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The Christmas Bargain,

(Hardman Holidays #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,664 ratings  ·  322 reviews
Luke Granger is about to get more than he bargained for…

As owner and manager of the Hardman bank, Luke Granger is a man of responsibility and integrity in the small 1890s Eastern Oregon town. Calling in a long overdue loan, Luke finds himself reluctantly accepting a bargain in lieu of payment from the shiftless farmer who barters his daughter to settle his debt.

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Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Shanna Hatfield
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Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay. I love a good Christmas romance, but this one was a bit too sweet even for me. A banker rescues a girl from an abusive father who offers her as repayment for his loan. As his cook and housekeeper he has to marry her before she can live with him. Hmmm. Anyway romance ensues, in-laws are conquered and there’s a baby born (not theirs).
✨ Gramy ✨

The Christmas Bargain is the introductory installment of the 'Hardman Holidays' series written by Shanna Hatfield. The heroine is Philamena Booth, who had been held captive by her father for over a decade after her mother had passed away. Luke Granger, the owner of the local bank, became a blessed hero when he traded a past due loan for her hand in marriage.

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Set in the town of Hardman, Oregon in the 1880s, this series offers a clean, romantic peek into holiday celebrations of the
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Fairly sweet but way too simple of a story. No real highs and no real lows. Started out good, but the writing was so, so unremarkable that I'm quite sure I will forget it in about a week. It was good, just needs tweaking and more conflict, perhaps more time delving into particulars.

Example: Philomena has been beaten down, and keeps her head downcast all the time in the first chapter. By the time the next chapter comes around she accepts compliments with her head held high as she was coached to d
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sweet and emotional perfect for Christmas

This book was set in Hardman Oregon and gave us a look at Luke Granger and Philomena Luke is such a strong presence in the town and when he strikes a bargain with one of the townspeople, he ends up in an unexpected situation.

As the story grows in emotion and details the kind of person Luke is begins to come to light. Rich characters full of life and personality fills each page.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Thee humor and conversations were exceptiona
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book by sheer coincidence, liked the synopsis. The story is not very original in fact it’s been told many, many times but it was soooo endearing. Immediately I loved both Luke and Philly, their mutual admiration for each other was very PG, honest, and organic. A very “no angst-drama-free” read, quite enjoyable. P.S. It can be read any time of the year not just on Christmas. Lol
I loved the setting and time period of this one. Based on the real town of Hardman, Oregon (which is now a ghost town) it was easy to step back in time and imagine what life would have been like back then. I liked that it took place around the early 1890’s and I liked how the author worked in their “modern” inventions into the story. It’s fun to think about how things we take for granted now used to be a nifty invention back then. I liked the mix of the old west with a touch of the modern, at le ...more
Judy Esposito
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, Clean, Romantic, and Christmas all in one Book!

This is the very first book I have read by Shanna Hatfield back in Nov. 2013 and have fallen in love with the way she writes. I have since read everything she has written and wait impatiently for the next. The Christmas Bargain is such a sweet romance that you just hate to see it end. Luke is my ideal of a strong but sensitive and caring hero. Philamena our heroine, is a lovely, sweet young lady used to being mistreated by her father. Whe
This book was pretty good. Close to 4 stars, but not quite. I did enjoy it and I might read the rest of the series-- we'll see.
Joanie Bruce
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was ok

I struggled with how I would rate this book. The plot was developed sufficiently, the characters were believable, and the story progressed and was interesting enough to hold my attention; however, the numerous occurrences of “head-hopping” were extremely distracting, and the frequent grammatical errors were irritating.

What I liked: The main characters were likable, and grew in personality until the end of the story. I found myself sympathizing with Philamena and being thankful her horrible situ
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, 2018
About five minutes into this novel I knew two things: one, I had read this novel before; two, this is such a great read. Now, I know that not everyone reads the same, but I tend to read fast when it is a good novel and I always retain the information no matter how fast my pace. Typically, I do not like rereading a novel when it has been recently read; however, I made an exception and read this one again even though I knew what was coming.

When reading the summary, I know that many will be drawn
Kayla Thomas
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Romantic fun for the holidays! I so enjoyed watching Filly and Luke fall in love. Once again, Shanna Hatfield transported me to a small 1890's town full of quirky characters. I always appreciate the strong, capable women Hatfield writes. They may get swept off their feet, but they are able to stand on them too and fend for themselves.
Jana Brown
Mar 06, 2017 added it
Shelves: romance
This was one of the many stories which has been floating around on my Kindle and seemed like it would be a quick, fun little read.

Unfortunately it was a DNF for me at about the 30% mark. The constant head hopping and almost sing song prose didn't work for me. It was a cute enough story and I'm sure would work for a lot of readers, but for me was a complete mismatch.
DNF about 50%. No star rating. This was a big ole Christmas fail for me.
Arlena Dean

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"Luke Granger is about to get more than he bargained for…

As owner and manager of the Hardman bank, Luke Granger is a man of responsibility and integrity in the small 1890s Eastern Oregon town. Calling in a long overdue loan, Luke finds himself reluctantly accepting a bargain in lieu of payment from the shiftless farmer who barters his daughter to settle his debt.

Philamena Booth is both mortified and relieved when her father sends her off with the banker as payment of his deb
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Luke Granger is the prosperous owner of the town of Hardman's bank in 1890's Eastern Oregon.

He seeks to collect a long overdue loan from the shiftless and drunkard farmer Alford Booth. Unable to repay, Alford recklessly offers his only daughter to Luke as repayment. Philamena Booth has been held virtual captive for a decade under the cruel hand of her father and is both relieved and apprehensive to go with Luke as his housekeeper and cook in order to repay her father's debt.

