The Bargain

The Bargain

by Mary Jo Putney

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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 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. . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420122435
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 99,558
File size: 427 KB

About the Author

Mary Jo Putney is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written over 60 novels and novellas. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won the honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. In 2013 she was awarded the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Though most of her books have been historical romance, she has also published contemporary romances, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals. She lives in Maryland with her nearest and dearest, both two and four footed. Visit her at

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Bargain 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 366 reviews.
AmyELignor1 More than 1 year ago
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 least!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
amelyLD More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
rdh123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To keep her fortune an heiress, Lady Locelyn Kendal, marries an officer, Major David Lancaster, dying from his wounds suffered at Waterloo. David's sister Sally marries the surgeon. Easy, good read.
reneebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a re-write of a signet regency 'The Would-Be Widow' first published in 1989. In order to keep her fortune, an heiress marries an officer dying from his wounds suffered at Waterloo. But he doesn't die and completely recovers unexpectedly from his injuries! This was a terrific story with wonderful characters. I have a soft spot for marriage of convenience stories where the H/H grow to love each other. Deep well drawn characters with smoothly flowing plot. (Grade: B)
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
Jocelyn was a lady born to wealth and privilege who, upon the death of her father, finds out she must marry in the near future in order to inherit the estate.  Jocelyn decides she will find someone at “death’s door” to marry so she will not be entangled with a husband for long.  She finds David, a wounded soldier, in a hospital who agrees to marry her in exchange for his unmarried sister receiving from Jocelyn sufficient funds to be independent after his death.  Thus, their “bargain” is struck and they marry.  The rest of this wonderful story tells the tale of their coming to resolutions with their pasts, of cheating the grim reaper and of falling in love.  Ms. Putney weaves a love story with imagination and heart and her characters are life-like and endearing.
catd More than 1 year ago
Liked this book. I wish the sister would get her own story.
sammy63 More than 1 year ago
From a "marriage of necessity" comes love. Very good read. Well written.
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Great book
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Verylate More than 1 year ago
Great story line! LOVE her books!
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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!