ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Award-winning author Vickie McDonough believes God is the ultimate designer of romance. She loves writing stories where the characters find their true love and grow in their faith.
Vickie has had 18 books published. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and is currently serving as ACFW treasurer. Vickie has also been a book reviewer for nine years.
She is a wife of thirty-five years, mother of four sons, and grandmother to a feisty four-year-old girl. When not writing, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and traveling.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
It’s been years, but Luke Davis is back–older and wiser–and still alone. Returning as Lookout’s new town marshal, Luke is determined to face the past and move on. He flippantly tells his cousin he’d get married if the right woman ever came along. But then he discovers that the woman who betrayed him is now a widow, and all his plans fall at his feet.
Rachel has carried her guilty shame for eleven years. Her marriage to James Hamilton was not what Luke or the town thought it to be. Now James is dead, and her long-time love for Luke is reignited with his return to town. So when three mail-order brides appear, she panics.
Could they possible find love a second time?
Rachel begs his forgiveness, but Luke finds he has none to give.
And then the brides arrive. Three of them–ordered for Luke through newspaper ads by his incorrigible cousins. The only place in town for them to stay is Rachel’s boardinghouse. And none of the ladies is willing to let Luke go. When choosing a bride becomes a contest, the chaos that ensues is almost funny.
When the mayor forces Luke to pick a bride or lose his job, will Luke listen to his heart that still longs for Rachel or choose one of the mail-order brides?
Will Rachel find the courage to tell Luke that she loves him? Or take an anonymous part in the contest for his hand?
The above summary pretty much says everything there is to say about the plot without giving away the whole thing. The Anonymous Bride was my first book to read by Vickie McDonough. It won’t be my last. Besides the hero Luke and the heroine Rachel, the book is filled with memorable characters which include Rachel’s daughter Jack, the mail-order brides themselves, a couple of Luke’s cousins, some unique townspeople, and a lovable rescued mutt. So well written that I could easily imagine myself in the midst of Lookout, The Anonymous Bride contained plenty of action, humor, and romance that held my attention until the very end. An effective message of forgiveness is woven into the story and the spiritual content is strong but subtle. Fans of Mary Connealy’s books would be likely to enjoy The Anonymous Bride.