Mona Hodgson's Twice a Bride is an engaging novel that portrays the triumph of God's love over all. In an attempt to overcome the loss of loved ones, Willow Peterson, a widow, relocates to Cripple Creek in search of a new beginning never imagining she could really have one. Trenton Van Der Veer has also relocated to Cripple Creek fleeing what he once thought would make him happy only to find out it was a deception. Will each find the happy ending they are in search of?
The story itself is a slow read but not a boring one. The author takes time to develop the characters all the while showing glimpses of the would-be villain lurking about. One can certainly identify with the characters of this novel which are not portrayed in the usual "perfect" style of few, if any, faults. Their weaknesses actually come to show themselves as strengths once surrendered into the hands of the Lord. The unlikely heroes have marred pasts and physical hurdles to overcome and they do so beautifully portraying the God-given strength to do so rather than their own. Whereas one would have liked to see a culmination of events in all the characters, those that were center stage provided enough closure to the book without leaving any loose ends.
This book is recommended to anyone who enjoys reading about flawed heroes finding victory in the midst of pain.
Twice A Bride by Mona Hodgson is the heartwarming story of two widows whose tragedies have left them in dire need of a fresh start, and second chance at love.
After the loss of both her husband and father, Willow Peterson is in need of a fresh start. Planting roots in the quaint mountain town of Cripple Creek, she decides to pursue her dreams of being an artist and lands a job as a portrait painter for the handsome town photographer, Trenton Van Der Veer. She is unsure of where this new life may lead, but the outcome proves to be most satisfying.
Boardinghouse owner Hattie Adams has been through her share of tragedies, and it seems unlikely that an older woman such as herself should have a second chance at love. But when Harlan Sinclair arrives in Cripple Creek, it seems she may be proven wrong, despite the fact that they got off to a rickety start.
This book was the fourth in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series, and though I had not read the previous books in the series, it didn't seem to hinder me too much from following the story. I could tell that it was later in a series, as it talked about the characters as though you should already know who they were. Still it wasn't too confusing, and I found this to be a pretty charming story. It wasn't all that in-depth, but still an enjoyable love story that is filled with many of the joys and tragedies that all women face.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
When I started to read this book, I had no idea that it was a fourth book in the series! In fact, this was so well written, that throughout the book, the author, Mona Hodgson gave me hints that there was a story before this book, but I didn't feel like I missed out, either. Well, I have to say that I was extremely curious to know what happened in the other books. In fact, I usually don't read books out of order in series, because it gives the other stories away, but I didn't feel this book ruined the other books.
"Twice a Bride" is based on Willow Peterson, a new widow and trying to put her life back together after an extended stay in the Glockner Sanitorium. Willow sets about to follow her new dreams of being an artist, but of course, puts her life in the Lord. Cripple Creek seems like a good place for Willow to put her roots down and recover from her love of her life's death.
Trenton Van Der Veer, for the first in time in his life, has decided to settle down after his life on the road as a traveling photographer, to recover from a disappointing break-up with his fiance. His life on the road, afforded him to move one when he felt outcast by people because of his stuttering. In his new life in Cripple Creek, can Trenton come to terms with his hurts and fears that he experienced in his past involving his walk with God?
As Willow and Trenton work together as photographer and portrait painter, will they be able to get over their pain from lost loves of the past? Will God heal their broken hearts to give Willow a chance to be "Twice A Bride?"
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great Christian novel and is a fan of Mona Hodgson. It is well written and a believable story. Of course, read the first three in the series, before reading this one! I personally will be going back to read the rest of the Sinclair Sister's saga in this Cripple Creek series. Although I was given a copy of this book by Waterbrook Press in exchange for my review, all opinions are my own.
A wonderful conclusion, that ties up all the loose ends.
While this is Willow's story, it is also a story about all of the Sinclair sisters from the previous books as well, and I wouldn't really recommend reading this without having read the first three amazing books, otherwise this book won't make quite as much sense or might seem rather scattered.
I liked how this book kept up with the heroines from the previous books, because it was nice to be able to see what they were up to and what had happened in their lives since they'd gotten married.
The story was well-written and the sisters had to deal with many heartaches. This book made the perfect conclusion to a wonderful series, and just made it all wind to a close effortlessly.
I really liked the characters of Trenton and Willow and how they both had to deal with being outcasts and learn to forgive and move on from past hurts. Hattie and Boney were some lively side characters, that really brought the setting of Cripple Creek to life with a real sense of community.
Overall, this was a great read, that had some cute moments. I guess the only thing is that I wish that Willow and Trenton had gotten to spend more time together and there had been more interaction between them, though I really liked how past main characters were still very prominant in the story it left less room for Willow and Trenton. Probably one of my favorite things was the powerful symbolism and reminders that God is always there. A terrific conclusion.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
Willow Peterson has finally recovered from the death of her husband, and finds a job as a portrait painter in the studio of Trenton Van Der Veer in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Trenton is still single, his previous relationship with Susanna not having ended well and leaving him distrustful where women are concerned. Well, having an employee who he thinks is married turn out to be single is really going to help that. Meanwhile, Susanna is on her way to Cripple Creek to reunite with Trenton, then move to New York with him (not that he is privy to this plan).
Some of the vocabulary seems out of place for the 1898 setting (e.g. â€˜mental health' and â€˜businesswoman').
As the fourth book in the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series, Twice a Bride obviously expands on the characters in the previous books. This makes it a little hard to get in to, and I suspect it would be best read as part of the series rather than on its own. As well as Willow, Trenton and Susanna, there are four Sinclair sisters: Nell, Kat, Vivian and Ida, along with their respective husbands and children as well as assorted friends and neighbours. It's a lot of names and relationships to keep straight.
The author does a good job of adding enough backstory to make the plot understandable, but not so much that it gets bogged down. What does slow the book down is the sub-plots around the minor characters, which distract from the main plot. They are all fully-developed characters (which is excellent), but the effect is like having walked into a party or a church where you don't know anyone, yet everyone else does know every other person and has done for years. It's confusing and uncomfortable. An enjoyable story, but best read as part of the series.
Thanks to WaterBrook Press and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.