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