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The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough


Cover art: The Anonymous Bride Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: The Anonymous Bride - 1st in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series
Author: Vickie McDonough
Publisher: Barbour
ISBN-13: 978-1-60260-696-8
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1886/Lookout, Texas
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Negligible/Implied
Vickie's Website/Blog: 0000p8z.previewcoxhosting.com/

He couldnít have stayed in Lookout after the love of his life married his friend. But after over 10 years away from Lookout, Luke Davis is back for good, as the new town marshal. Being a new Christian, he has his doubts about God leading him back especially after what Rachel did to him.

Widow Rachel Hamilton raising her 10-year old daughter was making it just fine with her boardinghouse. Rachelís guilt was kept at bay all these years until Luke came back to town. How was she going to face Luke day after day after betraying him as she did?

Rachel had no choice once the brides started arriving. Why would one man need 3 mail-order brides? Luke didnít know about the brides. His well-intended cousins were trying to help but disaster is all it was. The quiet little town was reeling from these latest events and the Mayor forces Luke to take a bride or loose his job. Why did God lead him back to deal with this calamity? How could Rachel help the brides compete for the affection of the only man she has ever loved?

A bride contest was the only solution; but there were only 3 brides and 4 entries. How was Luke to make a decision with an anonymous entry?

We know that things arenít always as they seem and though Luke has a hard time forgiving Rachel, based on what he knows, he canít deny his feelings for her. Will the truth be too long in emerging to rekindle the love they once shared?

The Anonymous Bride is a cute story full of thought provoking reminders that in order for God to forgive us, we must forgive others. Though Rachel was a bit too sour in the beginning, it appears that she was trying to protect her daughter and herself. The other characters are written with interesting care as each oneís personality brings a different twist to the story.

What will become of the other brides? Perhaps Ms. McDonough will take us back to Lookout, TX to find out. I look forward to the journey.


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