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A Bride in the Bargain

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  8,179 Ratings  ·  660 Reviews
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Paperback, 365 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers
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Shelli I disagree. Deeanne and her books are clean. The Christian thread is there. Her characters are real and have real feelings, hormones, and desires, and…moreI disagree. Deeanne and her books are clean. The Christian thread is there. Her characters are real and have real feelings, hormones, and desires, and yet show self-restraint, good judgment, and how to overcome temptation. What could be more inspirational than that? Also, how can you judge her motives? (less)

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Dec 02, 2011 Misfit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“Seattle, Washington Territory April 1, 1865 ATTENTION BACHELORS! Due to the efforts of Asa Mercer, you can now secure a bride of good moral character and reputation from the Atlantic States for the sum of $300. All eligible and sincerely desirous bachelors assemble in Delim & Shorey’s building on Wednesday evening.”

Anna Ivey is alone in the world and pretty darn poor to boot, and with the promise of a future in Washington Territory she signs on as one of Asa Mercer’s Brides. Although it tur
May 14, 2009 Julianna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Mail-Order Bride Stories, Inspirationals, or Deeanne Gist
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"3.5 stars" I received an ARC copy of A Bride in the Bargain from the LibraryThing early reviewers program. 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
Anne Osterlund
Aug 01, 2010 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
Jo Denton runs one of the most successful redwood logging operations in Washington State, but his wife is dead. And he can’t seem to convince the judge of that. So half the land he owns goes up for sale if he can’t find himself a new wife.

Enter Anna. Who seems perfect. A Mercer bride who’s traveled all the way from the east coast to cook for Jo and his entire crew. She’s pretty. Kind. Smells like twinflowers. And makes the most spectacular doughnuts.

But no one told her she was coming out west to
This book was described to me as historic fiction and Christian romance. Instead, it was sexual tension fused with quaint, old-fashioned manners. Lots of innuendo, but the characters forever reigned themselves in - not because of morals, really, but they did everything else in their power to push boundaries of propriety. It's hard to explain how characters can be so "chaste" without really being virtuous. Oh wait...there's an entire series like that...something about Vampires....

There just wasn'
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I liked this one. I’ve read a couple other Gist books, which were okay and left me not really expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did. I totally got caught up in the story and the characters. I really liked Anna, she was pretty brave to escape the only world she knew to make a new beginning in Seattle. I liked that she stood up for herself and wouldn’t get bullied into things. I wanted to smack her parents, especially her dad, who really put some ...more
Feb 15, 2010 TJ rated it liked it
Here is a book I really wanted to give a 4 or 5 rating to but just couldn't for one reason only. That one reason, however, was a big one.
I just could not make the story's heroine, Anna, a sympathetic character no matter how hard I tried. Even though I understand Ms. Gist's reasons for Anna's behavior, she still came across as an incredibly self-centered girl who put her own worries above the welfare of everyone else. I actually hope this is just a personal thing because I think the story is wel
E. Chainey (Bookowski)
Aug 02, 2016 E. Chainey (Bookowski) rated it liked it
Shelves: tarihi-kurgu
Kuzey-Güney Savaşı'ndan yeni çıkmış ABD'nin batı kıyıları...
Seattle yani tam olarak hikayenin geçtiği yer.
Gerçekten yaşamış olan üniversite rektörü Asa Mercer'ın doğudaki dul ve öksüz kadınları batıdaki eş bekleyen adamlara getirmesi ile başlıyor olaylar. Para karşılığında ve kadın ile erkeklere farklı içeriğe sahip sözleşmeler imzalatarak!
Anna Ivey de bütün ailesini savaş yüzünden kaybetmiş bir genç kadın. Doğu kıyısından, Massachusetts'den.
Joe Denton ise yaptığı anlaşma gereği sahip olduğu ara
Aug 18, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
The first chapter was a bit scattered and then it really picked up. Although I could foresees the outcome of this book you never know what twists an author may take. I loved Joe's masculinity and ability to work hard. The effects Anna has on him make all of his characteristics show even more. Anna is quite the little spunky girl and cook even I was hungry for one of her meals. Read this in 1 day if that'll give you and idea as to how much I loved it. I just love Deeanne Gist I think she does a h ...more
Oct 06, 2009 Leticia rated it did not like it
I did not finish this book. It was way to slow to get to the heart of the story. Already 10 chapters in and the bride had barely made it to the ranch.

