Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mona Hodgson's Too Rich for a Bride ~ Reviewed

Mona Hodgson
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (May 3, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 030745892X


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?


Too Rich for a Bride centers around a young woman named Ida Sinclair, who moves to Cripple Creek, Colorado to be near her sisters. Her main goal in coming to Cripple Creek is to work with a successful business woman named Mollie O’Bryan, in the hopes that she, too, can become a successful business woman. During her journey, she is introduced to Colin Wagner, a lawyer in Cripple Creek, and Tucker Raines, a traveling preacher who has moved to Cripple Creek to temporarily take over his father’s ice business while his father is recovering from an illness. The story unfolds as Ida tries to establish her business career, while trying to come to terms with the fact that maybe she wouldn't mind finding a nice husband after all.

I really enjoyed this book. This time period, late 1800’s, has always interested me. I loved watching how Ida’s faith grew throughout the story. This book is a sequel to Two Brides Too Many and while this story continued from there, I found myself wanting to get a copy of it so I could see how Ida’s sisters came to be where they are at this point. It was a great book and I highly recommend it.

Reviewed by: Sarah Porter

1 comment:

Danmark said...

This is a wonderful inspirational historical tale that reminds readers of Carlyle's Clothing theory of man as God sees passed the outer garments to the heart and soul inside the person. Mollie and the stock exchange she joins (breaking the gender barrier) were real and add a strong sense of time and place to a delightful late nineteenth century novel. Readers will enjoy the business and life lessons that Ida learns in Cripple Creek as the romantic subplot enhances her chance at restitution with God and his local flock, and moral redemption.