Two Brides Too Many (The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek, #1)
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Two Brides Too Many (The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek #1)

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Kat and Nell Sinclair are headed west—away from the manicured lawns of Maine to the boisterous, booming mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado to start new lives for themselves as mail-order brides.

Aboard the train, romantic dreamer Nell carries a photo of her intended close to her heart and imagines an exciting and love-filled future, while her pragmatic older sister Kat...more
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Published May 4th 2010 by WaterBrook Press (first published December 31st 2009)
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Sarah
This is a very quick read.

I have a few problems with the plot of this story. Most mail order brides were in truly desperate circumstances and only accepted to be mail order brides as a last resort. This is not the case and hence one of my issues with this book. The sisters are fairly well off considering the time frame is 1895. They have a servant bringing them lemon bars while the father is explaining that he wants them to write letters to men in Cripple Creek, CO (a real place) to be mail ord...more
Laura
When their father is sent to Paris for work, Nell and Kat are forced to become mail-order brides and move to Cripple Creek, Colorado. What awaits them at the train station is not what they expect when neither groom meets the young women. Unsure what to do until a fire threatens the town as soon as they arrive, they quickly become a part of the frontier community. Will that be enough to survive on their own?

I read the second book in this series first, but I still enjoyed Nell and Kat’s stories. I...more
Renee
Mail order bride stories are some of my very favorite romances. Mona Hodgon's first venture into writing fiction for the older reader is just that type of novel and I really enjoyed it. Kat and Nell Sinclair the two sisters around whom this story is centered are young, beautiful girls who only become mail order brides after their father learns he lost his job.

In the beginning, the story seemed a little rushed, the girls learned they would be leaving their home to be mail order brides, they could...more
Margaret Metz
One of the things I liked about this book was the way the cover and the writing made me think of my own sister. I've got dark hair and my sister is a blond. She's the social butterfly and I tend to have just a few close friends. I could go on and on. We also would have fought anyone who tried to hurt the other.

These sisters have their world turned upside down. Their tight-knit family is broken apart and they are forced to become mail order brides far from home and everything they know and dream...more
Casey
This book surprised me (in a good way). It jumped right up and took off on an interesting story of two woman needed to find a marriage in the west.

The trials didn’t leave them once they got there and there was one challenging event after another keeping these women from their goal.

It wasn’t your normal love story and that gave it a unique flavor. Both women had to struggle through some seemingly insurmountable odds and I liked seeing them grow and try to find their place. The love story was well...more
Aerykah
Not a great book, but pretty good for a quick, light read.
April Suter
I didn't get this series read in order so maybe I didn't enjoy them as much because of that.
1895
The Four Sinclair Sisters are in shock when their father loses his job and house and goes to Paris without them. The two oldest Kat and Nell head to Cripple Creek, Colorado, as mail order brides as their sisters stay in the east to finish their schooling. When the girls get to Colorado they find one groom, Paddy, not as nice as his letters, and the other Judson not in town. Because of a fire they find...more
Michele
I enjoyed this book because of its lack of profanity or sexual elements and the positive moral teachings. I enjoyed getting to know Cat & Nell, two sisters who move to Cripple Creek, CO after their father is sent to Paris for his job. They both move with offers of marriage but immediately upon arrival, they are met with surprise after surprise. It was interesting to see how differently the two sisters dealt with disappointment and uncertainty.

My biggest criticism was that the ending seemed v...more
Rachel
The writing was just so-so on this one. It felt like too many things happened that weren't fleshed out and the marriages at the end of the book were rushed and unrealistic to me.
Courtney
Two young sisters travel to Colorado as mail-order brides, but when they get there their intendeds are nowhere to be found. They leave behind 2 sisters in Maine and a father that leaves for a new job in Paris so there is no turning back, they must stay in Colorado and figure out where their fiancés' went. Nell is a romantic dreamer and insists that her fiancé' is going to show up and sweep her off her feet, while the more serious sister Kat is worried that her man is good-for-nothing loser and s...more
Cindy
Mona Hodgson

2009

Waterbrook

Fiction/Historical Romance



Reviewed by Cindy Loven

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The Sinclair sister's are in for a life changing experience. Their father lost his job, in Maine and is being sent to Paris for a job, but only he will go, the four sisters are old enough to begin lives of their own. At their father's urging, Nell and Kat, place ads for husbands in a newspaper in Colorado, after many months of correspondence they are on their way to Colorado to meet their grooms to...more
Lindsay (Everyday Is An Adventure)
I SO enjoyed my first Mona Hodgson read and am delighted to find that it is the first in a series.

