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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deeanne Gist Narrator: Jill Tanner Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781436160131
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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 brokenhearted 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 wants 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 she 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A Bride Most Begrudging demonstrates a nice touch with early American history, as well as what happens what God gives you what you need instead of what you want.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • A Bride Most Begrudging is a fantastic colonial romance...A wonderful historical tale.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “[A] clever first novel...Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the 2006Christy Award for Romance

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 2/13/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book. It's an inspirational historical romance set in the Virginia colony in the 1640's. I really liked both the hero and heroine; the author made them seem very real, and I wanted them to resolve their problems and get the happiness they both deserved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah (packfan20) | 2/10/2014

    " Not my favorite Deeanne Gist book but it was also her first (so they got better!) I had a hard time with the first half of the book but the second half was better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andranae | 2/7/2014

    " This book absolutely moved me! Beautiful writing!!! Loved every minute of it! :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sozelle | 1/31/2014

    " I have read other books by this author. This one I had to force myself to finish reading. The characters did not speak in the English of their time and putting the feminist view in the 1600's just does not fit at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 1/27/2014

    " Interesting, historical story; ruined (for me) by the overmuch sensuality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 1/24/2014

    " One of my fav books from her! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi Weaver | 1/17/2014

    " Seemed like I was reading the same book i read of hers before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanna | 1/14/2014

    " I loved this one. Great love story. Strong characters, not so sappy! And for Tangi a happy ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany1991 Jones | 12/30/2013

    " A fun christian romance that is more true to life than a lot of romance books. You have the attraction and the struggle to keep it pure and the disagreements that you find in any relationship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 12/26/2013

    " Meh. Is my review. Didn't regret reading it. Can barely remember it now. So if you like this genre read it. But for me --- Meh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 12/23/2013

    " A captivating little Christian romance set in young America. An enjoyable read, though there isn't much to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisa Garate | 12/9/2013

    " When I read this book (christian author), I went on and on about it that my friend had her book club read it. I liked the story line and it was really cool seeing what life was like back then. I also love how she dealt with judging people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/29/2013

    " I enjoyed this book and learned some about life in the early colonies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fourpetesake | 11/16/2013

    " I enjoyed historical setting. A little predictable but a comfortable read. Refreshing to read a book where male character was weaker emotionally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Britney | 1/31/2013

    " I surprisingly enjoyed this book. I am not much for Christian historical romance, but this book was recommended by some friends and was well worth the read. It was a page turner from the start. I loved the tension and flirtatious comical romance between the two main characters. A very sweet book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 1/9/2013

    " This story is delightful about a girl who was forced on a ship headed for America with prison women. She is bought by a man who has her work for him. Does she become a bride???? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish Evans | 10/5/2012

    " A great author with another great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 8/24/2012

    " Loved this historical fiction romance novel. Takes place in the American colonies in mid 1600s, Lady Constance is kidnapped and taken to America and sold as a 'bride'. It's a sweet love story and fascinating to learn about life in the early Americas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 8/21/2012

    " I thought this was a pretty good book. I enjoyed learning more about the time period and the traditions. The book is considered a "modern christian" book and I didn't know that when I decided to read it. It got a little too "christian" in some areas but for the most part it was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alecia | 7/26/2012

    " Really like this one. Cute, clean, easy read. Written by a Christian author so a number of quotings of scriptures etc. but not too extensive. About Christian people trying to do the right thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan Campbell | 6/13/2012

    " I absolutely love this book! The humor and story itself has had me coming back to reread several times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 5/29/2012

    " What a fun little romance! I loved the characters. I was intrigued with the setting. Overall, I really liked the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 4/18/2012

    " This is a really mushy yet chaste romance. I liked it a lot. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 1/1/2012

    " Love how these books are clean romance! Cute story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Fluegge | 9/7/2011

    " I loved this book and think she is a very talented author. However, I was a bit disturbed..I felt that she kind of pushed the bounds of what would be acceptable in Christian fiction--it was a bit too sensual in parts, I felt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eloisa | 9/6/2011

    " Great read and loved the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/27/2011

    " Christian romance that takes place in Colonial Jamestown. The characters and setting were engaging and I like this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan | 6/26/2011

    " A terrible and most predictable read. Even though based on a bit of forgotten history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clarissa | 6/23/2011

    " I LOVE THIS BOOK! I own it and have read it more than once. Just got through reading it not too long ago. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 6/9/2011

    " Not bad. It was a quick, enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael | 6/4/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books of all time. I have read it several times and enjoyed it equally each time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 5/24/2011

    " Why did this only get like three something stars???

    I loooooved loved loved this book. So much i might even read it again. Probably not, but maybe. Ok no i really wont.

    Still it was a great book... READ IT! :D "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alice | 5/14/2011

    " May book group book

    Well, as you can tell by my star rating Christian romance is not my cup of tea!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyndsey | 5/14/2011

    " Clean historical fiction romance!!! Really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nellie | 5/2/2011

    " Humorous, entertaining, clean, fun, I really liked this author and will read more of her books. She keeps the story moving, and it never lagged. At the end a little disconect, but over all very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 5/1/2011

    " I think I'm outgrowing this type of book (to my husband's shock & dismay). It was an okay story and not as cheesy as some, but it was certainly not amazing literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/22/2011

    " This was a fun read. I enjoyed the historical context (early colonial America). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/11/2011

    " A good recommendation for anyone wanting a quick, wholesome, fun read. This historical romance is set during our country's early colonist period and includes some interesting historical details; but they take a backseat to plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 3/31/2011

    " Didn't think I would like this very much, but I was pleasantly surprised. This work of historical fiction/romance was set in the Virginia settlement around 1650, so pretty primitive. A sweet love story under trying circumstances - with a little bit of Christian influence around the edges. "

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