The Bargain

The Bargain Mismatched lovers and unexpected attraction catch fire in this timeless novel by the New York Times bestselling author and legend in historical romance Mary Jo Putney Forced to wed to keep her inherit

Mismatched lovers and unexpected attraction catch fire in this timeless novel by the New York Times bestselling author and legend in historical romance Mary Jo Putney.Forced to wed to keep her inheritance, independent Lady Jocelyn Kendal finds an outrageous solution she proposes marriage to Major David Lancaster, an officer dying from his Waterloo wounds In return foMismatched lovers and unexpected attraction catch fire in this timeless novel by the New York Times bestselling author and legend in historical romance Mary Jo Putney.Forced to wed to keep her inheritance, independent Lady Jocelyn Kendal finds an outrageous solution she proposes marriage to Major David Lancaster, an officer dying from his Waterloo wounds In return for making her his wife, she will provide for his governess sister But after the bargain is struck and the marriage is made, the major makes a shocking, miraculous recovery Though they agree to an annulment, such matters take time.time enough for David to realize he is irrevocably in love with his wife Haunted by her past, Jocelyn refuses to trust the desire David ignites in her She never counted on a real husband, least of all one who would entice her to be a real wife But some bargains are made to be broken and his skilled courtship is impossible to resist.

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  1. She writes young adult fiction as M.J Putney.Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Balti, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably ever since.While becoming a novelist was her ultimate fantasy, it never occurred to her that writing was an achievable goal until she acquired a computer for other purposes When the realization hit that a computer was the ultimate writing tool, she charged merrily into her first book with an ignorance that illustrates the adage that fools rush in where angels fear to tread Fortune sometimes favors the foolish and her first book sold quickly, thereby changing her life forever, in most ways for the better But why didn t anyone tell me that writing would change the way one reads Like a lemming over a cliff, she gave up her freelance graphic design business to become a full time writer as soon as possible.Since 1987, Ms Putney has published twenty nine books and counting Her stories are noted for psychological depth and unusual subject matter such as alcoholism, death and dying, and domestic abuse She has made all of the national bestseller lists including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USAToday, and Publishers Weekly Five of her books have been named among the year s top five romances by The Library Journal The Spiral Path and Stolen Magic were chosen as one of Top Ten romances of their years by Booklist, published by the American Library Association.A nine time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won RITAs for Dancing on the Wind and The Rake and the Reformer and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors She has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards, four NJRW Golden Leaf awards, plus the NJRW career achievement award for historical romance Though most of her books have been historical, she has also published three contemporary romances The Marriage Spell will be out in June 2006 in hardcover, and Stolen Magic written as M J Putney will be released in July 2006 Ms Putney says that not least among the blessings of a full time writing career is that one almost never has to wear pantyhose.

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  1. I couldn t stand the heroine in this book She was a real brat She was contemplating an affair with Rafe, Duke of Candover the jerk hero from Petals in the Storm while married to the hero The poor guy survived his war wounds to come home to a wife like her big sneer Not one of MJP s best But decent, considering how much I disliked the heroine.

  2. I enjoyed this enough to promptly go get another, despite my general preference for witty romantic comedy, of any era, over romantic melodrama Somebody needs to clone Jennifer Crusie This one definitely weighs in on the melodrama side, being a nice variant on the convenient marriage trope, where an heiress, in order to get control of her fortune, strikes a bargain with a dying British officer post Waterloo Unexpected consequences naturally ensue.The reader coming over from other genres needs to [...]

  3. The marriage of convenience is a time honored tradition, though I ve never heard of one quite like thisBut everyone benefits Lady Jocelyn Kendal is running out of time Her father s will gives her until she turns twenty five to marry, or she s going to lose her inheritance She s had her eye on a duke, but he doesn t seem to be the marrying kind he prefers experienced widows to virginal misses While at a visit to a military hospital, she meets Major David Lancaster, who is expected to die any day [...]

  4. A solid 2.5 stars.I think I might not read any books by this author It s not that she can t write There is lots of great detail about life for the upper classes in England at that time, and her descriptions of both the countryside and the people are meticulous and vivid But I just didn t feel anything.Here is a nice description of the hero and what he is thinking.Lovely man decent, brave and loving And here is description of our heroine, with pages of what she is thinking, especially about the [...]

  5. I didn t originally give this audiobook a star rating as it was so bad I couldn t listen to it But I ve been going back over my stats for last year and this is the only thing I haven t rated, which seemed a bit odd, so I ve popped back and given it one star.I m not giving this a rating, as the sole reason for the DNF is the narration, and I don t feel it fair to tar the book with the same brush.I really enjoyed The Bargain when I read it a few years back, so when it cropped up on Audible last mo [...]

