• The Bartered Bride

  • The Bride Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Mary Jo Putney
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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The Bartered Bride

By: Mary Jo Putney
Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
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Publisher's Summary

Cherished for her compelling stories and lush historical detail, New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney brings the past to life in stories of love that arouse the mind and senses. Now, from the exotic temptations of the Orient to the ruthless grandeur of 19th-century London, Putney embarks on a sweeping romantic adventure that begins with a daring act of courage.  

After building a fortune amid the splendor and dangers of the China seas, American adventurer and Merchant Prince Gavin Elliott is sailing for London, where he intends to establish himself in the society that forced his family to leave in disgrace when Gavin was only a child. But fate intervenes on an infamous island in the East Indies when he tries to save a European woman being sold at a slave auction. By the sultan’s decree, the woman can only be freed if Gavin wins her by enduring an ancient tribal challenge that may cost him his life. Yet Gavin cannot refuse to help a countrywoman, especially one who touches his heart and soul with her indomitable spirit.  

Alexandra Warren ventured to Australia as a young bride eager for adventure. A dozen years later she is returning home as widow and mother when a pirate attack separates her from her beloved daughter and condemns Alex to a life of servitude. Then a miracle arrives in the form of a steely-eyed Yankee captain willing to risk everything to set her free.  

A shocking turn of events brings an unexpected alliance with her rescuer, and Gavin and Alex arrive in London as intimate strangers joined by too many painful secrets. Yet attraction and affection soon overcome the trauma of their first meeting. Until the past reaches out to change Gavin’s life - and threaten the passionate love he has found with his irresistible bartered bride.  

Graced by Mary Jo Putney’s priceless eloquence, The Bartered Bride captivates the heart with memorable characters and powerful emotions that will stay with you forever.

©2018 Mary Jo Putney (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Great read i cried in parts

I found this book to be a true gem. I cried in parts and found the characters believable and endearing.

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Best story I’ve heard

Great story I’ve read and heard (audio) many books but this one of my favorites I hope the writer continues with books like this one. Thank

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Great book with surprise characters

I really do love surprises and this book has some zingers. As with all MJP's books this story is captivating with some twists, turns & intrigue. And the characters....I loved the hero and heroine in this book. They are complex, interesting and oh so likeable. The "supporting" characters are just as interesting. While Beverly A. Crick is a good narrator, I don't think she was the best choice for this book. IMHO a good books needs good dialogue....and Beverly just didn't deliver in this book. With the richness of this story and the complexity of the characters, the voices and dialogue should have been more robust. BUT.....I enjoyed the listen and will listen again.