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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Finally a Bride by Vickie McDonough

Finally a Bride by Vickie McDonough
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Genre: Historical, Inspirational
Length: Full Length (320 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Clover

Keep your eyes wide open for romance in Lookout, Texas. Noah Jeffers enters town determined to make up for past misdeeds. Reporter Jacqueline Davis is determined to nail her story. Will she uncover Noah’s secret before he can capture her heart? With nowhere else to go, ex-con Carly Payton returns to the Lookout boardinghouse. Garret Corbett is looking for an upstanding wife, not some jailbird. What will he do when overpowered by Carly’s unassuming appeal? Does love deserve a second look?

Jacqueline “Jack” Davis doesn’t need a man in her life. After years of suffering abuse at the hands of her biological father, Jack won’t allow herself to dream of a life filled with a husband and children. This is further demonstrated by Jack’s need to constantly fend off the amorous advances of local wild-child Billy Morgan, who is determined to make Jack his wife.

Jack’s goal is to get out of the idyllic town of Lookout and to become a reporter in Dallas. A story on the shady doings of the town mayor is sure to do it. But the arrival of new pastor, Noah Jeffers, soon alters Jack’s outlook on life. When an opportunity presents itself, can Jack really leave Noah and her family behind?

Noah Jeffers reluctantly accepts the position of interim pastor in Lookout. His past and present colliding, he looks to God for guidance. Noah has secrets—big ones—surrounding both Lookout and Jack. In Lookout, he seeks forgiveness and redemption from the past. But his immediate attraction to Jack threatens to derail his plans.

Carly Payton seeks acceptance and forgiveness from the people of Lookout. But her past may simply be too retched to forgive and forget. A former member of a violent gang, Carly had paid for her mistakes of the past by enduring a long prison sentence. Although she has found God and accepted Him into her life, Carly still travels a rocky road. The people of Lookout are not happy or accepting of an ex-convict into their town, especially when her arrival coincides with a spate of violent crimes.

But it isn’t long before Carly catches the eyes of bachelor Garrett Corbett. Garrett is anxious to finally find the right woman and start a family. But to Garrett, Carly doesn’t meet his expectations of a possible wife. People would talk, he knows. He doesn’t want to put himself or any future children at risk of a possible scandal. Still, a relationship with Carly feels right.

Finally a Bride is a heart-warming story of redemption, forgiveness, and finally, acceptance, in the face of adversity. It is chock full of lovely well-rounded characters that look to God for direction to reach their individual goals in life. A strong, uplifting plot keeps the reader reading to a satisfying conclusion. The growth of each of the main characters, especially Jack and Noah, is both profound and extremely satisfying. It hits its mark without coming off as preachy. This is a must-read for any fan of inspirational historical romance. Finally a Bride is a real gem.