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The Bride Bargain (Prairie Promises, Bk 1)
The Bride Bargain - Prairie Promises, Bk 1
Author: Kelly Eileen Hake
This stunning debut novel by Kelly Eileen Hake is full of wit and warmth. Set down upon the wild American plains during the 1850, Clara is desperate for a home and a future for herself and her aunt. Striking a bargain with a lonely trader to fool a head-strong doctor could lead Clara to an unexpected avenue of romance.
ISBN-13: 9781602601758
ISBN-10: 1602601755
Publication Date: 9/1/2008
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 62 ratings
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Started out kind of slow, but was a cute, enjoyable read. Inspirational Historical/ Western Romance.
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This was a really cute and sweet story, and I truly enjoyed Kelly's fresh and lively style of writing. I was very impressed with how much she has been able to accomplish in her young career as a writer, and if this book is any indication, she's got a very bright future as an author. Even though this was a very predictable story, it was interesting enough to keep me engaged throughout, and from the halfway point to the end, I actually could not put it down! :o)

However, I do have one small complaint about this book. To me, it seemed that there was almost no Christian theme, which is the opposite of what I've read in some other reviews. I don't expect an author to lead me to Jesus everytime I read a Christian fiction novel, but I'd at least like them to get more of a spiritual message across. Fans of not-so-preachy novels would find this book appealing.

I am quite anxious to read book 2 of this series which, I believe, is supposed to explain more of the local town feud between the Specks and the Grogans. I'm also interested to know more of what's happening with Midge, Clara, and Dr. Reed, and the rest of the town of Buttonwood. After reading The Bride Bargain, Kelly Eileen Hake is definitely an author that I'll be reading in the future!
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Book one of the Prairie Promises Series
Clara Fields and her aunt are headed to Oregon to make a new life for themselves.. a life free of men! Especially those like her deceased uncle and the wagon master. .. not to mention the 2 cantakerous oxen pulling them along the way. When those 2 oxen decided to run off, the woman are left to fend for themselves as the wagon train moves on.

They make there way to the city of Buttonwood and are blessed to run into Josiah Reed, the owner Buttonwood's Feed and Dry Goods Store. Recognizing their predicament and the determined independence of Clara, Josiah cooks up a scheme to keep them in Buttonwood over the winter and maybe longer. He hires Clara and her aunt to help around the store and his home in exchange for room and board. After a while, Josiah becomes fond of having the women around and takes his plan to a higher level. His son, a newly graduated medical doctor, is coming for a visit from Baltimore before setting up his practice there. Josiah wants Saul to stay in Buttonwood. So he makes a deal with Clara. If she can get Saul married of too one of the available females in the area, Josiah will deed her his lovely home.

Clara sets out with a vengeance, but is met with opposition as Saul is not interested in any of the women she sends his way nor in settling in Buttonwood. He is, however, interested in her.. something Clara never forsaw and is determined to stop.

Josiah's plan is working just as he hoped... if he gets his way Saul will stay and the house will remain in the family... or will his plan be more than he bargained for?
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This was my first book by the daughter of one of my favorite authors. I see the talent runs in the family. I read for pleasure, and I love to read historical romance. This book included most of the things I love to read about: wagon trains, small town with great characters, humor, and, of course, romance. Looking forward to the next in this series.

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