"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.
Vickie McDonough is one of those authors who can do it all. She made me laugh, she moved me with sympathy, and she had me totally engrossed in this story of three romances-in-one. Jack is the headstrong daughter of Rachel from the first book in the Boardinghouse Brides series. She falls head over heals for the new preacher in town, except that the new preacher isn't really all that new to town. . . Noah has a secret. He not only used to live in Lookout, Texas, but he was the town's former schoolyard bully. If folks--especially Jack--discover his secret, he will lose everything, including his job and his hopes for love.
Rand Kessler is the wealthy bachelor from the first two books who I longed to see hitched, since he was so patient and understanding after being scorned twice. I wouldn't have minded him having a bigger role, but the center stage was rightfully occupied with Jack, Noah and also Garrett and Carly, two other returning characters.
Carly struggles to feel accepted after serving time in prison. She longs for a chance at love and family, but the constant glares from townspeople make her dreams look impossible, until Garrett Corbett comes a courtin'. He was the prankster from the first romance, who ordered three mail order brides for his cousin Luke. The trickster has mellowed with age, but retains an endearing cantankerousness that puts him and Carly at opposites. And we all know that opposites attract like north and south magnetic poles.
Finally A Bride was the best of the series, in my opinion. Historical romance has a rising star in Vickie McDonough. You won't want to miss this book!
Finally a Bride by Vickie McDonough is the final book in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series. This book focuses on Jacqueline "Jack" Davis, now a grown woman eager to leave her home town. She desires to land a job as a reporter in Dallas. Jack begins to question her aspirations to leave, when good-looking Noah Jeffers arrives to temporarily fill the slot of local pastor.
The pastor draws Jack's interest, despite her firm decision to never marry. The man seems vaguely familiar but is close-lipped regarding his past.
I enjoyed this book immensely. I loved the way Vickie McDonough used this final saga to tell the story of the tomboy little girl she introduced in her first book, The Anonymous Bride. It was fun reading about grown up 'Jack'. I highly recommend this series, and am sad to see it come to an end.
This book was provided for review by Barbour Publishing.