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A Bride in the Bargain

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In 1860s Seattle, a man with a wife could secure himself 640 acres of timberland. But because of his wife's 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.
Anna Ivey's journey west with Asa
Paperback, 365 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers
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“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
Jan 04, 2010 Julianna rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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'
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
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
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
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
Jun 04, 2010 SheLove2Read rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
Jennifer AlLee
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.

Jeannette Garcia
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
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
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
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
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 20, 2012 Candi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Once again I am blown away by the amount of research done by Deeanne Gist. This book was about the early Seattle settlers and real life Asa Mercer's trip to buy brides for all the men. The book follows a civil war orphan picked up by Mercer with the promise that she will have work in the Northwest territories. After a harrowing boat trip around South America she finds out she was promised as a wife instead of a cook.

I loved the Seattle history, especially the parts about Doc Maynard who I remem
Joe Denton is about to lose about half of his land unless he finds a wife. In his desperation,he pays more than 300 dollars for a Mercer bride, and is told that he will receive a willing bride to marry.
Anna Ivey is lured to Seattle with the promise of a job as a cook, nanny, or teacher by Asa Mercer. Arriving in Seattle on a boat with a few other women, she soon finds out that what her contract says is completely different from the contract of the man who was promised a wife, Joe Denton. Left w
Nora St Laurent
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
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
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
Jul 12, 2010 Margaret rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Nov 16, 2014 Ruth added it
Very fun romantic storyline idea. Potential to be really fun 7 Brides for 7 Brothers type of story though it wasn't quite what I hoped it would be for the following reasons: I wish Anna were a stronger character. She also seemed especially self-centered. Although everything is above board, parts seemed too suggestive. Would like to have their relationship be founded on deeper levels. Type of book where you at least read the last chapter to make sure it ends happy.
A very enjoyable read. Loved that the setting is in Seattle.
A cute romance story, set in the 1800's.
Joe Denton, a handsome young lumberjack, living in Seattle, must have a wife or his land will be taken from him. So he does what he has to and that means buying a bride! Mercer is offering to transport women to Seattle for a cost.
Anna is one of those women coming to Seattle but she is no way marrying a man. She tells Mercer that she will agree to be a cook and housekeeper but she will not marry
ETA: After time I have decided to change this book from 4 stars to 5 stars. I really did love this book and find myself wanting to read it again and purchase more of Ms. Gist's books.

This was my first Deeanne Gist book and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. This is a Historical Inspirational Romance which is not my usual fare. I tend to shy away from Inspirational afraid I will be hit over the head over and over with references to God. While the references were in this book I was brow bea
Cass Wessel
Set in 1865 shortly after the close of the un-Civil War, A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist, follows the fortunes of an orphaned girl, Anna Ivey, and a lumberman, Joe Denton when they find themselves at cross-purposes. She believes she’s signed on to be a lumber camp cook, but he thinks she’s arrived in Seattle to be his wife—a necessity so that he can keep his 640 acres of timbered land and his livelihood. Will these two work out their differences and marry?
All readers of Romance novels k
Anna Wallace
Did not realize it was Inspirational until 3/4 of the way through. I think that has to say something and it can't be good. Poor Anna's moral dilemma holds no water for me. Hot lumberjack offers marriage time and again after continually dropping hints of a growing attraction. The man is sleeping in the barn for you, honey. It's the backwoods of post-civil war Seattle. Options may be plenty, but hot lumberjacks who will be outrageously patient are few and far between. You see this guy coming, you ...more
This was good. I actually spent a bit of time Googling the Mercer Girls and various other side notes, as it was all new and interesting to this lifelong Pacific Northwestern girl.

Unfortunately, like SO many other books, the conflict in this book was dependent on one character deciding on a course of action and refusing to deviate from it, regardless of everything around them. People change, circumstances change, life moves on and opens our minds and hearts, and people must move and shape and ch
I am a Christian, but I have a hard time really getting into Christian based novels. They usually are pretty corny and not well written. HOWEVER, I really enjoyed this book! I found myself laughing a lot at the lovable characters. But I do agree with some of the other reviews, and it was quite predictable from the beginning. One thing I found surprising, is the level of sexuality in the book. I have made it through several Christian romance novels, but this one was the most sexual by far. Don't ...more
Donna Hatch
I adored this book! I loved the heroine, even though sometimes I didn't agree with her choices, but I certainly sympathized with her. The hero was absolutely dreamy. I would have thrown myself into his arms on the spot. The story evolved beautifully and had the promised happily ever after. I highly recommend this to any romance reader.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Dec 17, 2014 09:37AM  
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Deeanne Gist—known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee—has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captivated readers everywhere with her original historical and contemporary romances. A favorite among readers and reviewers alike, her popular titles include A Bride Most Begrudging, A Bride in the Bargain, and Maid to Match. Her latest book, It Happened at the Fair, is her ninth published novel.

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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.” 0 likes
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