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Author Deeanne Gist, whose writing credits include People Magazine, brings the harsh beauty of colonial Virginia to life in her first novel. Reluctant love and shared faith blossom during the daily chores and arguments of tobacco farmer Drew O'Connor and Lady Constance Morrow. Constance is everything Drew despises in a wife - she cannot cook and she prefers mathematical equations to cleaning. Worst of all, she has red hair! But when the two are forced into a marriage of convenience, Drew soon realizes how blessed he truly is.
©2005 Deeanne Gist (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 24-07-2013

Finding Love When You Least Expect It.

This book is one I like to put in the category of a Hallmark Movie. If you keep that in mind I think you will enjoy this book.

It is a sweet story of finding love when you least expect it. It shows the struggles of early colonial life and hardships of the people at that time with just enough humor to lighten things up. The story is sweet and innocent because there isn't any descriptive sex (it leaves it to your imagination) and it has old fashioned values which I admire. It also shows how people used to rely on God to help them through difficult situations....something else I admire.

The narrator did a good job with the story. No complaints.

Again, if you enjoy Hallmark type Christian romances give this one a try.

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  • Katie
  • 28-02-2015

Nice read!

I really liked this book. After a few chapters, you get used to the reader. She did a great job. I liked how the book was set in colonial times instead of the much too common western pioneer times. This book (and author in general) is a much more suggestive than other Christian romance authors. Though nothing bad is described, there are a lot of sensual scenes. Nevertheless, it was a nice romance story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-02-2019

Not what I expected

Not what I had expected. Was a good read though. The characters were a good mix of personalities. I have read a few books by this author and enjoy the style of writing.

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  • MrsAllister
  • 06-05-2015

It was a good story...

But many of the scenes went on for about 10 minutes longer than was really necessary. And although the drama between the two main characters was good and intriguing, it was kind of predictable. I probably wouldn't use another credit to buy another book by her, I'd just get it from the library and read it.

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  • Carrie
  • 26-07-2010

Accurate and Excellent Portrayal

I was surprised at the comments from fellow Christian readers. (I also write Christian historical fiction.) There is a strong inspirational element through this story, but it is also balanced with the reality of living in the early colonial times. The heroine is in an extremely difficult and dangerous situation while the hero has his own immediate daily demands and a history of loss that loads him down. Ms. Gist has the research down pat on this (I have also done extensive research and live in this area of the country). The plot line is solid, the characters well developed, and the spiritual arc is there and is realistic. The narrator did a wonderful job. I was pleased to have this available as an audio download. This is definitely an example of the edgier types of Christian fiction coming out and is not a gentle Janette Oke type of book (I also love Ms. Oke and have read her for the past two decades.)

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  • Paula Elmer
  • 01-06-2009

poorly written book

The plot for this book was certainly intriguing. However, throughout most of the book, the author talks too much about their sexual attraction to each other. The characters are not filled out very well but there is certainly the physical attraction that you read about. If I owned an inspirational publishing company, I would not publish this book. I'm sorry that I wasted money on this book.

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  • Bryce
  • 24-02-2021

loved everything about this!

her lack of knowledge of how to live there was adorable and hilarious and I loved the tension between the characters and just all around great book! Narrator was fantastic as well!

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  • Peggy Freeman
  • 14-04-2019

Who's Been Hiding This Excellent Author

Gist + Tanner + A Bride Most Begrudging = A great read! This is my first Deeanne Gist book and I don't know why I've not heard of her? A colonial Virginia setting rates high my list. Gist writes reluctant love and shared faith to perfection. I never once wanted to slap one of the characters for being stupid. The daily chores and arguments were placed in the plot in a fun way. The plot moves quickly, but never leaves holes in the story. Tobacco farmer Drew O'Connor is believable with his past loss and Lady Constance Morrow's feisty personality delights the reader. I relate to the fact she can't cook, but can't comprehend her ability to solve mathematical equations. What I do appreciate the most is the realistic faith of these two characters. Lady Constance does not sound like a past Pastor's wife when she prays. She hasn't memorized volumes of scripture. Plus when Drew wants to know what God says about the marriage bed, he looks it up in scripture. Real life plot filled with real problems and real faith answers in a dangerous time. I found this book on Romance Package and I'm an immediate fan.

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  • Mary B.
  • 26-07-2018

Engaging and impressive!

This was my first experience with this author, and I was captivated. The historical detail was amazing, so well-done and thorough. The character development was beautifully done, and the story was complex and engrossing. I felt like I was in colonial Virginia experiencing the tumultuous story!

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  • Lea
  • 26-11-2017

Making History come alive

A sweet story of how love grows thru caring. Living history with a glimpse into how life must have been in early colonial times

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