A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist

By Deeanne Gist

In 1860s Seattle, a guy with a spouse might safe himself 640 acres of timberland. yet due to his wife's premature demise, Joe Denton unearths himself approximately to lose 1/2 his declare. nonetheless in mourning, his most sensible answer is to shop for a kind of Mercer women coming back from the East. a girl he will marry in identify yet continue round normally as a prepare dinner. Anna Ivey's trip west with Asa Mercer's ladies is an get away from the griefs of her prior. She's no longer speculated to be a bride, notwithstanding, only a prepare dinner for the ladies. but if they land, she's passed to Joe Denton and the 2 locate themselves in a knotty state of affairs. She refuses to wed him and he is approximately to lose his land. With just a couple of months left, can Joe persuade this provoking--but beguiling--easterner to be his bride?

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Certainly not. ” “I don’t care if his pockets are lined with gold. ” Turning, she’d swept out of the stateroom. Unfortunately, Mrs. Wrenne had not fared so well. Mercer had assured her that he had a nice farmer lined up for her who had promised to take whomever he brought—teeth or no teeth. Mrs. Wrenne happily signed the two-hundred-fifty-dollar note. Just thinking about it rekindled Anna’s anger—and her distrust of the man. “I have learned,” he was now saying on deck, “that cholera and smallpox are raging in Lota.

Mrs. ” She banked the panic that began to crawl up her spine. Usually all she had to do was mention his patrons and he’d leave her alone. “Just the same,” she said. ” “I believe I’ll decide what is best. ” His attention strayed from her face to the frayed neckline of her bodice. She took a step back, but he encircled her waist with his arm. ” she hissed, squirming and pushing against him. ” He buried his face in her neck, his hands groping. ” Tucking her head, she dodged his lips but could not escape his foul breath or his hands.

Even poor, she’d have no trouble finding a man. He wondered how old she was. To get married in the Territory, you had to be eighteen. Please, Lord. Let her be eighteen. He looked again at her smooth cheeks and wide eyes. He’d have to teach her how to cook. She was way too young and innocent to be able to handle herself around his crew. But he wasn’t about to complain. By this time tomorrow, he’d be a married man and have his land sealed up tight. Thank you, Lord. Mrs. Wrenne’s farmer rebuffed her.

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