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Harper's Bride

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  737 ratings  ·  59 reviews
With blistering humiliation, Melissa Logan stood by in mute horror as her husband sold her to pay a debt. She already realized that marrying Coy Logan to escape her miserable life with a drunken father and two lazy brothers had been a ghastly mistake. Coy dragged her to Dawson City to join the Yukon gold rush. Now worse off than ever, she was penniless with a new baby and ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Smashwords Edition (first published October 1st 1997)
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Mary B.
Really loved it; it encompasses some of my favorite themes - fake/temporary marriage of convenience, starchy hero comes undone, damaged souls find solace and peace in each other...these are some of the reasons I love romance novels.

Melissa Logan and her baby, Jenny, are 'sold' off as payment for a debt Melissa's abusive husband cannot afford to pay.

As the owner of a trading post in the Gold Rush Yukon, Dylan Harper didn't want a wife and child - he wanted his money. But when he saw the terrifi
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Ridley
I picked this up for a song from Smashwords after seeing it on the Smart Bitches blog and I'm glad I did. It was a charming western historical romance with two damaged souls I couldn't help but root for.

After a grueling trip through the cold to reach the Yukon, giving birth in a tent along the way, Melissa Logan is almost speechless at the latest affront to her dignity. To settle a large debt with a store, her husband offers his wife and child as payment to the owner, Dylan Harper. Although she
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
I recently wrote a review for a book in which I stated the following:

"It definitely isn't one of those stories where the characters aren't communicating merely because the author can't think of a better way to drag out the story."

This book is one of those stories.

Melissa: I'm really starting to have feelings for Dylan, but he won't want to be with me. I'm not part of his "plan".

Dylan: I think I might be in love with Melissa, but she's made it clear she doesn't want another man in her life.

Mel
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Wicked Incognito Now
More like 2.5 stars. I don't know. Maybe three stars. This started out well for me. I enjoyed the premise and setting. However, as the story progressed I just go SO TIRED of it. There is too much self-reflection going on by the MC's. A whole lot of "whoa is me, I've been so disappointed by love" type of thing, over and over again. Bleh. Then, the first sex scene didn't occur until almost the end of the book, and by then I didn't even care anymore. I was so tired of these two characters. Plus, th ...more
Leea
Oct 21, 2013 Leea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leea by: Kay
This is my first book by Alexis Harrington and it wont be my last. I find myself drawn to Western Romance books from time to time. I guess for me they're like that old blanket that just gives you the warm comfortable feeling. It's truly a gem to find one this good. That doesn't downplay the time period for the sake of the romance.

In Harpers Bride we meet Melissa and her daughter Jenny, her husband like her father is abusive and this systematic abuse from childhood has turned Melissa into a meek
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Noelle
I really liked this one, it's the second book by Alexis Harrington that I've read and so far I really like her as an author.

Dylan (H) after being completely let down by his family and spurned by his love went to the Yukon to get away. When a man who owes him 1200.00 for suplies from his store, can't pay him offers to sell him his wife and infant daughter to cover the debt. Knowing that if he turns him down the man will only sell her to someone else and she could end up in a worse situation he b
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Jenn
I really loved A Taste Of Heaven by this author however, I was disappointed with this story.

It started off great. It had a great premise however, it just didn't fully deliver for me. The couple did way too much of the "I want you but can't have you" the ENTIRE book. That made me lose love and interest for the book however, I did finish it. It also had too many "death" conveniences to make the story pan out, for my tastes.

My favorite character in this whole book was Rafe. Too bad there won't be
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Pamela(AllHoney)
Yukon territory during the gold rush. Melissa's husband Coy Logan owes money to Dylan Harper and gives Melissa to him to settle his debt. Dylan, seeing the abuse on her face and the baby in her arms, agrees. Very heart-wrenching at times but not as dark as it could have been. Likable characters and moved at a good pace.
Linda
Alexis Harrington writes romances with characters that carry baggage of some sort. Family members are usually the villains (or villainesses). HARPER'S BRIDE is no different.

Physically abused by her father, Melissa thought she might better herself if she married Coy Logan. Too soon, she learned he was no different. Like the male members of her family, Coy drinks heavily and continues the cycle of abuse. The one saving grace from her short marriage is her sweet infant daughter, Jenny.

With little
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Barb Manning
Indebted scoundrel Coy Logan offers his wife, Melissa and their new baby daughter, Jenny as payment for a $1,200 debt his to Dylan Harper, a work-hardened shop owner. Melissa looks upon the transaction with horror and resignation, while Dylan sees the deal as a burden he must accept to keep Melissa and Jenny from ending up in worse straits.

