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Twice A Bride

Title:  Twice a Bride
Author:  Mona Hodgson
Pages:  3306
Year:  2012
Publisher:  WaterBrook Press
                I don’t know about you, but I like to have all the loose ends of a story tied up when all is said and done.  That’s what happens in Mona Hodgson’s Twice a Bride.  The setting is the same as in the prior three books in the series, Cripple Creek, Colorado.  The year is 1898, and the town of Cripple Creek is growing rapidly.
                Trenton Van Der Veer has moved to Cripple Creek to settle down after being a traveling photographer for several years.  He is also running away from God and a broken betrothal.  He is ready to expand his business to include portrait paintings, so he needs to hire someone.
                Willow Peterson is a widow who has moved to Cripple Creek to start a new life, living close to her brother.  She has lived through great tragedy and realizes she wouldn’t have made it through to the other side without God.  She lives at Miss Hattie’s boardinghouse and is friends with the Sinclair sisters.  Willow needs a job to support herself and longs to find a job that involves doing what she loves…painting.
                Willow and Trenton have a rocky start to their relationship, with both of them not wanting to enter into a relationship other than for business reasons.  Neither is looking to get married or find love.  As they continue to work together, they realize they have much in common and the unthinkable happens; they fall in love.  Trenton even goes to church once just to see Willow.  He hasn’t been to church in years due to a preacher from his past telling him he was possessed by demons because he stutters!  Willow shows him as well as tells him about God and how He has sustained her and continues to sustain her.
                Miss Hattie finds love for herself in this story.  We finally get to see the Sinclair sisters reunited with their father, and he brings a surprise with him.  Each of the sisters is now married to a strong Christian man.  Mr. Sinclair has raised four devout Christian daughters he can be proud of.
                I finished this book quickly and felt satisfied with all the happy endings.  It was encouraging to see Willow be vulnerable and share her past and her faith.  Sometimes that can be so difficult for us.  I hope you pick up a copy to read the end of an entertaining series.
                My rating is 3.5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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