This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
Book: The Bride Grooms
Author: Allison Pittman
Tragedy hit the Allenhouse family on a hot summer night in Ohio when a mother of four vanished. 8 yr old Vada virtually grew up overnight & raised her 3 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 & sisters. Her days are spent serving as an errang girl for Cleveland's fledgling amateur orchestra; her evenings with Garrison Walker, her devoted, if seeminly passionless, beau.
Dizzying change occurs the day the Brooklyn Bridgegrooms come to town to play the Cleveland Spiders & a line drive wallops the head of a spectator. The fan is whisked to the Allenhouse parlor & questions swirl around the ananymous, unconscious man.
Suddenly, the subdued house is filled with visitors, from a flirtatious would be sports writer, to the Bridgegrooms' handsome star hitter to the guilt-ridden ball player who should have caught the stray shot. Vada's life is awakened amid the super-charged atmosphere of romantic opportunity....
I adored this book! I love the story of the sisters & just felt like it was a sorta "Little Women" kind of book. With each sister having such a different personality, I enjoyed learning more about all of them...
Vada - the oldest who took care of her sisters & virtually became their mother, when their mother left for another man. Vada then struggles with a new French baseball player that put some passion in her life... & it was so interesting to see how she so badly hated her mother for leaving for another man, but when she was faced with the choice herself with this new ball player, or her predictable, "boring" Garrison, the decision wasnt as easy as she thought. I loved Vada... I could understand the choices she was having to make & why she was questioning things... I just felt like I was back in time with this girl & watching her life develop.
Hazel - the "heavier" sister who so desperately wanted love & sent letters to men, afraid of what they would think once they saw her.
Althea - the sister who would never speak... she was so damaged by her mother leaving, she kept to herself & only communicated through pen & paper... what the stranger who got hit on the head does for her life!
Lisette - the baby... the beautiful one that knew she had all the men in the town wrapped around her finger.
It was an era when women's honor was big, horse & carriage were ways of transportation, when a man courted a future wife... it all seems to real in this book...
I loved the book did have a love story in it that was not "fake" - you know, the ending you KNOW is going to happen. I think I was so intrigued with this book because I DIDNT know what Vada would do... I didnt know which way her heart would lead her... didnt know the reactions of how the men in her life would go. I really enjoyed this book... hated to let the sisters go on the last page...
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My rating: 4 skeins