Vickie McDonough's superb storytelling abilities are working overtime in this most enjoyable Western Romance. In this story, simmering on the back burner throughout, are greedy men of the Wild West who bend the rules to suit themselves. Their prey is vulnerable women and banks in small towns. Luke Davis has just arrived in Lookout, Texas as the new Sheriff. Lookout is a quaint little town that is surrounded by dirt roads, fishin' holes, dense woods and countryside homes. For ten years, Luke has been plagued by an unforgiving heart. He thinks that by returning to his hometown, he can finally sort things out with the local boardinghouse owner, Rachel; then move on with the rest of his life in peace. Sandwiched in the middle is playful Jack, a rambunctious young tomboy, and Max, the faithful dog that no one wanted. Add to the mix, Luke's two unpredictable cousins, who deem it their manly duty to find Luke a bride from a newspaper ad! The arrival of more than just one mail-order bride adds unexpected chuckles and major drama to Lookouts tranquility. Vickies 347-page novel was over all too quick. It made me anxious to read the Sequel, and hungry for homemade biscuits.
The Anonymous Bride is a fun filled Wild West adventure I couldnt put down and didnt want to end. I enjoyed everyone minute of reading this book. Vickie gets into the heart and truth about forgiveness, what it is, what it looks like and how we can begin to forgive ourselves and others in our lives. Im so thankful for a review copy of such a fun and meaningful book.I instantly adored the characters who reminded me a little bit of how they related to one another of the Beverly Hillbillieswestern style! I smiled whenever young Jacqueline, who insisted on being called Jack, spoke up. Here is what she says to the new Marshall, You put that dog in jail? What did he do?Stealing and being a public nuisance. Marshall says forcing away a grin.heard tell he snatched a pie right out of Myrtle Williams kitchen window.Marshall, whats gonna happen to the dog? You aint gonna hangm are you? Jack said in all seriousness. I loved Jacks zest for life, her innocence and how she wasnt afraid to tell people what she thought. Rachael Hamilton, Jacks mom whos lived in the town of Lookout most of her life, thought things were good until Luke Davis came back to town as the new Marshall. There were hurt feelings between the two of them and for good reason! Could Luke Davis ever forgive Rachael for her betrayal? Rachael didnt think socould she take his daily rejection?Three young ladies show up in this little town claiming to be mail-order-brides for Marshall Luke Davis. Luke doesnt know anything about these ladies and the whole town explodes in excitement trying to make sense of it all. The Mayor suggests to a contest between the woman to win the Marshalls favor and create some fun for the town, thats when the fun begins.This is the first book in the Texas Boardinghouse series. The sequel Second Chance Brides will be released the Fall of 2010, I cant wait.Nora St.LaurentACFW Book Club Coordinator
I loved this book. It was fun, filled with crazy cousins who cause so much trouble for their cousin, Luke Davis by advertising for a bride for him. Three women all desperate to escape their lives show up to marry him. They have to stay at Rachel's boarding house. Luke isn't planning on marring anyone. His gave his heart away to Rachel along time ago and she broke it.The mayor insists Luke must marry one of the brides and since Luke isn't interested, the mayor doesn't give him the option to refuse. To make it fun the town holds a contest for the brides to prove who would make the best wife for Luke. Things get very interesting and I wish I could tell you more, but that would ruin the story for you. Pick this book up, you'll really like it.This is book one in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides, I can't wait for book 2.
The Anonymous Bride had a very creative plot. I was impressed with how the story wove together. I was a little disappointed though that there seemed to be parts that could have been better expounded on. I know as Vickie McDonough writes more books she will be an author to watch.
When it comes to prairie romance, the mail-order bride concept is always a draw. Hmm, how could a gal get herself into such a pickle? What could draw someone to want to head into the wild west and marry a complete stranger? These questions intrigued me, as they might any romance reader, Vickie McDonough must have asked herself the same thing when she penned her new book from Barbour Publishing, The Anonymous Bride. Her answers made the book a galloping read.I especially like the way Ms. Mcdonough writes the extra characters. The cousins were my favorite. Their dialogue is crisp, witty, and real. The girls coming as brides each had remarkable stories of their own. I found their situations believable enough so that I wouldve considered being a mail-order bride myself if I were in their shoes. And, theres an outside threat that keeps the reader wondering, too.Spiritually, the author was committed both to the tale and to showing the characters struggles with faith and forgiveness. Mostly this works, but there was a place or two where I felt that the spiritual battle was more tacked in than an indigenous to the story. The only other criticism I had was that I felt like Luke Davis agreed to his cousins schemes too easily. Even though the mayor was pressuring him to choose a wife for his jobs sake, I had a hard time thinking that a tough, good-looking man with Lukes life experiences would agree to do it. But then, maybe theres plenty that would.Still, fiction lovers have to have a willingness to believe, and despite these minor details, the story was fun and fast reading. Carly Paytons character as one of the brides was an especially good twist. Youll have to read it though, to see why!