The Bride Price

The Bride Price

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by Tracey Jane Jackson
     
 

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Is love timeless?
Does only one true love exist for each person?
Can the course of history be changed in order to save a future generation?

Sophie Ford, awaiting a heart transplant, thought she was sleeping in the arms of her beloved husband, Jamie, however, she has woken to find herself in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 1863, without explanation as to how she got

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Is love timeless?
Does only one true love exist for each person?
Can the course of history be changed in order to save a future generation?

Sophie Ford, awaiting a heart transplant, thought she was sleeping in the arms of her beloved husband, Jamie, however, she has woken to find herself in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 1863, without explanation as to how she got there, or where her husband is.

She finds refuge with a doctor and his family, but develops a volatile relationship with their neighbor, Richard Madden. His expectations become difficult to ignore, and Sophie must figure out a way to hold off his advances.

When a soldier shows up looking identical to Jamie, but not knowing who she is, Sophie decides she must make him remember.

Will her love for him help him remember? Will they rediscover their love in the new century, or will Richard threaten their chance to reunite? Will Sophie survive the threat against her life and destiny?

Editorial Reviews

Stephanie Haddad
Rating: PG. There’s talk of marital relations here and there, but Jackson keeps it mostly clean by “panning away” before things get too hot and heavy.

Recommendation: Absolutely. Lovers of history will enjoy it for its accuracy and creative spin on the traditional historical format. Lovers of books about love will adore it for all those sweet moments between our hero and heroine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453660416
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
06/06/2010
Series:
Civil War Brides Series
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
1,211,182
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Tracey was born and raised in New Zealand, and that's where her love of horses was formed. Her grandfather taught her to ride at four years old, and she couldn't get enough.

Her love and passion for Abraham Lincoln and the entire Civil War era might have come from her American father, however, he lays no claim to influencing her. Tracey's mother used to tell her she was simply born in the wrong place in the wrong time.

Tracey hasn't always wanted to write. It took her a long time to get started, but now she doesn't seem to be able to stop, the joy of escaping to the 1860s is too much fun.

She's been happily married and gooey in love with her husband for sixteen years. They live in the Pacific Northwest with their two sons.

