Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: Finally a Bride - 3rd in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series
Author: Vickie McDonough
Release Date: April 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1886/Lookout, Texas
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Vickie's Website/Blog: www.vickiemcdonough.com
Though it’s been 10 years since Jack (Jacqueline) Davis’ ma married the marshal and she’s had a great example of a father since, her own abusive father left a very bad taste in her mouth. Wanting nothing to do with men, Jack wants to leave Lookout and become a newspaper reporter. She’s been writing for the local newspaper for a while and finds that it lends itself to her adventurous side. The big city is exactly what she needs.
Noah Jeffers (AKA Butch Laird) is not sure why but God has a plan for him in Lookout. Preaching God’s word is a drastic change from being the town bully. Noah always harbored a secret draw to Jack; he only wanted to be her friend but she made it clear she wanted nothing to do with him. Noah’s abusive father and the other kid’s meanness helped fuel his temper and troublemaking.
In the meantime, Carly Payton has returned to Lookout. Ten years ago, after her past caught up with her, she ended up doing some hard time for her mistakes but now as a Christian she wants a new start and hopes she can do it in Lookout. Garrett Corbett can not believe that he’s actually thinking of courting an ex-convict. He’s been fine on his own but it may be time to finally settle down and start a family.
As love flourishes in Lookout doubts arise due to circumstances, secrets and gossip. God has His hands full with the good folks of Lookout. Can the town folks see past the former town bully to the changes God has made in their new preacher? When will Noah tell Jack who he really is? Will Jack be able to see past her hurt and see Noah’s true heart? Will Jack be able to give up her own goals and control of her life to God and finally become a bride? Will Garrett come to terms with his attraction to an ex-con? Will Carly be able to hold fast to her dream and God’s plan?
It was good to visit Lookout again. All the characters from the previous books remain an intricate part of the story (which I appreciate). The development of Jack and Noah’s relationship and even Carly and Garret’s relationship was a great way to remind us that God can change anyone for His purpose and in His time.
I really enjoyed Vickie McDonough’s last book in the Texas Boardinghouse Series. Finally a Bride wraps up the series nicely. I found myself reading long into the night to finish the book to find out what happens. It would have been nice to have a longer Epilogue but even at that I found the story has stayed with me long after the reading’s been over. Take a step back in time; the good folks of Lookout will be glad to give you a tour!
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