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The Anonymous Bride (Texas Boardinghouse Brides #1)

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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  820 ratings  ·  106 reviews
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’ ...more
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Barbour Books
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Renee
This was the first trade paperback that I've read by Vickie McDonough and I LOVED it! I can't wait for Second Chance Brides to be released later this Fall. The Anonymous Bride has fun, faith and a few outlaws which makes for one interesting story. The antics of eleven year old Jacqueline aka "Jack" are hilarious, she reminds me a little of Missie from the film version of Love Comes Softly. She's more at home in overalls, fishing with the boys than wearing dresses and helping her mom run the boar ...more
Kathy
3.5

Overall, I’d say I liked this one. I think I would have liked it more if there had been a few things done differently. First the things I liked. I thought the plot was fun. Luke and Rachel had once been engaged, but the engagement was broken when Rachel suddenly married another man. It’s now been eleven years and Luke has returned to town to be the new marshal. Rachel is now a widow and single mother, and has never stopped loving Luke. Luke is pretty bitter still and definitely has a grudge a
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Margaret
Apr 09, 2010 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction readers (american west)
Recommended to Margaret by: Vickie McDonough
I love this book. In the way that I absolutely adore the writing of Christian Historical Romantic Comedy Author Mary Connealy, I now feel the same about Vickie McDonough. This book had me gasp and inwardly scream. I laughed out loud and snickered to myself. I turned the pages without abandon and I am so eagerly excited for the next book in the series Second Chance Brides that I forget about the pile of to-be-read books waiting for my attentions.

There are many books and authors that I like, but
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Melissa
This was a cute story and the resolution was fun and predictable. But hey I like a good predictable romance sometimes. The Christian aspect was done well with only 2 major preaching scenes. I knew this was the beginning to a series so I expected a lot of characters, but the way they are introduced is abrupt and confusing. I wish the story had been a little more believable. The reason the main character chooses to marry another man was just hard for me to swallow. I have the second book but don't ...more
Molly
Apr 26, 2010 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Molly by: Vickie McDonough, CFBA
I absolutely adored this book! I love a good mail-order bride story and this one did disappoint!

Vickie McDonough is a veteran writer who truly, truly has a beautiful writing style. I was transported, mind and soul, back into time in the Wild West era. I saw the town of Lookout, Texas come to life as if I was a member of the little community and Marshall Luke and his ex fiance, Rachel, were there in front of me. The trouble that ensues after meeting these two wonderfully created characters is ab
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Linda
Luke Davis was jilted by his betrothed, now Rachel Hamilton, the widow of his ‘best friend.’ He developed deeply-seated wounds from this rejection. He’d left Lookout and joined the cavalry for 11 years to escape the pain. He decided to return to Lookout, face his past issues with Rachel, and move on. Little did he know that Rachel was widowed. His anger and unforgiveness towards her continued to simmer deep inside regardless of her availability for marriage.

Luke unfortunately told his two cousin
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Kat
its been awhile since ive read western romance books. This one was enjoyable. It was both funny and allowed the two main charachters to learn forgiveness. I would say that you have to get at least 2/3 of the way through the book to find out what had happened between luke and rachel before....so that was my only complaint!
Sheri Salatin
It was a cute story. Funny and charming. Good for a vacation from reality. :o)
Janine
"The Anonymous Bride" by Vickie McDonough is the first book in her Texas Boardinghouse Brides" series and is a book that has both romance, some danger, secrets, harbored feelings, and setting up for the next two books in the series.

This is the second time that I have read the book, and enjoyed it as much the second time around as I did the first time. Apparently when I first read it, I wasn't writing reviews so this is my first review on this book.

Here is a story of the most unconventional story
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Kim
I got a complimentary copy of this book - which was great. It was a book and an author that I wouldn't have known to choose otherwise. In general, I enjoyed this book and this author and I will look for more by her again. My specific comments follow.

