Thursday, April 22, 2010

Book Review: The Bridegrooms

BridegroomsCover It Only Takes an Instant for Love to Strike

From the Publisher: Tragedy hits the Allenhouse family on a hot summer night in Ohio when a mother of four vanished. Eight-year-old Vada virtually grew up overnight and raised her three younger sisters while her father lost himself in his medical practice in the basement of their home.

Now, Vada is a grown woman, still making her home with her father and sisters. Her days are spent serving as an errand girl for Cleveland’s fledgling amateur orchestra; her evenings with Garrison Walker, her devoted, if passionless, beau.

Dizzying change occurs the day the Brooklyn Bridegrooms come to town to play the Cleveland Spiders and a line drive wallops the head of a spectator. The fan is whisked to the Allenhouse parlor, and questions swirl about the anonymous, unconscious man.

Suddenly, the subdued house is filled with visitors, from a flirtatious, would-be sports writer to the Bridegrooms’ handsome star hitter to the guilt-ridden ballplayer who should have caught the stray shot. The medical case brings Dr. Allenhouse a frustration and helplessness he hasn’t felt since his wife’s disappearance. Vada’s sisters are giddy at the bevy of possible suitors. And Vada’s life is awakened amid the super-charged atmosphere of romantic opportunity…

My Opinion

Author Allison Pittman successfully weaves an engaging tale of triumph over tragedy with her latest novel. Set in 1898, The Bridegrooms is a heartwarming tale of four sisters who are not only looking for love, but are also craving inner peace regarding their mother’s abandonment. In fact, the pain of that abandonment ultimately shapes the young women’s personalities and response to trials.

I really enjoyed the fact that the dialogue between characters seemed very realistic (anyone with a sister will understand completely!), and I loved how the author’s attention to detail was never dry or boring.

I was equally struck by the many interesting facets to the main characters. Just when I thought I had them all figured out, they would go and do something completely different! I loved that.

Oh yes, and the ending was both beautiful and satisfying—just the way I like them. :)

To learn more about The Bridegrooms, please click here.

*Disclaimer: This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. No additional compensation was provided, and the thoughts and views expressed are my own.*

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