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!
This is my first book by Vickie McDonough and I was not in the least bit disappointed. What I thought was going to be merely a lighthearted fun western romance (and it was that!) turned out to be also exciting and adventurous as well. Rather than simply dwelling on the humorous situation the sherrif finds himself in when his friends set him up with three mail order brides, the author also treads into deeper waters with such important issues as rape, betrayal, parenting, and faith. Well written, funny, and page-turning, I'm sure you'll enjoy this historical romance!!
The Anonymous Bride greatly exceeded everything I hoped for in a romance. Vickies easy writing style was the perfect vehicle for this historical set in 1886 Lookout, Texas. Visually appealing, the scenes unfolded without laborious descriptions to slow down the pace. And the humor I cant tell you how many times I laughed out loud. But, what really kept the story close to my heart was the emotional impact the mail-order bride had on the heroine, Rachel Hamilton. Because you see, Rachel wasnt the mail-order bride. Oh, no. Rachel was just the owner of the boardinghouse where the mail-order bride stayed, which meant Rachel was the one to do her laundry, clean her room and cook her meals. And there wasnt just one mail-order bride trying to marry the man Rachel loved. There were 3 of them. How could a man be so insensitive and encourage three women to think they were the only one? Well, it certainly wasnt Luke, the town marshal. No, Luke was moseying along minding his own business, wondering what he was going to do about Rachel when the brides begin to appear bearing letters he supposedly wrote. Seems his cousins figured once a new woman was on the scene, Luke would forget all about the love he used to share with Rachel. They didn't figure on three women wanting to marry Luke. I sympathized with Rachel when she realized her boardinghouse was the only possible place for the hopeful brides to reside. And, I cried buckets when the brides who travelled so far on faith, each desperate for their own home put forth their small requests of assistance to Rachel, without realizing their effect on her trampled heart. And oh, the pain when honorable Luke agrees to pick a bride. I loved this story. Both Luke and Rachel place their lives in God's hands, trusting He knows best although they may not like it at the time.
Vickie McDonough's superb storytelling abilities are working overtime in this most enjoyable Western Romance. In this story, simmering on the back burner throughout, are greedy men of the Wild West who bend the rules to suit themselves. Their prey is vulnerable women and banks in small towns. Luke Davis has just arrived in Lookout, Texas as the new Sheriff. Lookout is a quaint little town that is surrounded by dirt roads, fishin' holes, dense woods and countryside homes. For ten years, Luke has been plagued by an unforgiving heart. He thinks that by returning to his hometown, he can finally sort things out with the local boardinghouse owner, Rachel; then move on with the rest of his life in peace. Sandwiched in the middle is playful Jack, a rambunctious young tomboy, and Max, the faithful dog that no one wanted. Add to the mix, Luke's two unpredictable cousins, who deem it their manly duty to find Luke a bride from a newspaper ad! The arrival of more than just one mail-order bride adds unexpected chuckles and major drama to Lookouts tranquility. Vickies 347-page novel was over all too quick. It made me anxious to read the Sequel, and hungry for homemade biscuits.