Book Review: “The Bride Wore Blue” By Mona Hodgson

Victor Gentile

5 Stars

September 2, 2012

Mona Hodgson in her new book, “The Bride Wore Blue” Book Three in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series published by WaterBrook Press brings us into the life of the fourth Sinclair sister, Vivian.

From the back cover: 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?

As human beings what is the one thing we all like to keep? The answer, secrets. What is the one thing that God knows that we should not keep because it is detrimental to, not only our health, but our relationships as well? You guessed it, secrets. When Vivian Sinclair comes to Cripple Creek to settle down what is the one thing she brings a lot of? Of course, secrets. Ms. Hodgson does a wonderful job of showing us how Vivian’s secrets affect her relationship with her sisters, Deputy Carter Alwyn and her choices. ”The Bride Wore Blue” is more than just a great romance it is a story about guilt, bad choices and forgiveness. Vivian makes huge mistakes and it takes God to work out everything in both her life and Carter’s. Not only that Ms. Hodgson gives us some excitement and adventure in this story as well. Ms. Hodgson gets us caught up in the story and the characters to the point that we actually hate to say goodbye to them when the book ends. The good news is that the fourth book in the series is coming soon.

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