Too Rich For A Bride by Mona Hodgson – Review
Genres: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction
Originally from my blog, A Book A Day.
I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah through their Blogging For Books program. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.
Too Rich For A Bride is the second book in the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series. I have not read the first book in the series, and while one can still read Too Rich For A Bride without reading the first book in the series first, I personally wish that I had started from the beginning. I feel like there are aspects of the second book that would have been more complete.
Too Rich For A Bride mainly follows the story of Ida Sinclair who has just finished business school (though it was a really shaky ending when her professor tried to push himself upon her in a manner unbecoming to any lady).
Ida makes the decision to move to Cripple Creek to join her two sisters already living there, Kat and Nell (the first book is clearly about the move that Kat and Nell make to Cripple Creek). But Ida is determined to be more than just a wife. Ida wants to make a name for herself in the business world, which is not really too easy for a woman during the late 1800s.
She has no intention of finding a husband, and wants to put her education to good use, so she acquires a job with Mollie O’Bryan, another woman making a name for herself in the business world. They get mixed reception from the men in the town: some fully approve of women in the business world and work closely with them, such as the handsome attorney Colin Wagner, and others do not, such as other stock traders who believe women should not be involved in the stock market.
But, while Ida may have caught Colin’s eye, she cannot help but notice the traveling preacher, Tucker Raines, who has come to Cripple Creek to take over his father’s ice box business when his father is too ill to keep the business running.
Yet Tucker has a dark past, and ties which keep him bound to California, and likely to return when he can get his father’s business organized to run without his presence, though some in the town are not accepting of Tucker letting a black man, Otis, help run so much of the business. And Colin may be hiding some dark secrets of his own.
Will Ida stick to her guns, and refuse to be made a match with Colin or Tucker? Or does God have a different plan in store for her: can she be both a wife and a business woman?
Read Too Rich For A Bride to find out!
I thought this was a cute and sweet book. I think I would have enjoyed it more had I read the first book in the series more because I had some unanswered questions about Kat and Nell and I would have liked to get to know them better since they are not the most prominent characters in this book.
There were also a few points in the book that I almost felt like the author was saying that she agreed women shouldn’t be in the business world. While that wasn’t the ultimate outcome in the book, and I do not think Mona Hodgson has anything against working women, I think the storyline almost made it come off that way at a few points.
If I have the chance I may go back and read book number one, and if there is a third book I may read that too, but it isn’t at the top of my list.
3 out of 5 stars.