Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Bride Wore Blue The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek books #3 By Mona Hodgson

I received this book from Waterbrook Press through their Blogging for Books program for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed are my own.

Book Description:

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:

The Bride Wore Blue is the third book in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series by Mona Hodgson.  I have had the pleasure of reading all of this series so far and it is great.  The Bride Wore Blue continues the story of the Sinclair Sisters, this time focusing on Vivian Sinclair, the youngest sister who is finally coming to live in Cripple Creek with her older sisters. A train robbery happens on Vivian ride into Cripple Creek.  Vivian wants to be a clothes designer and wants to make her own way. After many failed attempts at finding a job and keeping a job she takes a job at a sporting house as a hostess, which she keeps from everyone around her because of the place she is working.  She finds herself in a bad situation and prays no one she loves finds out what she has been doing.

Mona Hodgson writes another awesome story of the Sinclair Sisters.  We meet some new characters and get to find out more about the old friends we made in the other books.  The Bride Wore Blue is set in Cripple Creek, Colorado in 1897.  Mona Hodgson writes with authority on this time period, the area at this time, and the types of activities that went on.  As I read this book I could picture everything as it unfolded. I felt like I was right there.  The Bride Wore Blue can be read stand alone, Mona Hodgson gives enough background that a new reader doesn't feel lost and also that a follower of her books isn't bored by them.  This story has a little of everything, Action, suspense, romance, and faith.  I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys these types of books. You will not be disappointed.  I cannot wait to read the next Sinclair Sisters Novel!

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