Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough
Vickie McDonough has released the first installment in her Texas Boardinghouse Brides series in this light-hearted romance that kept my eyes fixed and my heart racing until the very last page. Lookout, Texas gets its handsome homegrown Marshall Luke Davis back, but doesn't offer enough pretty single women of marrying age to suit Luke's cousin's ambitions for him. Garrett and Mark Corbett want to see Luke happily married to his former sweetheart Rachel, but the couples' past keeps getting in the way.
Luke feels he can never forgive her for marrying his ex-best friend, wealthy James Hamilton, but after he'd fled his hometown and joined the cavalry for eleven years God leads him back to Lookout. Rachel has become a widow in this time, and manages the Hamilton estate as a boarding house, while badly managing the upbringing of her young daughter Jacqueline. As town Marshall, Luke cannot escape Rachel's presence as his cook, laundress and maid, though he can't drop his guard enough to let her into his heart again.
When his cousins can't convince him to court Rachel, they help him along by ordering him a mail order bride. Or two. Or more.
Between the amusing and endearing antics of young Jacqueline, the ornery Corbett cousins and a whole Texas town of interesting characters, Luke and Rachel have no peace, especially when one of the potential brides brings a twist of intrigue and danger to thicken the plot.
A satisfying tale of forgiveness, trust, and second chances, The Anonymous Bride will entertain, inspire and warm the most stoic heart.