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A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist
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Jun 13, 2009

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bookshelves: romance
Read in June, 2009 , read count: 1

I enjoy Deanne Gist's take on the historical romance; her characters are usually pretty independent, a little fiesty and even a tad "kooky" sometimes--usually due to some bee in their bonnet rooted in a misunderstanding of themselves or God which influences their choices and actions. This time, Anna, our heroine, carries a feeling of responsiblity for the tragedies that befell her family. Now with a new, unexpected relationship, she lets it keep her from falling in love...but only for awhile. This is a romance, of course.

The setting--1860s Seattle and lumberjacks in Washington Territory--allows for some fun and a good set-up full of the requisite intrigue, misunderstandings, etc. Little bit more "heavy breathing," longing looks and awkward surprises than some Christian romance writers do...but humor often interrupts and there's enough story to keep it from taking over.

On the whole, really enjoyed this one, tho' maybe not quite as much as a couple of her other titles.

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