The Bride Wore Blue, Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series #3   -     By: Mona Hodgson
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WaterBrook Press / 2012 / Paperback

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Back east in Portland, Maine, Vivian Sinclair made a bad choice that follows her to Cripple Creek, Colorado, where her sisters have found husbands and made a home. The shame she carries with her is powerful and she struggles to accept forgiveness from the Lord. Vivian sees limited choices for her future...and marriage isn't one of them.

When most employers find Vivian unworthy as well, she is forced to accept a hostess job at a prestigious sporting parlor. Her decision appears to work out well until an outlaw shows up, violence breaks out and a death occurs. Vivian could be next, so she flees into the night only to be captured by the dangerous outlaw. Will the sheriff's deputy find Vivian? When he discovers her true identity, will he be able to forgive her secrets and lies?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 309
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0307730301
ISBN-13: 9780307730305
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Series: Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek

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The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek—Book 3

Headed toward a fresh start but tethered by her past, Vivian longs to break free, to find forgiveness and love.

At last, the sisters are reunited! The youngest Sinclair, the family" baby", is moving from Maine to Cripple Creek, Colorado and joining Kat, Nell, and Ida. But Vivian is a young woman with a will of her own, and made some decisions back in Portland that have begun to haunt her. Will she be able to live up to the expectations of her three perfect and now happily-settled sisters?

The sisters warmly welcome Vivian to the mountain west, but the wild-and-woolly mining town isn’t ripe with opportunities for a respectable young woman. The youngest Sinclair sister is determined to make her own way, so
when she’s off ered a job as a hostess in a sporting house, she takes it, thinking the position is appropriate for a tainted, unlovable woman like herself. Although she’s convinced she’ll never be asked to entertain privately, Vivian
keeps her employment a secret from her sisters, knowing they’d be mortified—as will Carter Alwyn, the kind and godly sheriff ’s deputy who’s sweet on her.

Vivian is descending into a life of secrets, lying to the very people who love her and could help her heal from her mistakes. Will an outpouring of grace remind her that she is still God’s beloved and that her past can be washed as clean as Rocky Mountain snow?

Author Bio

Mona Hodgson is the author of Two Brides Too Many, Too Rich for a Bride, and Beyond a Bride. Mona’s writing credits also include nearly thirty children’s books, contributions to eleven books for adults, and hundreds of short stories, articles, and poems and she is an active speaker. She lives in Arizona with her husband, Bob.

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  1. My Book Addiction
    North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    WONDERFUL CONCLUSIONG TO THE SINCLAIR SISTERS...
    December 7, 2012
    My Book Addiction
    North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    THE BRIDE WORE BLUE by Mona Hodgson is an interesting inspirational Americana historical romance set in Cripple Creek, Colorado. #3 in the "Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek" series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,"Two Brides Too Many" and "Too Rich For a Bride". Vivian is the youngest Sinclair sister with a secret. She feels no one will very love her. Everyone has left her behind including her beloved sisters and her father. What she finds is trouble with Deputy Carter Alwyn.Filled with danger,healing,faith,forgiveness, community and love. A wonderful conclusion to the "Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek" trilogy. Received for an honest review from the publisher. For more information visit the author's website,Waterbrook Press,and My Book Addiction and More.

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
  2. The Real Mobo
    Brandon, MS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great historical fiction book
    October 3, 2012
    The Real Mobo
    Brandon, MS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Book Description

    At last, the sisters are reunited! The youngest Sinclair, the family" baby", is moving from Maine to Cripple Creek, Colorado and joining Kat, Nell, and Ida. But Vivian is a young woman with a will of her own, and made some decisions back in Portland that have begun to haunt her. Will she be able to live up to the expectations of her three perfect and now happily-settled sisters?

    The sisters warmly welcome Vivian to the mountain west, but the wild-and-woolly mining town isn't ripe with opportunities for a respectable young woman. The youngest Sinclair sister is determined to make her own way, so when she's off ered a job as a hostess in a sporting house, she takes it, thinking the position is appropriate for a tainted, unlovable woman like herself. Although she's convinced she'll never be asked to entertain privately, Vivian keeps her employment a secret from her sisters, knowing they'd be mortified—as will Carter Alwyn, the kind and godly sheriff 's deputy who's sweet on her.

    Vivian is descending into a life of secrets, lying to the very people who love her and could help her heal from her mistakes. Will an outpouring of grace remind her that she is still God's beloved and that her past can be washed as clean as Rocky Mountain snow?

    My Review

    I really enjoyed getting to know the Sinclair sisters through the author's book and look forward to reading future books in this series. Her writing is true to the era, but easy to read and easy to visualize yourself in Cripple Creek in the late 1800s. Vivian and her sisters are very believable characters and the story is interesting although the theme of the book, as so many Christian novels, is one of guil/shamet, forgiveness (one's self), finding grace and finding love again. Of course, the love story was a bit predictable but I still enjoyed reading it and would recommend it for lovers of historical fiction.

    Read an excerpt here.

    NOTE: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  3. simplysusan
    central Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Well written, but story fell flat
    September 18, 2012
    simplysusan
    central Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    WaterBrook Press (Blogging for Books) recently sent me a copy of The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgson to read and review. The Bride Wore Blue is a 288 page Christian romance novel. It also contains a Readers Guide as well as a preview of her upcoming book Twice a Bride, available in October 2012. It is the third book in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series. A while back, I read the first book in this series; Two Brides Too Many and really enjoyed it.

