Texas Boardinghouse Brides by Vickie McDonough

With all the reviews I’ve been writing lately, I haven’t had much time to read for pleasure. Don’t get me wrong, I love to read and most of the books I review are enjoyable, but I read them with a critical eye. And since I spend a lot of time reading for other people my to be read pile is pretty high. That’s why it has taken me 5 months to read Vickie McDonough’s Anonymous Bride, the first book in her Texas Boardinghouse Brides.


Check yourself into the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series by Vickie McDonough, where you’ll meet Luke Davis, marshal of Lookout, Texas, who flippantly tells his cousin he’d get married if the right woman ever came along. When three mail-order brides are delivered to Luke a month later, he’s in an uncomfortable predicament. How will he ever choose his mate? Rachel Hamilton’s long-time love for Luke is reignited with his return to town. So when three mail-order brides appear, she panics. Will she find the courage to tell Luke that she loves him? Or take an anonymous part in the contest for his hand?

I typically don’t appreciate a book with too many point of views, in fact, if I come across one I tend to put it down out of frustration. However, McDonough has a knack for it. Not only does she write in the hero and heroine’s point of view, but she writes in each of the bride-to-be’s POV, as well as the heroine’s wild child.

And I loved it!

 Of course, it is a Western (my new love).

Vickie McDonough has one of those voices that draws you into the story. Her characters, even the not so good ones, are easy to sympathize with, I even found myself cheering for the hero and all the wanna be brides.  Jack, the charming wild child, adds a heartwarming  sense of ‘home sweet home’.

Why am I talking about a book released over 5 months ago? Well, because Second Chance Brides, book two, is released today! And since I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, I’ll definitely be looking for it on the shelves.


Fans of The Anonymous Bride, will feel for Shannon O’Neil and Leah Bennett who are stranded in Lookout, Texas, without husbands or future plans. Thankfully, the marshal has ordered the rascally Corbett brothers to pay for the women’s lodging at the boardinghouse, but will the brothers’ idea of hosting Saturday socials really bring these women the kind of loves they long for? Will Shannon choose to marry just for security? Will Leah reject love when the challenges mount?

Vickie McDonough is an inspirational author with Barbour Publishing. For more information about Vickie and her books please visit her website.

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