Bid for a Bride

Rated 4.64/5 based on 22 reviews
Lucy finds out the man she just married already has a wife. The preacher intervenes and helps her annul the marriage, but he’s aware that Lucy’s week with her bigamist husband might have resulted in a pregnancy. To protect her reputation, he asks Brian Evans to marry her. Brian jumps at the chance and proposes to her. But will she love him as he hopes or will he only be her convenient husband? More

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Words: 66,280
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458063625
About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin has written seventy romances, ranging from Regencies to historical westerns to contemporaries. She plays with other genres from time to time, but her first love is romance. She has been happily married for eighteen years to a sweet and funny guy, and they have four sons, who are all taller than Ruth now that they're 12, 13, 14, and 16. The good thing is she doesn't need a ladder, and there's always someone to take care of a mouse that squeezes its way into her Montana home. She considers herself very lucky to have led such a charmed life. Being able to play with characters and create stories is just icing on the cake. Hopefully, she'll get to keep doing this many years to come.

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Review by: Robin L. Baxa on March 09, 2013 :
I loved the story about Eliza and was glad to have another chance to read about her. This story was an interesting emotional journey, containing both the loving and romantic side as well as the darker side held by both Lucy's twin and Ben's father. Ben is a very interesting character and I would have enjoyed reading more about the story about when Eliza and John first find him as a boy and the trials they had to endure with him being blind and John being mute. It would make a good story on its own.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Carol on Dec. 23, 2012 :
Satisfying sweet romance with a little thriller element.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: Rune on Oct. 04, 2012 :
I have read many of Ruth Ann Nordin's books and I and my mother both love them. Many of the book tie into each other in really interesting ways. This is a really great story I've read it 5 times and the way it ties in to loving eliza is really cool having Brian as Eliza's adoptive son.I can't wait for more of these great books.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: Luna Larios on Sep. 01, 2012 :
Ruth Ann Nordin is without a doubt a genius with her words! I absolutely loved this book as I've loved all the other books I've read for her. I love the fact that Eliza adopted Brian, it was beautifully written. Will definately be reading more of her books!
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: candyconesa on April 19, 2012 :
I have always loved Ruth Ann Nordin's books and this is yet another one I fell in love with
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sharon E. Cathcart on March 07, 2012 :
Ruth Ann Nordin's "Bid For a Bride" starts with Lucy, the heroine, being "auctioned" off to the highest bidder by her bigamist husband. Except that there isn't really an auction; he just dumps her off in a little town outside Sioux Falls.

Conveniently enough, the circuit judge is in town that day and can write an annulment for Lucy. Conveniently enough, there's a young man named Brian who's available to marry: none of the other women in town are interested, because he's blind. None of the men are interested in Lucy, because she might be carrying another man's child ... and Brian doesn't care, because he's adopted.

The story carries on from there. Brian and Lucy make a nice life together with very little tension in the tale until toward the end of the book, when Lucy's sister comes to town.

I don't want to deliver spoilers, so I'll leave it at that. The book went along quickly and was a nice enough read. There were several homophone errors (e.g., "broach" where "brooch" was meant, and likewise "stationary" for "stationery") that bothered me from an editorial perspective.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)

Review by: Miss Mary on Jan. 08, 2012 :
She's an addicting writer, readers beware, once you start, you will have to read them all!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mave Priestley on Dec. 26, 2011 :
Found it intriguing. And yes I enjoyed it. Though would have preferred a shorter romantic novel. Still it was good, first time I have read one of her books, and would consider reading another.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)

Review by: sherisun sands on Oct. 17, 2011 : (no rating)
Amazing as always. i love Ruth Ann's writing.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Sylvie Msupa on Sep. 26, 2011 :
Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Keep it up Ruth Ann
(reviewed 63 days after purchase)

Review by: thessa subida on Aug. 10, 2011 :
i can't believe myself! i forgot to review this amazing book!sheesh! but anyway what can i say? another great work from ruth... i just can't stop reading any of her books and i'm so excited for the ones that she's working on now...lucy and brian are just great... love them! :)
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)

Review by: Anna Popescu on Aug. 09, 2011 :
too graphic for my taste
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Raja Sharma on July 30, 2011 :
The flow hardly gives a reader to put the book down even for a second. Thoroughly entertaining from the first page to the last. Enjoyed reading.

Admirable write!

All the best.

