Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Bride In The Bargain

In Review
Picking up a book by Deeann Gist means I am going to be engrossed until the last page. She writes in a style that just makes me want me sit out on the front porch and relax and read.

By now you have figured out that I read a LOT of books. When I am reading and an author starts to get descriptive in a way that doesn't mean much to the book I will skip entire paragraphs. That NEVER happens when reading Deeanne books. I hang on each word and get attached to the characters.

This book centers around Joe and Anna. Anna has survived the Civil War but needs a way out. She meets a man who is taking women back to Seattle. Anna feels like her prayers are answered when he says a gentleman in Seattle needs a cook.

But Joe doesn't need a cook. He needs a wife and quick or he is going to lose the land and his lumber business that he has worked so hard to build.

There is a deadline on Joe finding a wife, but will they find love before the deadline arrives is anyone's guess.

Book Description
The Wedding Is All Planned...
Someone Just Needs to Tell the Bride
In 1860s Seattle, redwoods were plentiful but women scarce. Yet a man with a wife could secure 640 acres of timberland for free.

Joe Denton doesn't have a wife, though. His died before she could follow him to Seattle and now the local judge is threatening to take away his claim. In desperation, he buys himself a Mercer bride--one of the eastern widows and orphans brought to the Territory by entrepreneur Asa Mercer.

Anna Ivey's journey west with Mercer is an escape from the aftermath of the Civil War. She signed on to become a cook--not a bride. When she's handed over to Denton, her stubborn refusal to wed jeopardizes his land. With only a few months before he loses all he holds dear, can he convince this provoking, but beguiling, easterner to become his lawfully wedded wife?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Bride In The Bargain, go HERE

1 comment:

Sharon said...

Sounds like a great book!!!! I will try to get on the puter tonite and read that chapter, as long as the thunderstorms aren't to bad tonite.
Love the book cover too!

Have a beautiful day my friend :)