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Monday, April 19, 2010

Book Review: The Bridegrooms

Historical Fiction is my favorite genre to read, but I have to be honest and say that I could not connect with this book.  I felt my mind wandering as I attempted to read it.  Normally, I become so engrossed in a book that I just lose myself in it and can envision the scenery and characters. 

Not so with this title.

I think that for me personally, there were too many characters and dilemmas to keep track of.   I couldn’t seem to figure out who the main character or storyline was.   It reminded me of a soap opera where there’s a lot of confusion and crisis to keep up with, and quite honestly just didn’t appeal to me.  The addition of the baseball team was a little odd – being that I’m not a sports fan, it was hard for me to put it all together and make sense of the book.

About This Book:

It Only Takes an Instant for Love to Strike

Tragedy hits the Allenhouse family on a hot summer night in Ohio when a mother of four vanished. Eight-year-old Vada virtually grew up overnight and raised her three 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 and sisters. Her days are spent serving as an errand girl for Cleveland’s fledgling amateur orchestra; her evenings with Garrison Walker, her devoted, if passionless, beau.
Dizzying change occurs the day the Brooklyn Bridegrooms come to town to play the Cleveland Spiders and a line drive wallops the head of a spectator. The fan is whisked to the Allenhouse parlor, and questions swirl about the anonymous, unconscious man.
Suddenly, the subdued house is filled with visitors, from a flirtatious, would-be sports writer to the Bridegrooms’ handsome star hitter to the guilt-ridden ballplayer who should have caught the stray shot. The medical case brings Dr. Allenhouse a frustration and helplessness he hasn’t felt since his wife’s disappearance. Vada’s sisters are giddy at the bevy of possible suitors. And Vada’s life is awakened amid the super-charged atmosphere of romantic opportunity.

This book was provided free for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

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