  6. Note This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog Romantic Rose s Bookshelf romantic rosesblog The Bargain by Mary Jo Putney revised from The Would be Widow I guess, you guess, she guesses this book was a guessing game and not the fun kind for our hero, heroine and the reader The heroine spends half the book guessing its actually noticeable the number of things she discerns just by guessing Where is the meaningful conversation The reader, meanwhile, spends most of the book guessing at the [...]

  7. Unlike many books I give 2 stars this one I really really liked, and wanted to like even .The problems in it however were many, and at times completely undermined the general story for me, which dragged my overall rating down.Problem the first Historical anachronisms Addiction was mentioned and discussed as a normal medical condition, early on in the story The problem is from my own reading at least addiction to opium wasn t recognized as a medical condition until 100 years later Even 50 years a [...]

  8. A solid Regency romance with melodrama than I m used to I liked both Jocelyn and David immensely, but that became part of my problem in the last third of the book or so Well, not David so much He was beyond dreamy from the start and never faltered, even when confused or despairing.Jocelyn s core brokenness persisted way, way too long, however Not that it was unrealistic, really Her trauma was real and it was consistent and embedded deeply in her character But it seemed like Putney had to resort [...]

  9. First off HOLY POV SWITCHING BATMAN I almost put down this book several times as the author switches viewpoint characters mid scene mid paragraph several times in the course of a chapter And not just between the heroine and hero, but roughly six different viewpoint characters.I picked this up as a library borrow book based on the reviews on from the potential selection of ebooks As per the above, the author s handling of the view point storytelling was irksome Additionally, the author felt the n [...]

  10. A classic romance The focus of this novel is on the relationship No suspense, no mystery, just a solid story of a man and a woman finding each other Those who dislike romances wouldn t like it, but for those who do, it would be a pleasant journey into Regency fluff I won t go into the particulars of the plot here you know what to expect, but I ll say that the book is written well and reads fast Both protagonists are sympathetic if not truly alive, and the mandatory happily ever after arrives on [...]

  11. I enjoyed the book It s not a deep, meaningful, life changing book But a book which I was very happy to read when I was tired from my heavy reads The book is well written with a story that moves forward well.

  12. Lady Jocelyn Kendal is in need of a temporary husband to fulfil her father s will Major David Lancaster is in need of financial protection for his sister, as his death seems imminent Within minutes of meeting, they come to a suitable agreeement, but neither of them bargain on David s sister Sally and surgeon Ian Kinlock interceding But David s health means that Jocelyn can t marry the man she intended to you, but couldn t bring up to scratch in time At first, I was completely prepared to dislike [...]

  13. I wanted to rate this book better because I so enjoyed reading Mary Jo Putney Re reading this book reminded me of fond memories of reading these relatively older authors, who I have loved since a young girl One of my favorite books is her masterpiece and I remember almost every little detail in that book, which I read at least 15 years ago But that is not this book I have read The Bargain before and my feeling toward the book has remained the same It is not a poorly written book Not at all Putne [...]

  14. The premise was cute, but it wasn t that great of a book The writing style was strange There were an abundance of POV changes, to the point where it would change randomly within paragraphs Also, it kind of felt like I was reading a summary sometimes There was a lot of so and so explained what had occurred , so you never get to hear these conversations This bothered me the most when it came to the epilogue It felt like the author was making a checklist.I ended up getting so annoyed with Jocelyn a [...]

  15. THE BARGAIN is a story of what happens when the heroine marries a soldier who is on death s door Lady Jocelyn Kendal needs a husband, in name only, to fulfill the wishes of her father s will Expected to die at any moment, Major David Lancaster wants to know that his younger sister will be taken care so he agrees to the arrangement Unknown to either of them at the time, their future will change drasticallyE BARGAIN starts out slowly Taking place during the Regency times of Britain, Jocelyn hunger [...]

  16. I can always count on Mary Jo Putney for an entertaining read In this book, Jocelyn has a deadline to marry by the time she turns 25, or she won t get her inheritance Her father made the stipulation upon his death because he knew Jocelyn would never turn to marriage willingly Something in her past just made the whole idea an inconvenience at best, repulsive at worst.Well, now that the wars with Napoleon are over, Jocelyn comes up with a brilliant, if ethically amoral, idea Marry a dying major so [...]

  17. Loved it I thought that perhaps it could have done without the secondary romance, between Sarah and the doctor, but that s a minor point This is the first book I ve read by this author, and definitely intend to read The characters were well drawn, and the hero, David, is one of those somewhat unnusual regency heroes, in that he s not a wastrel or a rake, but an all round decent chap He s never boring and he s got a good sense of humour he s rather lovely, really I liked Jocelyn too rather than [...]

