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Monday, November 29, 2010

The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough

The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough
Texas Boardinghouse Brides, Book 1
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc
Genre: Historical, Inspirational
Length: Full Length (352 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Rosemary

Check yourself into the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series by Vickie McDonough, where you’ll meet Luke Davis, marshal of Lookout, Texas, who flippantly tells his cousin he’d get married if the right woman ever came along. When three mail-order brides are delivered to Luke a month later, he’s in an uncomfortable predicament. How will he ever choose his mate? Rachel Hamilton’s long-time love for Luke is reignited with his return to town. So when three mail-order brides appear, she panics. Will she find the courage to tell Luke that she loves him? Or take an anonymous part in the contest for his hand?

Three mail order brides and his childhood sweetheart compete for Luke’s affection in this often comical yet deeply moving faith based novel by Vickie McDonough. Luke Davis’s eleven year absence from Lookout, TX ends when he accepts the position of town marshal. His feelings for his childhood sweetheart Rachel Hamilton are complicated by his inability to forgive her for unexpectedly and abruptly marrying his friend, James. The arrival of the three mail order brides his cousins Garrett and Mark sent for on his behalf forces Luke to fully put his newfound faith in God as he struggles to give Rachel the forgiveness they both so desperately need.

The Anonymous Bride has no shortage of well-developed, charming characters. Rachel Hamilton runs a boardinghouse to support herself and her high spirited, tomboy daughter, Jacqueline, who prefers the more masculine name Jack. Rachel’s deep and abiding faith shines through in her everyday actions as she sets aside her feelings for Luke and invites the mail order brides into her boardinghouse.

Jack’s rambunctious and humorous antics coupled with her heartwarming relationship with Luke keep The Anonymous Bride moving at an even pace as Ms. McDonough introduces each of the brides who answer the mail order bride advertisement. All of the ladies have compelling reasons for moving out West and facing an uncertain future with a man they have never met. The strength of Rachel’s character is apparent in her selfless interactions with each of the women as she unfailingly helps them in their quest to win Luke’s affection.

Faith and forgiveness lie at the heart of The Anonymous Bride as both Rachel and Luke demonstrate their belief in the power of prayer. Their unwavering trust and faith in God is absolute as they unhesitatingly put their fate in His hands. Fans of historical romance do not want to miss this delightful romance that resonates with vibrant characters and a compelling story line.