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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; First Edition edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764204076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764204074
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Popular evangelical Christian novelist Gist tells a could-have-happened tale of a Seattle landowner who requires a wife to keep his 640 acres. In the land replete with timber but few women, widower Joe Denton signs a contract with Asa Mercer to deliver the wife he needs to ensure his land rights. Unfortunately, 19-year-old Anna Ivey doesn't realize she's signed on for marriage; she only wants passage out West and a job. Sparks fly as tempers flare when Joe and Anna discover they are at cross-purposes. Acquiescing to common sense as well as a sense of desperation, the two agree to work together temporarily. As Anna cooks up a storm in payment for the traveling debt Joe incurred on her behalf, Joe cooks up his own scheme for wooing Anna into marriage. Gist's work is comical, sassy and sweet—yet her story's ending ties together a bit too neatly for readers who relish real-life finales. (June)
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"The characters are refreshing, the setting is vivid and the plot will keep you turning the pages.  A keeper!"

---- JUNE TOP PICK, 4-1/2 STARS,Romantic Times, Jennifer Reyes

"Historical romance readers will find Bride in the Bargain a pure delight."

---- CBA Retailers+Resources, Michelle Connell

"Gist's cover communicates so many elements: it's pretty, ladylike, earthy and DUDE SHE HAS AN AXE!"

---- The Book Bark

A Bride in the Bargain contains enough historical insight, captivating scenes of Washington's natural beauty, humor, excitement and pathos to satisfy the pickiest of readers. And, all the while, the book stays within the cultural and moral boundaries of people who put their faith and trust in the ultimate love of God. --FaithfulReader.com

Customer Reviews

I love super clean and sweet romance novels.
P. Bothwell
I am a fan of this book, and this author, and highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read historical fiction.
Ashley Pichea
She has wonderful story lines and characters that are well developed.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
What a sweet little book this is. No really. Throughout the book I kept thinking to myself, "oh, how sweet." Surprisingly enough this didn't make me roll my eyes and toss the book over my shoulder. You see, to me sweet usually means blah, or boring, or possibly a diabetic coma, but not this time. What saves it from being too good to be true is the author's attention to historical detail. She doesn't pretty it up a whole lot which makes the secondary cast of characters much more human, therefore much more interesting.

I loved the use of Mercer's Girls to drive the story forward, but it's only the catalyst for the meaty part of the book. This is a true love story; love of self, friends, land, career, children and spouse. The only thing that bothered me about this book is that the hero and heroine are a bit unbelievable. Both are a little too good to be true and carry enough guilt to fell a horse. Anna's feelings of responsibility for her deceased family rang especially untrue and I wish the author had resolved the issue much sooner than she did.

I can't say this is the best book I've ever read or that I want to tell all my friends to run right out and buy it, but it's a solid read. I found it to be an enjoyable and comfortable book. And since my interests tend toward action, excitement and steamy love scenes, that's saying something.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By kellyreaderofbooks on May 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Orphaned and jobless, Anna answers an ad in a New York newspaper. The ad is searching for "domestics, nannies, or teachers" to come out west to work in the Northwest territory. She is told she will be cooking for a lumberjack camp near Seattle. Little does she know that the lumberjack camp owner has actually sent for a wife, and is expecting one when she steps off the boat.

Set mostly in rural Seattle in the 1860s, A Bride in the Bargain is a gentle and quick read. The plot is a bit predictable, but still interesting if you like this sort of book. I would recommend it for fans of the historical fiction/romance genre.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Edwards on May 22, 2009
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If you enjoy Deeanne's book then you will again feel this is another excellent book! It is written when Seattle, WA was just a Territory and the main character comes West thinking she is going to be just a cook. This is complicated by the fact that she has had her passage paid for by a man who thinks he has a "bride" coming for him. He NEEDS this bride to keep his acreage and his lumbermill that he has worked YEARS for ... then to complicate matters, of course, he ends up falling in love with her. I enjoyed this book ... and where is was not a deep book it was a fun book to read ... sometimes it is nice to read a lightheartbook that one just enjoys to read for no reason at all except to enjoy and this book is one of those! Deeanne's books often are this type of book ... they aren't deep but they give you a good feeling and are easy to read and enjoyable with good characters!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jody Payne on May 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
The worst thing I can say about A Bride in the Bargain is it's over.
You know what I mean. You pick up a book and scan the first page. It interests you enough to read the second. And the third. Pretty soon, you're skipping lunch and the laundry piles up. You can't seem to put it down.
The heroine, Anna Ivey, is someone you get to know and care about. She's desperate. Her father and her brother were killed in the War Between the States, and her mother died of a broken heart. Anna blames herself.
In the south, we tend to view our own war aftermath of destruction as catastrophic, and it was. But in December of 1865, people in Massachusetts were also destitute. Wives and children of soldiers who would never return were starving and begging in the streets.
Anna found employment as a cook in a boarding house. Unfortunately, the job came with an employer, and she was forced to run for her life or at least her virtue. She makes a deal to travel to Seattle for employment. The procurer swears Joe Denton needs a cook for his logging company, and he will pay her passage.
Sounds good, right? A classic win-win solution. Well, no, not quite. Joe Denton believes he's getting a bride.
What will happen when they meet? Now you're hooked. You swear you'll read just one more page.
I'll tell you just this much without revealing too much of the plot. When Joe picks her up at the dock, he's delighted. The girl's a beauty, and he drives her directly to the church. Although he wasn't particularly interested in a purchased wife, he needs one to hold onto his land. A bachelor could receive 320 acres, but a married man would get 640 acres of prime timber land.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By avid reader on January 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am a Christian, but I have a hard time really getting into Christian based novels. They usually are pretty corny and not well written. HOWEVER, I really enjoyed this book! I found myself laughing a lot at the lovable characters. But I do agree with some of the other reviews, and it was quite predictable from the beginning. One thing I found surprising, is the level of sexuality in the book. I have made it through several Christian romance novels, but this one was the most sexual by far. Don't get me wrong, I had no problem with the level of sexuality, I just found it surprising. And when you read it, please count how man times the line "talk with our hands" is used. I noticed about halfway through the book that that line is used A LOT. Almost to the point it is annoying.

But all in all, like I said, I liked this book. It was surprisingly good for the genre. I may look into more of her books now.
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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 love stories. Add to this four RITA nominations, two consecutive 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 www.IWantHerBook.com and at www.facebook.com/DeesFriends.


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