Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist

This book got the little heart on my Shelfari bookshelf. Completely enjoyable - but I'm partial to historical fiction with witty dialogue.

Taking place in colonial America (circa 1640's), the story revolves around the tobacco brides that were traded among the Virginian farmers. The premise is that an independent (and educated!) daughter of an earl was mistakenly swept up on a ship to be sold as a bride in exchange for tobacco...well, you can imagine how the rest of the story might go. Yes, a bit predictable. However, the social context and commentary would be great for reading group for discussion. And again, I was completely delighted by a few scenes - the wedding night when the subject of the bible keeps rearing, a dinner fight, Christmas service where the London "scoop neck" has not yet been fashioned and the appearance of the earl himself near the end of the novel.

My rating - a definite five star, with a heart to boot.

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