Saturday, July 2, 2011

Saturday Review of Books: Mona Hodgson's Too Rich for a Bride



I underestimated this book.

When I first started reading Too Rich for a Bride by Mona Hodgson, I thought it was just going to be a lightweight, fluffy romantic historial fiction read. You know, boy-and-girl-meet-cute, boy-and-girl-fall-in-love, and so on.

Instead, I discovered that this well-written little novel makes important points about greed, ambition, trust and doubt.

Ida Sinclair is driven by her desire to succeed as a businesswoman--an unusual and formidable goal for a woman in late 1890's Colorado.

Tucker Raines is an appealing character--a young preacher who just wants to pursue the ministry, but finds himself saddled with the struggling business of a father who is in ill health and seems to want nothing to do with him.

Ida and Tucker do meet kind of cute, but there are obstacles to them getting together--not the least of which is Ida's determination that men have absolutely no place in her life while she climbs the ladder to success.

I enjoyed this thoughtful, insightful story. It was the first time I had read anything by Mona Hodgson, and I came away with a genuine respect for her writing. I will definitely read more by her.

I recommend it, especially if you don't mind your historical romances infused with Christian faith.

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2 comments:

Mona Hodgson said...

Hi, Cindy!

What a great review! I'm glad you're enjoying the Sinclair sisters. And what fun to overwhelm your expectations. :)

Thanks, again, for reading and reviewing Ida's story.

Blessings,
Mona

Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

Hi Cindy.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. This book looks like one I might like to read sometime (I have such a huge to-read list!) I used to read a lot of historical fiction...I haven't in quite a while.

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