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A Bride Most Begrudging (The Trouble with Brides)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  11,335 Ratings  ·  817 Reviews
Any ship arriving from England means good news for Virginia colony farmers. The "tobacco brides" would be on board--eligible women seeking a better life in America, bartered for with barrels of tobacco from the fields.

Drew O'Connor isn't stirred by news of a ship full of brides. Still broken-hearted from the loss of his beloved, he only wants a maid to tend his house and c
Paperback, 347 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2005)
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This book intrigued me because it sounds a lot like To Have and to Hold: A Tale of Providence and Perseverance in Colonial Jamestown. The basic plot does has a lot of similarities, but they are still very different.

I tried to like this book, but it was hard to take it seriously. 2 1/2 stars.

Here are some of my thoughts while reading:

Lady Constance calls herself "Lady Morrow" at one point. Why can't Christian historical fiction authors do basic research on proper titles and forms of address!

Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Where to start?

I was so annoyed by this book. It's touted as a historical Christian Romance. I heard many times how "clean" it was. Eh? Sure the nitty gritty details were skipped but the theme of the entire first half of the book was sex. They both wanted it and it was all leading up to their "wedding night" which happened 6 months after they were married. They finally get around to it and then everyone gets all angsty again because they end up abstaining for another 5 or 6 months while they mak
Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a great romance. The whole book makes your even your toes tickle, but it is completely clean! The romance is the best kind, it is in the conversation and in their actions.

I have read other Christian romances that laid the whole religion thing on way to thick, but this was just about the way they lived and what they thought--no preaching.

I didn't really like the first chapter--it was too fast and the second (or third?) was too slow (the marriage scene) but the rest was paced very nicely
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
I read this book for Book Club and I thought it was ok, except for a few things. It just kept going and going, one crazy crisis after another. Plus sometimes the main characters seemed dense to me. I just felt like I was on a roller coaster of problems the whole time, instead of really concentrating on developing characters the author developed multiple plot lines so by the end I just felt tired.
When precocious Lady Constance Morrow is kidnapped aboard a ship headed for the Americas, loaded to the gills with female and male prisoners as indentured servants, she is certain that upon arrival she will find someone to believe her story. Such is not the immediate case, and she is purchased as a bride by a most reprehensible man who then has the bad fortune to lose her in a game of cards. Constance finds herself then under the ownership of sturdy Master Drew O'Connor who wants no wife. Obviou ...more
Nov 15, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: not too many people
I would say only read this book if you're really desparate for clean historical romantic fiction. it's pretty groan-inducingly bad--as in, paragraphs and even pages skipped bad. it's set in Virginia early colonial days. I enjoyed hearing a little bit about the daily life of that time, and Native American-settler relations. But there really wasn't enough of that, and too much of a really annoying element about how the heroine liked to do math and helped her uncle with a women's math journal. I th ...more
Kellyn Roth
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama
After much delaying, I got around to reading this novel. It was a pretty good book. I've read that there were historical inaccuracies, but I didn't notice them. Probably because my knowledge of that period isn't the best ever ... we're actually going to study it next year!

Anyway, I enjoyed the characters and plot. The writing style was nice. The content was a little ... over what I found comfortable. Just a bit, though. It wasn't dreadfully inappropriate ... just a lot of mentions of consummatin
I'm just going for the middle here. I really enjoyed the story and the plot itself. The writing is good and the characters feel multi-faceted. And I really loved the friendship with Mary and the child Sally.
And I love the cover!
And the tongue-in-cheek humor of including the skunk!

Why it didn't get five stars:
First, the focus on the physical. That is of course a part of the natural state of things, but these two seem to have started lusting for each other and enjoying fantasizing about deep kisse
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
I just love reading a book that will educate as well as entertain. This one does a little educating (I had no idea about the ways and means that women were bought and sold as "Tobacco Brides" during the colonization!) and a lot of entertaining. It was a book that was hard to put down. It fell apart a little at the end when Drew's months long atrocious behavior toward Constance just poofed and went away without any affirmation on his part (REALLY frustrating) and the Christian message, which was ...more
Fascinating details of life during 1640s settling of southern colonies. Descriptive debut storytelling with humour and colourful characterizations. Enjoyed.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-10-2017
I loved A Bride Most Begrudging much more than I was expecting. The story captured me and I couldn't stop reading.

