THE BRIDE WORE BLUE by Mona Hodgson is an interesting inspirational Americana historical romance set in Cripple Creek, Colorado. #3 in the "Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek" series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,"Two Brides Too Many" and "Too Rich For a Bride". Vivian is the youngest Sinclair sister with a secret. She feels no one will very love her. Everyone has left her behind including her beloved sisters and her father. What she finds is trouble with Deputy Carter Alwyn.Filled with danger,healing,faith,forgiveness, community and love. A wonderful conclusion to the "Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek" trilogy. Received for an honest review from the publisher. For more information visit the author's website,Waterbrook Press,and My Book Addiction and More.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
At last, the sisters are reunited! The youngest Sinclair, the family" baby", is moving from Maine to Cripple Creek, Colorado and joining Kat, Nell, and Ida. But Vivian is a young woman with a will of her own, and made some decisions back in Portland that have begun to haunt her. Will she be able to live up to the expectations of her three perfect and now happily-settled sisters?
The sisters warmly welcome Vivian to the mountain west, but the wild-and-woolly mining town isn't ripe with opportunities for a respectable young woman. The youngest Sinclair sister is determined to make her own way, so when she's off ered a job as a hostess in a sporting house, she takes it, thinking the position is appropriate for a tainted, unlovable woman like herself. Although she's convinced she'll never be asked to entertain privately, Vivian keeps her employment a secret from her sisters, knowing they'd be mortifiedâ€”as will Carter Alwyn, the kind and godly sheriff 's deputy who's sweet on her.
Vivian is descending into a life of secrets, lying to the very people who love her and could help her heal from her mistakes. Will an outpouring of grace remind her that she is still God's beloved and that her past can be washed as clean as Rocky Mountain snow?
I really enjoyed getting to know the Sinclair sisters through the author's book and look forward to reading future books in this series. Her writing is true to the era, but easy to read and easy to visualize yourself in Cripple Creek in the late 1800s. Vivian and her sisters are very believable characters and the story is interesting although the theme of the book, as so many Christian novels, is one of guil/shamet, forgiveness (one's self), finding grace and finding love again. Of course, the love story was a bit predictable but I still enjoyed reading it and would recommend it for lovers of historical fiction.
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NOTE: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
WaterBrook Press (Blogging for Books) recently sent me a copy of The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgson to read and review. The Bride Wore Blue is a 288 page Christian romance novel. It also contains a Readers Guide as well as a preview of her upcoming book Twice a Bride, available in October 2012. It is the third book in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series. A while back, I read the first book in this series; Two Brides Too Many and really enjoyed it.
I enjoy Mona Hodgson's writing style, but I don't thing this book was quite up to her normal standards. I enjoyed the plot alright, it it was just that: alright. There was nothing really special about the book or the plot. The plot was very predictable and similar to other books I have read. I also felt the the book just dragged on and on and was very slow in the beginning. Then when the "action" finally took place, it was rushed through. I also found it really hard to believe that none of her sisters would have helped her more in finding a job or even offer her a job, especially when they are supposedly so close. The story was predictable and I feel that the relationship between Vivian and Carter was rushed and the chemistry just lacking between them. It just didn't seem that their romance was well developed. Overall, I think Mona Hodgson writes well, but this book just didn't work for me. I really wanted to like The Bride Wore Blue, but for me it fell flat.
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The Bride Wore Blue is the third book in the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series. Vivian is joining her three older sisters in Cripple Creek, Colorado. But Vivian has a secret that she is hiding, a secret that could make her sisters turn their backs on her if they ever found out.
But just before the train arrives in Cripple Creek bandits rob the train and Vivian accidentally trips on e of them. Using her skills for costume design, Vivian sketches the bandits clothing but Deputy Carter Alwyn is more interested in the physical build of the men then their clothing.
Vivian is warmly welcomed by her sisters, their husbands, and Miss Hattie. Vivian takes a room at Miss Hattie's but she needs a job to pay for her room and board. But Vivian's job search is not making much headway and she is determined to stand on her own two feet and not be the "baby" of the family any longer. But when the two jobs she does find don't work out she takes a job as a day hostess at the local sporting house. Now Vivian has another secret to keep from her sisters - after all they don't need to know just how low she has fallen.
Vivian is convinced that she has forever ruined her chance for love, marriage and a family. Can she ever forgive herself? Will she allow God to forgive and heal her? Soon Vivian's independent stubbornness gets her into more trouble than she has ever been in. With her life on the line will she ever get the chance to admit her mistakes to those who love her or will she die before she can seek redemption?
The Bride Wore Blue is a look at the relationships we have in our lives. Family is one of the most important we can have after our relationship with God. It is also a look at the importance of seeking forgiveness and not compounding our sins by trying to hide them from those in our lives. Nothing is ever hidden from God and He sees our heart. Give it to Him, He can restore you if you just ask.
I received this book for free as part of the Blogging for Books program from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
I have now read all three of The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek stories to date. This third book in the series gives the reader an in-depth look at the "baby" of the family, Vivian. I felt like Vivian had been a typical spoiled baby sister, wanting her own way before she went to join her older sisters in Cripple Creek, and had learned some hard life lessons in a very difficult way. Though she seemed to be more mature and to have learned from the mistakes in her past, she seemed to continue to resent her older sister's influence in her life at times, and I think it led to her making more mistakes that could possibly been avoided if she would have just taken the time to talk with one or more of them.
This realistic sibling dynamic made the story much more enjoyable for me, as well as the estranged romance between Vivian and Deputy Alwyn. The overwhelming lesson of forgiveness, faith and acceptance is an integral part of the story from beginning to end. This heartwarming story is one that shows how forgiveness, love, and family loyalty can help overcome difficult circumstances. I also enjoyed the mystery and danger involved that gave the wild west type feel to this story that I really like.
This is a good christian fiction romance, with some wild west outlaws, soiled doves, train robbery and so much more excitement thrown in the mix. Although it can be read alone, I do recommend reading the first two books in the series first in order to get to know many of the other characters in this story.
**I received a copy of this book for review purposes only from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group through the Blogging for Books program. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion.