Love lost doesn’t mean love lost forever.
Can unexpected romance deliver a second chance for two deserving widows?
Full of resolve, young widow Willow Peterson decides to pursue her dreams to be an artist as she settles into a new life in the growing mountain town of Cripple Creek. When she lands a job working as a portrait painter with handsome entrepreneur and photographer Trenton Van Der Veer, the road before Willow seems to be taking a better-than-anticipated turn.
With questions tugging at several hearts in town, including the Sinclair Sisters’ beloved Miss Hattie, change is traveling down the tracks as several unexpected visitors make their way out West. Will the new arrivals threaten the deep family bonds of the Sinclair sisters and the roots of love that are just taking hold for Willow?
Filled with the resonating questions that all women face, this romance awakens hope against grief, love against loss, and dreams against life’s unexpected turns.
Here is the final chapter in the story of the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek. The first book, Two Brides Too Many focused on two women rather than the standard one, and Twice A Bride does the same. We’re out of official Sinclair sisters so our main characters are the delightful Miss Hattie and Ida’s sister-in-law, Willow. Both have featured in previous books. We also have the return of Harlan Sinclair, who left for France two years previously.
The relationship between Harlan and his daughters is the sizable B story. Life has changed for the sisters since their father left them. They have married, and children are in the picture. It isn’t a surprise that they have trouble adjusting to their father’s arrival and the turn his life has taken. This part of the plot is deftly woven in with the main tale and the conclusion doesn’t feel forced.
Once again, Mona Hodgson has created a charming story of life and love in a western mining town. New characters mingle with familiar ones, antagonists are suitably disagreeable. It is a shame that we have come to the end of the series as I feel there are still tales to tell. However, in the author’s end note, Hodgson teases the audience by saying that two Cripple Creek characters will appear in her new Hearts Seeking Home series. Can I wait until Summer 2013 to find out who they are? I guess I’ll have to.
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Publication Date: 02 October 2012
Page Count: 320
Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program for my free copy of Twice a Bride, which I received in exchange for an honest review.