Popular evangelical Christian novelist Gist tells a could-have-happened tale of a Seattle landowner who requires a wife to keep his acres. The Wedding Is All Planned Someone Just Needs to Tell the Bride. In s Seattle, redwoods were plentiful but women scarce. Yet a man with a wife could. A Bride In The Bargain By Deeanne Gist – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels , reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period.

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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In s Seattle, a man with a wife brids secure himself acres of timberland. But because of his gsit untimely death, Joe Denton finds himself about to lose half of his claim. Still in mourning, his best solution is to buy one of those Mercer girls arriving from the East.

A woman he’ll marry in name but keep around mostly as a cook. Paperbackpages. Joe DentonAnna Ivey. Seattle, WashingtonUnited States. Christy Award Nominee for Historical Romance To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other glst questions about A Bride in the Bargainplease sign up. This is NOT Christian fiction so reader beware. She describes a wedding night among other things.

She needs to decide if she is writing for God or book sales. God is no where to be found in your writing Mrs. Mrsbooks I laughed at this at first then realized it was serious. The author does not describe the wedding night. She does describe them before anything …more I laughed at this at first then realized it was serious.

She does describe them before anything happens once they enter the bedroom for the night. Here is the scene in question if anyone wants to truly see how nothing at all is described. Remember what is shown here is an already married couple. For those that don’t want a spoiler, the short version. They kiss, he undoes the buttons of her clothes and looks at her underwear which is not described besides saying she added some lace, frills and such.

Was he waiting for her to. While he circled the room? Her legs lost their ability to hold her up. She needed to sit down. But the only place to sit was the bed. She reached out and braced a hand against the wall. He looked up, his interest in the brush forgotten.

The trembling in her legs spread to every place his gaze touched. Her petticoat touched the wall and bowed out. They were all quite taken with the fabric.

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I dweanne thanked you for it. He moved toward her, engrossed. With the watch pin on her gown. She thought of the thaumatrope and how the lumberjack practically swallowed up the woman. She backed completely against the wall. Still he looked at the watch pin. Not like when she had an episode, but like when he kissed her.


Finally, he raised his gaze. She knew it was. But his choice of wording made her choke back a nervous laugh, which came out as a snort. Instead, he freed the twinflower from her hair, held the bloom to his nose, and inhaled. She was glad she had the support of the wall behind her.

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He tossed the flower onto the bed. She tracked its flight as it landed on the quilted cover. Threading his fingers through her hair, deeane tilted her face up and gave her one of those kisses. The kind that made breathing difficult and standing near impossible. No matter how badly she wanted to. Ending the kiss, he kept his forehead against hers, but his fingers trailed from her face to her neck to gst shoulders to. He enfolded it with his fingers, his knuckles brushing her.

It was all I had. She sucked in her breath. On and on until the gown was held up only by her back and the wall. He encircled her waist, drew her to him, and kissed her again.

The gown fell to the floor. But every forget-me-knot, pintuck, ribbon, and scalloped frill had made her feel connected to him somehow. He fingered the crocheted edging on the neckline of her shift. Scooping her into his arms, he lowered his mouth to hers and carried her to bed.

See 1 question about A Bride in the Bargain…. Lists with This Book. Why would a girl with no family and no money not jump at a chance for home and hearth with a hunky nice guy like Joe? The twist with older Mrs. Wrenne was just silly actually dumber than a bucket of rocks, especially the never-ending lisp from her missing teethand the final big twist before the big ta-dah and HEA is pretty easy to spot a mile away. This novel is overseasoned with wall paper, window dressing and 21C mindset, all topped off with a bit of name dropping to give it a supposed historical flavor.

As for the Christian aspect of this? Virtually non-existent until the latter third of the book, and even then only a few references to faith in God and a brief prayer or two. This is very much chick-lit and on the lite side at that. Large font and generous spacing at least on my Kindle edition make it a breeze to blow through in a few hours, but not recommended for readers looking for heartier fare.

Gripe 1 – what is up with a forest full of Redwood trees in Seattle? Perhaps it was a typo, but I spotted it at least twice. Do give Gist a try, just pass on this one.


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Jo Denton runs one of the most successful redwood logging operations in Washington State, but his wife bargqin dead. And makes the most spectacular doughnuts. But no one told her hride was coming out west to Jo Denton runs one of the most successful redwood logging operations in Washington State, but his wife is dead. But no one told her she was coming out west to marry Jo. And she seems to have other ideas.

Deeanne Gist has a flare for characters that jump off the page, historical settings that flow as easily as modern day, and heroines with minds of their own. View all 13 comments. May 14, Julianna rated it liked it Recommends it for: Reviewed for THC Reviews “3. It contains a plot device I usually enjoy, that of the mail-order bride, except with the twist that the bride doesn’t know that she’s bound for the altar.

Once she finds out, of course she’s none too happy about it, leaving her groom in the lurch, with seemingly no viable way to save half of his land grant that he has poured hard work into for more than a decade.

A Bride in the Bargain sounded like a really fascinating story, and based on the synopsis, I thought I would thoroughly enjoy it. While there were some things that I did like about it, there were several other things that I did not. For the second time in a row now, I’ve read a story that has multiple plot lines, none of which were explored quite to my satisfaction.

The primary plot which I outlined above was my favorite and the most interesting, but there were at least three other secondary plots as well. First, Anna is adamantly against marriage, because she feels that she was responsible for the deaths of her entire family father, mother, and younger brotherand doesn’t believe that she is capable of handling the responsibilities of a wife without causing bad things to happen to anyone she loves.

I’ve read similar story lines in which a hero or heroine has survivor’s guilt, but in this case there were a lot of things about it that seemed rather forced. Anna claims that before her father left to fight in the Civil War, they were a happy family, but the mere act of her father enlisting and going away seemed to cause the family to disintegrate.