Twice a Bride

Written by Mona Hodgson
Review by Kristen Hannum

Willow Peterson is a young, attractive, kind-hearted, and devout widow making a life for herself in 1898 Cripple Creek, Colorado. She suffered depression after her husband’s death, to such an extent that she was institutionalized. The experience has left her with a deep empathy for those on society’s margins. She hopes to support herself through her art, something that seems reasonable since she’s a supremely talented painter and there’s an unmarried photographer, new in town, looking to hire a talented portrait painter.

This is the fourth book in a series about the motherless Sinclair sisters, who are all happily hitched at this point and supportive of Willow, whose brother the preacher is married to one of them. The Sinclair sisters’ stories are briefly recapped for forgetful or new readers.

Will Willow and her new boss fall in love despite his antipathy for religion? Might he come around and find faith? What about the Sinclair sisters’ father, who has returned from Paris with an eight-year-old girl in tow?

Readers unfamiliar with the Sinclair sisters may want to begin at the beginning of this series, although the author summarizes. Hodgson also does a fine job of setting the historical stage. I had a difficult time, however, believing some of the characters’ responses. The heroines felt a bit mean-spirited. Even so, readers looking to escape into turn-of-the-century Colorado with an inspirational romance should enjoy Twice a Bride.