A Bride In The Bargain


The Wedding Is All Planned ... Someone Just Needs to Tell the Bride

In 1860s Seattle, redwoods were plentiful but women scarce. Yet a man with a wife could secure 640 acres of timberland for free.

Joe Denton doesn't have a wife, though. His died before she could follow him to Seattle and now the local judge is threatening to take away his claim. In desperation, he buys himself a Mercer bride--one of the eastern widows and orphans brought to the Territory by entrepreneur Asa Mercer.

Anna Ivey's journey west with Mercer is an escape from the aftermath of the Civil War. She signed on to become a cook--not a bride. When she's handed over to Denton, her stubborn refusal to wed jeopardizes his land. With only a few months before he loses all he holds dear, can he convince this provoking, but beguiling, easterner to become his lawfully wedded wife?



Gist takes intriguing historical facts and creates a world of fascinating characters, lighthearted moments and timeless crises that we can still relate to today. The characters are refreshing, the setting is vivid and the plot will keep you turning the pages. A keeper!
Romantic Times, Jennifer Reyes
[Gist has] breathed new life (and heat) into inspirational romances ... The chemistry between Joe and Anna leaps off the pages ... I stopped attempting to smother my laughter and just allowed the giggles, chuckles, and outright laughter to come bubbling out.
The Overweight Bookshelf, Lydia
The dialogue and romantic energy are delicious in both humor and drama.
— Ink Dots, Dorothy Adamek
I started reading historical fiction when people told me that A Bride Most Begrudging would change my opinion about the genre being worn out. They were right. And Deeanne has done it again with A Bride in the Bargain.
Cara's Musings, Cara Putman
A Bride in the Bargain delivers on all counts. I highly recommend it.
Edgy Inspirational Author blog, Michelle Sutton
My favorite thing was the gentle tasteful attraction and thick tension. At times it felt thick enough to slice. It was in many ways stronger and sexier then some of the bodice-rippers I’ve read.
Tales of Whimsy
As Anna cooks up a storm in payment for the traveling debt Joe incurred on her behalf, Joe cooks up his own scheme for wooing Anna into marriage. Gist’s work is comical, sassy and sweet.
Publishers Weekly
A Bride in the Bargain has to be one of Deeanne Gist’s best tales ever ... you are in for a treat extraordinare! ... I highly recommend this book.
Window To My World, Kim Ford
If you want to be swept away to another time and place, look no further than A Bride in the Bargain...Deeanne has the rare ability to completely transport you to the location she sets her book, so immersing you in the social norms and people of the period, you will forget you are sitting in your own loungeroom! While character driven, the setting is detailed and beautifully described and I could almost feel myself dwarfed by the giant Redwood trees Joe so loved. Humour, romance, conflict and sacrifice combine to make this book the perfect escape and is guaranteed to make your heart feel lighter.
Relz Reviews, Rel
Deeanne Gist has done it again. She’s written another wonderful historical romance that’s sure to hit the bestselling list.
Ramblings-n-Writings, Kara S
Gist’s cover communicates so many elements: it’s pretty, ladylike, earthy and DUDE SHE HAS AN AXE!
— The Book Bark
Rating “Best of the Best” - “Historical romance readers will find Bride in the Bargain a pure delight.
— CBA Retailers+Resources, Michelle Connell
I absolutely loved every minute of this book! ... Deeanne Gist has written a funny, poignant, enchanting historical romance peppered with insightful truths about God’s never-ending grace... Do not miss it!
— CK2S Kwips and Kritiques, Cindy
A Bride in the Bargain is one of those books where I had to know how it ended, but I didn’t want to turn the last page.
A Simple Walk, Kate
Before I start reading a new book by Deeanne Gist, I make sure my schedule is clear - no deadlines looming, no appointments to get to - because I know once I start, I’m not going to want to stop.
Musings on This, That and the Other Thing, Jennifer AlLee
Rating “Best of the Best” - “You will fall in love with all the characters and you simply won’t want it to end. Which is why you will read it three times like I did.
The Historical Christian Romance Review, Amber Perry