The first book in Mona's Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series is Mona's adult fiction debut, though she's written many books for children. I love mail-order bride stories, but this was not one of my favorites. I enjoyed discovering how Nell & Kat handled everything thrown at them throughout the story. I loved the descriptions of Cripple Creek and the scenery surrounding the town. As far as characters go, though, the secondary ones were developed more than the main ones, and there were too many. The oddest bit of the whole book was the girls' father, a single parent, abandoning all 4 of his daughters to other relatives and the whims of being mail-order brides so that he could take a job in Paris. It just doesn't sound like something a loving father would do, especially not in the time period of the story. The double romances were also written without much oomph to them, with Nell's taking a distinct backseat to Kat's, though Nell's would have been more interesting reading. I didn't realize that one of the nuns in the story was a real person in Cripple Creek, until reading the note at the end of the book, but that was a neat little twist. I am looking forward to reading Ida's and Vivian's stories.