The Gold Rush came to Cripple Creek, Colorado, in 1890. Six years later, Ida Sinclair arrives in the town where two of her younger sisters now reside. Ida wants to go into business, but that isn’t a popular choice for a woman in the late 1800s. Ever determined, Ida is employed by Cripple Creek businesswoman, Mollie O’Bryan. She learns a lot, makes money, and tries to ignore her family’s reservations about Mollie’s business practices. Two men also appear in her life; traveling preacher Tucker Raines, and Colin Wagner who is a lawyer and business associate. Family and friends want to match make, but Ida isn’t interested. Or so she tries to convince herself.
Ida came to Colorado from Portland, Maine, where an unfortunate situation has taught her not to trust men. Raines and Wagner, however, are breaking through her self-imposed boundaries. Wagner claims to understand her determination to succeed in business, but Raines is a genuinely good man. One is a church deacon; the other has no time for God due to a family tragedy. If Ida has to choose between them, which one is the better option? Which man can she trust?
Too Rich For A Bride is what I would call ‘an easy read.’ It is the second in a series, but it reads well as a stand alone. It is also beautifully descriptive of early Cripple Creek. Because of that, the series receives praise from the Cripple Creek District Museum. “Ms. Hodgson has managed to capture the true history of Cripple Creek while telling a story that may very well “might have been.” The town’s historic character is winningly spun into the saga of the Sinclair girls, giving readers as [sic] wonderful grasp of life in a boomtown over a century ago.” For me, it was also fascinating to discover that Mollie O’Bryan really did exist and was a pioneering businesswoman in the town.
A Readers’ Guide is included.
Note: I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program.