Having read the first two offerings in this author's Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, I had already fallen in love with young Jacqueline Davis (aka Jack Hamilton). The tomboyish child is all grown up in Finally a Bride, and dreams of snagging a job as a reporter in Dallas and shaking the dust of Lookout, Texas off her feet.
Then Noah Jeffers comes to town to fill in for the minister. He's young. He's handsome. And he's hiding a secret that could destroy any chance of a relationship with Jack. Those same secrets have the young preacher making covert amendments all over town. His offers to chop wood for the town's busybody sisters and paint the walls of the general mercantile aren't made strictly out of the goodness of his heart_
Even as Jack and Noah sort through their feelings for each other and try to find their paths in life, one of the original Lookout brides returns to town. Carly Payton is an ex-convict, and not at all the kind of wife Garrett Corbett thought he wanted. But Garret's about to learn a surprising lesson about how love works_and about the amazing grace of God.
I loved this entire series, but Finally a Bride is far and away my favorite of the three books. Jack (Jackie, Jacqueline) is the perfect heroineâ€”she's likeable, has tremendous personality, and possesses a penchant for getting herself into trouble. Noah is the ultimate flawed hero, with his inability to stomach pork, an amusing inclination to mispronounce words during his sermons, and a touching devotion to a certain young lady. And, as always, encountering well-loved characters from previous books is a special treat.
Texas Boardinghouse Brides is, in this reader's opinion, a top-notch series. Each book is better than the last_which says a lot for the author's writing and storytelling skills. Kudos to Vickie McDonough, and "both thumbs up" to Finally a Bride!
"He made her want to be a woman for the first time in her life."
Jack's story in Finally a Bride was worth the wait. It's the tale of grown up Jacqueline (Jack) Davis who now wears dresses and looks like a lady, but still acts like the 10 yr old tomboy we met in the first book of this series. Consider the opening_ Jack is after a story and climbs on the mayor's roof to eavesdrop on his conversation with two strangers. No, I won't tell you if she accomplishes her mission, but I will say pain is involved. Because she'll do anything to uproot the truth.
Preacher Noah Jeffers is intent on hiding his identity because he wants to make restitution for the sins of his childhood without drawing attention to himself. His goal is to glorify Godâ€”not distract parishioners from the message. Except once he sees Jack again, she's the one distracting him.
Meanwhile, Carly Payton is back in town after serving 6 yrs in prison for robbery, kidnapping and other crimes. As a new believer, she knows God has forgiven her and only wants to live a normal life. But can the town people forgive her? And can Garret Corbett who was initially responsible for introducing her to Lookout put aside his prejudice for the jailbird and see her as a remorseful woman of faith who only wants a family like everyone else?
Vickie McDonough has taken ordinary people and put them on the carousel of life. She's added love and faith and sent us along for the ride. Not rushed and hectic like our modern lives, but giving us an emotional journey as we rise and fall with each crest higher and each dip deeper than the one before. The pace quickens, action increases and dialogue cracks with authority and truth. Until finally, the long plunge down as Jack is faced with that monumental decision all adults have to make_ what does she really want?
FINALLY A BRIDE by Vickie McDonough is an inspirational historical romance set in 1896 Lookout,Texas.It is the third and final installment in the "Boardinghouse Brides",
but can be read as a stand alone.THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE (Book One), SECOND CHANCE BRIDES (Book Two). If you take a spunky tomboy,who is a young woman now,the town bully,who is a preacher now,an unusual impostor,who was a mail order bride,who was an outlaw,now an ex-convict and the last of the mail order brides you have just another day in Lookout,Texas' Boardinghouse Brides.A wonderful inspirational romance full of wit,humor,love,romance,forgiveness,redemption,faith,acceptance and the beginning of true happiness. This is the story of not one but two love stories that intertwine.One is Carly,the last mail order bride,an ex-convict and Garrett,the sheriff's cousin,was a prankster,the last of the sheriff's unmarried cousins.Than you have Jaqueline,(Jack), an rambunctious tomboy,who wants to be a reporter and Noel,the once town bully,now a traveling preacher.Although,now one but the sheriff realizes who he is,he is trying to make retribution for his past mistakes and dealings.He is also in love with Jack and has been for at least ten years.This is story ten years after Second Chance Brides.
What a great way to end this series.It is fast paced,page turning,from the beginning to the end for Jack can get into so much trouble still,even as a grown woman.This inspirational story of the Boardinghouse Brides,their love,faith,romance,challenges,and the true loves will have you wanting things to go their way.While this one does not have the mystery like the others it does have a great ending.This book was received for the purpose of review from Net Galley and the publisher and details can be found at Barbour Publishing and My Book Addiction Reviews.
Review: Finally a Bride - Texas Boardinghouse Brides Book #3 - Vickie McDonough- April 2011
"To Preach deliverance to the captives and recovering the sight of the blind , to set at liberty them who are bruised - Luke 4v18".
Finally a Bride takes us back to Lookout, Texas in the year 1896 . It is in Lookout, Texas where we are introduced to one of the main female characters where she is situated ontop of the Mayor's roof trying to eavesdrop through the chimmney. Jacqueline aka Jack is a budding journalist who has her dreams of one day writing for a big newspaper and writing stories that count , not just the fluffy pieces that they give women on fashion, cooking and interior design. The other lead male character is new preacher in town - Noah Jeffers who used to live in Lookout, Texas years ago though back then he had a different name , what caused him to hide his past ? . Jack soon finds herself in the midst of a love triangle , as her attention is directed at Noah but Jack has caught the attention of two suitors Noah and Billy Morgan. Which one will Jack choose or when she discovers that Noah is in fact her arch-enemy from when they were children will she take the job in Dallas as a newspaper reporter ?
Intertwined in Finally a Bride also tells the story of Garrett and Carly. Garrett is Luke's brother - Luke is Jack's stepdad. Years ago, when Luke lost his first wife, Garrett decided to order three mail-brides to help Luke move on , one of the brides was Carly who in fact had arrived with her two outlaw brothers who planned to rob and steal from the town of Lookout, Texas. Garrett from that day, vowed to hate Carly and her family but when Carly now forgiven and friend's with Luke and his wife Rachel , comes to town and to help Rachel out, it seems that sparks and passion may dart amongst Garrett and Carly, though it does seem things never go smoothly in Lookout as on the way to their wedding, the two get caught up in another robbery and hostage situation. Are Garrett and Carly destined to marry or has fate dealt their future on a different path ?
Find out in this jam-packed novel by Vickie McDonough , which all fans of Christian Historical romances will enjoy.