I seem to be on a streak here about Brides so I thought I would add this one to the mix and see how it all turns out. This one is called The Bride Wore Blue writtn by Mona Hodgson. As is my custom, I like to give you the excerpt on the back of the book and then give you a little bit of what I thought and my take on the story. I sometimes think I will bypass this explanation, but then thought, what if this is a new reader and they don't know how I do things, so to be cautious, I put this in every time. Sorry if seems repeatedly clear what I do, but if you are a regular, you can skim thru pretty quick!
Headed toward a fresh start but tethered by her past, Vivian longs to break free and 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 some decisions she made back in Portland 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. Although she's convinced she'll never be asked to entertain privately, Vivian keeps her employmenta secret from her sisters, knowing they'd be mortified--as would be 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 fresh Rocky Mountian snow?
On her way to her sister's with her Aunt Alma, they are on a train when it is robbed. She accidently trips one of the robbers and in doing so, see's the identity of two of the men robbing the train. When they reach town, she meets Carter Alwyn, the deputy sheriff and gives them the description of the two men. The deputy thinks there is a third man and he hopes he can catch all three of them.
Vivian does not have any work experience other than dress designing and no one wants to hire her for that position so she tries her hand at the local newspaper. Unfortunately, that only lasted one day as she realized that she is allergic to the cleaner that they use.
She runs into some women on the street and they tell her about a job. At first I did not understand the "sporting house" comment on the back of the book, but it is basically a brothel! I don't know in what state of mind this girl was in but who in the heck would think that being a hostess in a brothel is gonna lead to anything good? Anyway, she is hired to be a server during lunch and dinner.
The owner of the brothel is a woman named Pearl. One day Vivian goes upstairs to tell Pearl she can't and will not do anything else other than serve them food and drink. She finds Pearl on her bed, dead. A man rushes in and Vivian turns to tell him she is dead and then she realizes that he is one of the train robber's! The man rushes after her and grabs her and gets her out of there and up into the Rocky Mountains in one of the old miner's shack that was abandoned.
I will stop there because I want you to have something to look forward to in reading this book. I did skip over some things so that I don't reveal all of the book. It is a nice easy book to read on a quiet night or weekend when you just want to "veg out" and not think of anything. Happy Reading!
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