Harper's Bride, originally published in 1997 and re-released for Kindle, is a charming story about two people trapped in a situation neither wants. Stranded i
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Pam
I learned many things about the Yukon goldrush. The writer wrote it so vividly I could see the town in my mind as I read the story. The hero, Dylan is the sweetest most understanding man. The heroine, Melissa was a very timid, battered young woman. She blossomed under Dylan's care.

The story starts with Melissa's horrible no good husband selling her and their sweet baby girl, Jenny to Dylan for his bill he ran up in Dylan's store. Dylans afraid if he doesn't take them someone far worse would. Dyl
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Karen
Melissa Logan married to escape abuse, got far worse in the bargain. Melissa's luck changed when her husband sold her. Dylan Harper in saving a woman gradually looses his bitterness but he may not learn to value his gift in time.

It is a tale of quiet dignity and opening a window to a world where woman can be treated with respect even if unwillingly thrust upon a man. Also a different perspective of life in a gold rush town.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3/5; 3 stars; B-

Harper's Bride is a story set in the decline of the Dawson city gold rush. The author gave a good sense of the feel of the city; the energy, the darkness, the potential and the disappointments.

I liked the character Melissa very much and enjoyed seeing her succeed. She had a lot of backbone and determination.(view spoiler)
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Lovetoread
I really like this story. Harper's Bride is the story of Melissa Logan who has never know tenderness or the love of a family. Her miserable life starts with a drunken abusive father and she thought to escape her miserable life by marrying Coy Logan. She learns very early on in her marriage to Coy that he too is a drunk abusive man. Her one shining light in her miserable existence is her baby daughter Elizabeth. With blistering humiliation, Melissa, stands by in mute horror as her husband sells h ...more
Jacqueline
I bought this for my Sony Reader. I always wonder about a book when the print version shows 300 some pages and the ebook was just 188. Am I missing something?

I liked the book. There was a lot of information about the Klondike gold rush. I always appreciate authors who have done their historical research. The heroine was a nice character who grew and came out of her shell after getting "sold" to the hero. He was a decent guy but his characterization was lacking just a bit. I guess I didn't get qu
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Suzanne Barrett
Harper’s Bride by Alexis Harrington kept me riveted. I finished it in two sittings.

This is the Kindle edition, newly released for only $2.99, and worth every penny.

Set in Dawson (Yukon Territory) during the gold rush of 1897, it is the story of two damaged people.

Melissa Logan, married to drunken Coy Logan, has a small baby and not much to look forward to in life. Logan, a shiftless, ne’er-do-well, “sells” his wife and daughter to pay his mercantile debt to Dylan Harper. Harper, an honorable man
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Bill
In 1898 Melissa and her baby daughter are sold to Dylan, a store owner in Dawson in the Yukon Territory, by her no-good husband to pay off a debt. Dylan doesn't want anything to do with her, but he fears that if he doesn't take her, someone worse will. The course of this novel is fairly predictable, but Ms. Harrington executes the story very well. I loved to watch Melissa blossom and grow strong under Dylan's care. And part of it takes place in Portland, where I live, so that is an extra bonus f ...more
Jane
I have recently become a fan of Alexis Harrington. Okay I have only read a couple of her books but already she is an auto-buy for me.

Harper's Bride is an unusual love story. Melissa is "sold" to Dylan Harper to pay her husband's debt. Dylan doesn't want a wife but decides that he wouldn't mind the more domestic duties she can perform. Melissa is determined she will pay off her husband's debt and then will never be dependent on another man again.

Melissa has a wonderful independent spirit without
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Wendy
Jun 16, 2010 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Sarah
Shelves: 2010, romance, fiction, e-book
This is yet another book I bought based on a review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. (Seriously, a great resource for the returning romance reader who doesn't know where to start.)

