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@Read Pdf ⚷ A Bride Most Begrudging õ Any ship arriving from England means good news for Virginia colony farmers The tobacco brides would be on boardeligible women seeking a better life in America, bartered for with barrels of tobacco from the fieldsDrew 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 sisterWhat 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 can She hasn't the foggiest notion how to cook, dares to argue with her poor husband, and spends time working on mathematical equations than housework What kind of a wife is that? Drew's Christian forbearance is in for some testingHeadstrong and intelligent, deeply moral but incredibly enticing, Constance turns what was supposed to be a marriage of convenience into something most inconvenient, indeed I'm just going for the middle here I really enjoyed the story and the plot itself The writing is good and the characters feel multifaceted And I really loved the friendship with Mary and the child Sally.And I love the cover!And the tongueincheek humor of including the skunk!Why it didn't get five stars:First, the focus on the physical That is of course a part of the natural state of things, but these two seem to have started lusting for each other and enjoying fantasizing about deep kisses, etc, from moment one Fantasizing about such things is dangerous if out of control And, may I repeat, physical attraction is NOT the number one reason for getting married It's one of many reasons I felt that all else took side issue to their sexual tension, and that bothered me.Second, historical Gist did her homework and read about the time periodbut there are obvious gaps There should have been muchstudy done First, the privy: no man in America at that time would think twice about any such thing as wasting good wood England was facing a severe shortage of wood, and the forests of massive trees in America stunned them with the sheer vastness of the plenty She would have been less likely to have had the privy in England! And not to provide one for the grandmother's needs would make him unfeeling indeed.Second, the Indian attack Not only did the Indian boy speak in a fashion of mingled short words and good King's English that didn't match in the least, within the same paragraph, but he spouts politically correct words about the claiming of the land and the logistics of the attack The truth: The Powhatans had been friendly to the English and had been paid for the lands John Smith and his men insisted on fair dealings After Pocahontas's death, however, relations grew strained, both parties becoming discontent with each other Opechancanough hated the English and had married into the Powhatan tribe from his own to the south But the warriors didn't come up with overtures of peace They attacked that morning, with their usual methods They came out of the forests in scores, with their allies from other tribes (her version makes it sound like only the Powhatans attacked), in full war paint and feather (view spoiler)[ Mary's death would have been an instant scalping, not a blow to the head; Sally, as a child, might have been treated so, but there would have been no question as to whether or not Mary lived (hide spoiler)] Where to start?I was so annoyed by this book It's touted as a historical Christian Romance I heard many times how clean it was Eh? Sure the nitty gritty details were skipped but the theme of the entire first half of the book was sex They both wanted it and it was all leading up to their wedding night which happened 6 months after they were married They finally get around to it and then everyone gets all angsty again because they end up abstaining for another 5 or 6 months while they make assumptions about each others feelings and avoid each other and don't communicate.Drew is a total jerk But then he transitions to this nice guy on occasion But not in a natural way Total personality disorder going on lol Josh isn't much better They don't seem to know how to examine and express their feelings in a healthy way.The LANGUAGE Holy cow I don't mean bad words It was just annoying The author was going back and forth between using current American English full of contractions and common phrases of today with the language of early American colonists I would just get used to talking like an early colonist in my head when she'd switch back to normal writing I suppose I could excuse it a little if the narration was one way and the communication between characters another way but she just randomly switched it up I got so annoyed that I googled the history of contractions and found out that only the not contraction was speculated to be used then and very rarely at that It wasn't present in written word of the time until about 30 years after the book was set.She didn't use the King James Version of the Bible for her biblical quotes She apologizes for that in the authors notes but that doesn't change the fact that it messes up the authenticity of the book Who cares if the author likes the modern language version better It's wrong for the times and doesn't fit with her book The math I skipped all that It didn't have anything to do with the story and it didn't make Constance appear intelligent to me I get that it's her passion and that's fine but making it an integral part of the book and the interaction between Drew and Constance was annoying to me.okgood things I was interested in the whole tobacco bride thing and would have likedinformation on that I also liked learning about life for the early colonists In the end I was invested enough to finish the book, even through my annoyances and eye rolls so it earns a star for that I won't read anyof her books though.
This book intrigued me because it sounds a lot like To Have and to Hold: A Tale of Providence and Perseverance in Colonial Jamestown The basic plot does has a lot of similarities, but they are still very different.I tried to like this book, but it was hard to take it seriously 2 1/2 stars.Here are some of my thoughts while reading:Lady Constance calls herself Lady Morrow at one point Why can't Christian historical fiction authors do basic research on proper titles and forms of address!Lifting her hands above her head, she leaned her face toward the heavens and twirled in a circle — In context, this struck me as very odd behavior.Constance refers to Drew as this O'Connor person — That doesn't sound like 17th century language, does it? Also, Drew is an anachronistic name.Lady Hannah Eastlick — another anachronistic name (for her class)Everyone has a middle names, which is very anachronistic.What all were you taught? Seriously, Drew?Constance's older sisters were married at ages twelve and thirteen I question the historically accuracy of that.The sisters are named Leoma, Arietta, Kristina, Doreen, and Jocelyn Hahahaha! Is it really that hard to choose historically accurate names?God ye good den — what in the world does that mean?? [apparently it means Good day but it was never explained]Drew considers building a schoolhouse for the children and letting his wife be the teacher I'm pretty sure that never would have been allowed.Oh my word, there is a character named Kendra! I can't believe this LOLUmm, the word okay did not exist back then. This is a great romance The whole book makes your even your toes tickle, but it is completely clean! The romance is the best kind, it is in the conversation and in their actions I have read other Christian romances that laid the whole religion thing on way to thick, but this was just about the way they lived and what they thoughtno preaching I didn't really like the first chapterit was too fast and the second (or third?) was too slow (the marriage scene) but the rest was paced very nicely I never was annoyed because they took too long to make up They always talked about their problems without letting them fester for ages But there was plenty of drama and conflict.