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A Bride Most Begrudging Any ship arriving from England means good news for Virginia colony farmers The tobacco brides would be on boardeligible women seeking a better life in America, bartered for with barrels of tobacco from the fieldsDrew O'Connor isn't stirred by news of a ship full of brides Still brokenhearted from the loss of his beloved, he only wants a maid to tend his house and care for his young sisterWhat 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 wants to go straight back to England as soon as she can She hasn't the foggiest notion how to cook, dares to argue with her poor husband, and spends time working on mathematical equations than housework What kind of a wife is that? Drew's Christian forbearance is in for some testingHeadstrong and intelligent, deeply moral but incredibly enticing, Constance turns what was supposed to be a marriage of convenience into something most inconvenient, indeed

  • Paperback
  • 347 pages
  • A Bride Most Begrudging
  • Deeanne Gist
  • English
  • 02 December 2018
  • 9780764200724

About the Author: Deeanne Gist

Deeanne Gist has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her original, captivating historicals Her latest release,

10 thoughts on “A Bride Most Begrudging

  1. says:

    Where to start?

    I was so annoyed by this book. It's touted as a historical Christian Romance. I heard many times how clean it was. Eh? Sure the nitty gritty details were skipped but the theme of the entire first half of the book was sex. They both wanted it and it was all leading up to their wedding night which happened 6 months after they were married. They finally get around to it and then everyone gets all angsty again because they end up abstaining for another 5 or 6 months while they make assumptions about each others feelings and avoid each other and don't communicate.

    Drew is a total jerk. But then he transitions to this nice guy on occasion. But not in a natural way. Total personality disorder going on. lol. Josh isn't much better. They don't seem to know how to examine and express their feelings in a healthy way.

    The LANGUAGE. Holy cow. I don't mean bad words. It was just annoying. The author was going back and forth between using current American English full of contractions and common phrases of today with the language of early American colonists. I would just get used to talking like an early colonist in my head when she'd switch back to normal writing. I suppose I could excuse it a little if the narration was one way and the communication between characters another way but she just randomly switched it up. I got so annoyed that I googled the history of contractions and found out that only the not contraction was speculated to be used then and very rarely at that. It wasn't present in written word of the time until about 30 years after the book was set.

    She didn't use the King James Version of the Bible for her biblical quotes. She apologizes for that in the authors notes but that doesn't change the fact that it messes up the authenticity of the book. Who cares if the author likes the modern language version better. It's wrong for the times and doesn't fit with her book.

    The math. I skipped all that. It didn't have anything to do with the story and it didn't make Constance appear intelligent to me. I get that it's her passion and that's fine but making it an integral part of the book and the interaction between Drew and Constance was annoying to me.

    ok...good things. I was interested in the whole tobacco bride thing and would have liked more information on that. I also liked learning about life for the early colonists. In the end I was invested enough to finish the book, even through my annoyances and eye rolls so it earns a star for that.

    I won't read any more of her books though.

  2. says:

    This book intrigued me because it sounds a lot like To Have and to Hold: A Tale of Providence and Perseverance in Colonial Jamestown. The basic plot does has a lot of similarities, but they are still very different.

    I tried to like this book, but it was hard to take it seriously. 2 1/2 stars.

    Here are some of my thoughts while reading:

    Lady Constance calls herself Lady Morrow at one point. Why can't Christian historical fiction authors do basic research on proper titles and forms of address!

    Lifting her hands above her head, she leaned her face toward the heavens and twirled in a circle. — In context, this struck me as very odd behavior.

    Constance refers to Drew as this O'Connor person — That doesn't sound like 17th century language, does it? Also, Drew is an anachronistic name.

    Lady Hannah Eastlick — another anachronistic name (for her class)

    Everyone has a middle names, which is very anachronistic.

    What all were you taught? Seriously, Drew?

    Constance's older sisters were married at ages twelve and thirteen. I question the historically accuracy of that.

    The sisters are named Leoma, Arietta, Kristina, Doreen, and Jocelyn. Hahahaha! Is it really that hard to choose historically accurate names?

    God ye good den — what in the world does that mean?? [apparently it means Good day but it was never explained]

    Drew considers building a schoolhouse for the children and letting his wife be the teacher. I'm pretty sure that never would have been allowed.

    Oh my word, there is a character named Kendra! I can't believe this. LOL

    Umm, the word okay did not exist back then.

  3. says:

    This is a great romance. The whole book makes your even your toes tickle, but it is completely clean! The romance is the best kind, it is in the conversation and in their actions.

    I have read other Christian romances that laid the whole religion thing on way to thick, but this was just about the way they lived and what they thought--no preaching.

    I didn't really like the first chapter--it was too fast and the second (or third?) was too slow (the marriage scene) but the rest was paced very nicely. I never was annoyed because they took too long to make up. They always talked about their problems without letting them fester for ages. But there was plenty of drama and conflict.

