Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Twice A Bride by Mona Hodgson (The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek)

Book Description:  Love lost doesn’t mean love lost forever. 
Can unexpected romance deliver a second chance for two deserving widows? Full of resolve, young widow Willow Peterson decides to pursue her dreams to be an artist as she settles into a new life in the growing mountain town of Cripple Creek.  When she lands a job working as a portrait painter with handsome entrepreneur and photographer Trenton Van Der Veer, the road before Willow seems to be taking a better-than-anticipated turn.   With questions tugging at several hearts in town, including the Sinclair Sisters’ beloved Miss Hattie, change is traveling down the tracks as several unexpected visitors make their way out West.  Will the new arrivals threaten the deep family bonds of the Sinclair sisters and the roots of love that are just taking hold for Willow? Filled with the resonating questions that all women face, this romance awakens hope against grief, love against loss, and dreams against life’s unexpected turns. 

My Thoughts:  Twice A Bride by Mona Hodgson is the fourth and final book in the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series.  Having read the first and second books, but somehow missed the third, I was anxious to read this final book.  The first two in this series are stand alone reads and Twice A Bride is also a stand  alone read.  But the fact is, I would recommend reading these books in order.  
Willow Peterson is a young widow who wants to pursue her dream of being an artist.  Of course, this is a historical read and so we know that in the early 19th century it was not easy and at times not practical for a woman to pursue anything but marriage.
Willow takes a job painting portraits with the handsome and debonair, Trenton Van DerVeer.  The romance between Trenton and Willow is slow but takes an unexpected nose dive when Trento's past begins to come to light.  
The Sinclair Sisters and Miss Hattie are another reason why it would be best to read these books in order...the reader may not know the past and how Miss Hattie is so loved by the sisters.
Willow's brother is the Reverend at Cripple Creek.  Willow likes being close to family and her brother also serves as a chaperone/helper.
Heartache, love, sisters, and Miss Hattie!  Miss Hattie really keeps things lively around Cripple Creek!  "...Hattie stirred the pan of scrambled eggs and looked up at the cupboard that housed the can pepper.  A teaspoon of the spice would be plenty to impact Mr. Sinclair..."  (p. 134).
This is a great ending to a great series.  I enjoyed seeing how the other sisters and Miss Hattie were doing...kind.of.like.going to a family reunion.

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook Press*

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307730328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730329

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