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The Bride Bargain (Prairie Promises Series #1) Paperback – September 1, 2008
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"The Bride Bargain" is a wonderful freshman novel. Kelly Eileen Hake is a chip off the old block. This author is easily as talented as her mother! She has created characters in whom the reader can really invest. The plot lines are sophisticated and multi-dimensional. At times, the story seemed predictable. Then, suddenly, it would surprise me and put a smile on my face. Although I don't necessarily believe that a man would put so much thought into matchmaking, this was a wonderful story. It was almost too perfect! My only complaint is that the ending came abruptly. Still, I can't wait to see what Miss Hake does next.
We have a doctor who lives in Baltimore, two ladies making their way across the plains, with Oregon being their destination. Enter a nice but devious older man, the General Store owner in Buttonwood. He also happens to be the doctor's dad. Somehow, in surprising ways, they all meet. What transpires is too funny, sweet, and amazing! I won't spoil your read by telling you more. Just read this delightful book, and see for yourself! Blessings! 😂
In a tale that is long on the laughs and gentle on the romance, Kelly Eileen Hake brings the warmth and charm of small town America and although the story is fairly predictable, the getting there is always the fun part A wonderful way to while away a few happy hours with these delightful set of characters. And with another 2 books in the series, I can't wait to enjoy more time in Buttonwood.
She actually did a pretty good job on some details of thrashing grain and cooking. On the other hand, the entire setting is completely impossible. In 1855, there was no settlement in the Ft Laramie area--certainly not a fairly established town like "Buttonwood." If you want to know what the area there was like in 1855, here is a diary entry from Dr. Wilhelm Keil on the Oregon Trial that year: "In my last report, from Laramie, I stated that from there we would move toward hell. My prophecy came true. The uprising among the Sioux Indians around Laramie was enormous so that no one dared to leave the fort. But we were made without fear. We met hundreds of Indians..." (he goes on to recount how they were peaceful towards him--though not to everyone!). By treaty, this was Indian country at the time and whites could travel through, but only trappers and other frontiersmen permanently resided in the area.
The author has people casually traveling back and forth from Baltimore. However, that trip was a life-threatening journey taking months, not days. Goods at the sutler's store at Ft. Larimie were marked up to astronomical prices because it was so hard to get anything so far into the frontier (at that time, Ft. Larimie was the last regular army post until they got to Oregon). The kind of society she portrays did not come to Wyoming (which she correctly identifies as the Nebraska Territory at the time) until decades later.
Having grown up in western Nebraska, I would also comment that small details are also off.Read more ›
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I enjoyed the first part of this book. I liked the concept of it, and there was so much potential for conflict with the plot--Clara deceiving him the whole time trying to find him... Read morePublished 11 months ago
Wonderful story and really great writing. The town of cottonwood has captured my heart. I could not put it down.Published 16 months ago by Patricia A. Shaver
It was a good read. A simple story with a happy ending for a father and son, and an aunt and her niece. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dorothy Hendrickson
You don a good job on this book ans I hope u make more of these books
P.s I am 13 love your book
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Fantastic writer - Awesome Book- once you start reading it is so hard to put down. Cant wait to read more of these.Published on June 18, 2013 by Susan MacDonald
enjoyed this book loved the easy reading and story will share with other in family we are ladies that love to readPublished on May 11, 2013 by Bonnie Bell
Others have written reviews, so I will not go over that. It was wonderful, funny, had heart, throughly enjoyable, had a good flow to it, a great ending! Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Hannah Rose