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The Bridegrooms (Baseball Novels)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  149 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
It Only Takes an Instant for Love to Strike

Tragedy hits the Allenhouse family on a hot summer night in Ohio when a mother of four vanished. Eight-year-old Vada virtually grew up overnight and raised her three younger sisters while her father lost himself in his medical practice in the basement of their home.
Now, Vada is a grown woman, still making her home with her fa
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Multnomah (first published 2010)
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Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Lori by: Random House / Waterbrook Multnomah
This is my first time reading anything by Allison Pittman, though I have her other books on my bookshelf, just waiting to be read. I must say that I have very mixed emotions about The Bridegrooms, and the baseball aspect did nothing to help that--it seemed a little random to me. The first half or so was really hard for me to get thru, but the second half moved a little quicker. It has the potential to be a great story, but I'm thinking it would have been a lot better had it been a series, or eve ...more
I enjoyed this one for a large, ensemble cast of characters and slightly less predictable-type of hero and heroine.
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Allison Pittman follows up Stealing Home, her first baseball-themed novel, with The Bridegrooms and the story of one week that changes the lives of the Allenhouse sisters forever. Left bereft of their mother’s care as children, when the woman chased the promise of excitement and romance with a handsome stranger, the girls and their loving, if prickly, father have made an art of survival. The eldest, Vada, has especially sacrificed much in order to step into her mother’s shoes at the tender age o ...more
Brent Soderstrum
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love God and baseball and this book is a good combination of the two. Throw in a little historical fiction and you have an enjoyable read.
This book is set in Cleveland in 1898 around the Allenhouse family. In 1881 the mother mysteriously left her four girls and her husband and never returned. This put the oldest daughter Jada in the position of being the other girls mother. Dad went to the basement to work as a doctor and didn't come up much. There is a gruff housekeeper, Molly, but Jada is in
Janalyn Voigt
Apr 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Four very different sisters grace Allison Pittman's "The Bridegrooms," a book that analyzes what love is -- and what it isn't. Vada, the oldest, has an understanding with sensible Garrison but longs to be swept away by passion. Ungainly Hazel writes letters to men she's never met in hopes of securing a husband. Quiet, elegant Althea writes her heart out in poetry she shares with an unconscious man. And Lisette, far too spoiled and beautiful, tells off the young ball player who follows her around ...more
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fro my blog...[return]The Bridegrooms By Allison Pittman is a beautifully written novel about the Allenhouse sisters and how one week can indeed bring about significant changes. The Allenhouse sisters are an extraordinary group of young ladies, abandoned by their mother when the youngest sister, Lisette, was a baby, and 8-year-old Vada had to grow up quite quickly. As adults, the reader learns, 24-year-old Vada works in a music hall and is courting a lawyer who is also a 3rd chair violinist as s ...more
Lydia Presley
Allison Pittman's story based on the Brooklyn Bridegrooms and the Cleveland Spiders and a group of four sisters had a lot of promise and it was for that reason I opted to join in on this blog tour.

The premise was interesting enough for me to want to read this book. Four sisters, abandoned young by their mother, each with a story and personality that was prominent and interesting (and the characters were the best part of the book, but I'll address that in a bit). An introduction to the baseball t
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Set in the late 1800's this lovely book is the story of the four Allenhouse sisters. Abandoned by their mother when Vada, the oldest was just eight years old, and Lisette the youngest was just a baby. Now grown, the sisters have all developed into beautiful young women. Each sister is unique in her interests, and her career choices and in their choices of romance.

Vada, a music lover and accomplished violinist is a secretary for a conductor, and has a long time beau who is a lawyer on his way up
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Staci by: Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing
Shelves: 2010-reads
My Thoughts: I loved this book from the very first chapter. I grew up with a little brother, who I was always dressing up as a girl when he was little. I think it would've been grand fun to have three sisters, so I was able to live vicariously through the girls in this book. I was drawn to Vada immediately, probably because we're both first-born and with that comes expectations and responsibilities. Vada took over being a mom to her sisters when their mother left them and their father for anothe ...more
May 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Vada Allenhouse became a mother at eight years old. That’s when her mommy found a new lover, abandoning her husband and four little girls to fend for themselves. Vada, as the oldest, took on the responsibilities her mother left behind, and did her best to raise her three younger siblings. As a physician, it was all too easy for their father, Dr. Allenhouse, to bury himself in his medical practice while his daughters survived with the help of a loyal, if slightly temperamental housekeeper.

Jill Williamson
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Review by Jill Williamson

This book is about Vada and her sisters in the year 1898. The four girls live with their doctor father in Ohio. Vada is engaged to a sweet man named Garrison, who loves music and the violin as much as she does. But Garrison still hasn’t set a date for their marriage and Vada is starting to feel like he never May.

She comes home one day to find a baseball team, the Brooklyn Bridegrooms, in her home. A spectator was hit with a pitch and Vada’s father is seeing to the man. V
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
A book with so much potential. All the parts are here, but the sum of all those parts misses the mark. Oh, I enjoyed it; it's a lovely, light diversion. Vada and her sisters all have so much potential, but the story seemed rushed to me and there were many missing elements.

