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A Bargained-For Bride

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  604 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
"You're the sweetest girl in Mourning Dove Creek, you know?" Jack mumbled as he paused in kissing Jilly a moment. Jilly smiled. "And you're the handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek, you know," she flirted in return. Jack smiled. "I do know," he said. Jilly giggled. Jack Taylor was so predictable-and a little conceited. He really did think he was the handsomest man in ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published September 19th 2001 by Distractions Ink
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Inspired Kathy
Oct 20, 2013 Inspired Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013

Seriously this is just the type of book I love to escape into. My only wish is that it was longer but it was still completely satisfying. (It's a novella that I read in one sitting). If you are looking for a quick escape with a swoon worthy hero then pick up A Bargained-For Bride. It's got all Marcia's classic touches that make her books something I always look forward to reading. In a world filled with so much heartache and evil I appreciate the honest, loving, family cente
Dec 03, 2013 Jessie rated it really liked it
When I bought A Bargained-For Bride, my first thought was, "I just paid $8.95 for a novella?" In reading it though, I realized that Marcia Lynn McClure's idea of a novella is different from my own. I think of a novella as a book that is less than 100 pages. I think Marcia's definition is a story less than 200. She also classified Sudden Storms, Love Me, Sweet Cherry Ray, and The Prairie Prince as novellas. I didn't resent paying full price for those, and I don't regret buying A Bargained-For ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Oct 29, 2013 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
Marcia is, hands down, a fabulous romance writer. She has the ability to bring swooning kisses to any plot, any character. When I read Marcia's books, I am transported to another place and I feel, well, happy. Sweet romance that doesn't lose the fun of the chase and the kisses that make it worth it.

Another reason I love MLM books is that the men are always MEN. They are strong and loyal and of course, handsome. They don't pussyfoot around. Ever. No whining and no excuses.

I loved both Boone and J
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I’m a sucker for marriage of convenience stories and I thought this was a cute one. Boone has had his eye on Jilly for a long time and when he sees her starting to fall for the town “tomcat” he decides to step in. I thought Boone and Jilly were cute together. This is one of MLMs novellas that I wish were full length. It’s a fun read and perfect for those busy days when you only have time to fit in a little reading.

Romance: Clean, just some fun kissing.
Oct 08, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing
A Bargained-For Bride by Marcia Lynn McClure is a deliciously romantic and ravishingly thrilling story of not settling for anything but the best. This was a truly magical and swoon worthy love story that unreservedly captured my heart and gave it wings to fly to the heights of Heaven and back. My heart was swept away by the quiet yet simmering passion that we see being accidentally discovered, lovingly nurtured, and desperately pursued by the enchanting characters that we come to know.

I think t
Ruth Hill
Dec 19, 2013 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing
Why on earth did I wait so long to read this book? I was scheduled to review this one some time ago, but I ran out of time. I had a few minutes, so I thought I would give this book a try yesterday, and I was immediately immersed in the book. I discovered this is only a novella, but it honestly makes no difference. The story is as involving as a full-length novel, and I was able to read this book in practically no time. There is only very minimal profanity (one of the words I don't see as ...more
Katie W
Oct 28, 2013 Katie W rated it it was amazing
Marcia Lynn McClure can really write a good, clean romance that draws a reader right in. She can write Westerns, Regency, and Contemporary books and they're fantastic!! I think one thing that I love about her books, is she always adds a little something to them that connects the book for me. For example, with this one, I'll always connect it with oranges. She has one that I always think of when I see a tootsie pop. Those little details really make it fun. I think the author's notes at the end ...more
This book wasn't terribly awful, I guess, but I still did not enjoy it at all. It seemed so... fake to me. And I also went into it believing it to be Christian fiction only to be disappointed. Though there is mention of God, prayer, etc. I wouldn't classify it as Christian. There is cussing -- might be considered mild, but still -- among other things that I did not like.

It was absolutely not worth my time at all!

I thought that it might just be this book, so I opened up another book I have by thi
Oct 13, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers of Historical Romance
This was such a sweet, romantic story that I knew (even if I hadn't known) that it had to be written by Marcia Lynn McClure!

