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The Anonymous Bride (Texas Boardinghouse Brides #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  1,399 Ratings  ·  152 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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Kathy * Bookworm Nation

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
Jan 22, 2013 Johnette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Anonymous Bride is the first book I've read that was written by Vickie McDonough. I enjoyed every minute of this story. It follows Marshall Luke Davis that has just returned to town after many years of being away. He runs into the woman (Rachel) he was engaged to..until she broke his heart. Will he learn to forgive her? Why did she betray him like she did? Will love blossom between them again?

I think Jack, Rachel's daughter, was my favorite character. She had such sound, determination, buri
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
Margaret Chind
Jul 10, 2009 Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Aug 03, 2016 Tanx rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with most mail-order brides stories, this is a quick read. Nothing phenomenal, but nothing to rant too. I finished this in 3 days (around 6 hours total reading time) and had a satisfied feeling as I finished the last page.

Favourite character's Jacqueline (Jack), so much spunk and so cute. The part on rapture had me laughing out loud.
Overall an enjoyable and satisfying read

If you enjoy reading mail-order brides books, then I believe this will be to your liking as well.
Apr 30, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 15, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m afraid I finished this book only because I’m stubborn. It jumps around a lot, especially in the beginning and that makes it hard to get into. We seemed to be inside the head of nearly every character in the book at one time or another and action takes place in three or four different states. I think we were supposed to enjoy watching it all come together, but it was too chaotic for my taste.

There was no chemistry between the two people who get together because they had very little interactio
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Apr 25, 2010 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) 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
Apr 07, 2014 Paula-O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vickie McDonough writes series Texas Boardinghouse Brides, Book#1 "The Anonymous Bride"

I an enjoying reading this series, The brides to be are all worthy smart competent young women...well all but one anyway.
Luke Davis and Rachel had a past years ago, young sweethearts growing up in same town and just knowing they would get married one day. This did not happen and when she let him know she had married his best friend Luke left town and was gone for a decade.
Now Luke is back as sheriff of Lookout
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
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
This was a quick, nice read. I thought the story was a little unrealistic in some ways, which is why I rated it as I did. There was a lot of repetition of the two main characters feelings for each other and then sometimes it seemed like the characters forgot they had already thought something or had come to a conclusion about something because then they would question things again or repeat what they already said (without giving too much away). It also seemed like the sheriff (main hero) should ...more
MaryLu Tyndall
Apr 25, 2010 MaryLu Tyndall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Vickie McDonough and I was not in the least bit disappointed. What I thought was going to be merely a lighthearted fun western romance (and it was that!) turned out to be also exciting and adventurous as well. Rather than simply dwelling on the humorous situation the sherrif finds himself in when his friends set him up with three mail order brides, the author also treads into deeper waters with such important issues as rape, betrayal, parenting, and faith. Well written, ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Tori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm gonna give this book 3.5 stars. There were parts I liked a lot and then other parts that I was thinking, "Why the heck is this in this book?" I liked Rachel and Luke. And their story was interesting. There just seemed to be so many POVs which kind of got confusing and seemed unnecessary.
I'm curious what will happen in the book #2. I'm just trying to decide if I'm curious enough to actually read it.
Mar 01, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 that was my only complaint!
Apr 19, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vickie McDonough adds a refreshing twist to the classic mail-order-bride story by providing readers with not one but three brides-to-be, a reluctant prospective groom and, of course, the anonymous bride. For a story filled with engaging characters, look no further than The Anonymous Bride.
Rhonda Gibson
May 10, 2010 Rhonda Gibson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I really enjoyed Vickie's latest release. The characters are well developed and likeable. Read this book... you won't be sorry :)
Sheri Salatin
It was a cute story. Funny and charming. Good for a vacation from reality. :o)
I was bored while reading the first few chapters. I bought this book when it was on sale as part of a three book series deal. It was the second book I was really interested in but I started from the beginning anyway. On the whole, I tend to be a purist. I prefer reading the chronicles of Narnia in order of how they were published rather than chronologically. (Though I've read the series that way as well.) So, as much as I was interested in reading the second book most, I just had to read them in ...more
Mariah H
Oct 06, 2016 Mariah H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith, romance, older-time
It was a well written series, this being the first book, I really enjoyed the entire series, only just finishing the last book today.
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
Melissa McHugh
Apr 14, 2012 Melissa McHugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anita Mae
Jun 07, 2010 Anita Mae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nora St Laurent
May 24, 2010 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 11, 2010 Delia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He's older, more mature, and more experienced by far. But when Luke Davis returns to Lookout, Texas after eleven years, he's still carrying around the old hurt from being jilted by the love of his life. Why God wants him back in the same town with Rachel he does not understand, but he strives to be obedient. So he pins the Marshall's star on his shirt and takes up residence next door to the woman who stole his heart then tossed it on the ground and trampled it.

Widowed boardinghouse owner Rachel
Mindy Detweiler

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
Dec 03, 2010 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 17, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed

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
Kate Hinderer
Nov 01, 2011 Kate Hinderer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Bestselling author, Vickie McDonough, grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen and others living in the West during the 1800s. Vickie is the award-winning author of over 40 published books and novellas. Her books include the fun and feisty Texas Boardin ...more
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