Call me weird but my favorite character in this book was niether Luke nor Rachel. My favorite is fiesty little Jacqueline. Or Jack as she prefers to be called. I enjoyed watching tomboy Jack fall in love with Luke in spite of herself. Loved how she became a matchmaker to insure the right bride won the contests.I'm glad I read it.
"Sometimes God asked difficult things of a man, and for Luke Davis, what he was fixing to do was the hardest task ever."And so begins The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough (Barbour). This book brought me many delightful hours and kept me wondering throughout the book. The Anonymous Bride was a joy to read and a very entertaining historical romance. Vickie McDonough is an experienced author, but this first trade length novel was fantastic! The novel was filled with many interesting and lively characters. I found the hero and heroine endearing. Vivid and historically accurate descriptions of the ficticious town of Lookout, Texas brought this story to life. Although the book was sprinkled with humor, the satisfying, sentimental end had me reaching for a tissue. Vickie is a talented storyteller and I look forward to reading the next two books in the The Boardinghouse Brides series.
I had expected this book to be pretty funny from what I had read about it, but, to me, it was more of a funny-circumstances than a laugh-out-loud-comedy kind of a book. I really did enjoy it, just not in a this book will crack you up kind of way. The first and secondary characters were great and I loved them all. (I really loved how two certain scoundrel boys turned out to be so protective and caring towards Jack. LOVED IT.)I liked how Vickie showed how important it is to forgive others in this book. Especially how she showed that the thing we are so angry about, might not even be something we should be angry about. We dont usually know the whole story and we need to reserve judgment until we do. She wrote that theme into the book in a very poignant way. That lesson will certainly stay with me, and help me to be slower to anger towards others for their supposed wrongs toward me. Definitely recommended to people who like a sweet romance with a message.
This book was extremely cute. Im a sucker for old West stories (blame my father for making me watch John Wayne movies instead of girly stuff). Im also a sucker for novels with mail order brides. This book fit both of those loves perfectly.The story is full of interesting characters. Luke the type a man I would want as the marshal of my town. Rachael and Jack also are well rounded and complicated, moving them beyond the stereotypical standard of women and children in the 1800s. McDonough gives us an interesting look into the minds of the mail-order brides. Living in a time so far removed, its hard for me to fathom marrying someone Id never met and my only idea of which they were came through letters. The plot flowed easily and McDonough provides credible historical details. I enjoyed the theme of second chances that McDonough weaves into the novel, each character adjusting to starting over. This is a definitely a good summer read.
The book kept the pages turning and I didn't think I had totally wasted my money. In the economy I'm looking for 5 star books and I would not give this a 5 star rating. I loved "Jack" in the book and frankly found myself wanting the writer to speed up time and write "Jack's" romance. If the writer keeps "Jack" with the same spunk and personality, it would be a 5 star read. This author hasn't done that many books, but she definitely shows promise of producing a 5 star book. I couldn't quite connect with the hero in this book. The town characters are very entertaining. The pie scene is a keeper!