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Monday, June 11, 2012

Adventures in Reading: The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgson

I have always been a big fan of historical fiction. So when Blogging For Books sent me a free copy of The Bride Wore Blue to read, I dove right into this Christian historical western fiction book by Mona Hodgson.
The story: This is the 3rd book in a series by Hodgson about 4 sisters who one by one relocate from the East coast to a little town in Colorado called Cripple Creek. The Bride Wore Blue mainly follows the youngest sister Vivian as she struggles to prove herself a grown-up capable of making her own way in the world. Cripple Creek is not the sleepy little town that it seems to be. A group of outlaws arrives in town the same time as Vivian - they actually robbed the train she was on! Upon her arrival to town she catches the eye of the town sheriff, Carter Alwyn. When her plans to be a fashion designer in the next town over do no play out, Vivian makes some poor choices. She begins to lead a double life and spins lie after lie to hide it from her sisters. But her new job proves to be very dangerous in more ways than one.

My thoughts: Honestly, I had a hard time getting into this story. It could have been due in part to the fact that I have not read the previous 2 books in the series, but I found the story kind of unfocused. There were bits and pieces about the sisters and their husbands that were hard for me to follow and didn't quite fit with the story being told. It was not until the end of the book that the story became interesting for me. {Spoiler Alert...but not really} By the title you can guess that Vivian learns her lesson, and is forgiven by her sisters and predictably a certain sheriff who rescues her from the clutches of the outlaws. I found the character of Vivian relatable. She learns a lesson of relying on God and not herself, and the lesson that in God's eyes sin is sin - no matter how big or small we think it is. 
In the end, I did enjoy the story, but it is slow going for the first 3/4ths of the book. 

To find out more about Mona Hodgson and her other books you can go to her website {HERE}
And to read chapter one of The Bride Wore Blue you can go {HERE}
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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