After reading the beginning of the Sinclair sisters' journey I cannot wait to find out what becomes of them!

Kat and Nell Sinclair are the main characters in this Christian romance where the two sisters head out West for the promise of a new life, a new beginning, and a happily ever after. When none of their plans go accordingly, these women begin to carve out a new existence for themselves and it is...more
Laura
Title: TWO BRIDES TOO MANY
Author: Mona Hodgson
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
May 2010
ISBN: 978-0-397-45890-2
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Kat and Nell Sinclair were separated from their family when their father took a job in Paris, forcing the two girls to become mail order brides in Colorado. Their prospective grooms sent money for their tickets, but then neither one showed up to meet their brides-to-be.

When Kat discovers her groom is a womanizing drunk, she is quick to put him in his place, but...more
Christy
This was a sweet, western, mail-order bride romance that had me curious from the very beginning. I loved that the plot started in the first couple of chapters and found two of the Sinclair sisters, Kat and Nell, on their way to becoming mail-order brides in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Nell was the more excited of the two at the prospect of becoming a new bride, while Kat really seemed to just be along for the ride. Unfortunately for both of them, they were stood up at the train station with no clue...more
Heather
I received this book as a free giveaway from goodreads. I was anxious to read it right away so I could give a review as a thanks for the free book. This book is a Christian novel and takes place in the wild west. I enjoyed the story very much and kept wanting to pick the book up to see what would happen with the Sinclair sisters. It was an entertaining read. I did however find the writing very simplistic and I believe it could easily be read by a 6th or 7th grader. This, though, did not mean tha...more
Joshua Keezer
I'm at the library on lunch and I needed a new audio book. I'm open to most genre's and the audio book version of this book was on the display. It sounded interesting. Two women from Maine (the state I grew up) are going to Colorado in order to meet the husband's they met through a mail order bride catalog only to find the husband's not there. I decided to give it a try.

I regret the choice. And please be aware, I did not finish the book. It quickly hit three strikes and I stopped listening.

The s...more
Margaret Metz
One of the things I liked about this book was the way the cover and the writing made me think of my own sister. I've got dark hair and my sister is a blond. She's the social butterfly and I tend to have just a few close friends. I could go on and on. We also would have fought anyone who tried to hurt the other.

These sisters have their world turned upside down. Their tight-knit family is broken apart and they are forced to become mail order brides far from home and everything they know and dream...more
Hannah
YAY! I won this on goodreads from firstreads!
I cannot believe that so many things has happened in just 82 pages into the book. Nell and Kat are mail-order brides, because their father lost his job in Maine so he has to work in Paris and he couldn't bring all four daughters with him. Their two remaining sisters are finishing up their schooling in Maine. So, Nell and Kat are to start their lives so when their sisters come down all will be ready for them. Kat's husband ended up being a drunk, but N...more
Delia
1895

Mail-order brides. Not something Kat and Nell had in mind for themselves. But circumstances change their comfortable lifestyle in an instant, forcing the Sinclair sisters to place ads seeking husbands in Colorado.

But when the brides arrive in Cripple Creek, neither potential husband waits to welcome them. The proper, refined sisters are on their own in the Wild West, where they share the streets with women of the night, drunks, gamblers, and generally undesirable company.

In the town’s one bo...more
Angela Bycroft
The first title in the Sinclair sisters and Cripple creek is a wonderful fun story of love and loss and ultimate love found.

Nell and Kat Sinclair have left their home and family - and travelled west to become mail order brides. However upon arriving in Cripple Creek they quickly discover that all is not as they expected it to be.

