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From the Back Cover
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? --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00B853O1I
- Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (June 1, 2009)
- Publication date : June 1, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 3183 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 373 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #400,039 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The main characters are, of course, fictional. As you may read from the description, Joe is highly motivated to acquire a wife and any woman at all will do, even one in her sixties with no teeth. Although he would prefer to marry Anna, she won't have him because she vowed to never marry.
Instead, she works for him as a cook for his lumberjacking crew. Of course, Anna and Joe fall in love and of course, she agrees to marry him and of course, there is a misunderstanding and she won't marry him. As he has only days to marry before losing half his land, he proposes to the indigent widow with no teeth. The man she was supposed to marry refused to and she is left in dire straits which marriage to Joe will fix.
But there's a surprise and Joe and the widow don't marry. Anna realizes what a sterling example of man Joe is and they marry.
There is a Christian element to this book, not as heavy-handed as some, but enough to know that their faith enriches these people's lives and helps them be decent people to each other.
In 1865, in Granby, Massachusetts, an orphan girl, Anna Ivy applied to be a cook for Joe Denton. She was not only an excellent cook, and house keeper, but she can write and read and teach. Moreover, she is a beautiful young woman.
When Joe meets Anna, he can't believe his luck. He has begun to attracted to her. Anna loves him so much, but she doesn't want to marry if Joe loves his land more than Anna. Does Joe love his 640 acres land than Anna? Would he mind losing his land in order to marry Anna?
This is a beautiful story based on history. I enjoyed reading it twice. At first, I borrowed an audio book at a library, then I bought a kindle. I may enjoy reading it a few more times.
Thank you to Deeane Gist, for her research and for making such a wonderful story.
Top reviews from other countries
I highly recommend for a fun few hours reading.