The premise and time period was good as it made me consider how life would have been back then. I don't know much about American history so even though this book didn't tell a lot, I still learnt some things.

The characters were irritating sometimes but I grew with them and soon realised how true they were. I liked how Constance held onto her education and was persistently herself,
Be Fisher
Had a difficult time believing this to be early "Colonial America". DNF this one . But will try one of her later books.
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Perhaps it was my mood, but I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. My favorite plot line in a love story is when the man and woman are forced to marry and slowly learn to fall in love, so I thought this one would be right up my alley. I got very bored with the setting and background of the story though (tobacco farming etc.). I found the issues that arose in Constance and Drew's marriage to be tedious and silly. I could never really relate to Constance and didn't like her character ve ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Amazing, wonderful, lovable, anything that you can say that is a positive adjective can be used to describe this novel. Deeanne Gist outdid herself and I officially have a new favorite book!

The story line made me happy, sad, angry, and tickled my funny bone to the core. I read this story in one day and I could not put it down. I am so sad that it was a library book and I will be purchasing this novel very soon for my own personal collection.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Okay. It wasn't entire without enjoyment, but it was far, far....far, from being a favorite for me.

1. I could hardly tolerate Gist jumping from dialect to dialect. (Halfbutted attempts, at that.) She was all over the place, and it drove me batty.

2. I know she tries to explain away her usage of the New King James Version bible, but, for me the excuse just wasn't good enough. You're writing historical fiction. It would have made no difference to the core of the story, however, it would have added
Mary Adams
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This really was a lovely story. Normally, I take notes about what I'll say in my reviews as I read, but I was so engrossed I completely forgot to do that. In fact, I sacrificed some sleep and a little of my own writing time just so I could finish the story in a weekend.

First, let me comment on the history. 16th century Colonial America is not a time-period I'm strong in, but it seemed well researched and authentic. The dialogue was period-specific enough to sound genuine without being so stiff —
This is women's Christian fiction? Didn't realize that although I guess I got a clue when the author signs her author note "In Him, Deanne Gist".
I actually really, really liked this book. I found myself very involved in the lives of the characters, caring what happened and emotionally invested in their fictional lives. I also liked that the book is historical fiction and that her setting is based in reality, particularly the Indian massacres that took place in 1622 and 1644.
I didn't understand w
Methini çok duyduktan sonra kitabı sonunda okudum. Cidden çok güzel dönemi gerçekliğiyle okuyucuya sunan hoş bir roman. Saf bir aşkı, mahrum bölgede insanların birbirlerine nasıl kenetlenip yaşam savaşı verdiğini anlatıyor yazarımız. Benim sıkılmadan aksine beğenerek okuduğum bir romandı. Konumuz bir kontun kızı olan Constance'in amcasının krala bağlılığını göstermediği için cezasının ölümden Amerika'ya sürgün olarak değiştirilmesi üzerine kızımızın onu son bir kez gemi kalkmadan önce görmek içi ...more
Jan 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a book club selection...a book that I had heard about over and over again. In a few words it is clean historical romantic fiction. A gripper and a page turner it is not. Just a nice easy read.

