A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist

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 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 want 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.

I love the line from the back cover:
Do you believe in love at first fight?

I picked A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist not realizing it was a Christian Romance novel. Not that that is a bad thing – I’ve read many good Christian books, I just hadn’t realized this was one of them until I started reading. As far as Christian Romance goes this is among the better ones. Not too preachy, a great story, lots of fun exchanges between characters. Overall it was a good clean historical fiction romance novel that I would recommend. I will read more by Deeanne Gist. This was her first novel so I’m hoping for good things from her.

Content: This is a clean read with nothing objectionable.

Rating: 4.5 Stars. If you like Christian Romance I highly recommend this book. It’s one of the best I’ve read. If you don’t like the scriptures, praying and preaching that come along with the genre then skip this one.