A Bride in the Bargain

A Bride in the Bargain

by Deeanne Gist

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Overview

In 1860s Seattle, a man with a wife could secure himself 640 acres of timberland. But because of his wife's untimely death, Joe Denton finds himself about to lose half of his claim. Still in mourning, his best solution is to buy one of those Mercer girls arriving from the East. A woman he'll marry in name but keep around mostly as a cook.

Anna Ivey's journey west with Asa Mercer's girls is an escape from the griefs of her past. She's not supposed to be a bride, though, just a cook for the girls. But when they land, she's handed to Joe Denton and the two find themselves in a knotty situation. She refuses to wed him and he's about to lose his land. With only a few months left, can Joe convince this provoking--but beguiling--easterner to be his bride?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441204172
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 131,902
File size: 2 MB

About 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.
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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Bride in the Bargain 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 118 reviews.
JBINGHAM More than 1 year ago
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.
bp0602 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Sneezybee23 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the attention to detail, and interesting characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story line, no smut, and a bit of history to boot! I enjoyed this quick, easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best Deeanne Gist book I have read.
BellaBW More than 1 year ago
I liked the characters and the circumstance, however, too many negative happenings occurred. A bit more happiness would be appreciated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of Deanne's books so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and fun to read. Cute, good feeling love story that isn't overly mushy. Spunky and good hearted.
AVIDIDAHOREADER More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS A FUN READ AND HIGHLY RECCOMENDED ALONG WITH THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
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
khiemstra631 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to the Recorded Books version of this book and found it very entertaining. Based on a true story, it takes place in the Washington Territory just after the end of the Civil War. A boatload of brides was contracted from the east by the eligible men of the Seattle area to be supplied by one Asa Mercer. Alas, only about twenty ever made it to Seattle as most jumped ship in San Francisco. One who did arrive was Anna Ivey who was contracted to Joe Mercer. Thing is, Joe paid for a bride while Anna signed on to be a cook. The rest of the book is spent resolving this conflict. Just as it seems settled, a new, unexpected monkey wrench is thrown into the works. This is a very satisfying read or listen.
lexxa83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book with a fun plot and wonderful characters. It is light fun historical romance at its best, and I will be reading many other books by this author.
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. It was probably her best romance yet and I wasn't bored at all, which is sometimes the case. There was a lot of emotional pull and believable conflict in the story and I might even read it twice, which is something I never do. Very well done romantic tension. It's smoking. :) For a CBA novel, anyway. I even got misty eyed a few times.
palmtreegirl24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deeanne Gist has done it again with another "Bride" Book! In the tradition of her other books: A Bride Most Begrudging and The Measure of a Lady (which I also highly recommend!)Deeanne Gist writes another classic story. The setting is different than any story I have read and I really liked that. There is also a little twist at the end of the story, which makes it even more the happy ending!Widower and Lumberjack, Joe Denton is in need of a wife to save the land he has worked on for over ten years. He is so desperate he agrees on paying for one to come from the East Coast to where he lives in Seattle. Cook and orphan, Anna Ivey needs a new job and new life. She decides to to travel to Seattle and signs on as a cook. When she gets to Seattle, she and Joe both realize they have been tricked when Anna realizes Joe wants a wife, and not a cook. Will Anna agree to be Joe's wife, or will he have to find someone else?This story is very sweet and heartwarming and I found myself smiling and laughing at some of the things the characters do and say. Definitely another great book by Deeanne Gist!
froggykm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a nice story.I have heard good things baout Ms Gist's books but had not read any yet. I was not disappointed. I loved watching the story unfold, but I wish it had been slightly longer to explore that a little more. It is inspirational but not preachy. definitely would recommend to others looking for a sweet historical romance.
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the east coast, then around the horn to the west coast this book spans the United States shortly after the Civil War. Being a southern girl through and through it was interesting for me to really feel for a character who could not be more devoted to her Union ties. Starting with nothing but loss and a past that is haunted by guilt not earned our heroine learns to get up and go on with life. The matter is she has to open her life to where God leads and not to where she is determined to be. Our hero is set and knows what he wants, but does not necessarily like what he has to do to get it. Until he accepts his fate and realizes that quite possibly God has a better plan that he. A bargain is made and if all goes well there might be a bride, but which one and will it be in time for everything else to be saved? The preface of the book is set on a historically accurate fact that a man did take it upon himself to go to the east coast to find wives (orphans - not in the children sense you think of, but girls old enough to marry with no family or other options and widows - women who were left alone with either children or not after the Civil War stole them of their husbands) for the men on the west coast. If you've read much historical fiction, you know many men went west for the land, the mining, and this case the lumberjacking as well. The man who was the "entrepreneur" was not an honest man, but he was not evil in the sense of some characters as well. He was just a man who did not always tell the whole truth.Other than just knowing that the women who were invited to participate in the exodus were from categories such as widows and orphans, there is no real emphasis on the fact or details of the past lives. So there is no dwelling sadness there as one might assume.In a way, I would very much relate a partial idea of the story to "A Bride Most Begrudging". The location is completely different. The characters are completely different. The plot is completely different. But in a similar fashion there is a woman who the last thing on her mind was getting married, who finds out that it might not be up to her with her plans of what she once thought.How does that sound?
MDLady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great story! I Would love to read about the lives of Joe and Anna. I think it would be a great read.
deep220 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was so hard to put down, so I didn't just stayed up til 3 in the morning to finish it. Anna Ivey is a 19 year old, orphaned by the Civil War who decides to move from Granby, Massachusetts; she decides to embark on a journey by boat with dozen's of other women and heads toward the west coast in hopes to find a job. Joe Denton is a Lumberjack who owns 640 aches of luscious forest, who is in dire need of a wife in order to keep his land. So Joe reluctently participates in Asa Mercer business venture to bring back wives for the local bachlors, at a price of 300 dollars of course. Only when Anna Ivey arrives she has no idea that she was intented to be a bride, having singed a contact with Mr. Mercer to be given employment as a cook. I loved both Anna and Joes character (along with the rest of the Lumberkjacks). Would highly recommend and read again.
mschweer432 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift from a family member who knows how much I love books. Deeanne Gist isn't an author that I was familiar with but I am a sucker for romance so I decided to give it a try. I wasn't dissapointed. It was a fast easy read that kept me entertained. I loved the characters and the story. Even though I generally read "steamier" romance, I wasn't let down. I found it refreshing to read a story where the main characters work to make each other love them, not just lust after them. There was also just enough suspence to keep me turning the pages. If you like historical romance, I would definately reccomend this book!
jfedolak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:In 1860s Seattle, a man with a wife could secure himself 640 acres of timberland. But because of his wife's untimely death, Joe Denton finds himself about to lose half of his claim. Still in mourning, his best solution is to buy one of those Mercer girls arriving from the East. A woman he'll marry in name but keep around mostly as a cook. Anna Ivey's journey west with Asa Mercer's girls is an escape from the griefs of her past. She's not supposed to be a bride, though, just a cook for the girls. But when they land, she's handed to Joe Denton and the two find themselves in a knotty situation. She refuses to wed him and he's about to lose his land. With only a few months left, can Joe convince this provoking--but beguiling--easterner to be his bride?I received this book through early review. I loved it! It was a sweet story. I loved the scene with the judge's son. It was really short scene but great.
duevelcm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming and sweet. There was a clear Christian message, but it did not hit you over the head. It fit with the characters and with the time period. I read this book a while ago and forgot to post a review and would like to read it a second time in order to write a better review. I do remember thinking while I was reading it, that the descriptions were very detailed and brought the reader into the story. In this way, it was reminiscent of LaVyrle Spencer novels.