Saturday, July 2, 2011
WaterBrook Press (May 3, 2011) 320 pages
With a head more suited to bookkeeping than a bridal veil, Ida’s dreams include big business- not beaus.
Ida Sinclair has joined her sisters, Kat and Nell, in the untamed mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado for one reason: to work for the infamous but undeniably successful businesswoman, Mollie O’Bryan. Ida’s sisters may be interested in making a match for their determined older sister, but Ida only wants to build her career.
Under Mollie's tutelage, Ida learns how to play the stock market and revels in her promising accomplishments. Fighting for respect in a man's world, her ambition leaves little room for distractions. She ignores her family's reservations about Mollie O'Bryan's business practices, but no matter how she tries, she can't ignore the two men pursuing her affections—Colin Wagner, the dashing lawyer, and Tucker Raines, the traveling preacher.
Ida wants a career more than anything else, so she shrugs off the suitors and pointed “suggestions” that young ladies don’t belong in business. Will it take unexpected love—or unexpected danger—for Ida to realize where her priorities truly lie?
This was a sweet, easy-going story. I think it's probably best suited to those readers who aren't so much into the "edgy" Christian books that many are these days.
Too Rich for a Bride is the second in the series, but I read it completely fine as a stand-alone. The characters do carry over, though. I enjoyed getting to know Kat and Nell and hearing about their lives as "lovey-dovey" newly-weds. :) Although I didn't connect with Ida as much as I would have liked, it was still an enjoyable story. I especially enjoyed the singing scenes, which had bits of songs that I've grown up hearing. I would have to set the book aside for a moment to "hear" the whole song. :)
Again, this book is probably best for those who like simpler storylines.
*I was provided a review copy from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest opinion.
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