Walking on Sunshine

Mona Hodgson – Two Brides too Many – 2010/045

The Back of the Book: Kat and Nell Sinclair are headed west – away from the manicured lawns of Maine to the boisterous, booming miing town of Cripple Creek, Colorado, to start new lives for themselves as mail-order brides.

Aboard the train, romantic dreamer Nell carries a photo of her intended close to her heart and imagines an exciting and love-filled future while her pragmatic older sister, Kate, resigns herself to marriage as a duty, not a delight.

But when the ladis disembark at the train depot, neither fiance Patrick Maloney or Judson Archer awaits them with open arms.  The well-bred Sinclair sisters find themselves unexpectedly along in the wild, frontier town – a place where fire threatens to reduce the buildings to rubble, the working women strut ad streets, rogues will gamble for the shoes on one’s feet, and Godd’s grace is found among the most unlikely of folks.

Two sisters.

Two missing misters.

A shocking welcome to the wild west that leaves both Kat and Nell Sinclair questioning their dreams and the hope for true love.

NotJustLaura’s Review: I turned to this book looking for some light relief from studying and found myself transported to the world of Cripple Creek where Nell and Kat have just arrived as mail order brides.  Things don’t go according to plan, however – neither bride-groom is at the station when they arrive and the young women find themselves alone in a town as different to their home as it is possible to imagine.  Ms Hodgson has created a rich world – although Cripple Creek and some of the characters have their roots in history – where good and evil are both present.  The sisters have many adventures on their way to the altar – some are funny, others heart-breaking – but all contribute to a very enjoyable, light read.

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