"exciting, action-packed historical romance"
In 1834, American sea merchant Gavin Elliot sets sail from
The East Indies for London after making his fortune in
trade. He plans to reestablish his family name previously
disgraced among the aristocracy.
On his journey to England, Gavin stops at the island of
Maduri where Sultan Kasan surprisingly orders a personal
visit from the sea captain. While there, Gavin learns that
English widow Alexandra Warren is held in bondage after her
ship was captured by pirates. Alexandra's eight-year-old
daughter is either dead or incarcerated elsewhere. Though
he knows not to intercede, the honorable Gavin challenges
Kasan to play Lion's Game in which his loss means two
decades of servitude, but a victory frees Alexandra. Of
course, Gavin has never played before while his opponent is
a pro in this deadly encounter.
THE BARTERED BRIDE is an exciting, action-packed historical
romance that never slows down until the tale is completed.
The story line is loaded with a taste of an exotic 1830's
environment that provides a fresh outlook to the audience.
The lead couple is a courageous duo though the odds of
Gavin defeating Kasan in the Lion's Game seems greater than
Douglas-Tyson and would have been kept off Vegas and
White's books. Still Mary Jo Putney continues to provide a
vast panorama of an intriguing bygone era by placing her
romances in unique locals.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 31, 2002