The Bride Bargain is takes place during 1855 when Clara Field and her Aunt Doreen find themselves stranded in the town of Buttonwood along the Oregon trail. Clara Fields is determined to take care of her aunt on her own. The two women run into Josiah Reed who offers them a job of taking care of his house and helping with his store. Josiah makes a bargian with Clara that if she can find a wife for his son Kevin then he would give her his house. Clara makes list and goes through all of the potential brides in the small town all the while bringing the community closer together. What she doesn't seem to realize is that she would be the perfect bride for Kevin.
The story is well written with chracters that soon become friends. There were some points in the novel that I did not understand the motivation of Clara but it did not detract from the story. If you enjoy historical novels then this is one that I am sure you would enjoy. I read the book almost in one sitting and I hope to read about more of the characters from Buttonwood.