Monday, April 19, 2010

Book Review: The Bridegrooms

Four sisters, their beaus, and a couple of baseball teams equal much confusion and chaos in this story set in the middle of the women’s suffrage movement. Vada, the oldest, longs to play the violin on stage. Her longtime boyfriend, the attorney, does. What he doesn’t do, though, is propose. When a baseball player from the visiting team, the Bridegrooms, hits someone in the stands with a ball, it brings the victim and members of both teams to Vada’s house where her father, the doctor, can care for the victim privately. An ambitious reporter is also drawn to the scene, and Vada finds herself with two suitors too many and wondering if Garrison’s proposal is worth waiting for.

Of course, Vada’s story is only one of four as each of the sisters finds her own place in the world and home for her heart. Hazel fears she’s too unattractive to be loved. Althea, mute by choice since her mother’s abandonment of the family, fears risking rejection again. Lisette, the self-absorbed flirt, surrounds herself with suitors at all times.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It’s strong on character development and historical interest. The storyline took a while to find, and I sometimes wondered about the relevance of some elements, yet the author wraps it all up neatly in the end. The reader’s guide in the back is helpful for further exploring the sisters’ minds and motivations, and, perhaps, the author’s message, too. If you like stories about sisters, like Pride and Prejudice or Little Women, you may enjoy this story, too.

Thank you Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for sending this book for my review.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm reading this book right now and really enjoying it! It took me a little while to get into it but now I'm loving the characters and can't wait to find out what happens.

    Great review! :-)

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