Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Bride Bargain by Kelly Eileen Hake

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Bride Bargain

Barbour Publishing, Inc (September 1, 2008)


Kelly Eileen Hake


Life doesn't wait, and neither does Kelly Eileen Hake. In her short twenty-three years of life, she's achieved much. Her secret? Embracing opportunities and multitasking. Kelly received her first writing contract at the tender age of seventeen and arranged to wait three months until she was able to legally sign it. Since that first contract five years ago, she's reached several life goals. Aside from fulfilling fourteen contracts ranging from short stories to novels, she's also attained her BA in English Literature and Composition and earned her credential to teach English in secondary schools. If that weren't enough, she's taken positions as a college preparation tutor, bookstore clerk, and in-classroom learning assistant to pay for the education she values so highly. Currently, she is working toward her MA in Writing Popular Fiction. No matter what goal she pursues, Kelly knows what it means to work for it!

Kelly's dual careers as English teacher and author give her the opportunity explore and share her love of the written word. A CBA bestselling author and dedicated member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Kelly is a reader favorite of Barbour's Heartsong Presents program, where she's been privileged to earn numerous Heartsong Presents Reader's Choice Awards; including Favorite New Author 2005, Top 5 Favorite Historical Novel 2005, and Top Five Favorite Author Overall 2006 in addition to winning the Second Favorite Historical Novel 2006!

Her Prairie Promises trilogy, set in the 1850s Nebraska Territory, features her special style of witty, heartwarming historical romance.

Set down upon the wild American plains during the 1850. Clara is desperate for a home and a future for herself and her aunt. When Clara Fields and her aunt are kicked off their wagon train, a store owner in Buttonwood offers a chance at redemption. If Clara is able to wed his grandson off to any of the local girls within a month, he'll sign over his two-story house.

Desperate to provide for the woman who raised her, Clara agrees to find a bride for the man's son--a stalwart bachelor. How hard can it be to find a bride for one handsome Doctor? Apparently more difficult than she imagined when Saul Reed seems determined to ramain single.

Will Clara's faith and wits help her wrangle a resolution to The Bride Bargain. Striking a bargain with a lonely trader to fool a head-strong doctor could lead Clara to an unexpected avenue of romance.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Bride Bargain, go HERE


No doubt about it – I love a good historical romance! I’m new to Kelly Hake’s work, but I have to say that if The Bride Bargain is any measure of her work, I’m hooked! I certainly understand the draw of the Oregon Trail as a story line! 1855 presented difficult and often harsh choices for women in particular. Clara Field and her Aunt Doreen are strong, hard-working women who have headed west after a series of tragic events. It seems their circumstances don’t improve a great deal on the journey, and they wind up in the small town of Buttonwood with a broken wagon two full days behind the rest of the train.

Aunt Doreen is a woman of faith, and when the general store manager makes a bargain with them that allows them time to wait on the next wagon train, she feels like it is God’s provision, and they both take on new roles and new challenges unique to a small western town. As it turns out, God has greater plans than either of these women can imagine, and their decision to stay in Buttonwood until Spring opens the door wide for many new and amazing blessings! Their journey is not a smooth one, especially when the store owner’s bachelor son comes to town! You won’t want to miss this fun read! Purchase your own copy today!

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