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The Bartered Bride

Narrated by: Michael Page
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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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 woman who touches his heart and soul with her indomitable courage.

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 trial 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.

©2004 Mary Jo Putney (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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WOW. Powerful and moving story

I was extremely moved by this story because unlike many other romances, it eloquently portrays the true difficulties of finding love for people who have been deeply wounded by painful experiences. Putney is known for not shying away from difficult topics, and female slavery-both in the East Indies, and the U.S. is a significant issue in this story. which is quite unique in that it begins at the end. As one of the main characters Alexandra says to Gavin , "We did things backwards, starting with disaster, marriage and then love." How they work their way back from events they could not control makes their story less a fairy tale and more a story of real human love with all its difficulties.

Sea Captain and international merchant Gavin Elliot has made his fortune in America and Asia, and he is heading back to London to set up a new office as well as to face his difficult family history. When he discovers British citizen Jeannette Warren in a slave market on his visit to a tropical Island, he tries to buy her, but the ruler decrees he must win her through a series of difficult physical challenges. Gavin frees Jeannette and marries her shortly after in an effort to preserve her reputation in London society.

Meeting Alexandra's relatives brings Gavin into contact with Dukes and Duchesses, members of the landed gentry, an institution he has learned to despise in America. Gavin suffers to find his place among them but is even more baffled when his own history brings him into society in surprising ways. However, the overriding issue for the love between Gavin and Alexandra is her fragility due to the way she was treated as a slave. And just when the two are finding their way to towards love and romance, catastrophe enters their lives again with potentially disastrous results. Through it all Alexandra demonstrates courage and determination to fight for herself and for their happiness. While some readers have labelled the story "predictable," it doesn't seem possible to use that adjective in a tale about human bondage that works backwards through pain and brokenness to create love. Even though the author uses every plot device available to create what seems like melodrama, the story itself is compelling and lovely in the way it shows real human striving, using their compassion found through pain to create a life full of love and dedication to the betterment of society.

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Just wonderful!

This was an engaging, interesting historical romance. It's one of the better ones that I've read in a while. Michael Page was fantastic. Definitely worth the credit.

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Really Outstanding

I couldn't turn it off. This book held my interest from start to finish. It is actually stories compounded and each level develops the characters more and more. Once again Mary Jo Putney has created a great love story without overdone sex, but instead with great story telling.

I am not usually that excited about male narators for romance novels, but Mr. Page does a good job.

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Dated but still enjoyable romance

You really can’t go wrong with Mary Jo Putney. This is a sequel of sorts to the excellent Shattered Rainbows - the heroine, Alex, is Amy, Katherine’s daughter, all grown up. And that leads me to my biggest complaint about the story...whyyyyyy did her name have to be changed? I get it, “Amy” doesn’t have quite as much swashbuckling appeal as “Alex”, but come on. I do have a thing about stupid character names in historicals, so I’m probably just weird and this won’t bother anyone else. Anyhow! It is not essential to have read Shattered Rainbows, or any of the rest of the Fallen Angel series, but you’ll get more out of the second half of this book if you have. I’m a sucker for character follow up, though.

Do be warned that, while this is not nearly as bad as The China Bride for ignorant racist content, there are lots of cringeworthy depictions of Indonesia and Indonesians. Did I say cringeworthy? I mean straight up gross and offensive. It’s such a shame because there is a good story here about the heroine’s recovery from trauma (including rape). The made up Indonesian country has some odd traditions that, ah, play nicely into some tired old historical romance tropes. There’s more wing chun (see The China Bride) etc.

The hero, Gavin, is amazingly progressive for a man of his time. Lucky Alex/Amy! It’s sweet to watch their love for each other slowly develop. The story is broken into two parts. Alex/Amy is captured on the high seas and sold into slavery as the book begins. The first half of the book is Alex/Amy’s captivity and rescue by the hero, and then the second half is their return to England and reassimilation into Society with a capital S. Then there’s a total WTF plot line involving a second captivity for the unfortunate Alex/Amy.

Narration is excellent. I don’t normally like male narrators for my romances but this one is good.

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Excellent book

very much enjoyed this book but was equally disapointed that the other 2 books in this series are not available .

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Appalling Recounting of Sexual Violence

This is not my idea of a romance. Heroine is kidnapped, enslaved, beaten, chained, and raped repeatedly. This is referred to constantly throughout. Hero is hanged for murdering his missing kidnapped (again) wife and yanked out of trap door to be saved. Not for the tender hearted.

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