BUY NOW as an Ebook - Paperback September!

A Bargain Struck

Published Date: September 7, 2013

Price from:

Available in all formats


Finalist - Romantic Novel of the Year!


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.

Set in Wyoming in 1887, a story of a man and a woman brought together through need, not love …

Available in paperback, large print and audio CD/download from most English speaking countries and online bookstores. eBook available on all the major platforms.

Liz Harris

author photo_Liz HarrisRDLiz 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’s debut novel, The Road Back, won a 2012 Book of the Year Award from Coffee Time Romance in the USA and her second novel A Bargain Struck was highly praised by the Daily Mail in the UK.

Follow Liz on:
twitter-logo Blog-Small facebook goodreads_logo

See all Liz’s novels here…

Customer Reviews


  1. The complexity of the story inside A Bargain Struck is hinged to the theory of how well can you know someone you advert to marry and how well you can trust the person who takes up residence in your home after the haste of marriage. Mail-Order brides and marriages of convenience were quite the commonplace a handful of centuries ago due to the extreme consistency of pre-mature death. Men and women were thrown together to make do with the next spouse in line to agree to a partnership which would help them survive and thrive in the harsh realities of a farm or homestead. The work was heavily wrought on physical labour making it made a sound choice to find women and men who could bargain their contract of marriage to offset the chores and duties applied therein to each gender.

    Harris paints a very poignant picture whilst opening her novel, as her bride is not a blushing one but one who is vacillating about what she should have writ her soon-to-be-husband and what she omitted. She’s at the cornerstone of her life caught between two worlds of acceptance: society at large ostracising her for her physical deformity and the kindness of a stranger who will wed her as his wife. Her step-daughter’s obsession with punishing her father for bringing a new ‘mother’ into her life had me flicker back a sideways smile towards remembrance of ‘Missy’ from Love Comes Softly. Bridget fills every inch of her red hair with a fierce Irish sensibility!

    Read the full review here

    Acquired Book By: I am a Choc Lit reviewer who receives books of my choice in exchange for honest reviews! I received a complimentary copy of “A Bargain Struck” from Choc Lit via IPM (International Publisher’s Marketing) in exchange for an honest review! I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

  2. And More Reviews Here
    And More Reviews Here at ."


  3. Long & Short Reviews
    Long & Short Reviews at .

    Long & Short ReviewsIt’s been awhile since I’ve read a historical novel set in the Old West and I’m glad I found A Bargain Struck. It’s a sweet story of two people both healing from the pain of losing their spouses and learning to trust and love again.

    All the characters, not just Ellen and Connor, were well developed and believable. I felt myself cheering for Ellen as soon as she was introduced in the story. You know it’s all going to work out for everyone but the fun is getting to that point in the story.

    Reviewed by Stephantois, Long & Short Reviews. 4 stars!

    Read the full review here...

  4. Radio Marlow
    Radio Marlow at .

    Radio MarlowSelected as Book of the Month, September 2013.
    It’s a superbly written book – thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Terrific page turner.
    Radio Marlow, September 2013

  5. Daily Mail Newspaper
    Daily Mail Newspaper at .

    Daily Mail…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.

    Kathy Stevenson, Daily Mail newspaper, August 2013.

    Read the full review here…

Leave a Reply

Rate this by clicking a star below:

Current ye@r *

Related Products