Jilly, 18, was orphaned at a very young age and was raised by her great-grandparents. Jilly is as sweet and innocent as our heroines come, and she's devoted to her grandparents. She has been 'sparking' with Jack Taylor and he has been sneaking her off to 'steal kisses'. Jilly fancies herself in love with Jack, but he is not the man she believes him to be.

Boone Ramsey was al
Nov 02, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
Marcia Lynn McClure is fast becoming one of those authors whose every book I must read. I love her writing. They are perfect romance novels (or novellas in some cases) that leave you sighing when you are done. Her men are always the type of men that leave us swooning. A Bargained-For Bride was no exception.

Jilly has been sparking with Jack. I’m not telling you what sparking means, I kind of love that term. Sparking is harmless, I promise. Anyways, she has been sparking with Jack and has bigger a
Curse of the Bibliophile
Nov 05, 2013 Curse of the Bibliophile rated it it was amazing
Love has a way of finding us at the right moments.

This was a sweet and tender story of young love. I liked how the story was able to portray both sides of romance heartbreak and real love. The characters had to go through a bit of a growing up phase. Jilly learned the hard way the difference between fake love and true love.

Jilly was a sweet, but naive girl in the beginning. I liked that we got to see her grow from the beginning of the book to the end. She was definitely a wiser and much happier
Mar 04, 2014 Melody rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, just the perfect escape I needed! I understand the need for cute short novellas, but this is one I would love to see expanded, but only if the beginning stays the same. I love books where characters fall in love after the marriage. Or at least come to full realization of their feelings. That twist never gets old to me!

Love the cover too, just have to throw that in. Love a cover that just makes me smile.

Delightfully delicious as only Marcia can do, giving me the boost I need
Once again I fell in love with Marcia's characters. I think I literally smiled through about 90% of this book. :) Loved it!

Contains some mild language
Feb 17, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women
Recommended to Emily by: fan of McClure's books
What a wonderful story!!!
C.J. Anaya
Feb 03, 2015 C.J. Anaya rated it really liked it
I discovered Marcia Lynn McClure's books in my early teen years, and was turned on to all things romance and kissing after that first book, Shackles of Honor. Fifteen years later I am still in love with that story and the poetic, wistful writing style of its author. This fun novella is bringing me back to all things Marcia, as I rediscover her fun, lighthearted humor and likeable characters.

A Bargained For Bride is sweet in its simplicity and direct in its intent. Not too fluffy and not too stuf
Nov 06, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it
Marcia McClure's books are always fun to read and this was no exception! I love that it's a novella so it didn't take long to read. Jilly is an orphan and in love with Jack (yes, there is a reference made to the nursery rhyme). She's being raised by her grandparents and they don't have a high opinion of Jack. Her grandfather makes an arrangement for her to marry someone else. She's not happy about it but is allowed to tell Jack so he can make an offer for her instead. Will she and Jack have ...more
Mary (BookHounds)
My Thoughts
Loved it

Jilly, raised by her grandparents after being orphaned, is used to their old fashioned ways and thinks she is in love with Jack, since sparks fly when they kiss, but something just doesn't ring true with him. Boone, also orphaned, meets Jilly when he is twelve and she is just eight, she also gifts him with something precious to her at Christmas that Boone never forgets. So when Boone asks for her hand in marriage, her grandfather says yes, and Jilly is not sure what to expect
Dec 14, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ouab-2013
Mourning Dove Creek is a town that boasts two very handsome men, Boone Ramsey and Jack Taylor. Young Jilly Adams is sparking with one and wishing for the other. She is with one because she does not think she can ever have the other. She is orphaned at a very young age and goes to live with her Grandma Effie and Grandpa Doolin.

Ms McClure writes very rich characters and she has you vested in their happiness from the very first. The desire of Jilly to be loved, treasured and have a relationship li
Kimber Wheaton
Nov 06, 2013 Kimber Wheaton rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

A Bargained for Bride is a short, sweet novella that will leave the reader smiling. It's so refreshing to read something that's pure and simple, without subterfuge. Just two people finding love in each other.

Jilly is an adorable character. She's definitely naïve, but her spirit and intelligence shines through on every page and in every encounter. Jilly dreams of love and romance like any other girl. Though she's not one to wal
Oct 10, 2013 Tifferz rated it it was amazing
I feel Marcia does her best work with a historical western romances. I really loved this sweet romance! Boone is our hero and seems to be running off to save the day. Jilly is raised by her grandparents after they died in a train crash. It is funny how grandparents seem to know best. I liked the easy banter between Jilly's grandparents. When Boone asks for Jilly's hand in marriage. And a quick marriage is made. Can a marriage that starts in pity turn into something more? One of my favorite parts ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Deborah rated it liked it
Lovely sweet clean old fashioned romance.

