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Tennessee Bride Paperback – May, 1988

4.2 out of 5 stars 152 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Brides Series

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Book Description

“Extraordinary ... Bittner’s characters spring to life.” —Publishers Weekly

Raised in the hills of Tennessee, Emma Simms dreams of the day she’ll escape her life of poverty to start over in the excitement of Knoxville. But when her mother dies and she’s left with no one but her stepfather, Luke Simms, her dream abruptly becomes a nightmare. Luke plans to send Emma to Knoxville alright—straight to a notorious brothel.

River Joe, the mysterious Cherokee-raised frontiersman, knew from the first time he set eyes on the beautiful Emma that he had to have her as his own. And one glimpse at the handsome, buckskin-clad stranger ignites the flame of dangerous desire in Emma’s heart.

Their passion could consume them both, but their love could very well save her life.

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About the Author

Named one of the "Pioneer Authors of Romance" by Romantic Times, Rosanne Bittner is the author of sixty historical romance novels, most set in the American West of the 1800s. Her next novel, Desperate Hearts, will be published by Sourcebooks in September 2014. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Popular Library (May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0445206349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0445206342
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,406,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here is my review, as promised:

Sixteen year old Emma Simms, born and raised on a little farm in a small village in the Tennessee mountains, is young, naïve and innocent, and knows little of the outside world. But there is one thing she knows for sure: Men are cruel, dangerous, and not to be trusted.

When her father died twelve years ago, her mother married their neighbor, Luke Simms, who seemed to be a decent man. But Emma and her mother soon saw Luke's dark side. An abusive alcoholic, he beat both mother and daughter, and he constantly raped Emma's mother, in the hopes that she would provide him with children. After four miscarriages, her mother finally managed to carry a baby full term, only to have both mother and baby die shortly after the birth.

Alone with Luke Simms, Emma fears what will become of her. Will Luke force her to marry Tommy Decker, the lecherous neighbor who has been trying to get under her skirts for years? With her mother no longer alive to protect her, Tommy figures now would be the best time to get what he wants. He attempts to rape Emma, but as a strong willed woman, she manages to protect her virtue and give Tommy the beating of his life. Tommy, angered and vengeful, swears she will live to regret it.

Meanwhile, Luke decides the best way to rid himself of Emma is to sell her to Sam Gates, a man who buys unwilling women and forces them to service men in his saloon in Knoxville. So Luke hands Emma over to Hank Toole, a supplier whose boat travels up and down the river, and who promises to deliver Emma, his most precious cargo, to Sam Gates.

But what no one knows is that Emma has been under the watchful eye of River Joe, known as the White Indian.
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I made it 65% of the way through this book and couldn't finish. The writing seemed juvenile to me and the sex was graphic. I normally finish books, even ones that are less than great but this one dragged on and I quickly got tired of the characters.
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About half way thru I had to quit. It's rare that I don't finish a book. I would like to see the love story play out, but there is too much intended rape and torture that makes me lose interest fast. I understand that it's probably somewhat historically correct for the time period and region involved. But if you're looking for a good ol' love story here you'll have to deal with a lot of uncomfortable plots to get there. Haven't decided yet if I'll go back later on and try to finish
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There are definite pros and cons . River Joe (makes me think of Mark Twain) is a white man raised by the Cherokee Indians. He notices Emma, a beautiful fair haired mountain girl who is abused and had recently lost her mother. They meet in a barn one rainy night and consummate their love. The story has lots of twists and can be very intense at times as she has an evil man named a Tommy looking for revenge as he wanted to marry her. I did feel the story was too long at times, but it also could keep one at the edge of their seat. I particularly liked the way Indian life was described. I would read more of her books
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Emma had many hardships in her young life , even after she met River who showed her only LOVE , LIFE had many pitfalls , but River and Emma fought through all the evil against them and their indomitable spirit won . Well written book you can't put down .
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What a story! Excellent! Lots of history about the Indians. A love story about a country girl and a white Indian and how they deal with so much. Anyone would like this book, even my friends. It was hard for me to put it down .Had to read it all.
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Bittner's stories are filled with such vivid characters! So much love and many obstacles to fight but love does conquer all. Be sure to read all 3 books in this series. You won't regret it! They are hard to put down!
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Loved this book. Love, laughter and sadness all rolled into this book.
It was so good I bought the other books in the series.

Hard to put down. You want to see what is going to happen next.
I highly recommend this book and the ones that follow.
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