Does a good deal make a marriage?
Widower Connor Maguire advertises for a wife to raise his young daughter, Bridget, work the homestead and bear him a son.
Ellen O'Sullivan longs for a home, a husband and a family. On paper, she is everything Connor needs in a wife. However, it soon becomes clear that Ellen has not been entirely truthful.
Will Connor be able to overlook Ellen's dishonesty and keep to his side of the bargain? Or will Bridget's resentment, the attentions of the beautiful Miss Quinn, and the arrival of an unwelcome visitor, combine to prevent the couple from starting anew?
As their personal feelings blur the boundaries of their deal, they begin to wonder if a bargain struck makes a marriage worth keeping.
Set in Wyoming in 1887, a story of a man and a woman brought together through need, not love...
Next up in this feature week is a review for A Bargain Struck by Liz Harris which I've had in my TBR pile for quite some time so apologies Liz and Choc Lit for the delay in reviewing this eBook.
Set in the late 19th century in Wyoming this was an interesting tale about two people who, having both lost the loves of their lives, come to a mutual agreement to marry but neither of them are looking for love. Connor is looking for a wife to help on his homestead, look after his young daughter Bridget and provide him with an heir, whereas Ellen is just looking for somewhere to call home after not fitting in with her own family.
But when Ellen arrives it's clear that she's not been entirely honest with him so will he still go ahead with the agreement? And how will the rest of the township react to the news and will they accept this newcomer into their close community?
This was a really interesting concept for a storyline and one I really enjoyed reading, I can't even begin to imagine marrying as part of a business arrangement but I'm sure it was pretty commonplace at that time.
Both Ellen and Connor were intriguing characters to get to know and the more you read about their past the more you understood why they'd come to such an arrangement, but as a sucker for romance I loved how the more time they spent together emotions came to the fore. And as for young Bridget I totally understood how conflicted she was feeling, she didn't want a new mother but at the same time she needed one so that she could be a child rather than grow up too soon.
But there is so much more going on than just their story which was what made this a page turner of a read for me, I found myself wanting to keep reading to discover how it was all going to end.
I really enjoyed reading A Bargain Struck so will definitely be looking to read more books from Liz in the future, infact I do have The Road Back and Evie Undercover which I've previously bought on my Kindle so just need to find the time to read them!