Item description for The Bride Bargain (Prairie Promises #1) by Kelly Eileen Hake...
Overview When Clara Fields and her aunt are kicked off their wagon train, a store owner in Buttonwood, Nebraska, offers a chance at redemption: if Clara can wed his grandson off to any of the local girls within a month, he'll sign over his-two story house. Clara will need strong faith and all her wits to wrangle a resolution.
This stunning debut novel by Kelly Eileen Hake is full of wit and warmth. Set down upon the wild American plains during the 1850s, 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.
A huge family feud that includes many of the townspeople, an ornery ox, a sweet young lady, and multiple storylines combine to make this a book that I couldn''t put down. The historical details are accurate, down to names of hoax "medicines" available at the time, harvest activities, and social gatherings. The story was hilariously funny and serious by turns, and is a hit by Kelly Eileen Hake. I''m recommending this book to everyone who loves historical fiction.
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Studio: Barbour Publishing, Inc
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.7" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher Barbour Books
Series Prairie Promises
Series Number 1
ISBN 1602601755 ISBN13 9781602601758
Availability 0 units.
More About Kelly Eileen Hake
Kelly Eileen Hake received her first writing contract at the tender age of seventeen and arranged to wait three months until she was able to legally sign it. Since that first contract a decade ago, she's fulfilled twenty contracts ranging from short stories to novels. In her spare time, she's attained her BA in English literature and composition, earned her credential to teach English in secondary schools, and went on to complete her MA in writing popular fiction.
Writing for Barbour combines two of Kelly's great loves-history and reading. A CBA bestselling author and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she's been privileged to earn numerous Heartsong Presents Reader's Choice Awards and is known for her witty, heartwarming historical romances. A newlywed, she and her gourmet-chef husband live in Southern California with their golden lab mix, Midas!
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Reviews - What do customers think about Bride Bargain?
Make you want to read the next book in the series Nov 22, 2009
Very entertaining and real in the mind's eye, this book made me ready and awaiting the next book in the series now. Excellent tale, creative storylines for multiple characters. Two thumbs up.
Matchmaker Nov 12, 2009
My review is from reading an ARC version thanks to Angie of Barbour Books. An enjoyable read by an author new to me. In the same way that I enjoy, but do not absolutely love the work of Cathy Marie Hake I earnestly enjoy the writing of Kelly Eileen Hake as well. Being the same age as the author also gives me another reason to awe and praise her work. In the future I definitely look forward to reading many more stories from Kelly Eileen Hake to come.
First let me start with the only real downside I see to this book or rather to the Prairie Promises Series, I just do not like the covers on bit. Not sure what it is, but in comparison to other covers out there, these just do not do it for me. As for the story, this is a good plot of matchmaking that backfires on the maker as it often will. The witty humor is fun and the characters are enjoyable. After reading the first sections I felt that I knew what was going to happen, but that is okay. Every once in a while you need a story like that. The best part of the descriptions of prairie life for me were the detailed recipe instructions of the food made by various characters through out. for my preference, these are no Mary Connealy (which I absolutely love!), but never the less enjoyable prairie promises of romance and I look forward to the rest of the series.
very predictable read Aug 4, 2009
I started to read this book and almost did not finish it. Its starts out pretty well. But, right from the moment she reaches the town you know already what the ending will be. Its even told to you. No surprises - every thing very predictable. This author may get better after more practice. Maybe good for older teens.
Great new author! Mar 30, 2009
This was a great book. Interesting from the beginning to the very end. She has a similar writing style to here Mom - very humorous! Definitely looking forward to future books in this series!
Cheery and light Mar 5, 2009
I enjoyed Clara's character because she had a lot of self-respect and wasn't desperate to find a man. That's refreshing. Saul also had dignity and strength of character and it was easy to root for them both to get together. There was not a lot of angst in the book, which I actually prefer.
However, I was hung up on the main premise. It's hard for me to believe that someone would give up his house so that his son would get married and stay in town. Also, I think the publisher could have created a more attractive book cover. I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but it does help grab the reader, doesn't it? This cover was so blah.