Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Bride Most Begrudging

Deeanne Gist

Any ship arriving from England means good news for Virginia colony farmers. The "tobacco brides" would be on board--eligible women seeking a better life in America, bartered for with barrels of tobacco from the fields.
Drew O’Connor isn’t stirred by news of a ship full of brides. Still broken-hearted from the loss of his beloved, he only wants a maid to tend his house and care for his young sister.
What he ends up with is a wife--a feisty redhead who claims she is Lady Constance Morrow, daughter of an Earl, brought to America against her will. And she want to go straight back to England as soon as she possibly can. She hasn’t the foggiest notion how to cook, she dares to argue with her poor husband, and spends more time working on mathematical equations than housework. What kind of a wife is that? Drew's Christian forbearance is in for some testing.
Headstrong and intelligent, deeply moral but incredibly enticing, Constance turns what was supposed to be a marriage of convenience into something most inconvenient, indeed.

My Take:
"A Bride Most Begrudging" was quite a wonderful little romance.  It was very exciting, right from the beginning, and I felt the main character, Connie, was absolutely fabulous.  This had a lot of fish out of water elements to it, Connie is very rich, and had to learn how difficult life was out in the colonies.  While this concept may appear to be a little tired, the strength that Connie shows, sets "A Bride Most Begrudging" apart from other books.  She wasn't a whiny spoiled little rich girl.  You better believe she was completely shocked by some of the things she saw, but she was a hard worker, and determined to get the hang of things right from the start.  She was a firecracker, and funny as can be.  The way she handles the animals around her plantation is very funny, and she is very witty.  The romance aspect of the book is quite sweet.  It has the classic opposites attract element, which is an oldie but a goodie in my opinion.  The dialogue at times was a bit syrupy, but not enough to spoil the overall effect of the book.  It was an absolute page turner, and a bit of a tear-jerker in a couple of spots.  I was a little sad when the book was over, but of course, all good things must come to an end, right?  I'm really torn between a 2 and a 3 rating for this book.  If you like historical fiction, it is probably more of a 2 for you, but overall, I'm going to rate this a 3, Buy at a Used Book Store.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off-base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel.

If you enjoyed A Bride Most Begrudging, check out The Apothecary's Daughter, Witch Child, and The Perfect Royal Mistress

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Swati said...

what an interesting review...I'll save my next borders coupon!!

Anonymous said...

Coincidentally, I just finished reading this book. I was a little disappointed with a number of aspects, one of which was the author's difficulty in allowing her heroine to wear even a modicum of decent clothing for 99.9% of the book. The hero's mistreatment of her in the beginning went far beyond "rude" to uncivilized, making it difficult for me to see him as a "hero," ever.
Notwithstanding, there were some nice moments and smoothly flowing writing.
I'm not sure she's made a fan out of me, though.

The Book Buff said...

I agree that the writing flowed very very well, but I can also see your point in some of the aspects you didn't like.

Emidy said...

I haven't read this one, and I've never heard of it until now! Based on what you said, it sounds like a sweet book. I'll keep this in mind the next time I'm searching for something to read.

from Une Parole

Anna L. Walls said...

This sounds interesting. One thing I didn't understand from your review is, if he wasn't looking for a wife, and if she wanted to go back to England on the next ship, why did they end up getting married? Ah well, nice review though.

Dialing Home. said...

I got this from the library and read it...it was a sweet read...but probably not one of my favorite books, it was a bit light as far as a historical novel goes.

Jeanne C. said...

I love the cover of this! It is beautiful!

bookjourney said...

Thanks for the invite to your blog - its nice here. :)

I have read this author before and enjoyed her book. This one sounds good too.

Mari said...

I'm going to give this one a try because you were spot-on about the Apothecary's Daughter. I'm really enjoying it!

The Book Buff said...

I really enjoyed a bride most begrudging, if you liked the apothecarys daughter, you'll likely like this one

Carol L. said...

Hi Kate,
I'm definitely going to read this one. I 've never heard of it before and I love reading Romance in England and the American Colonies. Thank you for an honest and clear review.
Carol L.

Affection said...

Sound like a good book to read.

hmsgofita said...

I've heard of this one...looks like an interesting read, but probably won't be reading it any time soon; thanks for the review!

Melissa said...

Thanks for the review. The storyline reminds me a bit of "Sarah, Plain and Tall."

Kellie said...

I just finished reading this book and was pleasantly surprised with it. I really enjoyed it, so I'll have to check out some of your other recommendations. Nice blog!


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