Monday, January 9, 2012

A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist (4 stars, Christian historical)

Full Description: Amazon

Rating: 4 out of 5

Thoughts After Reading:
A Bride Most Begrudging is both a Christian romance (which I was expecting) and a fairly dark read (which I was not expecting). It was rather fun to see a noblewoman trying to adapt to working as a common colonial woman, but the writer definitely wanted to illustrate the harsh conditions of those times. The heroine foolishly gets on the ship to say goodbye to her uncle, and is locked up in shackles like the other prisoners. She survives the ship ride over, and is treated more like an indentured servant than anything else. A fairly genuine frontier-style romance does develop between the hero and heroine throughout the storyline, but there is also plot elements of deaths and unrest with the Native Americans. While the hero's reluctant feelings of educating women only added to the realism, I can't say I enjoyed the unequal footing of the heroine and the hero that was persistently present.

My general feel of the book is that the writer was very attentive to historic details and tried to portray the characters as realistically as possible while still allowing for a deep relationship to develop between the hero and heroine. However, as a modern reader who enjoys the fairy-tale like aspect of many romances I felt that it was almost too historical for me ;).

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