This is my first time reading Book #4 about The Sinclair Sisters in Cripple Creek. I have no knowledge or opinions of the other series however. This novel 'Twice a Bride' focuses on recent widowed Willow getting a job as a photographer/painter for Trenton. Trenton is trying to start fresh in Cripple Creek, but his sordid history with Susannah, seems to have no end in sight.
The beginning seemed to really drag on, and I felt unattached from the other characters in the book. I would have loved to get to know Willow's deceased husband at least, to feel the connection between the couple, but he was cut out of the story from the start along with the other relationships creating a choppy unemotional group. Overall it was hard to relate with the many people throughout, and I was left with a rather simple, predictable romance, without drama or intrigue.
Author Mona Hodgson places this historical fiction, Twice A Bride, in Cripple Creek, Colorado during the fall of 1898. Hodgson manages to draw her reader into the story line using the language, details, and actual places of the times. Cripple Creek is a fairly new community where most of the settler's fled west in hopes of a better life. Twice A Bride is the last novel in the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series. The first three books are centered on the arrival of the Sinclair sisters. Hodgson brought back Willow Peterson-sister-in-law of Ida Sinclair-Raines- for her protagonist.
The story starts with Peterson in a state of shock after losing a husband and father. She is looking for a fresh start without wanting to be a burden on anyone. The one thing Peterson has on her side is that she is an artist, through her craft she meets a new photographer in town, Trenton Van Der Veer, and romance sparks. From this union Peterson starts her own business, Portraits by Willow. The reader will be introduced or reunited with the Sinclair sisters and other town's people as they interact in each other's lives. Hodgson portrays a God fearing community with God interacting in the lives of each character.
This is an excellent book for group study, because at the end of the book there is a reader's guide. The guide is equipped with 10 situations and questions pertaining to the situations. The book is equipped with bible verses and appropriate Christian etiquette. The author's notes at the end of the book discuss the real life people and places in the series. I enjoyed reading this book: it was an easy read. I look forward to reading other books by Mona Hodgson.
I received a copy free from Waterbook Multnamah in exchange for my honest review.
In Book 4 of the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series the young widow Willow Peterson knows what she wants to do with her life and that is to be an artist and sell her paintings in order to support herself. Her mother doesn't seems to think being an artist as a career is practical and that she should work at the families Ice Company.
Willow notices an add in the local paper by a photographer, Trent Van Der Veer that just opened a shop in town. He is needing artist to paint portraits from the photographs he has taken. She can't believe her luck. This is just the opportunity she has been hoping for her future as an artist.
Trent receives several answers to his add and notices one applicant, Willow Peterson lives in Cripple Creek and decide to ask her to come in for an interview and bring an example of her work. He is very impressed but not sure about hiring a woman. But he decides to give her chance at the job. Trent finds he is attracted to Willow but he is under the impression she is married. Just so happens Willow seems to be attracted to Trent.
Evidently Willow and Trent are not the only couple in town that has caught the love bug and that is none other than Miss Hattie. Miss Hattie has fallen for a new comer to Cripple Creek and it surprises not only herself but the Sinclair Sisters are ecstatic over this possible match.
Will there be another wedding or two in Cripple Creek. Or will the two women prefer to continue there life as widows?
The author managed to write another heartwarming story of family ties, new babies and reconciliation with our Lord Jesus Christ. She shows the reader that if a person would ask God into their hearts and pray asking Him to heal their suffering heart He will fill them with Peace living their lives fuller in Him.
I love all the characters she has created in this series. I enjoyed reading about their trials and tribulations as the Sinclair family grew in numbers and most importantly Spiritually.
I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Press/Blogging for Books for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
This book was a nice surprise. I had not read the earlier books in the series, so I was coming in to this fresh. The thing I liked most about this book was the lack of a big misunderstanding between the main characters. It seems a good portion of books these days--especially romances--spend half of the book (or more) concentrating on some huge misunderstanding that could easily be fixed by a conversation. It gets so frustrating for the reader. What a breath of fresh air that the characters actually talk about what happened and what the truth really is very quickly.
I really enjoyed the characters with all their little quirks, flaws and charms. I came away from this book wanting to go back and read the others in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and want more!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions stated are my own.
Twice a Bride is book 4 in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek, but is fine as a stand alone. I hadn't read the first three books and didn't feel like I was missing anything.
I enjoyed this story, but it took me a bit to get into it. Having not lost a spouse, I had a hard time connecting with Willow's grief. Despite these things, I felt compelled to keep reading because the story pulled me in. I wanted to find out how Willow and Trenton reached their happily-ever-after.
***I received this book free for the purposes of review.***