The Bridegrooms  -     By: Allison K. Pittman
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The Bridegrooms

Random House, Inc / 2010 / Paperback

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Vada Allenhouse has been keeping house for her doctor father and three sisters since she was eight years old. And her days in turn-of-the-century Cleveland are predictable. But when an errant baseball sends a comatose stranger---and a multitude of men---to Marcus Allenhouse's clinic, five lives are turned upside down! A story of unexpected choices---and God's providence. 352 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601421370
ISBN-13: 9781601421371
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It Only Takes an Instant for Love to Strike

 
Tragedy hits the Allenhouse family on a hot summer night in Ohio when a mother of four vanished. Eight-year-old Vada virtually grew up overnight and raised her three younger sisters while her father lost himself in his medical practice in the basement of their home.
 
Now, Vada is a grown woman, still making her home with her father and sisters. Her days are spent serving as an errand girl for Cleveland’s fledgling amateur orchestra; her evenings with Garrison Walker, her devoted, if passionless, beau.
 
Dizzying change occurs the day the Brooklyn Bridegrooms come to town to play the Cleveland Spiders and a line drive wallops the head of a spectator. The fan is whisked to the Allenhouse parlor, and questions swirl about the anonymous, unconscious man.
 
Suddenly, the subdued house is filled with visitors, from a flirtatious, would-be sports writer to the Bridegrooms’ handsome star hitter to the guilt-ridden ballplayer who should have caught the stray shot. The medical case brings Dr. Allenhouse a frustration and helplessness he hasn’t felt since his wife’s disappearance. Vada’s sisters are giddy at the bevy of possible suitors. And Vada’s life is awakened amid the super-charged atmosphere of romantic opportunity.

Author Bio

Allison Pittman is the author of Stealing Home, the Crossroads of Grace series, and her nonfiction debut, Saturdays With Stella. A former high-school English teacher, she serves as director of the theater arts group at her church. Allison makes her home in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Learn more about the author at www.allisonpittman.com.

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In The Bridegrooms, Allison Pittman portrays women during the middle 1800’s and their goal of trying to get bridegrooms. The lead character, Vada, finds herself in the predicament of finding out her youngest sister has a different father. The pain felt by the girls is from their mother leaving the family long ago with another man, and one year later dying of an illness before they could reconcile.

The structure of the plot is quite standard, with no flashbacks but some use of back story. The quality of relationships between characters is flawless, however. For example, Garrison and Vada’s relationship is shown well as they talk intimately, share their hearts, and grow as individuals and as a couple. The most unforgettable part of this book is when Vada, Garrison, and Hazel go to the Hollenden Hotel to meet Hazel’s potential love interest, only to find out that he was their sister Lisette’s father.

Vada’s main dilemma is realizing that she is like her mother. Even though she loves Garrison, she cannot stop thinking about another suitor, Mr. Lafortune. She chooses to fight the temptations of cheating on Garrison. She talks incessantly about how she is practically engaged to Garrison.

Vada is a very strong role model in the book for good parenting, because when her mother left, she took over the role of mother in the household. She reacts rationally with most characters in the book, and shows love, affection, and sympathy when needed.

Once I finished the book, my final view was that it was very well written, keeping me locked into the story until the conclusion. I recommend this book to any reader who likes romantic fiction with old fashion traditions of men and woman courting. – Sarah N. Finkenbine, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Tina
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 19, 2010
    Tina
    This book was enjoyable to read. Thse girls(sisters) in this story are interesting apart from one another but Allison Pittman brings them together and shows that they are a strong force together. As an older sister myself, I can relate with Vada. She had alot of responsibilities from such a young age. It was a another good book by Allison. Can't wait to see what she has to write about next.
  2. Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 18, 2010
    Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    This book is about Vada and her sisters in the year 1898. The four girls live with their doctor father in Ohio. Vada is engaged to a sweet man named Garrison, who loves music and the violin as much as she does. But Garrison still hasnt set a date for their marriage and Vada is starting to feel like he never May.She comes home one day to find a baseball team, the Brooklyn Bridegrooms, in her home. A spectator was hit with a pitch and Vadas father is seeing to the man. Vada and her sisters lived are turned upside down by all these new, strange visitors, including a flirtatious reporter looking for a big scoop on the injured man. Vada falls into much confusion with so many male suitors hanging around.I was drawn to this book by the cover. It reminded me of Little Women, and in a way, it quite similar. Both books are about four sisters living in the 1800s and their romantic opportunities. The Bridegrooms was an interesting and fun read. Vada is confused about her relationship with her boyfriend and gets herself into a lot of mischief. I couldnt help but feel bad for poor Garrison, even if he is a little slow on the proposal. Pittmans characters are unique and fun. Each sister, especially, was so different from the other, I felt like I knew this family well. This is a fun story for girls who like historical fiction with some romance in it.
  3. Carman Boley
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 5, 2010
    Carman Boley
    The Bridegrooms will definitely keep you on your toes. I never knew who Vada was going to end up with until the last couple of pages. I did wish that the story had an epilogue or something that so that the final outcome of each of Vadas sisters stories could be told. Im a little unsure as to my feelings about the book. I didnt love it, but I didnt dislike it. It is definitely an original story, and I do like that. Its just one that I like, but Im not crazy about.
  4. Delia Latham
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 24, 2010
    Delia Latham
    Vada Allenhouse became a mother at eight years old. Thats when her mommy found a new lover, abandoning her husband and four little girls to fend for themselves. Vada, as the oldest, took on the responsibilities her mother left behind, and did her best to raise her three younger siblings. As a physician, it was all too easy for their father, Dr. Allenhouse, to bury himself in his medical practice while his daughters survived with the help of a loyal, if slightly temperamental housekeeper.Seventeen years later, Vada is still living at home, still mothering her siblings. Dr. Allenhouse continues to hide out most of the time in his basement, caring for patients. But with the arrival of a visiting baseball team, The Bridegrooms, the Allenhouse home is about to be turned upside down.Four young ladies, hungry for love and aching for romance. A gentle, slightly staid suitor. An injured spectator, hidden away in the Allenhouse home. A handsome Cajun hitter. A flirtatious sportswriter. A lovestruck, guilt-ridden catcher. A series of love letters. All of these elements will combine to make emotional waves the Allenhouse sisters will be hard-pressed to ride out with their integrity and their virtue intact.The Bridegrooms is a wonderful depiction of sibling devotion, rivalry, and ultimate loyalty. A bevy of emotions, from deep-seated hurt to barely tethered passion to laugh-out-loud humor. Allison Pittman hits a homerun with this riveting historical romance. Definitely one for the keeper shelf.
  5. Erika Chapman
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 11, 2010
    Erika Chapman
    The characters are interesting and quite unique but likable. The largest mystery revolving around their mother's disappearance keeps a cloud of intrigue floating throughout the book but their are many subplots. It is a happy book yet touches on some very deep topics. It has a spiritual element but that is very light and mostly indirect.I enjoyed the book. I am hoping their will be a sequel because I was left with some unanswered questions and am anxious to see what becomes of some of the relationships and situations. I look forward to reading more of Allison K. Pittman's work and hope she keeps them coming!
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