Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Too Rich for a Bride by Mona Hodgson

About the book:
With a head more suited to bookkeeping than a bridal veil, Ida’s dreams include big business- not beaus.

Ida Sinclair has joined her sisters, Kat and Nell, in the untamed mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado for one reason: to work for the infamous but undeniably successful businesswoman, Mollie O’Bryan. Ida’s sisters may be interested in making a match for their determined older sister, but Ida only wants to build her career.

Under Mollie's tutelage, Ida learns how to play the stock market and revels in her promising accomplishments. Fighting for respect in a man's world, her ambition leaves little room for distractions. She ignores her family's reservations about Mollie O'Bryan's business practices, but no matter how she tries, she can't ignore the two men pursuing her affections—Colin Wagner, the dashing lawyer, and Tucker Raines, the traveling preacher.

Ida wants a career more than anything else, so she shrugs off the suitors and pointed “suggestions” that young ladies don’t belong in business. Will it take unexpected love—or unexpected danger—for Ida to realize where her priorities truly lie?

My Review:

This is the second book in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series. I read the first one but I think that this one can be read as a stand-alone book as well.  Ida is the oldest of the Sinclair sisters and she finally sets out to move to Colorado to be with sisters Nell and Kat.  Unlike Nell and Kat, Ida isn't searching for a husband in Colorado but she is searching for success.  She wants to be a businesswoman despite all the people opposed to that.  She finds lots of opportunities in Cripple Creek to test her knowledge and to test her heart!

There are lots of the things to love about this book.  It was nice to catch up with the sisters Nell and Kat from book one and to hear how their lives are going.  The secondary characters are in this book as well and they are still just as quirky and delightful as before, I especially like Hattie, the old matchmaker and off-key singer!

Ida is a great character as well; I love how she is determined to make it in a man's world, yet she doesn't let anyone push her around, she stands up for her values. She is just as stubborn as the other two Sinclair sisters.

Now, what I don't like about this book is the lack of development.  I felt the characters could have been more developed, especially Tucker.  I knew him and like him but I wanted to LOVE him.  There just was a lack of connection for me.  I didn't connect with the story that much and overall didn't really feel that moved! Another pet-peeve of mine is that there was romance, but not that much of it and no kissing...none! This of course is my personal opinion but I feel that a good romance has to have a lot of romantic developments and some kissing...cleanly done of course.
Overall, I do think that was an easy, simple and enjoyable read and I think the majority of Christian romance readers would enjoy this even though I didn't quite connect with the story. There is still a lot to like and therefore I do recommend it!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this honest review.

About the Author:

MONA HODGSON is the author of TWO BRIDES TOO MANY and TOO RICH FOR A BRIDE, the first two books in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series published by WaterBrook Press. 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 serve as a speaker for schools, and for women’s, librarians, and 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 at and!/pages/Mona-Ho...

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