If Joe Denton can’t find a wife then he won’t be able to keep his beloved Western land. Desperate, he pays for a mail bride. Instead, he gets is talented cook Anna Ivey whose painful past has made her determined to never marry. With Joe focused on saving his land, and Ana scarred by past pain, it seems like these two will never get along let alone marry…
Anna and Joe’s feel real because they have very human imperfections. Anna clings too tightly to the past and has let fear overcome hope- even if her actions are also out of a desire to protect others. Joe also cares for others, but his focus on what he wants leads to selfishness. Both characters feel real and this makes the reader root for a happy ending for them. A Bride in the Bargain also shines in how Gist strongly evokes 1865-6 life in Seattle: the Mercer bride experience, the Civil War’s aftereffects and other parts of life at the time (travel, morals and etc.) are all vividly portrayed. A Bride in the Bargain is a good read for those looking for characters to root for, a look at life in the U.S. during the 1860s , and/or Christian romance .
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