Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgson (Review)

Headed toward a fresh start but tethered by her past, Vivian longs to break free, to find forgiveness and love.

At last, the sisters are reunited! The youngest Sinclair, the family “baby”, is moving from Maine to Cripple Creek, Colorado and joining Kat, Nell, and Ida. But Vivian is a young woman with a will of her own, and made some decisions back in Portland that have begun to haunt her. Will she be able to live up to the expectations of her three perfect and now happily-settled sisters?

The sisters warmly welcome Vivian to the mountain west, but the wild-and-woolly mining town isn’t ripe with opportunities for a respectable young woman. The youngest Sinclair sister is determined to make her own way, so when she’s offered a job as a hostess in a sporting house, she takes it, thinking the position is appropriate for a tainted, unlovable woman like herself. Although she’s convinced she’ll never be asked to entertain privately, Vivian keeps her employment a secret from her sisters, knowing they’d be mortified—as will Carter Alwyn, the kind and godly sheriff ’s deputy who’s sweet on her.

Vivian is descending into a life of secrets, lying to the very people who love her and could help her heal from her mistakes. Will an outpouring of grace remind her that she is still God’s beloved and that her past can be washed as clean as Rocky Mountain snow?

I GIVE THIS BOOK: 4 1/2 Stars

The Bride Wore Blue is another enjoyable installment to The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series, and my favorite of the series to date. I hope to read Twice a Bride, the fourth book in this series, very soon.

Vivian may be the baby of the family, but after making a grievous mistake the previous year, she has done a lot of growing up. I thought she was such a believable character, and I felt an immediate connection with her.

Shortly after Vivian arrives in Cripple Creek she begins to look for employment. However the town has recently suffered a fire and most of the local businesses have just rebuilt, so there are very few jobs available. She is told about a job as a hostess and thinks that is something she could do...that is until she learns it is in one of the sporting houses. However, when she loses one job, has to leave another and can't find work anywhere no matter how hard she tries, she decides to see what would be involved in that hostess job. When she is told that she wouldn't have to work upstairs, she decides to take it - thinking that it isn't that big of a deal to work there after what she did last year. Knowing that her family would never understand or condone her decision, she keeps her place of employment a secret from them...even going to great lengths to deceive one of her sisters when she comes across her on her way to her job.

The Bride Wore Blue is a wonderful story. I think this book could be read be itself and you wouldn't feel that you are missing out on anything. However, just know that if you did read this one first, and then decided to read the other two, that you would know a lot of the key details of those books and that may take away a little of your enjoyment of them. I would recommend this book and this series to fans of historical fiction.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

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The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgson (Chapter 1 Excerpt)


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