This story is about a man who moved out northwest to make his fortune in lumber. He acquired his land through a government grant which requires him to be married. Wife dies before she can make it out there, so he takes part in a venture to bring women out to marry the lumberjacks. Through a series of misunderstandings, the chick that is brought to
Feb 26, 2015 Beka rated it liked it
Looking forward to the day I can read a Christian novel where the lead female character isn't a complete ninny. Today was not that day. Why can't the "heroine" ever have common sense or at least some shred of emotional stability?

I'm giving the book a 3 out of 5 because it did manage to make me want to move to the redwoods and eat potatoes and hotcakes every day, whatever a hotcake is.
Jenni C
Feb 20, 2014 Jenni C rated it liked it
Shelves: clean-romance
Disclaimer: This book contains more references to "muscles" and "undergarments" than any other clean romance book I have ever read. While that may be a good thing for was not for me and ultimately earned it a three star rating - instead of a four or five star rating :)

Pros: The book has a great plot and strong, believable characters (the hero and heroine are amazing people). One of the best things about this book is the small witty dialog (when the author is not taking about muscles)
Aug 25, 2009 SheLove2Read rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Christian romance
Shelves: 2010
I really enjoyed this story by Deeanne Gist. Its the story of a woman running from an emotionally abusive family. Anna thinks she is going to be a cook for a logging camp in Seattle but in reality, the man who agreed to pay her passage to Seattle from Massachusetts, has signed her up as a mail order bride. Once she gets to Seattle, having traveled for nearly a year (by ship around South America), the last thing she expects is to be someone's wife. And in true stubborn woman fashion, she refuses ...more
Aug 30, 2009 Janna rated it really liked it
Ahhh, another Deeanne Gist historical romance! How sweet it is! I enjoyed this particular book so much, it is actually based loosely on an actual event. Asa Mercer decides to leave the West and head East to bring brides back by ship for all the lonely fellows out West. Of course he charges the fellows a head hunters fee. Then he charges the women for passage. Then he hits the women up for more half way through passage and forgets to tell some of the women that they are actually supposed to get ...more
Jeannette Garcia
Oct 02, 2011 Jeannette Garcia rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book... I would actually give it 3.5 stars, but I figured I'd just round up =) I just loved the fact that the hero was a lumberjack. One of my favorite things to do was watch the lumberjack competitions on ESPN (when it was on that time of year). So I guess my love for lumberjacks is what made me really like this book. There's nothing better than a big burly, and might I add handsome, lumberjack!!!! I also like Anna's character. I thought she was definitely a good contrast to his ...more
Jennifer AlLee
Jun 12, 2009 Jennifer AlLee rated it it was amazing
Before I start reading a new book by Deeanne Gist, I make sure my schedule is clear - no deadlines looming, no appointments to get to - because I know once I start, I'm not going to want to stop.

In A Bride in the Bargain we meet Joe and Anna, two people who fall hard for each other, even though they're not looking for love. Despite their feelings, they're a stubborn pair, and the road to a happy ending is fraught with missteps, some comical, some nearly tragic. But the journey is a great one.

This is mail wife story based on an historical episode. I learned a lot of lumberjack’s life, but I couldn’t relate with Anna.

She is selfish: she needs to know without doubt Joe loves her, and doesn’t want her for his lands. (view spoiler)
Aug 27, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, historical
So great! This book was so much fun that I can't give it anything less than five stars. Seattle in the 1860's has a serious shortage of women so they decide to have bunch of Civil War widows and orphans sent out. What could possibly be wrong with that? The story has just the right amount of historical charm, a beautiful and spunky heroine, a ridiculously good-looking and perfect hero and enough kissing scenes to make it really feel like a romance without being at all dirty. Perfect book.

