Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Bridegrooms

Vada Allenhouse and her three sisters live with Doc, their father in Cleveland, Ohio in 1898. They are all trying to overcome the tragedy from 17 years earlier when Vada's mother mysteriously disappeared. Vada lost her youth as she took over being mother to her younger sisters. Now that the girls are grown they are each trying to find love and purpose for their lives.

Their whole world changes the day that the Brooklyn Bridegrooms come to play baseball against the Cleveland Spiders. A spectator at the game gets hit on the head by a fly ball. This unconscious young man is brought to Doc and suddenly the girls find themselves surrounded by eligible bachelors - besides the baseball players a young sports writer hangs around to try to get a story. Vada, who works for the Cleveland Orchstra, already has a steady boyfriend but she is tempted to leave the securty of the known for the excitement of the unknown. At the end of the week the other sisters have found love and Vada realizes that she's had love all along.

I enjoyed reading this book. Each chapter was a day in this very special week for the Allenhouse family. I thought the characters were well developed and I came away feeling like I knew them personally. If you enjoy historical fiction/romance then I recommend The Bridegrooms by Allison Pittman to you.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
You can purchase it from them or at your favorite book store or website.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Need something to read?

I just finished reading two books that I highly recomend: Beneath A Southern Sky by Deborah Raney, and Yesterday's Promise by Linda Lee Chaikin. Both books have recently been released by WaterBrook Multnomah and you can find them at their website : http://www.waterbrookmultnomah.com/rbrookmultnomah.com/.

Beneath A Southern Sky is a story about Daria, a missionary in South Africa whose husband is reportedly killed in a remote village. Daria returns home to the U.S. to mourn his death and prepare for the birth of their daughter. As she tries move forward with her life she meets Colson Hunter. He falls in love with her and asks her to marry him. Daria feels that God is calling her to return to South Africa but she ignores His voice and marries Colson. Not long after their wedding she receives a telegram that turns her life upside down. You'll have to read the story to find out what the telegram says, and what Daria's response is. I really enjoyed this book.

The story in Yesterday's Promise starts in England in 1898. Rogan Chantry comes from a wealthy family. His uncle Henry left him a map for a deposit of gold in South Africa. Rogan believes that his uncle was murdered for the map, and he travels to Africa to try to find the gold. There he encounters several obstacles: Sir Julien Bley, native tribesmen, and tensions between colonists, missionaries and the tribes. Meanwhile, Ivy - the woman Rogan loves - stays in England and ends up in a confrontation with Henry's killer. I won't tell you how the book ends: Do Ivy and Rogan end up together? Does Rogan find the gold? You'll have to pick up the book and find out for yourself.
You can find these books online at www.WaterBrookmultnomah.com , www.barnesandnoble.com or at www.amazon.com