Review: The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgson

The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgson
Series: The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek (# 3)
Release Date: May 8,  2012
Publisher:  Waterbrook Press
Pages:  320
Source:  Goodreads contest win

Headed toward a fresh start but tethered by her past, Vivian longs to break free, to find forgiveness and love.

At last, the sisters are reunited! The youngest Sinclair, the family“ baby”, is moving from Maine to Cripple Creek, Colorado and joining Kat, Nell, and Ida. But Vivian is a young woman with a will of her own, and made some decisions back in Portland that have begun to haunt her. Will she be able to live up to the expectations of her three perfect and now happily-settled sisters?

The sisters warmly welcome Vivian to the mountain west, but the wild-and-woolly mining town isn’t ripe with opportunities for a respectable young woman. The youngest Sinclair sister is determined to make her own way, so when she’s offered a job as a hostess in a sporting house, she takes it, thinking the position is appropriate for a tainted, unlovable woman like herself. Although she’s convinced she’ll never be asked to entertain privately, Vivian keeps her employment a secret from her sisters, knowing they’d be mortified—as will Carter Alwyn, the kind and godly sheriff ’s deputy who’s sweet on her.

Vivian is descending into a life of secrets, lying to the very people who love her and could help her heal from her mistakes. Will an outpouring of grace remind her that she is still God’s beloved and that her past can be washed as clean as Rocky Mountain snow?

 

Review:  The Bride Wore Blue is an inspirational story of an 18 year old girl named Vivian who’s made some mistakes and is desperate for a new start. Unwanted by her father in Paris, Vivian sets off for Cripple Creek, Colorado with her Aunt to reunite with her sisters.

First and foremost, I NEED to get my hands on the first two books in this series. I didn’t check when I asked to read this book so I’m unfamiliar with the family. While you could read this on it’s own, I think it’s probably best to read the whole series.

This is such a heartwarming novel about forgiveness – forgiving yourself, having others forgive you, and accepting God’s forgiveness. It’s also about love {sisterly love, friendly love, and God’s unconditional and ever abiding love} and acceptance. The messages are unmistakable; told in a gentle way.

Vivian is stronger than she thinks and is probably my favorite of the sisters; yes, I know, I’ve only read this one, but you somewhat get to know the personalities of the other sisters and I have to say that I identify with her wholeheartedly.

Even the secondary characters come alive and worm their way into your hearts. You don’t learn everything about Carter’s past, but enough to know the demons he’s fighting.

I love how understated the love between all couples was, but you knew just how very, very much everyone genuinely loved each other. I highly recommend this series to anyone!