  4. says:

    I read this book for Book Club and I thought it was ok, except for a few things. It just kept going and going, one crazy crisis after another. Plus sometimes the main characters seemed dense to me. I just felt like I was on a roller coaster of problems the whole time, instead of really concentrating on developing characters the author developed multiple plot lines so by the end I just felt tired.

  5. says:

    2 stars. This started out strong. Marriage of convenience, and life on a tobacco plantation. Drew is kind of a turd, but he and Constance ease into life together and become friends over math equations. They both love solving story problems. That should’ve been a red flag. I got a little tired of the do they like me? No, they could never love one such as I. Vomit. Barf. Diarrhea.

    Drew pulls a Florence Nightingale and nurses Connie back from death’s door. They say lovey dovey things and Drew makes sweet gifts for her. All’s well until Connie sews a dress that’s conservative by London standards, but whorish to the colonists. He angrily demands that she leave her fox fur coat on for the entirety of the town Christmas party. All the ladies ooh and ahh over her fancy coat and a few beg to try it on. The ladies were actually pretty kind about her fashion faux pas. Drew acts like a total jerk and decides she’ll never do as a farm wife, with all her hoity toity fashions and lack of farm skillz. He decides he’s going to send her back to England on the next ship, even though they’ve decided to have a real marriage and have consummated it. He’s just going to hump & dump her, after they’ve both said I love yous? Also, she was educated by her math loving uncle, and women should not be educated!

    Drew starts being really mean to her and stops sharing the one bed in the house with his wife. Connie, in turn, is trying desperately to please her husband. She’s an earl’s daughter, got kidnapped & put on a tobacco bride/criminal transport ship, only to reach America and be sold to the highest bidder. Give her a break dude! She does the chores, and doesn’t complain about the hard work. She has a lot of failed attempts at learning to cook and candle making, and Drew says she’s useless!

    Worse, the douchery gets worse. Drew promised his dying father he’d build this big, weird looking house on the plantation, has hired laborers, and had been working on it all summer. He won’t show his wife the inside. A shipment of furniture arrives on the boat he’s sending her away on; he tries to hide the the furniture by getting it into the new house before she sees it. Connie, bless her naive little heart, is still trying to make their marriage work. She tries to kiss and snuggle, to seduce him, and he gets angry with her. She asks Drew why he doesn’t want to share a bed anymore. “Isn’t it obvious? I don’t want to get you with child.” At her horrified look, he says “I don’t want you carrying my child.” Well maybe dastardly drew should’ve thought about that before he started romping his wife 3-4 months ago!

    Connie was out crying and praying or something, and some pissed off natives come raiding, killing, and burning houses. Drew sees the smoke and runs home to find dead people, but no Connie. He panics and realizes he can’t live without her. Searching frantically, he finds her holding and rocking a beloved character. He’s so relieved, he professes his eternal love as they flee marauders.

    I’m skeptical of a man who only remembers that he adores his lady love when he thinks he might lose her. Drew suddenly stops being an arsehole and they live happily ever after. No groveling. No apologies for his cruel words or crap behavior. The death rate was so high in the colonies that they didn’t bother naming their children until they made it to the age of 3. It’s a hard knock life Drew. Your fiancé may have died a few years ago, but get over it! Oh, and Connie the doormat Mary Sue? Get mad! Go break his stupid tobacco pipe in two and stomp on it.

  6. says:

    I don't know where to begin.

    Lady Constance morrow was kidnapped and sent to the Americas to be sold as a tobacco bride. She went through starvation, and mistreatment on the ship. She she arrives in Virgina, she is automatically bidden on by a horrible man. His name is Emmet.

    He buys her, and loses her in a game of cards. Cards, can you believe that. I for one would be quite mad if I were her.
    Anywho Drew wins her and takes her home.
    That's all I'll spoil!!

    I automatically fell in love with the characters in the novel. Although it does have a bit of sexism. But that's what happened in the colonist era, women didn't have rights.
    This book really touched me, because of the way the characters went about worshipping God. This book is how I view life with God.
    It showed devotion, and how to be a faithful servant of the Lord.
    This author really reminded me of Francine rivers. Their writing is almost the same, how they explain the attraction of the two character. Blush worthy, but not sinful.

    I would say if you like blush worthy book content then there you go. It's definitely not for the young teens.

    I hope you enjoy it!!

  7. says:

    When precocious Lady Constance Morrow is kidnapped aboard a ship headed for the Americas, loaded to the gills with female and male prisoners as indentured servants, she is certain that upon arrival she will find someone to believe her story. Such is not the immediate case, and she is purchased as a bride by a most reprehensible man who then has the bad fortune to lose her in a game of cards. Constance finds herself then under the ownership of sturdy Master Drew O'Connor who wants no wife. Obviously, God had other plans. Together the two attempt to forge out a new life, particularly since despite both of their wishes, they are bound together in holy matrimony per the laws of the colony.

