Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Review: The Bargain Episode II by Vanessa Riley

The Bargain

by Vanessa Riley

Christian Regency Historical Romance
ebook & print, 135 pages
May 22, 2015 by Gallium Optronics, LLC
A Port Elizabeth Regency Tale: Season One #2


In this episode:

The vastness of the cresting ocean isn't enough to drown Precious Jewell's high spirits or her dreams of doing for herself, but a false move and an old nightmare have placed her in more jeopardy, Lord Welling's bedchamber.

Captaining his schooner to Port Elizabeth was his only refuge, until his ship was invaded by land lovers, his son and his challenging caregiver. Perhaps, Miss Jewell's vivacity and audacity are just what he needs to quell rebellion amongst his crew and his heart.

The Bargain is a serialized story told in episodes. Each episode averages from three to eight chapters about 15,000 to 30,000 words. Each episode resolves one issue. Emotional cliffhangers may be offered, but the plot, the action of the episode, will be complete in resolving the main issue.

My promise to you is that the action will be compelling, and I will tell you in the forward how long the episode will be. This episode is eight chapters long, 25,000 words.

Enjoy these Regency Tales set in South Africa. --VR

Coming to London has given Precious Jewell a taste of freedom, and she will do anything, bear anything, to keep it. Defying her master is at the top of her mind, and she won’t let his unnerving charm sway her. Yet, will her restored courage lead her to forsake a debt owed to the grave and a child who is as dear to her as her own flesh?

Gareth Conroy, the third Baron Welling, can neither abandon his upcoming duty to lead the fledgling colony of Port Elizabeth, South Africa nor find the strength to be a good father to his heir. Every look at the boy reminds him of the loss of his wife. Guilt over her death plagues his sleep, particularly when he returns to London. Perhaps the spirit and fine eyes of her lady’s maid, Precious Jewell, might offer the beleaguered baron a new reason to dream.





My Thoughts

This book is really beautiful. In this episode, Precious Jewell, Gareth Conroy, Jonah with the addition of Mrs. Narvel (Clara), traveled to Port Elizabeth with the Margeaux, the ship that is going to be the scene in this part.

Precious Jewell was torn between loving Gareth and betraying her late master, Eliza Conroy. She was a very stubborn and tenacious young woman and sometimes she didn't know what was good for her. I felt for her and her sadness. There was an incident in her past that cause her to feel that way. I was really grateful that Clara was there to make it easier. Clara was the wife of Gareth's typical first mate and she was hoping to be a missionary after she gave birth.

My favorite part of the book is the interaction between Clara and Jewell. Jewell was doing some soul-searching and Clara introduced her to Bible and to the Almighty God. My other favorite would be the part that Gareth claimed to everyone that Jewell was his woman. The ways Gareth defended Precious were worth swooning over even though some of the situations are dire.

I honestly love this book so much. I really recommend the whole Bargain series.

I was given a complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.



Other Episodes


The Bargain
by Vanessa Riley
Christian Regency Historical Romance
ebook & print, 88 pages
March 15, 2015 by Gallium Optronics, LLC
A Port Elizabeth Regency Tale: Season One #1

Coming to London has given Precious Jewell a taste of freedom, and she will do anything, bear anything, to keep it. Defying her master is at the top of her mind, and she won't let his unnerving charm sway her. Yet, will her restored courage lead her to forsake a debt owed to the grave and a child who is as dear to her as her own flesh? Gareth Conroy, the third Baron Welling, can neither abandon his upcoming duty to lead the fledgling colony of Port Elizabeth, South Africa nor find the strength to be a good father to his heir. Every look at the boy reminds him of the loss of his wife. Guilt over her death plagues his sleep, particularly when he returns to London. Perhaps the spirit and fine eyes of her lady's maid, Precious Jewell, might offer the beleaguered baron a new reason to dream. The Bargain is the first Port Elizabeth Regency Tale.






The Bargain
by Vanessa Riley
Christian Regency Historical Fiction
ebook & print, 160 pages
August 24, 2015 by Gallium Optronics, LLC
A Port Elizabeth Regency Tale: Season One #3

In this Episode:

Precious Jewell has lived a life filled with disappointments, and it has caused her to wrestle with her beliefs. Port Elizabeth was meant to be a new beginning, not another chance to dance with death. With her eyes clouded in confusion, how can she protect young Jonas or even her new friend Mrs. Narvel? The guilt of kissing Eliza's husband and marveling at the black warriors who've attacked the colonists is gnawing at her, making her doubt her strength. What God is doing? Well, Precious is determined to figure things out and do what's best, even if it means forgetting her attraction to Lord Welling. Yet, will the man let her?

Gareth Conroy has exposed his young heir, a pregnant woman, and his late wife's feisty maid to the dangers of Port Elizabeth. He must make things right, but what is that: admitting defeat and returning to London, staying and committing to a loveless marriage of convenience, or negotiating with Xhosa, a people set on the colonist's destruction?

Whatever his path, there is one thing he's not ready to do. He's not letting the memory of Precious in his arms fade. 




The Bargain
by Vanessa Riley
Christian Regency Historical Romance
ebook & print, 160 pages
November 22, 2015 by Gallium Optronics, LLC
A Port Elizabeth Regency Tale: Season One #4

In this episode:

Time is running out for Port Elizabeth. A missing chief and his daughter, tensions among frightened colonists, and the trembling of a difficult labor threaten to break the fragile bonds of its survival.

Precious Jewell will do what is right to protect those she cares for, even for the man she won't admit to needing.

For Gareth Conroy, death doesn't matter anymore. He purposes that his spilt blood will bring the salvation of the colony, but will he realize too late that no single man of flesh and blood can bring redemption?

Will the burgeoning hope of two stubborn, wounded souls fray or smolder in this exciting conclusion of The Bargain, Season I?


About the Author

Vanessa Riley worked as an engineer before allowing her passion for historical romance to shine. A Regency era (early 1800s) and Jane Austen enthusiast, she brings the flavor of diverse peoples to her stories. Since she was seventeen, Vanessa has won awards for her writing and is currently working on two series. She lives in Atlanta with her military man hubby and precocious child. You can catch her writing from the comfort of her southern porch with a cup of Earl Grey tea.

You can find her at: www.VanessaRiley.com or www.facebook.com/ChristianRegency

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