Sure, h
Mar 12, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This was a fun historical Christian romance novel with some quite amusing scenes as well as some somewhat predictable plot twists, but I really liked it a lot, and it was one of those books that sucked me in and that I found hard to put down, which is why I went to bed after midnight when I'd finished the book. Anyhow, it is a well-written book for its genre, and it has earned a place on my favorites' list.
Katie W
Oct 12, 2009 Katie W rated it really liked it
Based on a true event, this story is about a lumberjack who needs a wife and has a man, Mercer, go ahead and try to find him one. Mercer signs up a bunch of men looking for a wife and heads back East to find war Civil war widows and orphans. But he tells the women a different story--very few know they're going to Seattle to become a wife. I loved the characters and the storyline. If you like historical romance, this is one you won't want to miss!
It's been a few years since I've read a Christian romance (or any Christian fiction really), so on a whim I picked up A Bride in the Bargain at the library.

I would use the label "Christian" lightly. It seems to be more of a gateway book for those who enjoy secular "bodice-ripping" romance novels but are maybe looking for something a little toned down. Very little mention of God (and what is mentioned seems rather tossed in), and very little to no spiritual elements. God seems to be someone to w
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My Take in 3 Parts

The Theme
Joe Denton needs a wife in order to keep from losing half of his land and Anna Ivey wants to start a new life away from all the mistakes of her past.

Along her journey, Anna does discover that she actually wasn't responsible for the death of her father while he served in the Civil War, nor did she make her brother run away to join the Union, or her mother to give up hope. She is not God and so she cann
Nora St Laurent
Oct 15, 2009 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled to receive a review copy of this book from the publisher because I’m a huge fan of Deeann Gists books. I found pure enjoyment in her newest installment. Deeann quickly grabbed my attention and intrigued me with this 1860s historical, set in Seattle, where Joe Denton is about to lose his land. In order to keep it and comply with his original agreement he needs a wife. Time is a ticking for Joe. He’s desperate to get a bride, so he signs a contract with Mr. Mercer, who guarantees h ...more
Mar 18, 2014 Brandi rated it it was amazing
So cute.
The romance was amazing (as in, heart pounding, trouble breathing, and I'm not just talking about the characters either). The action was exciting and attention-grabbing. The faith, on the other hand, was traditional – weak and brief.
I have so far liked all of the Deeanne Gist books I've read. They're fun and romantic and very engaging.
I neither laughed nor cried.
I love the cover of this one. With the pretty girl, of course, in a wedding dress, and then the ax and forestry background adds
Mar 06, 2012 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
The time period is what really stuck out to me and encouraged me to give A Bride in the Bargain a shot. I don't see a lot of books set in the post civil war era, but it's an interesting time, full of possibilities. Gist has taken a number of historical facts and figures and worked her fictional couple into what otherwise was the real world. I loved the details and appreciated even more the afterword wherein she separates fact from fiction and clarifies any artistic liberties.

As a heroine, Anna i
Margaret Chind
Nov 18, 2008 Margaret Chind rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical romantics
Recommended to Margaret by: Bethany House
On the east coast, then around the horn to the west coast this book spans the United States shortly after the Civil War. Being a southern girl through and through it was interesting for me to really feel for a character who could not be more devoted to her Union ties. Starting with nothing but loss and a past that is haunted by guilt not earned our heroine learns to get up and go on with life. The matter is she has to open her life to where God leads and not to where she is determined to be. Our ...more
Jun 17, 2009 Christina rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-reads, fiction
I sort have this weird fascination with the 1860’s mail-order brides, so when A Bride in the Bargain popped up on my radar, I immediately snapped it up. The story revolves around Joe Denton and Anna Ivey. Joe’s a lumberjack living near Seattle who desperately needs a wife, a scarce “commodity” in the Washington Territory. Because he doesn’t have a death certificate for his first wife, who died before she joined him out west, Joe stands to loose half his land and his livelihood. After plunking do ...more
Jun 08, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
Author: Deeanne Gist
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-1-7642-0407-4
Genre: Inspirational/historical romance

