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The Would-be Widow

(1988)
(The Bargain)
(The first book in the Regency series)
A novel by

 
 
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    Get it on Google Play

Used availability for Mary Jo Putney's The Would-be Widow

Hardback Editions

April 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Bargain
Author(s): Mary Jo Putney
ISBN: 0-7862-2462-2 / 978-0-7862-2462-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 1992 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Would-be Widow
Author(s): Mary Jo Putney
ISBN: 0-7278-4291-9 / 978-0-7278-4291-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
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Paperback Editions

April 2015 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Bargain
Author(s): Mary Jo Putney
ISBN: 1-4201-3620-8 / 978-1-4201-3620-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Zebra
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April 2011 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Bargain
Author(s): Mary Jo Putney
ISBN: 1-4201-1726-2 / 978-1-4201-1726-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Zebra
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August 1999 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Bargain
Author(s): Mary Jo Putney
ISBN: 0-451-19864-6 / 978-0-451-19864-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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July 1988 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Would-be Widow (Signet)
Author(s): Mary Jo Putney
ISBN: 0-451-15581-5 / 978-0-451-15581-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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Audio Editions

February 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Bargain
Author(s): Mary Jo Putney
Publisher: Mary Jo Putney
Availability: Amazon   


February 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Bargain
Author(s): Mary Jo Putney
Publisher: Mary Jo Putney
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Bargain
Author(s): Mary Jo Putney
Publisher: Mary Jo Putney
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Bargain (Regency series Book 1)
Author(s): Mary J Putney
Publisher: Zebra
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