    Deeanne Gist writes what you might call sensual Christian romance. She's not afraid to pronounce sexual attraction between a husband and wife, and though she soundly closes the bedroom door against the reader, she has a fun time with the foreplay. Which, I admit, is refreshing, especially for readers like myself who are bored with books where the beau and his lady are perfectly unmoved by sexual attraction and the accompanying emotions. Deeanne has no such problems, and I commend her for her forthrightness. Some will find her too descriptive, but I found it to be just enough without crossing into impure territory.

    Now, as for the story, I admit that it is a little weak. For instance, my suspicious mind doubts that Constance would have made the voyage to America still a maid. Yet, she does. Also, a part of me wishes, however fleetingly, that the book had a counterpart to it, written from the perspective of Drew's brother. Josh has more flaws than his brother, therefore making him more interesting. I like Josh, moral scabs and all, and I wish Deeanne has written a sequel, which it appears she hasn't. Maybe someday she'll indulge Josh and give his story an end.

    Speaking of endings, there were aspects of the ending I didn't like. When I pick up a fluffy romance, I don't expect the type of tragedy that climaxes A Bride Most Begrudging. It was a shock, and I really wished she hadn't gone where she did at the end. Still, there were enough unique aspects to Deeanne's writing that kept me fully engrossed from start to finish. I love that Constance is interested in mathematics, and I love all of the little historic bits that Deeanne added to her story, like explaining the mistletoe at Christmas. Her work is charming and I'd say she does for Revolutionary fiction what Karen Witemeyer does for the prairie romance, infuses a bit of life.

  8. says:

    After much delaying, I got around to reading this novel. It was a pretty good book. I've read that there were historical inaccuracies, but I didn't notice them. Probably because my knowledge of that period isn't the best ever ... we're actually going to study it next year!

    Anyway, I enjoyed the characters and plot. The writing style was nice. The content was a little ... over what I found comfortable. Just a bit, though. It wasn't dreadfully inappropriate ... just a lot of mentions of consummating marriages, etc. etc. And desire. Goodness gracious, do you even care about each other except for THAT way? :-O

    The full review (which explains why it gets only two stars) can be found on my blog.

    ~Kellyn Roth, Reveries Reviews

  9. says:

    I would say only read this book if you're really desparate for clean historical romantic fiction. it's pretty groan-inducingly bad--as in, paragraphs and even pages skipped bad. it's set in Virginia early colonial days. I enjoyed hearing a little bit about the daily life of that time, and Native American-settler relations. But there really wasn't enough of that, and too much of a really annoying element about how the heroine liked to do math and helped her uncle with a women's math journal. I think it's pretty hard to take an author serious after she admits in the author's note that she moved the women's math journal back in history about a hundred years for the purpose of her novel. if she's that free and easy with history, why believe any of the rest of it? the tobacco bride concept was interesting, but I'd have to read up on it more to get a real feel for it. and the main, romantic plot? embarrassing how it tried to be as titilating as a normal romantic novel, but in a wholesome, Christian way. the dialogue felt very modern and anachronistic, out of place in its own setting, whether in prayer or dialogue with another character.
    in short, I did not like the book. I read the whole thing, but only by skimming most of the second half and rolling my eyes a lot. if it hadn't been lent to me by a friend, I probably wouldn't have gotten that far.

  10. says:

    I'm just going for the middle here. I really enjoyed the story and the plot itself. The writing is good and the characters feel multi-faceted. And I really loved the friendship with Mary and the child Sally.
    And I love the cover!
    And the tongue-in-cheek humor of including the skunk!

    Why it didn't get five stars:
    First, the focus on the physical. That is of course a part of the natural state of things, but these two seem to have started lusting for each other and enjoying fantasizing about deep kisses, etc, from moment one. Fantasizing about such things is dangerous if out of control. And, may I repeat, physical attraction is NOT the number one reason for getting married. It's one of many reasons. I felt that all else took side issue to their sexual tension, and that bothered me.

    Second, historical. Gist did her homework and read about the time period...but there are obvious gaps. There should have been much more study done. First, the privy: no man in America at that time would think twice about any such thing as wasting good wood. England was facing a severe shortage of wood, and the forests of massive trees in America stunned them with the sheer vastness of the plenty. She would have been less likely to have had the privy in England! And not to provide one for the grandmother's needs would make him unfeeling indeed.

    Second, the Indian attack. Not only did the Indian boy speak in a fashion of mingled short words and good King's English that didn't match in the least, within the same paragraph, but he spouts politically correct words about the claiming of the land and the logistics of the attack. The truth: The Powhatans had been friendly to the English and had been paid for the lands. John Smith and his men insisted on fair dealings. After Pocahontas's death, however, relations grew strained, both parties becoming discontent with each other. Opechancanough hated the English and had married into the Powhatan tribe from his own to the south. But the warriors didn't come up with overtures of peace. They attacked that morning, with their usual methods. They came out of the forests in scores, with their allies from other tribes (her version makes it sound like only the Powhatans attacked), in full war paint and feather. (view spoiler)[ Mary's death would have been an instant scalping, not a blow to the head; Sally, as a child, might have been treated so, but there would have been no question as to whether or not Mary lived. (hide spoiler)]

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