The Christmas Bargain
A confirmed bachelor from a messed up family. A woman kept hidden by her father for 13 years. A bargain that would last a lifetime. The best Christmas bargain ever made.
Philamena starts out super shy and afraid of men. She has good reason to be that way, but when her father bargains with the banker, Luke Granger, to take Philamena instead of money for the debt he owes, she blossoms quickly. Luke is skeptical of the woman in the dowdy dress and kerchief on her head. Philamena soon earns the nickname Luke calls her, Filly, as she learns that the people around her are good people who won’t get mad at her for being herself. The way Filly and Luke develop from being a shy, scared woman and confirmed bachelor with no good opinions of marriage into a confident, loving woman and happily married man is portrayed realistically and with humor.
At times the dialogue is funny and other times it is very serious. Regardless, the dialogue is realistic to the time period as well as the characters and situations. There were a couple times when I thought the heat level in the dialogue was a little too much even if they were married. That’s something they can talk about behind closed doors.
The main reason I didn’t give this a full star rating was because there were a few times when the heat level was a little uncomfortable for me, nothing graphic, just a little more detail than I would prefer. There were also a few historical details I thought were a little off.
Overall writing quality: .75/1
Besides the slight historically incorrect detail, I the book was well-written. There were a few typos that I noticed, but none that took me out of the story.
I had read this book before and knew (roughly) what happened. And I still couldn’t put it down.
If you like a good romance, especially one set around Christmas and don’t mind a lot of kissing and slight innuendos, you will like this book.
Note: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.