The first chapter or so of this book had me swear that I had read it already. (But I knew I hadn't because it was new and I had just received it.) I think it was just that I have only read a couple (maybe a few) books that had anything to do with the
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Courtney
The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough was a very interesting story. The story is about a man named Luke who ran away for 11yrs because he had his heart broken by Rachel. He finally decides to return to his hometown where Rachel lives and finds out that she is now a widow. He is now the town marshal and is staying next to her boarding house and she was to cook and clean for him. He is still so angry with her that he won't speak to her much. Then the story takes an interesting twist, 3 mail-orde ...more
Ashley

First off, I’m going to say I really liked this book! Some have said that though The Anonymous Bride isn’t "LOL" funny, the antics and the situation made it an overall fun read, I completely agree.

The book starts off with the fair town of Lookout welcoming back one of their citizens, Luke Davis, who just got of the military after eleven years of service. But, not everyone is glad Luke has returned. Particularly he’s childhood sweetheart Rachel, who, eleven years ago, ran off and married the ri
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Tonileg
Historical Western romance with a second chances at a first love theme in this Christian (no sexy scenes) story. First story in the series Texas Boardinghouse Brides Trilogy
I do like a well written story. I don't need sexy scenes or violence or even a twisty ending to keep me reading until the last word. Those three things are spices to add to a delicious book stew and in the right dose can make it better, or in the wrong, it can make it unpalatable.
This is a Christian Western historical romance
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Karin
After 11 years away, Luke Davis returns to Lookout, Texas as the new town marshal. But during the first day of his new job, he runs into an old heartache - Rachel Hamilton. Aware that she broke Luke's heart, and realizing she's still in love with him, Rachel asks for forgiveness, but he cannot give it.

While Luke struggles with the memory of Rachel's betrayal, his cousins decide the best way to help him heal his broken heart is find him a wife. With a shortage of available women in Texas, the cou
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Kathleen L. Maher
Vickie McDonough has released the first installment in her Texas Boardinghouse Brides series in this light-hearted romance that kept my eyes fixed and my heart racing until the very last page. Lookout, Texas gets its handsome homegrown Marshall Luke Davis back, but doesn't offer enough pretty single women of marrying age to suit Luke's cousin's ambitions for him. Garrett and Mark Corbett want to see Luke happily married to his former sweetheart Rachel, but the couples' past keeps getting in the ...more
Laura
Title: THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE
Author: Vickie McDonough
Publisher: Barbour Books
April 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60260-696-8
Genre: Inspirational/historical romance

Luke Davis as served years in the cavalry, but now he is out and looking for a job. When he learns that his old hometown has an opening as a marshal, Luke is torn. Return home and get the only woman he’s ever loved out of his system, or run as far as he can in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, duty calls, but Luke’s arrival in town is less than p
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Christy
Discovering new authors can really be a mixed bag of surprises for a reader. I've had experiences where I wonder what took me so long to get around to them, and I've had other experiences where I wished I could've used my time differently. No worries....Vickie McDonough fits perfectly into the first category. :o)

Vickie's western style of writing was very reminiscent of Mary Connealy and Lori Copeland, except it was deeper. I loved that I got to really invest myself in the emotions of each charac
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Carly
I am so glad The Anonymous Bride is the first in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series because that means there are more books like this one to come. And that makes me a very happy reader. I have read Vickie McDonough’s writing in the past and I have liked it very much. This is her first full length novel and I couldn’t be more delighted by it. Rachel and Luke have both had to experience heartache, but this book is funny and entertaining.

This book has two very strong points that really stood out
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Christina (Reading Extensively)
The Anonymous Bride is the first in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series. It combines humor and romance with just a little bit of suspense. While I liked Luke's character it was Rachel who really grabbed me. She went through a lot of painful experiences in her past and she struggles to support and raise her unruly daughter alone. When the mail order brides arrive she extends kindness to them even though they are there to marry Luke. The other standout character was Jack, Rachel's daughter. She ...more
Abbie
Ten years earlier Rachel had broken Luke's heart and married another man. Luke left town and joined the Calvary. Now he is returning to Lookout to be the towns marshal. Rachel is now widowed and has a 10 year old daughter. Her daughter is running all over town dressing like a boy and getting into trouble. Luke’s cousins think getting Luke a mail order bride will help him get over his past feelings for Rachel but the plan back fires when 3 brides not 1 come to town. Will Luke pick one of them or ...more
A J Hawke
Mar 31, 2010 A J Hawke rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a good fun read.
What a fun read! I started this book with no knowledge of the author’s ability to create a story and characters that would keep me up half the night. After getting acquainted with Luke the town marshal, Rachel the owner of the boarding house, Rachel’s plucky daughter Jack, and the three mail order brides, I was pulled into the dilemma of the characters, and even the town of Lookout, Texas, of what to do with these three women, all claiming the marshal promised to marry them.