Raja Sharma
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Daisey Blakeney on July 29, 2011 :
Good story from the very beginning.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Emjay Birkhead on July 28, 2011 :
Nice story. Ruth Ann did it again. I enjoyed this book that I didn't put it down until I finished it.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Melissa Mercado on July 27, 2011 :
I have truly enjoyed every book that I have read of Ruth Ann Nordin's. Once I start a book I have the hardest time putting it down. Truly enjoyed this particular book I read it from start to finish.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: sonia on July 17, 2011 :
i have read all of Ruth Ann Nordin romance novels. all of her books are great works. her books encourage the elements of faith , love and hope in life. they are all such tender romances. you will love everyone of them. this is one such story which will keep you glued to it to every page.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: ilham on July 14, 2011 :
I've read nearly all of by Ruth Ann Nordin and i have to say i've loved everyone of them. It draws the readers in and keeps it that way intill the end, and Bid For a Bride is definitely a great read!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Rebecca Juneau on July 03, 2011 :
I picked up this book during the summer sale. It's been a long holiday weekend with lots of time to read. Bid for a Bride has a wonderfully delicious premise which draws you in. Interesting, a keeper for the library!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: michelle gatt on April 13, 2011 :
i read one free book called a bride for tom and i now love & have read all book by ruth ann nordin cant wait for the next one excellent reading
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: thessa subida on March 13, 2011 :
i came upon ruth's web site by accident because i was looking for great ebooks on the net. and when i read "Eye of the Beholder", i was hooked! i can't stop reading all her books... Bid for a Bride is yet another masterpiece of this great writer.. you can see clearly what she is trying to convey through her characters and it really keeps you asking yourself, what will happen next? everything Ruth writes is a sure must read.. Love you Ruth!!! :)
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Jagger Edouard on March 09, 2011 :
I've been a fan of Ruth Nordin since i read an "Inconvenient Marriage" and she is the best at historical romance. Brian Evans is one of the best characters she has ever invented. He is sweet and caring and the perfect partner for Lucy. I'm not going to give the story away, but let's just say that readers will not be deceived, it's full of suspensions, i cried a bit as it is also emotional. But the ending is well worth it.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Angela ussery on March 09, 2011 : (no rating)
This was a great read. I loved everything about it. This was one of the sweetest books I have read in a long time. Read it and tell what you think about it.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Liz Velez on Feb. 20, 2011 :
I'm a sucker for a hero who is not your typical "perfect" romance hero specimen. There's something sexy about them and Brian Evans is one such man. Twenty-year old Brian was born blind. His adoptive parents, Eliza and John Evans, found him when he was just a small boy of eight wandering the borders of their land, his alcoholic father having abandoned him to the elements shortly after his mother's death. Heartsick and scared out of his wits at first, Brian soon flourishes under the love and guidance of his new mother and father to grow into a fine, handsome, hardworking young man.

Young Lucy finds herself abandoned in Brian's sleepy little South Dakota town after her bigamist husband of one week tries to auction her off to the highest bidder. After he's chased off by the town's preacher, Lucy is temporarily taken in by Addy and Frank until the marshal and preacher have determined her fate.

Brian happens to be in town that day with his mother and hears of Lucy's predicament. The gentle young man instantly feels compassion for Lucy, having known first hand the fear and pain of abandonment.

The long and short of it is that Lucy gets an annulment and no jail time since she obviously had no clue that her ex was already married. Brian has an immediate soft for Lucy and decides to offer her a marriage of convenience. Fearful that she may be carrying the unwanted child of her bigamist ex, she readily accepts knowing that she needs a husband and no other such offer may be forthcoming.

They’re married in small ceremony right away and begin their new life together in Brian’s home surrounded by the love of his parents and the tender love that begins to steadily grow between the young couple.

I downloaded the free sample of this book from Smashwords on Thursday and started reading it Friday night. I reached the end of it (or middle rather) at 11:30 that night and ran downstairs in my underwear to buy it so I could finish the rest of it. LOL That is how much I loved this book! It was excellent, my favorite of all of Nordins books that I’ve read so far. In fact, I even went back and read certain favorite parts over again after finishing it Saturday morning; something that I haven’t done in ages.

I fell in love with Brian. Head over heels, just like Lucy. Even though there are times when he fleetingly wishes he did have his sight (like the times when he wishes he could see his wife’s beautiful face), he doesn’t let it get the best of him. After all, he’s been blind from birth so he can’t really miss what he never had in the first place, right? His other senses are so attuned that he “sees” much more than the average sighted person ever could, both on the surface and underneath. He’s handsome and sweet, with a quiet strength. He never lets his lack of sight get him down.

I also liked Lucy very much. A strong woman in her own right, she knows what she must do to survive. Desperate to leave her home (*bit of a spoiler alert here* - there’s an “evil twin” situation going on, too), she marries this idiot who’s already married with children and finds herself dumped in some strange place. Obviously, she’s scared and distraught at first. Who wouldn’t be? So, she really has no choice but to suck it up and make the best out of her situation. Bottom line, I didn’t want to reach through my Kindle screen and choke her to death, which is saying something. She knows and appreciates that while the way she ended up where she was not exactly ideal, she wouldn’t have met the love of her life if it hadn’t happened the way it did. It goes back to everything happens for a reason.

While I’m a sucker for a good romance, what also kept me turning the pages was the suspense that Nordin sprinkled through the pages. As I mentioned before, Lucy has an evil twin and I was more than happen to see her get what was coming to her. Bitch. As for the love scenes, while tamer than what I usually indulge in, they were still very touching and, if possible, made me fall even deeper in love with Brian. What he lacked at first in experience, he more than made up for in enthusiasm once he got he swing of things.

In closing, Ruth Ann Nordin spins a heartwarming tale of two young people brought together out of necessity, but soon find that the love that grows between them helps them dispel the lingering shadows and secrets of their past.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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