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A Bargain Struck Paperback – 7 Sep 2013
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'Liz Harris's vivid portrayal of 1880s mid-West America as a place ruled by the elements where neighbouring trust is essential to survival, is another sure hit to add to the burgeoning canon of Choc Lit's highly readable popular fiction.' --The Daily Mail Friday 23rd August 2013
All in all, Liz Harris, tells an engaging story that keeps the audience hooked on the pages. She makes the characters feelings, expressions and everything surrounding the story come alive. --The Romance Studio - September 2013
It's been awhile since I ve read a historical novel set in the Old West and I m glad I found A Bargain Struck. It s a sweet story of two people both healing from the pain of losing their spouses and learning to trust and love again.
..If like me, you're looking to take a once in a while break from contemporary novels, I think you might find A Bargain Struck worth your time.--Long & Short Reviews, October 2013
About the Author
After graduating in Law in the UK, Liz moved to California where she led a very varied life - from cocktail waitressing on Sunset Strip to CEO of a large Japanese trading company. Upon returning to England, she completed a degree in English and then taught for a number of years before developing her writing career. She is published by Choc Lit. Her debut novel, THE ROAD BACK, was voted Book of the Year 2012 by US Coffee Time & Romance, and in the same year, EVIE UNDERCOVER was published, first on kindle, and recently in paperback. A BARGAIN STRUCK, published in September 2013, was shortlisted for the RoNA for Best Romantic Historical, and later in the year, THE ART OF DECEPTION, a contemporary novel set in Italy, was published digitally. A WESTERN HEART, a novella set in Wyoming 1880, was published digitally in spring 2014. THE LOST GIRL, her most recent full-length novel, was brought out in 2015. Liz has a story in each of Choc Lit's anthologies: ANGEL CAKE in Choc Lit Love Match, and CUPCAKE in Kisses & Cupcakes. Each anthology is a collection of short stories by Choc Lit authors, with a recipe accompanying each story.
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I think that this is probably a well researched novel and the author gives us plenty of atmosphere. She also allows the relationship between Connor and Ellen to grow rather than for everything to change very quickly. I think that the book is excellent at showing the vulnerability of a woman in the society at the time and the fragility of the life that they all lead. There is a good enough sub-plot about Connor's brother although I did think that the ending of it, whilst possibly realistic, was a bit tame.
Where I had issues with the book is in the amazing tolerance that Connor shows to his daughter's behaviour which is appalling. I just cannot believe that in the time and place in which this book is set that they would have such an understanding of child psychology that they would develop appropriate strategies - in fact, I am not sure that most families these days would put up with it either ! I was also a bit doubtful about the casual attitude that Ellen and Connor have towards church membership and attendance - again, it didn't ring true to me. In both these issues I thought that the author projected modern sensibilities on a story set in a very different culture.
This is an easy to read and pretty predictable romance with a few moments that make it engaging. The doubts I had about historical realism, however, meant that I maybe didn't enjoy it as much as I might have.
I absolutely loved it. Liz Harris just proved to me that there may be no new stories in the world but it makes all the difference if you tell them with a fresh, gentle eye.
This is more than a basic romance - a well-rounded story of a damaged young woman's adventure out west, the families she meets each with their own problems and their little communities' struggles with issues I'd had very little idea about living as I do in London, England.
Harris captures the period and the sense of place so well I felt as though I was there. Her research seems very thorough to me. I became very involved with all the characters, both male and female, and looked forward to my 'reading time' on the way into work every day.
Suitable for those who like a complete story that's well-rounded, with some history, some mystery, and a little bit of romance. For those who mind, this book has only the mildest possible sex scenes (within marriage).
Most novels set in the "old west" tend to take a very male dominated point of view - with grand, if simplistic themes. A Bargain Struck is a very different read - being packed with a wealth of detail on the ordinary life of extraordinary people in the old west of 130 years ago.
From my point of view (i.e. a male one) I really enjoyed this book, and recommend it highly.
Roll on Liz Harris's next publication.
Conn’s eight year old daughter has difficulty coming to terms with Ellen as her father’s new wife and puts pressure on both Conn and Ellen.
The beauty of this well written, descriptive book is the way we get to understand the main characters as they go about their daily lives. The interaction with other characters that may or may not be all they pretend to be is another thread in this marvellous tale.
This concept of mail order brides in the ‘wild West’ has been a popular theme in many Western romances but this book takes the theme that one step further and to new heights. The wonderful descriptions of the nitty-gritty of life on a farm, the preparations people had to make, the hard work involved in surviving harsh conditions was told really well.
There is drama, heartache, acceptance and romance in this lovely book.
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A well researched story which has all the hallmarks of authenticity.