Monday, February 28, 2011

My Review of The Bride Price

Here's a description of the book from the author's website:

"Sophie Ford, awaiting a heart transplant, thought she was sleeping in the arms of her beloved husband, Jamie. However, she has woken to find herself in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 1863, without explanation as to how she got there, or where her husband is.

She finds refuge with a doctor and his family, but develops a volatile relationship with their neighbor, Richard Madden. His expectations become difficult to ignore, and Sophie must figure out a way to hold off his advances.

When a soldier shows up looking identical to Jamie, but not knowing who she is, Sophie decides she must make him remember.

Will her love for him help him remember? Will they rediscover their love in the new century, or will Richard threaten their chance to reunite? Will Sophie survive the threat against her life and destiny?"

My Review:

This book was destined to be a fast and fun read--how could a time-travel, Civil War romance story not be? I read the book in one day; it was hard to leave my computer for very long! The Bride Price was different and intriguing, and I really liked the characters. And the meaning behind the title and how it fits in with the story is really cute!

This book is not technically a Christian fiction book, although there are occasional mentions of prayer and God's plan. There's some swearing/crude language, and the romance is kind of strong. Even though the two protagonists are married to each other, the constant references to marital "duties" might be a bit much for some readers.

Overall, this book was an exciting excursion into the past, and it was interesting to see our modern day ways clash with the Civil War era. There were some really sweet characters from the past that were quite understanding and accepting of time travelers! I'd recommend The Bride Price for historical-romance lovers who are looking for a shorter, entertaining read with a neat twist, and who don't mind a more mainstream-style romance.

*With thanks to the author for providing me with a PDF copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*

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Casey said...

Very interesting!! I hadn't heard of this book before, but I love the premise. Wouldn't that be a neat book to write. *wiggles eyebrows* :)

Amber S. said...


For sure! ;) I hadn't heard of this author's books either, but I met her at the conference and she's very sweet! Definitely an interesting premise for a story. :)