I really, really enjoyed this book. It doesn't get five stars because it's not perfect, but it's really, really good. It's set in the Yukon of the Klondike Gold Rush, which is an unusual choice in a historical, in my experience (the glittering Regency being much more in the common way). And the setting is so real, so pa
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Kay
This is my 2nd Harrington book and I really enjoyed it. Usually, when I pick up a western romance, it's about a cattle drive, living on a ranch, cowboys, outlaws, or travelling on a wagon train through the American Frontier. With Harper's Bride, it was quite refreshing since the hero owns a trade store and the setting is in Dawson City, Canada during the Yukon Gold Rush. The author painted a good picture of how greedy people would give up everything to search for gold but to only come up empty h ...more
Ana
– As I’ve said a gazillion times, I love women-in-jeopardy books and Harper’s Bride fits the bill. Dylan is a reluctant hero for Melissa and with his gruff exterior she can’t quite decide whether to be scared or amused by him. Harper’s Bride has it all, suspense, passion, humor and a touch of romance magic so make room on your Keeper Shelf! ~ Ana, www.ireadromance.com
Nikki
This was...good. Not spectacular. Sweet enough. I felt the author had a good voice, and I really enjoyed her choice of setting. The characters were sweet. But it lacked some sizzle.
Keri
The book was sweet and steady right up until the end. It was so rushed, that I felt cheated and couldn't give it that 4th star.
Charlie
I struggle to rate this book.

For example, Elizabeth gets some sort of comeuppance, but not nearly enough to make the reader feel she'll feel any remorse over her life choices.

The author made me as a reader feel all the injustice of this world, but failed to resolve that by the end. The happy ending wasn't convincing enough.

The writing and internal dialogue of the protagonists also dragged out a little. Nothing much happened.

Settled on two stars because it passes the "Would I recommend it to myse
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Laura V.
Me gustado un montón, hacía rato que no leía algo tan de-novelas-de-antaño.
Me ha logrado transmitir un montón de sentimientos por cada uno de los protagonistas. Me he encontrando llorando por determinadas frases, que lograron mostrar que una trama sencilla y en vista simple, llega a conmover en lo más hondo.
La señora Harper, ubica su trama a fines del siglo XIX, donde la fiebre del oro arrastró a muchos hombres hasta lugares inhóspitos. Es en uno de esos lugares donde Dylan y Melissa encuentran
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Jenn
A lovely story, I enjoyed the journey both characters made to getting to their HEA. The end got a bit frustrating with the 'stuff' that we all know won't ultimately keeps them apart, but does for awhile. I think that's why this was closer to a 3.5 for me. I just really hate when there is more internal waffling than there really needs to be.

We heard all the arguments throughout the book, so by the end it gets to be an OKAY! I GOT IT! They'll never be together! SURPRISE ME! ugh. I actually glazed
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Anja
The author’s voice was well-suited to the setting and the period details felt very authentic.

I liked that the romance was slow to bloom, but, for me, it seemed to be missing something.

I didn’t like Dylan and felt he was inconsistent. He was capable of being quite nice to Melissa but then he’d do something to ruin it for me. He also came across like a guy still on the rebound.

...he kissed her with all the desolate, urgent longing he'd kept inside for the past three years.


He's only known Melissa t
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ValeriGail
Jan 10, 2011 ValeriGail rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: own-kindle-read
I downloaded this book on a recommendation from the Kindle Board's Bargain book thread. I decided to try a sample first, which I usually don't do. The Sample came with the first two chapters, but I was certain by the end of the first chapter that I was going to purchase it. It is the first ebook I've purchased off a sample.

I really enjoyed the story, and the struggle to over come past hurts and open their hearts again. Both Harper and Melissa have to over come some pretty big fears in order to
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Gail
This was a sweet Western Romance I picked up at Smashwords.com for not a whole lot, published by the author after she received her rights back, since it was first published in paperback in 1997.

Western historical romances are apparently slow sellers just now, but I appreciate a good one, and this one is. I like reading about "regular people," and they're hard to find in the plethora of historical romances about dukes and earls and such. Westerns give you that.

The heroine married to get away fro
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D.W. Nichols
¿Quién no disfrutó, de jovencita, de las aventuras narradas por Jack London? La llamada de lo salvaje y Colmillo blanco, quizá sus dos novelas más conocidas y llevadas en incontables ocasiones al cine y la televisión, transcurren en el territorio de Yukón, durante la fiebre del oro de Klondike. Igual que La señora Harper.

Alexis Harrington nos traslada a ese territorio inhóspito a finales del siglo XIX, a donde multitud de hombres acudieron con el sueño de enriquecerse rápidamente, dejando atrás
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I've been a self-employed working novelist for the past twenty years. Of all the books I've written I've had just one foreign sale, and that was THE IRISH BRIDE, which was translated into Norwegian, where I understand it was a big hit.

I also make jewelry and I'm a fine needlework artist, specializing in embroidery, thread crochet, and sewing. I love to cook, read, entertain friends, decorate, and
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