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 ...Read MoreAny 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 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 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.Read Less
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This was a humorous love story about an earl's daughter, who is kidnapped and taken to Virginia to be sold as a tobacco bride. It may sound far-fetched, but it is well done. An amazing story of the hard life faced by the early settlers, the conflicts with the Indians, infant mortality and illness in the new land, and tobacco farming. The main conflict between Constance and Drew has to do with how each believes the other will not accept them because they are from different social classes. It was also steamy, in its' own way.
Jul 8, 2007
Although this is Deeanne Gist's first novel, I believe it's her best. It immediatlely hooked me when in the first few pages the main charachter was kidnapped and sent over-seas to the new world to be sold as a bride. This book has interesting characters with a plot that has many unexpected bumps in the road that kept me intrigued. Don't worry, it doesn't just fade off, but ends with just as much action that it started off with (if not more) to give the story a well deserved ending. Loved it!
May 4, 2007
I loved this book. A girl accidently sails to Virginia and becomes a tobacco bride. This story was just aboustely wonderful. I loved it. You can't put it down.
Apr 16, 2007
Gist's breakout novel, that follows one woman's journey to the New World of American in the 1600's, couldn't have been more enthralling. I was always taught that the puritans were rather boring, but not through the eyes of Gist. Those that like inspirational historical love stories will definitely want to take a chance on this one.
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