Kat's intended turns out to be a wild drunk who unfortunately dies that same night she arrives, meanwhile Nell's beau isn't even evident.

This tale mainly falls to Kat'...more
Gail
I like Christian romances so I am somewhat biased when I read them. As far as Christan romances,though, this is not one of my favorites. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't say this is really great, you need to read it. I enjoyed Captain's bride much more than this one. This story follows a group of 4 young women who are suddenly without a home since their father lost his job and has to relocate. The girls are of marrying age, so he suggests that two of them become mail order brides to men in Colorado....more
Fv
Book was weak in many parts of it Story line was OK , but author really wrote a story that had been written many times before.

Mail order brides does not work out, other does but delayed in meeting each other.

Part have no bearing on the story and I wonder why it was written in. Rosita why did she be a part of this story?

I am now reading the second of the series and it seems to be a better plot, but we shall see.
Georgiann Hennelly
Kat and Nell Sinclair get a shocking welcome to the wild west, When they leave Maine as mail order brides to travel to Cripple Creek, Colorado. They expect there future husbands to be waiting for them. But when they arrive neither fiance Patrick Maloney nor Judson Archer awaits them . They have to make there way by themselves to the rooming house. Cripple Creek a frontier town- a place where fire threatens to reduce the buildings to rubble , working women strut the streets , rogues will gamble f...more
Zette
I did enjoy reading this book and wish I could give it more like 3.5 stars. I always love mail order bride stories so I was excited to start reading this one. The idea of sisters going to the same town to marry men they have never met was something new. The story was humorous and light at times with a few dark twists and turns to keep it real. I would have enjoyed seeing a little more spark in the romances. I felt like Kat's started out with the romantic tension I look for but resolved too quick...more
Denise
A nice little story, but could have been told a whole lot better. Such an interesting setting and time in history, it was wasted in this book. Serviceable writing; nothing particularly memorable or beautiful in the words. Cardboard characters. I never felt that I knew them, or that they behaved in a rational believable way. Everything about this broke the main rule of fiction with too much "telling" and not enough "showing." Why would this supposedly loving father just up and ship his daughters...more
Sally
This is the third in the Sinclair Sisters series, set in the Colorado mining town of Cripple Creek at the end of the 19th century. Vivian dreams of being a dress designer, but her options are few after making a series of bad decisions. She would rather join her father in Paris, France, but when he says no she has no choice but to travel west. She can’t find a job and she needs rent money. In desperation – and with perhaps a touch of naivety – she takes a hostess job at the brothel belonging to t...more
Camille
Originally decided to read the book because it was based in Cripple Creek. A small mountain town in Colorado that I have actually been to. I thought some of the historical back drop would be entertaining. A little cheesy for my taste, but still a fun quick read.
Audrey
This book is more like a 3.5 stars for me. It was entertaining to read, but a bit too sappy for me. Two sisters are forced to make new lives for themselves out West after their father leaves the country for work. Having already arranged marriages, dreamer Nell can't wait to meet her future husband, while practical Kat is less than enthused. When they step off the train, they are disheartened to find no one waiting for them. It appears their grooms are missing. Forced to navigate the unfamiliar t...more
Abby
Cute book. I enjoy reading historical romances. These mail order brides are not expecting the things that happen to them when they arrive in their new town. Captivating, enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next book.
Dundee Library
This book is more like a 3.5 stars for me. It was entertaining to read, but a bit too sappy for me. Two sisters are forced to make new lives for themselves out West after their father leaves the country for work. Having already arranged marriages, dreamer Nell can't wait to meet her future husband, while practical Kat is less than enthused. When they step off the train, they are disheartened to find no one waiting for them. It appears their grooms are missing. Forced to navigate the unfamiliar t...more
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MONA HODGSON writes historical romance fiction set in American history and peopled with ensemble casts. Mona is the author of Two Brides Too Many, Too Rich for a Bride, The Bride Wore Blue, and Twice a Bride in THE SINCLAIR SISTERS OF CRIPPLE CREEK SERIES and THE QUILTED HEART Novellas--Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along the Shore, and Prairie Song--all published wit...more
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