Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgson

About the Book
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?

My Thoughts
I had mixed feelings about this book. Some parts I thought were really good and other parts just seemed to be lacking for me. This has been the case with all of The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series, they are good but not amazing. This isn't to say that I don't enjoy reading them, but there just always seems to be something that holds them back. Unfortunately I can't put my finger on what that is exactly. But enough about that and onto the actual book review.
I think my favorite thing about this book was the hero, Carter Alwyn. He's a pretty awesome guy who is willing to accept when he's wrong and apologize for it-who doesn't love that in a guy!-he's also quick to forgive, and just has that all around western deputy thing down! Vivian wasn't too bad either and I found myself sharing some of her emotions, which is always fun to find. 
I know this review is rather random, but as I said I have mixed emotions about it and it's hard to put them into words!

About the Author
Mona Gansberg married Bob Hodgson in 1972, and became Mona Hodgson nearly 40 years ago. They have two grown daughters, two sons-in-law, three grandsons and a granddaughter.
In 1987, Mona Hodgson began writing articles, poems, and short stories for publication and has had several hundred printed in more than 50 different publications. Her publishing credits now include The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek historical fiction series, nearly 30 children's books, and contributions to 11 books for adults. 
Mona is a speaker for women's retreats, schools, educators and librarians, and at writers conferences throughout the United States and Canada. She holds professional memberships in Women Writing the West, American Christian Fiction Writers, Pikes Peak Writers Group, Romance Writers of America, Christian Authors Network, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, the Society of Southwestern Authors, and Arizona Reading Association.
What does Mona like to do when she's not writing? Picnic, Hula-Hoop, read to kids, visit museums, play tennis (on Wii), sink her toes into wet sand at the beach, retreat with her sisters, explore new places, gaze at sunsets and share lunch with a friend.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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