    I enjoy Mona Hodgson's writing style, but I don't thing this book was quite up to her normal standards. I enjoyed the plot alright, it it was just that: alright. There was nothing really special about the book or the plot. The plot was very predictable and similar to other books I have read. I also felt the the book just dragged on and on and was very slow in the beginning. Then when the "action" finally took place, it was rushed through. I also found it really hard to believe that none of her sisters would have helped her more in finding a job or even offer her a job, especially when they are supposedly so close. The story was predictable and I feel that the relationship between Vivian and Carter was rushed and the chemistry just lacking between them. It just didn't seem that their romance was well developed. Overall, I think Mona Hodgson writes well, but this book just didn't work for me. I really wanted to like The Bride Wore Blue, but for me it fell flat.

    NOTICE:

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this item free from the creator. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Bride Wore Blue is a Story of Redemption
    September 16, 2012
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Bride Wore Blue

    By Mona Hodgson

    The Bride Wore Blue is the third book in the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series. Vivian is joining her three older sisters in Cripple Creek, Colorado. But Vivian has a secret that she is hiding, a secret that could make her sisters turn their backs on her if they ever found out.

    But just before the train arrives in Cripple Creek bandits rob the train and Vivian accidentally trips on e of them. Using her skills for costume design, Vivian sketches the bandits clothing but Deputy Carter Alwyn is more interested in the physical build of the men then their clothing.

    Vivian is warmly welcomed by her sisters, their husbands, and Miss Hattie. Vivian takes a room at Miss Hattie's but she needs a job to pay for her room and board. But Vivian's job search is not making much headway and she is determined to stand on her own two feet and not be the "baby" of the family any longer. But when the two jobs she does find don't work out she takes a job as a day hostess at the local sporting house. Now Vivian has another secret to keep from her sisters - after all they don't need to know just how low she has fallen.

    Vivian is convinced that she has forever ruined her chance for love, marriage and a family. Can she ever forgive herself? Will she allow God to forgive and heal her? Soon Vivian's independent stubbornness gets her into more trouble than she has ever been in. With her life on the line will she ever get the chance to admit her mistakes to those who love her or will she die before she can seek redemption?

    The Bride Wore Blue is a look at the relationships we have in our lives. Family is one of the most important we can have after our relationship with God. It is also a look at the importance of seeking forgiveness and not compounding our sins by trying to hide them from those in our lives. Nothing is ever hidden from God and He sees our heart. Give it to Him, He can restore you if you just ask.

    I received this book for free as part of the Blogging for Books program from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  5. Loves2Read
    Morton, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Heartwarming story of the Sinclair Sisters
    August 28, 2012
    Loves2Read
    Morton, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I have now read all three of The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek stories to date. This third book in the series gives the reader an in-depth look at the "baby" of the family, Vivian. I felt like Vivian had been a typical spoiled baby sister, wanting her own way before she went to join her older sisters in Cripple Creek, and had learned some hard life lessons in a very difficult way. Though she seemed to be more mature and to have learned from the mistakes in her past, she seemed to continue to resent her older sister's influence in her life at times, and I think it led to her making more mistakes that could possibly been avoided if she would have just taken the time to talk with one or more of them.

    This realistic sibling dynamic made the story much more enjoyable for me, as well as the estranged romance between Vivian and Deputy Alwyn. The overwhelming lesson of forgiveness, faith and acceptance is an integral part of the story from beginning to end. This heartwarming story is one that shows how forgiveness, love, and family loyalty can help overcome difficult circumstances. I also enjoyed the mystery and danger involved that gave the wild west type feel to this story that I really like.

    This is a good christian fiction romance, with some wild west outlaws, soiled doves, train robbery and so much more excitement thrown in the mix. Although it can be read alone, I do recommend reading the first two books in the series first in order to get to know many of the other characters in this story.

    **I received a copy of this book for review purposes only from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group through the Blogging for Books program. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Mona Hodgson
Located in: Arizona
Submitted: February 27, 2012

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm Mona from Arizona. I write historical fiction and children's books. THE SINCLAIR SISTERS OF CRIPPLE CREEK SERIES is set in the late 1890s, one of my favorite time periods to research. Hmm...what else? I've fed a giraffe mouth-to-mouth, ridden a camel, and held a baby crocodile. I'm the wife of one wonderful man, mother of two darling daughters, grandmother to four amazing kids.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  It is Vivian Sinclair's turn to be seen and heard. She is the last of the four Sinclair sisters to arrive in Cripple Creek from Portland, Maine. She comes to Colorado with a secret, bearing the burden of shame. But our God is generous with second and third... chances for Vivian, the youngest Sinclair sister, and for you and I.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  You are not alone. You belong to a sisterhood of women who fail and triumph. Are you plagued by guilt, burdened by shame? You are not beyond the grasp of God's amazing grace. He's holding a new beginning out to you.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Both my father and husband were in law enforcement. I had lots of fun writing outlaws and lawmen into Vivian's story in THE BRIDE WORE BLUE. Glimpses of God's grace, even in the lives of fictional characters, never ceases to amaze me.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  The parables of Jesus--truth shown in a story--inspire me to write fiction full of truth. My favorite authors include: Cathy Marie Hake, Lauraine Snelling, DiAnn Mills, Liz Curtis Higgs, Robin Lee Hatcher, Tamera Alexander, Deeanne Gist, Stephanie Whitson, Stephen Bly . . . .

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I appreciate you. Thank you for your interest in my writing and speaking ministries. God bless you!

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