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A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist
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Jan 20, 2012

it was amazing
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Read in December, 2011

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 remember from Seattle folklore as being the guy who designed the streets the correct way. (Half of Seattle's streets are set up in the wrong directions because no one believed Maynard, as he was drunk most of the time.) Anyway that's not in the book, but he is. And the best part? The hero is a lumberjack. Usually I am skeptical of romantical heroes with their rippling muscles that apparently come from sitting on a horse, but a lumberjack? Sign me up.

Anyway, dynamite story with a whole lot of research to sustain it.
Now I want to figure out how to make bubble and squeak...
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