ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Life doesn't wait, and neither does Kelly Eileen Hake. In her short twenty-three years of life, she's achieved much. Her secret? Embracing opportunities and multitasking. Kelly received her first writing contract at the tender age of seventeen and arranged to wait three months until she was able to legally sign it. Since that first contract five years ago, she's reached several life goals. Aside from fulfilling fourteen contracts ranging from short stories to novels, she's also attained her BA in English Literature and Composition and earned her credential to teach English in secondary schools. If that weren't enough, she's taken positions as a college preparation tutor, bookstore clerk, and in-classroom learning assistant to pay for the education she values so highly. Currently, she is working toward her MA in Writing Popular Fiction. No matter what goal she pursues, Kelly knows what it means to work for it!
Kelly's dual careers as English teacher and author give her the opportunity explore and share her love of the written word. A CBA bestselling author and dedicated member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Kelly is a reader favorite of Barbour's Heartsong Presents program, where she's been privileged to earn numerous Heartsong Presents Reader's Choice Awards; including Favorite New Author 2005, Top 5 Favorite Historical Novel 2005, and Top Five Favorite Author Overall 2006 in addition to winning the Second Favorite Historical Novel 2006!
Her Prairie Promises trilogy, set in the 1850s Nebraska Territory, features her special style of witty, heartwarming historical romance.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Set down upon the wild American plains during the 1850. Clara is desperate for a home and a future for herself and her aunt. When Clara Fields and her aunt are kicked off their wagon train, a store owner in Buttonwood offers a chance at redemption. If Clara is able to wed his grandson off to any of the local girls within a month, he'll sign over his two-story house.
Desperate to provide for the woman who raised her, Clara agrees to find a bride for the man's son--a stalwart bachelor. How hard can it be to find a bride for one handsome Doctor? Apparently more difficult than she imagined when Saul Reed seems determined to ramain single.
Will Clara's faith and wits help her wrangle a resolution to The Bride Bargain. Striking a bargain with a lonely trader to fool a head-strong doctor could lead Clara to an unexpected avenue of romance.
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Bride Bargain, go HERE
In Review: Ah, the wild American plains of early America. Full of adventure, romance and stubborn oxen? Well, that is where this book starts. Clara is matching wits and grit with a stubborn ox who is more interested in eating her leather gloves than pulling their wagon westward. Forget chivalry, it apparently died on this wagon trail with a hard hearted trail leader who decides Clara and her aunt are dead weight and decide to just leave them behind.
It seems providence to the local store owner when Clara and her aunt arrive just as he needs to leave town. They strike a bargain that allows them to take care of his store and stay in his home while he is gone. However, secretly Clara has been given a mission to find the store owner's visiting son a wife so that he won't want to go back to the big city.
She has it all planned and everything organized like a well oiled machine, but unfortunately when God and people mix their plans together there is a brand new recipe. None of it includes apples! (You'll have to read the book to understand that.)
This was such a great easy read. It reminded me so much of Janette Oke's style that first made me fall in love with Christian fiction. This would be a wonderful book for your church library or for a teen girl who loves to read. I will be tucking this book into our lunch basket to go to the ICU next week. I am sure that it will be a nice read for people up there who have hours to wait in between visits.