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The Bargain

(The Would-be Widow)
(The first book in the Regency series)
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First published as The Would-Be Widow in 1989, this intoxicating Regency has been rewritten by Mary Jo Putney to give the story and characters greater depth. Now titled The Bargain, it will charm readers old and new with its unlikely and outrageous romance...

To keep her fortune, a beautiful heiress impulsively weds a penniless officer dying of wounds received at Waterloo. But when the blasted man hasn't the grace to die, she suddenly finds herself with a healthy, vibrant husband who wants to renegotiate the terms of their bargain--and ultimately possess the heart of his bewildered bride...

"Delightful!"--Baton Rouge Morning Advocate

"A gifted writer."--Amanda Quick

"Miss Putney just keeps getting better and better."--Nora Roberts

* Putney has won numerous awards, including 2 RITA Awards

Genre: Historical Romance

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