Would absolutely recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Good clean story

    Being a christian book I wasn't sure I would really get into it. Not that there is anything wrong with a clean book just not my normal read. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. Drew was so tough yet sweet. This book kinda sucks you in. One minute I thought I couldn't read it any more and next minute I couldn't put it down. Sweet!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Amazing

    One of my favorite books

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Awesome!

    Could not put this down! I was totally on the edge of my seat!

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

    Really good summer read!

    This is a really touching, romantic book. I've read it a couple times now and everytime I reread it I enjoy it. The characters are interesting, the historical period is engaging and the plot is very sweet, even if a bit predictable.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A fantastic colonial romance

    In 1643, Lady Constance Morrow says goodbye to her beloved Uncle Skelly, a prisoner on board the Randolph. Skelly failed to bow to the king so he will spend the next seven years as an indentured prisoner in the Virginia Colonies. Before Constance can leave the vessel, the captain and his crew abduct her and toss her in with the other female detainees.................... Two months later Constance is for sale in Virginia while Skelly died on board. To the spirited lass¿ chagrin odious tobacco farmer Emmett wins the booty. However, Drew O¿Connor collects the prize having won Constance in a card game. He takes her to his tobacco farm where he only wants her to serve as a maid and companion to his younger sister. He definitely does not want marriage still mourning the death of his beloved Leah. Drew rejects Constance¿s babble that she is the kidnapped daughter of an earl until he realizes she can¿t cook or clean or do anything domestic, but he desires her. She falls in love with her employer.................... A BRIDE MOST BEGRUDGING is a fantastic colonial romance that highlights the plight of women and incarcerated indentured servants. The gist of the story line provides a vivid look at the mid seventeenth century Virginia Colony, especially life on a tobacco farm. The lead couple is a delightful pairing as he begins to believe her only after he sees how domestically pathetic except for their kisses she is. The support cast is a bit extreme either being real nice folks or loathsome soulless thugs. Still Virginia and the prime lovers make for a wonderful historical tale............. Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    This was such an entertaining book. I laughed out loud so many

    This was such an entertaining book. I laughed out loud so many times. Deeanne Gist has an amazing ability to tell a story that grabs you from the start and doesn't let go until long after you've finished the novel.

    The characters a so realistic and the scenes are well described. The storyline is well put together to go with the time period.

    My favorite character was Constance because of her spunk and tenacity.

    I highly recommend this fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    I recommend this book to those who enjoy historical novels.

    I enjoy historical novels and this just fit the bill. This book was an easy read and it was definitely not trashy. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history based novels.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Enjoyable

    Yet predictable.

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  • Posted March 2, 2014

    This is my first book by Deanne Gist...and I fell in love with h

    This is my first book by Deanne Gist...and I fell in love with her writing style. I absoultely loved this book...great plot..
    the characters were well developed...and it had a nice pace to it. I will be getting all her books to read now..what a 
    awesome author! 


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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    excellent read

    Deanne Gist is one of my favorite authors. I have most of her books on my nook and reread them periodically. her research into the culture and time period of her writings is clearly evident. Her characters are fully developed. all her books tell a beautiful love story for God and each other. I highly recommend all of her books and look forward to new releases.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Entertaining romp with historical references.

    A top notch romance novel backed up with historical references that lend a credible feel to the story. Even though it has the ear markings for "jumping to conclusions" without any grounds to substantiate their imaginations working overtime--it was a great read!

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

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    Educated Woman, Reluctant Hero

    A Bride Most Begrudging. Just look at the title. How can that not intrigue you?!
    This is my first Deeanne Gist book and I thoroughly enjoyed this read. When hero, Drew O'Conner sees someone in trouble, he must needs help. Even if it's a woman with red hair. Which he professes to hate. Both of them forced into a marriage by the rules of the colony, their emotions dance around each other in the usual, yet beguiling two-step. When you think all is faring well and you're ready for the happily ever after ending, Ms. Gist withholds it yet again. I must admit. There was a moment when I really. SERIOUSLY. wanted to slap Drew. Several times just so he wouldn't miss my point!

    But, when you find yourself screaming at the main character, wiping tears off your cheeks, and laughing out loud, these are all the earmarks of a fantastic story.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    good christian fiction

    another good read by gist

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

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    Wonderful and awesome!!

    This is an awesome book! I must be reading these in the right order, because this is my 3rd Gist book, and they have all gotten progressively better. It took me a while to get used to the terminology, the way the characters spoke, and especially they way they treated certain people. But once I saw the true personalities of certain characters, I adapted easily. It also took me a while to get into the story, but once I got about 1/3 of the way through, it was very hard to put down (I lost many hours of sleep at night, because I'd say, "one more chapter... one more chapter...") There wasn't as many ups and downs throughout the book, the beginning was like a huge climb, and then the last parts really jolted you with some quick turns and dips. I came away with a couple things from this book. First, you can't judge a book by its cover. You really got to get to know people and their personality and character before you dismiss them and potentially miss out on something that could be great. And that's not only for people but also new places or surroundings. Give things a chance; they just might grow on you. Second, always trust God and give everything to Him in all our situations. Just because we're in a situation we think we don't want to be in or was forced into, doesn't mean that isn't where we belong. God can turn the worst into the best, and He definitely directs our path in the direction we should go and where we can receive abundant blessings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2010

    Wonderful Read

    Lady Constance Morrow experienced more than she bargained for when she came on board the ship in the year 1643 to bid her uncle farewell. After sneaking out of the house and leaving without a chaperone, something was bound to go wrong. Her uncle was traveling to America to endure seven years as an indentured servant. While bidding her uncle goodbye, the captain of the ship kidnapped her and took her prisoner to become a tobacco bride to be sold to an American colonist. When I began to read this book, I did not think that it would become one of the best I have ever read. I would certainly recommend it to any romance novel enthusiast. While in America, Constance has the adventure and experiences of a lifetime. She also meets her one true love. Of the numerous romantic novels I have read, A Bride Most Begrudging is definitely one of my favorites.

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

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    At times it did get a little predictable but still a good read.

    After a misunderstanding, a young woman name Constance claims to be the daughter of an Earl then gets married to a guy name Drew and has to wait for some months till her father receives her letter of her current whereabouts. Until then, she must keep her distance from her husband but slowly gets to know him and the ways of the farm as the days go by. The bickering between Drew and Constance reminded me a little bit of Elizabeth and Darcy. I don't know. I liked how Constance learned to interact with everyone, while learning something about her self as well as Drew. All the while getting used to her new surroundings. The end surprised me but at the same time it didn't.

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