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Two Brides Too Many by Mona Hodgson
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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 boardinghouse, the sisters are taken under the wing of its owner, Hattie Adams. Kat soon finds her intended, and—for the best of reasons—ends the engagement with dramatic flair. Nell continues to await her missing bridegroom, while around them the town falls prey to fiery devastation. The sisters pitch in to help, and soon find themselves caring for the orphaned child of a local saloon girl, and watched over by the most unlikely of protectors.

Enter Dr. Morgan Cutshaw, and the fireworks begin. Kat finds him rude and insufferable, while everyone else in town seems quite enchanted by the good doctor’s charms. Even loyal Nell can’t agree with her sister on this one, and Kat is appalled to realize Nell and Hattie have become partners in matchmaking crime.

When Nell’s intended finally makes his rather prickly entrance, the wheels are in motion for good and proper. Can love find a way into the sisters’ hurting hearts? Will God create beauty out of the chaos of their new lives?

Two Brides Too Many is a fun, touching, wonderfully warm look at life in the Old West. Mona Hodgson knows how to keep a reader turning pages. The story includes elements of history, romance, human mistakes and blundering attempts to fix them…and a subtly woven thread of God’s hand skillfully creating a masterpiece on the unsightly canvas.

Absolutely enchanting!
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