Two Brides Too Many

Published By: WaterBrook Press

Book Category: Fiction, Romance

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Reviewed by Beth Cummings

Mona Hodgson is well-known for writing children's books. This novel about a pair of sisters who travel to Cripple Creek, Colorado as mail-order brides in the late 1890s is her first adult  novel. The girls, Nell and Kat Sinclair, arrive to find that all is not as they had expected. The facts that the town has suffered a disastrous fire and that neither or the prospective grooms are waiting at the train depot does not deter this plucky pair.

As an historical romance, the book has at least one true life character, Sister Mary Claver Coleman of the Order of the Sisters of Mercy. Sister Mary was sent to Cripple Creek to start the town's first general hospital. Hodgson paints a version of the mining town that is perhaps a bit more sanitized than the actual thing, but peoples it with likeable characters.

As a Christian romance, the novel does have frequent references to biblical passages, prayers, and church services. It also has the tame language that is expected in this genre. This may cause readers who are unfamiliar with this genre to find the characters a bit too good to be true. Nonetheless, the plot moves along nicely.

Fans of historical romance novels will find it a nice, clean book to enjoy. The author's note seems to indicate that there will be other books based on the lives of the Sinclair sisters in the future.

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