Joe Denton really doesn’t want a wife. His first wife died ten years ago, but now the judge in Seattle is threatening to take away Joe’s land, since it is supposed to go to a married man. And Joe can’t produce a death certificate for his wife. In desperation, Joe buys himself a Mercer bride—and eastern orphan brought into the Territory by entrepreneur Asa Mer
Feb 06, 2012 Stacey rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
What a sweet little book this is. No really. Throughout the book I kept thinking to myself, “oh, how sweet.” Surprisingly enough this didn’t make me roll my eyes and toss the book over my shoulder. You see, to me sweet usually means blah, or boring, or possibly a diabetic coma, but not this time. What saves it from being too good to be true is the author’s attention to historical detail. She doesn’t pretty it up a whole lot which makes the secondary cast of characters much more human, therefore ...more
Mar 18, 2010 Cristina rated it liked it
Shelves: religious-novels
Joe Denton must have a wife or he will lose half of his land and lumber operation. Because of this, he "buys" a wife from back east. However, the bride he has "bought" has no intention of marrying and is under the impression that she has come west to be a cook. Can Joe convince her to marry him before his time runs out and he loses his land?

This was an enjoyable, easy book to read, but it did have some problems. Anna's reasons for not marrying were a little ridiculous, and because she was such a
Jan 25, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing
I really LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this Deanne Gist novel. Joe Denton, our hero, needs a wife to keep all of his land. He'll lose half of his land, if he can't produce either a living wife or a death certificate from his first wife. Although skeptic, he agrees to buy an Eastern mail-order bride from Asa Mercer. He pays his money and signs a contract. A year later and he's still waiting, but hopeful. When "his" bride does arrive, he's shocked to learn that she signed a very different contract. She was ...more
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“Judge Rountree holds half my property in the palm of his hand." Denton's growl broke the silence. "I'd appreciate if you didn't insult him at all, much less in his own home."

"He named his children One, Two, Three, and Four," she said. "He deserves to be insulted.”
“Fir, cedar, pines, oaks, and maples densely timbered this section. But it was the redwoods that never failed to fill him with awe. Their feathery-looking needles and reddish bark. The way they stretched up to incredible heights and the sheer magnitude of their circumferences. How long ago had God planted their seeds? Hundreds of years? Thousands? As he stood amongst those mighty giants, he realized the land wasn’t his at all. It was God’s. God had formed and planted the seeds. He’d tended the soil and caused it to rain. He’d needed no man. Least of all Joe. Yet over and over Joe had thought of this as his own. My land. My logging camp. My house. My woman. My everything. Picking up his ax, he returned to his work. But in his mind, he reviewed a list of men in the Bible who’d left everything they held dear for parts unknown. Abraham. Jacob. Joseph. Moses. Even a woman. Esther. In every case, their circumstances were much more severe than his. God hadn’t commanded Joe to leave his land, though he’d prayed for guidance. Fasted. Read his Bible. But God had remained silent. Joe simply assumed God was letting him choose. But no matter what he chose, none of it was really his. It was all God’s. And God was sharing it with him. So which did he want? Both. Like a spoiled child, he definitely wanted both. But if he could only have one, wouldn’t he still be a man blessed? Yes. And he’d praise God and thank Him. But that didn’t immediately make the grief shrivel up and blow away. Eyeing where he wanted the tree to fall, he adjusted his stance. I want Anna, Lord. I choose Anna. Yet as long as he lived, he’d always miss this land. He’d miss the Territory. He’d miss the logging. He’d miss his friends. The cypress began to pop and splinter. Jumping away, he braced his feet, threw back his head, and shouted with everything he had. “Timber-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r!” The tree wavered, then crashed to the forest floor. Noise resounded through the copse. The ground shook. Debris flew. Before any of it settled, Joe fell to his knees, doubled over, and sobbed.” 2 likes
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