With the so-called he
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Mindy Detweiler
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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 pa
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Lynette
I love historical novels with unique settings (secular historical novels tend to be stuck in England/Scotland and how tired is that) and I also love mail order bride stories. Luke and Rachel were great characters but Rachel's daughter "Jack" really stole the show whenever she appeared on page. As a result, she's the one you remember when the book ends not Luke and Rachel. In my humble opinion, I didn't think that should've been the case. While I loved "Jack" I thought more time should have spent ...more
Kate Hinderer
Luke and Rachel have a past - they were in love before Rachel went and married James Hamilton instead. But now, Rachel's husband is dead, her daughter is a little rebel and she's trying to make ends meet by running the town's only inn; and Luke is returning after years away to be the town marshal. Luke wants nothing to do with Rachel, but he's forced to see her daily since her inn job also entails cooking and cleaning for the town marshal.

When Luke's cousin's get it in their heads to find Luke a
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Melissa McHugh
So when I put this book down a week ago (or rather, I closed the file because it was an ebook), I wasn't sure what I thought. I liked it, I kept reading it and I finished it. But I wasn't sure. So I didn't review it right away.

So now I've thought it over and I've reread certain parts -- I have to say that I enjoyed it. It's a Western historical, which is one of my favorite genres but I have trouble finding really good ones. What kept me back just a little was that about halfway through I realize
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Anita Mae
There’s just something about a mail-order bride story that fills me with more anticipation than a normal romance. Probably because of that unknown factor of the hero and heroine expecting to wed – sometimes within hours – of meeting.

So when Vickie McDonough put out the call for influencers to review a copy of the first book in her Texas Boardinghouse Brides series , I put my hand up faster than a winner does at Bingo.

The Anonymous Bride greatly exceeded everything I hoped for in a romance. Vicki
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Carla Stewart
Veteran writer Vickie McDonough’s first trade length novel, THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE, delights and entertains with fresh characters and puts a fun, new spin on the mail order bride story. Set in late nineteenth century Texas in the fictional town of Lookout, the characters dance off the page from the very first scene. When Luke Davis returns to the hometown he left several years, he is excited about being the new town marshal, but dreads facing Rachel, the woman who betrayed him and married his best ...more
Nora St Laurent
The Anonymous Bride is a fun filled Wild West adventure I couldn’t put down and didn’t want to end. I enjoyed everyone minute of reading this book. Vickie gets into the heart and truth about forgiveness, what it is, what it looks like and how we can begin to forgive ourselves and others in our lives. I’m so thankful for a review copy of such a fun and meaningful book.

I instantly adored the characters who reminded me a little bit of how they related to one another of the Beverly Hillbillies—weste
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Chelsea
Luke hasn't been back to Lookout for eleven years, so he is not sure what he expects to see. Certainly not the welcome he received from his old flame Rachel's spunky daughter. But as Lookout's new town Marshall, Luke is determined to pick up the life he left off and get Rachel out of his system once and for all. And he's not alone - unknown to him, he has the help of his cousins Garret and Mark - they want to find Luke a woman to settle down with him. However, as beautiful women begin to arrive ...more
Edwina Cowgill
Book One of the Texas Boardinghouse Series, The Anonymous Bride is an authentic Wild West story. Author Vickie McDonough has done a fabulous job of placing the reader in the Wild West setting. The readers will be transported back in time to Lookout, Texas in 1886 where the hero is the new Marshall and the heroine is his ex-fiance.

Here’s part of the back summary:

It’s been years, but Luke Davis is back—older and wiser—and still alone. Returning as Lookout’s new town Marshall, Luke is determined t
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