Monday, October 1, 2012

Two Brides Too Many (The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek #1) by Mona Hodgson

I stumbled across a true gem this summer, a Christian Fiction book virtual book club and I have absolutely enjoyed EVERY minute reading along with this group of women.  Not only are the novels they select fantastic, each month the author of the selection joins us on Facebook to discuss the novel.

One of the best authors to have visited our group is Mona Hodgson...we read her debut novel Two Brides Too Many (The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek #1) in September.

About the Novel:

Kat and Nell Sinclair are headed west—away from the manicured lawns of Maine to the boisterous, booming mining 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 Kat resigns herself to marriage as a duty, not a delight.

But when the ladies disembark at the train depot, neither fiancĂ© Patrick Maloney or Judson Archer awaits them with open arms. The well-bred Sinclair sisters find themselves unexpectedly alone in the wild, frontier town—a place where fire threatens to reduce the buildings to rubble, the working women strut the streets, rogues will gamble for the shoes on one’s feet, and God’s grace is found amongst 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.

About the Author:

MONA HODGSON writes western, historical fiction for WaterBrtook Press. She is the author of TWO BRIDES TOO MANY, TOO RICH FOR A BRIDE, THE BRIDE WORE BLUE, TWICE A BRIDE, and THE QUILTED HEART novellas (early 2013 releases). Her writing credits also include nearly thirty children’s books, contributions to eleven books for adults, and hundreds of short stories, articles, and poems in newspapers and magazines. One of Mona’s favorite things to do (besides writing or eating dark chocolate) is to speak at women's retreats and schools, and for women’s groups, librarians, and at writers’ conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Mona lives in Arizona with her husband, Bob. Check out to learn more. You can also follow Mona on her blog and

My Thoughts:

I SO enjoyed my first Mona Hodgson read and am delighted to find that it is the first in a series.

After reading the beginning of the Sinclair sisters' journey I cannot wait to find out what becomes of them!

Kat and Nell Sinclair are the main characters in this Christian romance where the two sisters head out West for the promise of a new life, a new beginning, and a happily ever after.  When none of their plans go accordingly, these women begin to carve out a new existence for themselves and it is so interesting to watch their journey!

While romance (and not heavy doses of it) are a side note, what I loved most about this novel was that faith was front and center.  Ms. Hodgson doesn't shy away from it and she makes it a cornerstone of the novel.

I also adored the supporting characters.  Mr. Boney Hughes and Miss Hattie really add a solid foundation to the novel and are proof that there are all types of people out there and some may be the least assuming but may end up offering the most to your life.

The plot is flowing and you really do just want to keep reading to find out how this story turns out.  Kudos to Ms. Hodgson, you have made a fan out of me!

1 comment:

  1. Lindsay, thanks so much for joining me on the Christian Fiction Book Club.I appreciate your review. I'm thrilled that the Sinclair Sisters hooked you too.:)