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A bride in the bargain
Deanne Gist
Adult Fiction GIST

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Popular evangelical Christian novelist Gist tells a could-have-happened tale of a Seattle landowner who requires a wife to keep his 640 acres. In the land replete with timber but few women, widower Joe Denton signs a contract with Asa Mercer to deliver the wife he needs to ensure his land rights. Unfortunately, 19-year-old Anna Ivey doesn't realize she's signed on for marriage; she only wants passage out West and a job. Sparks fly as tempers flare when Joe and Anna discover they are at cross-purposes. Acquiescing to common sense as well as a sense of desperation, the two agree to work together temporarily. 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-yet her story's ending ties together a bit too neatly for readers who relish real-life finales. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Joe Denton
Needs to find a wife in order to keep his land; hires someone to find him a bride; angry when he realizes Anna didn't come West to marry him; determined to win Anna's love.

Anna Ivey
Looking for a passsage out West and a job; angered when she realizes that she had signed on for marriage to Joe; agrees to cook for Joe to repay her travel debt to him.

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