  18. 3.5 ish, I d say I really liked the hero, who was such a sweet, honorable guy, and though at a certain point I wanted to smack the heroine, in the end I did understand her motivation in continually pushing the hero away I could ve done without the secondary romance, but it wasn t as boring and shoehorned in as the romances of minor character usually are The plot was predictable, but all in all it was a pretty good book Entertaining enough, and it made me want to give other Putney books a try.

  19. I enjoyed this novel when I first read it A second reading is pure magic A little too much psychological understanding at the end but it doesn t detract from the pleasure Not only do you meet Jocelyn and David but through David s sister Sally, you meet Ian Kinlock, a surgeon, worth knowing and following through other Putney novels.

  20. Upon her father s death, Lady Jocelyn Kendall lost her home to the heir, her uncle and his nasty wife and that to retain her considerable legacy, she must marry before her 25th birthday When she visited a friend at a London hospital for the survivors of Waterloo, she found what she felt was the perfect solution to marry a death bed soldier in exchange for settling an allowance on his sister Sally to protect her future.At Sally s insistence, Jocelyn brings David to her home to make his passing c [...]

  21. La Putney scrive bene, un abilissima ricamatrice quando si tratta di descrivere sentimenti e stati psicologici e la prima met del libro mi ha davvero intrigata Poi per mancato quel tocco di passionalit in pi che potesse farmi battere il cuore, cosa che cerco in un romance L autrice si perde in molti particolari di contorno, sacrificando quello che secondo me doveva essere un maggiore scambio tra i due protagonisti principali, che viene troppo spesso raccontato a grandi linee Inoltre, la storia s [...]

  22. Lady Jocelyn Kendal needs a husband Her father left her a fortune in his will, but only if she marries before her 25th birthday She s been flirting with the Duke of Candover, who seems a sensible kind of man, someone who would be a good husband without crossing the line and god forbid actually loving her That s last thing she wants Problem is, Candover isn t coming to the point, and time is running out.Fate hands her an answer when she encounters Major David Lancaster in hospital He was badly in [...]

  23. Do not weep for me, my lady If you remember me at all, I would rather you did with a smile Initial Final Page Thoughts.Awwww I gots them warm fuzzies Do her dirty, David High Points The era David Crazy doctor Stubborn and headstrong female Being beautiful Being plain and still getting the guy Kindness getting better Wooing Miracles Love.Low Points.Dare I say it, boarder lined cliche It was especially cliche near the end and I felt it was a little rushed and it felt a bit forced and out of charac [...]

  24. Review of audiobook version of this exciting Regency romance novel narrated by Emma NewmanI am posting this audiobook review using the format that Audible recommends Overall 5 starsPerformance 5 starsStory 5 starsQ If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be A A beautiful aristocrat must wed by her 25th birthday in order to inherit a fortune under the terms of her father s will With the deadline only days away, in desperation, she makes a mad marriage bargain with an impo [...]

  25. Enjoyable with well drawn characters Lady Jocelyn stands to be disinherited from most of her patrimony if she does not marry prior to her 25th birthday Her parents went through a public and terrible divorce and this has impacted upon Jocelyn s view of herself and marriage and she has never met a man that she trusts enough to marry and she is afraid of the consequences of love or passion As her birthday approaches, she considers a variety of different options, whilst secretly thinking that she is [...]

  26. Okay, this is another take on the oft used theme of a marriage of convenience but when it is portrayed with such heartfelt emotion it takes on another dimension Even though the original purpose was to keep her inheritance, Lady Jocelyn Kendal hadn t made the decision lightly, or alone While visiting an officer recuperating at the soldier s hospital he suggested a rather morbid solution to her problem His fellow officer Major David Lancaster, was dying from his Waterloo wounds and was uneasy at l [...]

  27. Un vrai coup de coeur pour ce roman tr s bien document De plus, j ai beaucoup aim la plume de l auteure.L h ro ne, Jocelyn, est un personnage antipathique Elle semble froide, go ste et manipulatrice.Face elle, un h ros qui pense mourir tr s prochainement d une l sion aux vert bres due des clats d obus David est courageux, a le sens de l humour, est tendre Bref, Swoooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.Jocelyn d cide d pouser David pour pouvoir garder son h ritage et comme celui ci ne devrait pas faire de vieux o [...]

  28. I really enjoyed this one It s much of a traditional Regency romance, with stronger characterizations and stronger secondary characters, with their own well developed stories I think what I liked best about this apart from the fact that it s a rerelease of a very good book is that it puts a different spin on the marriage of convenience trope It shows how such a marriage can be contracted for the very best of reasons The hero wants to take care of his sister, and the heroine wants to keep her in [...]

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