Sunday, April 17, 2011
To Rich For A Bride by Mona Hodgson ~ review
Product Description from Amazon.com:
With a head more suited to bookkeeping than a bridal veil, Ida’s dreams include big business- not beaus.
Ida Sinclair has joined her sisters, Kat and Nell, in the untamed mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado for one reason: to work for the infamous but undeniably successful businesswoman, Mollie O’Bryan. Ida’s sisters may be interested in making a match for their determined older sister, but Ida only wants to build her career.
Under Mollie's tutelage, Ida learns how to play the stock market and revels in her promising accomplishments. Fighting for respect in a man's world, her ambition leaves little room for distractions. She ignores her family's reservations about Mollie O'Bryan's business practices, but no matter how she tries, she can't ignore the two men pursuing her affections—Colin Wagner, the dashing lawyer, and Tucker Raines, the traveling preacher.
Ida wants a career more than anything else, so she shrugs off the suitors and pointed “suggestions” that young ladies don’t belong in business. Will it take unexpected love—or unexpected danger—for Ida to realize where her priorities truly lie?
My take on this book:
While I wasn't fortunate enough to read the first book in the Sisters of Cripple Creek series titled "Two Brides Too Many," I really had no problems jumping right into the story of the latest Sinclair sister who moves to Cripple Creek.
The year is 1896 and Ida Sinclair plans on moving to Cripple Creek once she is finished with business school, but when a professor propositions her, she decides to graduate early. Fortunately for her, she has just received a letter from her sister in Cripple Creek telling her about Mollie O'Bryan, a successful business woman in Cripple Creek who is looking for an assistant. When Ida lands the job, she is warned by her family about Ms. O'Bryan's business practices, but Ida ignores the warnings. Will Ida's association with Ms. O'Bryan taint her reputation, and are the warnings about her business practices true?
Tucker Raines is a traveling preacher who comes to Cripple Creek when he gets a letter from his mother that his father is ill. When Tucker arrives he realizes that his fathers ice business isn't making enough to sustain the family and decides to try and turn it into a profitable business. He would love to have a wife and children but because of family obligations feels that it will never happen, but that doesn't keep him from having feelings for Ida Sinclair. Will he leave town once his families business is secure, or will he find something that will keep him in Cripple Creek.
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read, and this story didn't disappoint. I became so immersed in the story, I actually felt as if had stepped back in time. The characters in this story were easy to like. I felt as if Ida was a brave person to try and make it in a mans world. She was such a like able character, and while she thought she didn't want romance, it was interesting to see that God had other ideas. Tucker Raines had such an interesting back story, a true man of God that took his family responsibilities seriously. There were several secondary characters that added to the story and a couple of my favorite were Abraham, the joke telling youngster who helped his father on the ice wagon, and Miss Hattie who ran the boardinghouse, she was like a mother figure to the Sinclair girls.
Fans of historical inspirational romance will certainly enjoy this one, and if you like western historical fiction then your going to enjoy it as well. Highly recommended!
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by WaterBrook Press in exchange for an honest review.