Twice a Bride, by Mona Hodgson, opens in 1898 in the town of Cripple Creek, Colorado, with the young widow, Willow Peterson, standing at her father’s grave. Previously, the grief of losing her husband had led to her admission into an asylum. She and those who care about her worry about how she will handle the loss of her father. Willow takes up residence in the boarding house owned by another widow, Miss Hattie. She hopes she can focus on her dream of becoming an artist. Both women question whether they will ever know love again.
Willow answers a newspaper advertisement for a portrait painter and lands the job with photographer and bachelor, Trenton Van Der Veer. Trenton has a troubled past, as well. From the beginning, their relationship, both professional and personal, is filled with misunderstandings and insecurities. Unexpectedly, Miss Hattie meets Harlan Sinclair who comes to Cripple Creek bringing with him a young child that was left in his charge. Miss Hattie had already come to love his grown daughters, but can they embrace this child and forgive him for his absence?
There are several stories in this historical novel and the author skillfully intertwines them. The characters have distinct voices. Some are charming and some are not. They face challenges, losses and fears. And, they also face love. There are strong and relevant themes present in the novel which include the strength of family and friendships. I found this to be an interesting and easy book to read. It is filled with inspiration and hope and is beautifully written.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I give this review of my own free will.