Under gentle but unc
This story had me hooked right from the beginning. Luke, the local banker, goes to Filly’s house to collect a debt. When her father is unable to pay he gives his daughter to Luke as payment. Luke agrees to take her just to get her away from her father. Luke and Filly agree to get married for propriety sake, Filly will serve as Luke’s housekeeper and cook while Luke will protect Filly from her father. As they get to know one another their relationship grows from acquaintances to friends to love a ...more
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect book to put me in the holiday spirit! I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the sweet love story. I love the story of the woman, unloved, abused and unappreciated, taken in by a charitable man and given a new chance at life. Filly's transformation from an unwanted, silent girl to a confident, lively woman was wonderful and the love story that unfolded kept me turning electronic pages. The author has a gift for dialog and story-telling. I loved that this was a sweet, clean ...more
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Simple, sweet and incomplete

A squeaky clean, non-preachy Christian romance that just ends without warning. At least give me an epilogue. I suppose chapter 1 of the next book in the series was a consolation prize?
While I enjoyed the storyline, I just found it lacking. I was annoyed by several grammatical errors, missing words, and added words; it became distracting. Meh..
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although somewhat predictable, this very well-written tale about a young, abused lady being bartered by her father to a bank President in lieu of his loan payment. Astonished, Luke Granger accepts her as a housekeeper/cook rather than have her sold to a worse element.
Mortified, when she learns about the bargain, Philimena decides to make the best of  it and prove her worth until she can figure out something else. It surely can't be worse than the meanness and ingratitude she has lived with for m
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very sweet book and I enjoyed most of it. The only thing that put me off at all were the few very "romantic", shall we say, parts. While there were no actual sex scenes, there were some very sexual scenes. The author tells you what's going through the two main characters minds as they're looking at each other, kissing, fondling, etc. There's nothing dirty or even x-rated about it. I just prefer not to read that kind of stuff, as I don't need it in my mind, or want my imagination to go ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I could give The Christmas Bargain by Shanna Hatfield more then five stars I would! That is how good it is. I wasn't even through the first chapter when I sent Ms.. Hatfield a message saying please tell me Philaamena Booth, "Filly" drunk of a Father comes to a very bad end. For ten years after the death of her Mother he kept her a prisoner on their broken down ranch, he best and starved her. Luke Granger owns the bank in Hardman and when he shows up to collect thr debt owed to him, he is told ...more
Ruth Ramsey
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christmas Bargain by Shanna Hatfield is a very entertaining and heartfelt story. From the beginning to the end it kept me holding on to every word. Filly was such a needy, but determined young lady! She needed to get away from her father in order to have the life she wanted/needed.

Not many men would have been the gentleman that Luke was. But he was that and more. He was a friend, as well as a mentor (for the lack of another word) to Filly. Giving them the time to get to know each other before
Jasmin Jace
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
Kath West
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing

What a good book. So glad I picked this one up! 😭 Had a bit of an abrupt ending, but the story was so sweet.
The Christmas Bargain

A confirmed bachelor from a messed up family. A woman kept hidden by her father for 13 years. A bargain that would last a lifetime. The best Christmas bargain ever made.

Characters: 1/1
Philamena starts out super shy and afraid of men. She has good reason to be that way, but when her father bargains with the banker, Luke Granger, to take Philamena instead of money for the debt he owes, she blossoms quickly. Luke is skeptical of the woman in the dowdy dress and ker
Luke Granger is the owner of the town bank. He goes out to collect an overdue loan payment from Alford Booth, the town drunk. Alford has no money to make the payment and informs Luke that the only thing he has is his daughter and Luke can take her or he will sell her to the local brothel for the money he owes. As a Christian man, Luke feels he has no choice but to take Philamena. Philamena has been basically been made into Alford's servant and slave since her mother died and hasn't been into tow ...more
Julie Lence
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shanna-hatfield
Shanna Hatfield's, The Christmas Bargain, is a sweet read any time of year. Collecting on a debt owed to the bank, Luke accepts the town drunk's daughter as payment. It's either that or the drunkard will send Filly to work at the Red Lantern. To keep Filly's reputation intact, Luke (a devout bachelor) agrees to marriage, but in name only. Filly is to clean and cook until Luke is satisfied the debt has been paid. In exchange, he will provide for her. But when Filly fills his home with delicious t ...more
This was on my Kindle as : The Christmas Bargain: (A Victorian Holiday Romance) so, as a Brit, I was expecting a story set in England - in the 'Victorian' refers to the era of Queen Victoria and therefore is confined to her domain only? Please forgive me though if I am incorrect. However, that has no bearing on my rating and review of this novel.

The story itself was nothing particularly exciting, no 'roller-coaster' of emotions, very little tension or conflict. It was a gentle account of a relat
This story takes place in 1890 in Hardman, OR. Luke is the owner of the bank in town. He is in for a surprise when the town drunk offers his daughter up in lieu of money for the debt he owes. "She's a fine house cleaner and cook, but she's rather plain, or even homely", declares the old man. The young woman is nervous, but is glad to get away from her father, being that he is abusive toward her. In order to save the reputation of those involved, the couple agree to marry. Can they learn to love ...more
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A sweet version of Cinderella. A girl held down on the farm by an abusive father is sold to pay a debt. The banker rescues her so she won't be sold to a Saloon. He marries her so he can keep her as a housekeeper and cook. Eventually they fall in love. Sweet story showing how a woman can be more than just a cook, she can be creative, influential, protective, and a healer too. I really liked the delivery boy character and how she even sweet talked the sour mother-in-law to be a better person. It d ...more
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A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a best-selling author of clean romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor.

In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her histor

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