This book was extremely cute. Im a sucker for old West stories (blame my father for making me watch John Wayne movies instead of girly stuff). Im also a sucker for novels with mail order brides. This book fit both of those loves perfectly.The story is full of interesting characters. Luke the type a man I would want as the marshal of my town. Rachael and Jack also are well rounded and complicated, moving them beyond the stereotypical standard of women and children in the 1800s. McDonough gives us an interesting look into the minds of the mail-order brides. Living in a time so far removed, its hard for me to fathom marrying someone Id never met and my only idea of which they were came through letters. The plot flowed easily and McDonough provides credible historical details. I enjoyed the theme of second chances that McDonough weaves into the novel, each character adjusting to starting over. This is a definitely a good summer read.
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.