This is a really sweet old fashioned clean romance, after being orphaned at the age four Jilly has been brought up by her grandparents, now eighteen she's being courted by Jack Taylor who is almost the most handsome man in town and Jilly wonders how she ever got so lucky, but for all her happiness she still wonders occasionally if Jack's not quite the catch he's made out to be but then no he is a catch everyone thinks's just Jilly's always had a
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Jilly thinks that she has life figured out. She loves her grandparents who are her guardians. She has fun "sparking" with the handsome Jack. She thinks that he may love her and plan on spending the rest of his life with her.

Her dreams change when the handsome hero Boone asks her grandfather for her hand. She finds that she will be a bride, but the groom is not who she originally planned on.

This book is a fun one to read. Jilly takes an maturity journey. She learns some hard lessons and begins to
Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
Oct 29, 2013 Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tours

This is my second taste of Marcia's work and I must say by the end of each one, I'm dying to start a new one lol.

I absolutely loved the historical western theme, it's been a long time since I've read anything like it and it was such a breath of fresh air from what I've had my head into lately. There's nothing like sitting back with a great book and getting lost in a sweet (clean) romantic story, with characters you'll form bonds with, stollen kisses that'll give you butterflies and a y
Sep 19, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Marcia did it again. This novella is a simple escape. It is a way to get away from the world and smile. Marcia's novellas never seem like novellas to me. Yes, the story is shorter than her full length novels, but it is still developed enough for me to feel satisfied, like I got a real story. In this story Jilly thinks she has found true love in her boyfriend Jack. When her grandfather promises her in marriage to the brooding and aloof Boone she is devastated. What follows is a discovery of true ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Nellie rated it really liked it
Loved this one. Very romantic, and clean except a few LIGHT cuss words. I Love MLM!! She really is so light, easy, and fun. When I'm done reading her books I'm always taking the deep breath, and relaxed. Girl is in love with the town tom-cat, when her Grandfather agrees to give her hand to someone else. It's a novella, and I would love for it to have been full length. But it was fun anyway. I'd let my teen daughter read this. It's always fun to read McClure.
Sep 18, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it
This has the same feel as Visions of Ransom know, a hot, intimidating man and the sweet, naive girl who has a crush on him. Since I'm crazy about Visions, this was a winner for me. I just wish it was longer! I understand Marcia's author note at the end about wanting to write more novellas, but there was so much potential here to make this a longer story with all that sizzling chemistry!
Oct 10, 2014 Tausha rated it it was amazing
It has been awhile since I found a book that I couldn't put down... probably since my last Marcia book. :)So nothing got done today but I sure loved every moment of this novella. Cute, quick, "swoon" worthy story.

There were a few cuss words thrown in that made me sad, mainly because I know there are still tough guys out there that don't have to talk that way, but nothing to offending.
Sep 26, 2013 Susanne rated it really liked it
Another fun little short story by MLM. Only took me a few hours to read and it was the perfect little escape with my crazy schedule. Loved the characters and would be so happy if Marcia decides to turn this one into a full length novel!
Oct 25, 2013 Marcie rated it it was amazing
It was a boring night by myself when I decided I wanted to read something really good. I get out my kindle and found this book my Marcia Lynn McClure and bought it right then. I couldn't stop reading until I finished it. Really good. My favorite of her books so far.
Teya Peck
Oct 02, 2013 Teya Peck rated it it was amazing
I read this in one day and I'm not a fast reader! I LOVED IT! Fast past to the point. Feel good moment you feel like your there. Sweet romance. I literally to me was perfect. GET IT READ IT LOVE IT!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 19, 2015 06:56AM  
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Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Marcia Lynn McClure grew up influenced by the reminiscent stories of rugged, rural Colorado farm life fascinatingly recounted to her by her parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts…tales of runaway buckboards, mule-drawn plows and dust pneumonia; verbalized images of stream-flooded meadows, frozen over in winter, where a child could peer through the crystal clear ...more
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