ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Deeanne Gist, the bestselling author of A Bride Most Begrudging and The Measure of a Lady, has a background in education and journalism. Her credits include People magazine, Parents, and Parenting. With a line of parenting products called "I Did It!® Productions" and a degree from Texas A&M, she continues her writing and speaking. She and her family live in Houston, Texas.
Since the debut of those novels, her very original, very fun romances have rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere. Add to this two consecutive Christy Awards, two RITA nominations, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you’ve got one recipe for success.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Wedding Is All Planned...
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?
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MY REVIEW: I have yet to be disappointed by a novel by Deeanne Gist. In this one, the heroine, Anna, comes all the way from the east coast - which is being torn apart by the civil war - to the state of Washington in search of a job after her father and brother are killed in the war and her mother dies of a broken heart. She is to work for lumber mill owner Joe Denton as a cook for his employees. Unfortunately, a scam artist promised Joe Denton a bride, not just an employee.
Anna refuses to marry him and, since women are in short supply in the west, Joe sets out to make her fall in love with him in a last ditch effort to save his land. Meanwhile, Anna worms her way into the hearts of the lumberjacks under Joe's employ by cooking up a storm. Maybe the subtitle to this book should have said something about the way to a man's heart being through his stomach...
I thoroughly enjoyed "A Bride in the Bargain." I think I'll go fix a big meal for Hubby...