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The Bride Price 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 198 reviews.
chorn74 More than 1 year ago
Can't say enough about this book. I love time travel books to begin with but this one beats them all! It is not your "typical" time travel romance book. What a different take on it. I've since picked up the others in the series and she takes it all to another level. Absolutely amazing! I've not seen another author do anything like this. I love all these characters and feel like I'm right there with them. Wonderful job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the idea of the plot, but the dialogue just never got off the ground for me. It wasn't the worst book I've ever read, but I stuck with it thinking there would be some really cool ending. Pretty anti-climatic. Character development lacking. Like who was Topper afraid of? What was the point of bringing Clayton in at the end? Very so so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed. While the plot line was a fascinating idea, the story itself went no where. I felt like I was reading the same chapter over and over. To be fair I did finish the book but I won't be recommending it to anyone. There was a lot of things left unexplained.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't typically read time travel novels, but I was intrigued by the era and I like historicals. Tracey brings us a tragic tale of a dying young woman and her devoted husband. Sophie is on a transplant list to get a new heart, but her prognosis doesn't look good. She's whisked back in time seemingly out of the blue. She's discovered by a nice family who happily take her in, now healthy and courted by a neighbor, but she's desperate to find a way back to her husband, Jamie. Jamie refuses to believe Sophie is dead. He talks to a grief counselor, who unbeknownst to him, is the one who sent Sophie back in time so that she can live a full life. The counselor believes Sophie will fall in love with another, but after seeing Jamie, determines he can't live without his wife. So poof, he goes back too. I didn't have a problem with this concept, but along the course of the story we learn that a killer is after Sophie, who is supposed to keep the course of the war in the North's favor and the killer is a Southern sympathizer who wants to alter the outcome. Except we never really discover if that's what the killer was trying to do. He's captured and commits suicide before Jamie can talk to him. The end was a bit of a let down after all the build up to why and how they got there. But it did have a satisfactory happy ending, so I rated it 3 stars. It was very fast-paced and laced with wonderful, rich characters. I look forward to reading the other books in this series, perhaps there will be more reasoning behind the woman who sent them into the past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love time travel books but this one fell very flat. No explanation of the "travel", why or how. No thankfulness for sudden good health. Was waiting for answers to a lot of questions, they never came. Boring "filling". Was very hard to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I was a little daunted by the number of pages but it grew on me after a while. I like the idea of the plot and several of the directions it took but overall I thought it was quite repetitive. I was quite disappointed at how she didn't wrap it up in the in. For the number of pages devoted to seemily unimportant things she left a lot out about what really mattered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started off with great promise, and had some good moments throughout the book. However, this book definitely did not live up to the first few chapters. The story does not hold together and is mostly unbelievable. Characters and plotlines are introduced, then left hanging. Historical inaccuracies abound.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This could have been a great read. The premise is interesting, but the plot ended up superficial. There were too many unexplained storylines--why was Sophie so important as opposed to any other person with greater knowledge of the period than a reenactor? Why was Richard so troubled that he turned to alcohol? What was the point of the girl who found Jamie sneaking around? What was the deal with the soldier Sophie was so drawn to? Not even the time travel or the guardians were addressed. Then add the soap opera-like jobs/war the characters had...or did they? They were never gone. There was way too much fluffy dialogue of love you love you more and little actual meat to enjoy...pages of it in fact. There was more of that than actual thoughtful conclusions. We see about a page devoted to concluding the issue of Sophie being shot...by whom...why? And GOOD GRIEF how much time could have been better used to explore these things than Sophie getting hurt then sleeping then getting hurt then sleeping, etc.? This is an award-winning author?.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i could not get thru this book the writing and the characters seemed as if written by a very very immature writer dont waste your time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stupid book. The positive reviews had to be from family. Book has no conclusion!! I am angry my time was wasted reading this stupid book. It started out good but a little over half way when something in particular happens thats it the rest is bulls***. The author needs to learn that you got to finish a book with a conclusion of the story and not with a bunch of ridiculous dialog about nothing!!! "Oh i love you!" "No, i love you more" No i love you more" "no no i love you more." Dont even bother reading the last 200 pages. You will be waiting for something to happen but nothing does. Pisses me off when a book is given 4 stars because author had all thier friends and family give it a good review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did i read the same book as these other reviewer? I have to wonder b/c i did not enjoy it at all. The writing and storytelling is poor, and annoyingly trite. I found most of it predictable and ridiculous. The only semi-interesting thing was the time travel aspect of the story. I like love stories, too, but this one was lacking to a fault. The dialogue, under developed plots and one demensional characters were just too lame to get me vested in the book. I forced my way thru the second half but i shouldn't have wasted my time or energy. Sorry but i will definitely not be following this so called author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love this book. I think that Miss Jackson is a wonderful author. You should also read the rest of the series, you will love them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a lovely read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Modern, historical time travel? Hmm, I guess. Too much attention to Richard's attraction to Sophie (we get it already) There were a lot of holes in the story as well. A killer (back in time) is after Sophie...who was he, and like Sophie and her husband Jamie, how exactly did they get back in time/? A big build up, (could have ended the book minus a 100 pages of so) , with a poor/weak/sappy closing , equals a big let down and BORING. What a waste of my time. Not reading the other books and making sure not to read anything else by the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the time travel idea, but the plot or lack of it got boring after a while. I was waiting for some exciting story line, but never came. For a book that was over 600 pgs should have been more...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with those who found the end unsatisfing and the plot under developed. Couldhave been a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the idea was good but after reading less than 200 pages I'm not sure it will be worth my time. The main character, Sophie, is supposedly a Civil War enthusiast but she acts like she doesn't have a clue and the author fails to address the issue of how the civil war folks handle this woman who appears without proper attire for the period. I just can't buy this character or the poorly constructed story line. After reading other reviews by those who don't like this book I think I'll save myself the time & stop reading now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not a grammar nazi, but when i buy a book i would love it if someone read it to make sure it has a possibilty to end up working. Im not making sense, just like the book, and i would like to know what happened. Hopefully, i can ignore gramatical and historical errors
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, I am not realated, so this is unbiased. Although it is obvious that this is the work of a new author, it was well done and was a fun story to read. There were some points where the author didn't keep facts straight, and that made it a little confusing if you are one of those people who keep track of all the little details. The ending could have had a better payoff, but was not disapointing. Cute story.
jp-tala More than 1 year ago
This book was actually free!? Great love story between a man and his wife. There's no gritty sex scene, no evil third person trying to break them up, just the hope that they find each other and that he can get his memory back. Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable time travel romance. I'm usually not a big fan of the genre, but this was an exception. Good writing and great characters make this a heartfelt, believable story. Can't wait to read the rest of the series! Will look for more great stuff from Ms. Jackson in the future.
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630 pages, over long, stilted dialog, lame conclusion. Runs on and on but never goes any place. Editing okay. Some sex, time travel into the padt. Romance, skme mild violence. Just did not rattle my chain. AD
WillowTX More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down.