The story is about Lady Constance Morrow who has gone to say farewell to her uncle who has been accused of a crime and is being sent to the colonies from England as an indentured servant as his punishment. Lady Constance is kidnapped, sent to the colonies, and sold to a tobacco farmer wanting to pu
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was ok
Set in the colonial American period, this book tells the story of Constance and Drew. Constance is a lady from a well to do family in England, but she was abducted and forced to travel via ship to Virginia where she is auctioned off as a "tobacco bride" Fortunately it is to Drew, who is still hurting after the loss of his first fiance. Even though they are forced to marry he agrees not to be intimate with her and to help her contact her father. But when Constance finds herself falling in love wi ...more
Jeannette Garcia
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book was okay for me. I wasn't so excited over the time period or the setting. I thought the story was good only at certain parts... it was engaging at times, but mostly didn't claim my full attention. I thought the initial tension between Constance and Drew was good and there were a few laughable moments. Some parts of the story felt rushed and not fully developed... for example, when did Josh realize he had feelings for Mary? It just didn't seem practical. Many people loved this book, but ...more
Joy Smith
Jul 27, 2016 added it
Shelves: romance, history
I enjoyed the history in the story. I like stories of the frontier (the American frontier and SF frontiers). You don't come across that period of time (the colony of Virginia) very often, and it was well done. I liked Lady Constance and the hero, Drew, though the misunderstanding went on too long--as often happens in romances.
Willowy Whisper
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! Set in a period of time I seldom read, this book was both exciting and romantic, although the main action was towards the end. I, myself, truly love books about forced marriage (or marriage of convenience) that end with both spouses falling in love with each other. Very romantic. A definite should-read to anyone who loves Christian fiction romance!
Apr 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book has you hooked at the beginning, slows down a little in the middle, but the end is exciting. Definately worth the read. In fact I find myself thinking about what life would have been like in early Jamestown...
Annie Hogle
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was amazing! Took a while to get into. But overall a real page turner!
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Here you are: my first review of a book marketed as Christian Fiction. It's all about reading something new, different, outside your comfort zone, right? Well I confess this one wasn't all that much of a stretch - considering how religious the majority of the colonisers in the Americas were, references to religion are more historically accurate than lecturing, and not at all out of place.

Set in the mid-17th century (1643, to be exact), we meet Lady Constance Morrow on board a prison ship bound f
Nov 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
I did not finish this book. I gave it a few chapters and it wasn't sucking me in so I returned it to the library.
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Bride Most Begrudging – Deeanne Gist
7/30/14 – 8/1/14 4.5stars
This novel was packed with (nearly) everything I love – humor (LOL), romance (sigh), and action (quite a bit of that). There was faith too, not much though.
Humor – Oh, my goodness! Romantic comedy fans should really enjoy this book! I wouldn't really call it a comedy but it does make you laugh.
Romance – Deeanne definitely handled the romance with wonderful expertise. She used just the right words, and phrases, and scenes. There was a
Kristine Hansen
America started out fairly rough, peopled by individuals who were tough, with a great deal of fortitude and stamina. Which is an interesting place to set a genteel Englishwoman, with no training in anything useful at all except perhaps math. Honestly, she ought not to have survived (and I do wish I could have seen her on board the ship!).

Seeing the building of the plantations, the creation of homes out of the wilderness, with the threat of Indian invasion, disease, the ravages of weather, and ju
Chelsea Booker
Jun 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, christian
I basically got what I expected to get out of this story, which was an easy read, a cheesy, but sweet romance and some relatively interesting plot twists. There were some heart-wrenching moments and it was interesting to learn a bit more about the tobacco brides. While it wasn't a great story, it wasn't a bad one either.

The setting and the world Gist painted for the reader were spot on, but I felt like the characters were lacking. It was hard to warm up to Constance (her fascination with math di
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“He wants a fifteen thousand pound settlement."
"Fifteen thousand!"
"He says you're a great deal of trouble."
She hesitated for one startled moment before choking back a laugh.
"I am."
"I thought so." He leveled Drew a look. "If I pay you the fifteen thousand, do you swear to keep her?"
Drew reared back his head. "Forever?"
Her father scowled. "Forever."
"Oh, I suppose." He gave a long-suffering sigh. "If I must."
She bit the insides of her cheeks to keep from laughing outright.”
“She hated Mr. Meanie. But she'd gotten to know him and they'd reached an understanding of sorts. Now she was to have him for supper.
"Don't tell me you're feeling guilty?"
Breaking off a piece of the wing, she brought it to her lips and took a bite. It did taste good. Very good.
"I wonder if all grouchy males are this palatable."
Drew choked.
She looked up, tilting her head.
"Are you all right?"
He turned a dull red.
"Eat your supper, Connie.”
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