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A Bargain Struck by Liz Harris

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A dramatic story of a ‘mail order wife’ in 19th century America when all a man really wants is someone to look after the homestead and give him a son. This fellow gets a disfigured woman who bares him a daughter! So a good storyline is set for an effortless comfortable read. Nice one.

Choc Lit, the publisher of this novel, was the 2012 Publisher of the Year as voted for by the Festival of Romance.

If you like Liz Harris you might also like to read books by Linda Gillard, Jodi Picoult and Christina Courtenay.


A Bargain Struck by Liz Harris

Does a good deal make a marriage? Widower Connor Maguire advertises for a wife to raise his young daughter, Bridget, work the homestead and bear him a son. Ellen O'Sullivan longs for a home, a husband and a family. On paper, she is everything Connor needs in a wife. However, it soon becomes clear that Ellen has not been entirely truthful. Will Connor be able to overlook Ellen's dishonesty and keep to his side of the bargain? Or will Bridget's resentment, the attentions of the beautiful Miss Quinn, and the arrival of an unwelcome visitor, combine to prevent the couple from starting anew. As their personal feelings blur the boundaries of their deal, they begin to wonder if a bargain struck makes a marriage worth keeping.


Liz Harris s vivid portrayal of 1880s mid-west America as a place ruled by the elements where neighbourly trust is essential to survival, is another sure hit to add to the burgeoning canon of Choc Lit s highly readable popular fiction.

About the Author

Liz Harris

Liz Harris was born in London and now lives in South Oxfordshire with her husband. After graduating from university with a Law degree, she moved to California where she led a varied life, trying her hand at everything from cocktail waitressing on Sunset Strip to working as secretary to the CEO of a large Japanese trading company, not to mention a stint as ‘resident starlet’ at MGM. On returning to England, Liz completed a degree in English and taught for a number of years before developing her writing career.

Liz has written several short stories, articles for local newspapers and a novella. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association. The Road Back is Liz’s debut novel.

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30th November 1999


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