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.
"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.
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