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The Would-be Widow Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1988

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Regency Romance (July 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451155815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451155818
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,992,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes.

Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has five times had books listed among the Library Journal's top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association.

Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she'll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She's delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print.

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Wonderful Historical Regency 29 Sept. 2014
By L. B. Taylor - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This review is on The Bargain: The Would Be Widow was reissued with this newer title.

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 drastically.

THE BARGAIN starts out slowly. Taking place during the Regency times of Britain, Jocelyn hungers for a relationship with the Duke of Candover, a bachelor and rake. Naive with her feelings, she thinks that the Duke, Rafe, may eventually learn to love and possibly marry her. I became painfully aware of how these times molded women with both their manners and thoughts.

I thought it was a sweet and gentle romance because of David. He made the story shine. A soldier, he had nothing to offer Jocelyn except his love. Lady Kendal grew up with parents who despised each other. Explanations aren't given until the end of the book but her feelings about true love are jaded. David is aware that something is amiss so he take things slowly. His rapid turn-around from his brush with death to becoming healed will stretch the reader's imagination but it was necessary for the romance to progress. Also, the situation with David and his father's estate feels like an unavoidable piece of the puzzle added to make the story continue to flow.

There are pleasant secondary stories between David's sister Sally and a surgeon, and Lady Kendal's maid and Major Lancaster's valet. THE BARGAIN was a satisfying read. About fifty pages too long, the romance rehashed Jocelyn's feelings toward the duke, something I was aware of but didn't need the author to constantly remind me.

In case you don't read Ms. Putney's note at the end of the book THE BARGAIN was originally THE WOULD-BE WIDOW. The duke will have his own story in PETALS IN THE STORM aka THE CONTROVERSIAL COUNTESS. Richard Dalton, David's close friend, is the hero of THE DIABOLICAL BARON, which takes place a year later. Ian Kinlock, the surgeon, will have active roles in SHATTERED RAINBOWS and ONE PERFECT ROSE as well as appearing in the Regency CAROUSEL OF HEARTS. I have enjoyed the stories I have read by Ms. Putney in the past and will look forward to more.(less)
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The Would-Be Widow 24 July 2013
By Joan F. Cipelle - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a very good book. However, it is an early edition of "The Bargain" by Mary Jo Putney, so BEWARE,
However, I wouldn't have purchased it if the description ... 2 Mar. 2015
By Carol A Baldwin - Published on
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However, I wouldn't have purchased it if the description had included the fact the the title was changed to "The Bargain" when it came out in paperback. I had already read "The Bargain".
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