The entire story takes place over the course of one week, and we don't have time to see the sisters' character development. Each girl's situation is briefly touched upon and all too rapidly and happily concluded. I wanted more
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Wow, I really don't know what to make of this one. Sure, it was an enjoyable read but it really didn't go in the direction I thought it would. I expected more regarding the mother's disappearance than what we got, and the "frustration and helplessness" Dr Allenhouse was described as having on the back cover didn't particularly come through.

Nor did I care much for Veda, the oldest of the Allenhouse sisters. Her actions, even at the end, were terrible and not particularly Christian. I felt sorry
Mar 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Allison Pittman has done it again, The Bridegrooms is a sweet, fast paced novel of four sisters living at the turn of the century. While at times it seemed to move a little bit too fast, it was altogether enjoyable especially for a girl like me who loves sports and romance! It's not as heartwrenching as her previous "baseball" novel, Stealing Home, but this book had it's share of tender moments especially those between Vada's sister, Althea and Eli, their father's patient. The relationship betwe ...more
Apr 07, 2010 rated it liked it
I will start by saying that I was quite pleased with the way the story ended. Based on that alone, I almost gave the book a higher rating! But, I found this book slow to really get going. It wasn’t a chore to read, but it didn’t have me wanting to read more until I got to the last half or third (it’s hard to know when I got sucked in) of the book. In short: It took me FIVE DAYS to read this book. If a book really grabs me, I will finish in half that time – if not less.

The characters were OK. Vad
Apr 27, 2010 rated it liked it
I have to say I was rather disappointed with this book. Vada and her sisters were such bland characters. I found them to be silly and self centered. The romance between the two main characters was so tepid and boring and really did not pick up until the end. I actually struggled to finish reading this book. While there was a message of faith, the cardboard characters in this book did nothing to advance the message the author was trying to get across. Not a book I would recommend to someone who i ...more
Apr 26, 2010 rated it it was ok

Historical Fiction is my favorite genre to read, but I have to be honest and say that I could not connect with this book. I felt my mind wandering as I attempted to read it. Normally, I become so engrossed in a book that I just lose myself in it and can envision the scenery and characters.

Not so with this title.

I think that for me personally, there were too many characters and dilemmas to keep track of. I couldn’t seem to figure out who the main character or storyline was. It reminded me of a s
Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Picked this up at the Christian bookstore while on vacation. I wasn't familiar with the author, but I was intrigued by the summary on the back cover.

It was a great read! I really enjoyed the multiple layers of plot and stories woven together. And how I could still ask questions about the characters after it was over....

"Would Vada ever play her violin professionally?"
"What would Lissete do when she finds out who her betrothed REALLY is related too?"
"How was Hazel going to enjoy being in Wyoming?
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this in a First Reads giveaway and while I don't particularly enjoy sports or historical romances, I must say that I really liked this book. The main characters (four sisters: Vada, Hazel, Althea, and Lisette, abandoned by their mother when Vada was only eight) were all very interesting to read about and definitely very well developed. I did think that it moved too slowly in the first half and got a bit boring at times, but it definitely picked up in the second half. All in all though, it ...more
Apr 13, 2010 rated it liked it
I received this as a First Reads Giveaway. The story begins with the disappearance of a mother of four. I continued reading to see what happened to her and the story began to lull a bit. Then it gets more interesting as you learn more about the daughters and their struggles finding love. Towards the end the girls reflect on how their missing mom impacted their lives and how that created personal struggles for each of them. I liked the ending and think it was a good book although I feel the story ...more
This was the type of Christian fiction I especially enjoy--Christians working out their lives in the context of their beliefs.

The main character, Vada, has her story told in an especially true-to-life approach. The other storylines are rather silly or over the top. But, what Vada works through seems to be a realistic muddle of personal & family baggage, the struggle of self-esteem, understanding of self, living with her choices, and the incongruency of what she needs from others and what th
Apr 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I received this book for free from Goodreads First Read. The story was fairly well written, but in some instances the plot what somewhat weak - and really strange. I think the "drama" created by Eli getting hit in the head with a baseball was overly exaggerated. And in the end the story is just a little too "and they all lived happily ever after..." even though none of these characters really discovered who they truly were and were just willing to grasp on to the first seemingly good thing to co ...more
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a cute story and I liked it, but I gave it 3 stars because it had some elements that I didn't care for. There were some characters that I wanted to read more about, whose stories finished up without as much attention as I would have liked (you still read what happened, I had just hoped for more) :)
Over all it was enjoyable, and I would like to read Allison Pittman's other "Baseball Novel".
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Bridegrooms will definitely keep you on your toes. I never knew who Vada was going to end up with until the last couple of pages. I did wish that the story had an epilogue or something that so that the final outcome of each of Vada’s sister’s stories could be told. I’m a little unsure as to my feelings about the book. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t dislike it. It is definitely an original story, and I do like that. Its just one that I like, but I’m not crazy about.
Apr 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A delightful story of four sisters in the late 1800s of Cleveland, Ohio. Their Mother left them when the oldest of the four was only eight and so they grew up under the eye of their Father the town Doctor. His newest patient brings a stir about the family and sets the scene for the rest of the book.

This was a light and quick read and easy to follow along. It was enjoyable and entertaining.
Carolyn Tye
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of historical fiction
Recommended to Carolyn by: I had read another book by this author.
I debated between giving this novel 3 or 4 stars. I understood what the author was attempting, but the slow pace frustrated me. Also, all the plots were dizzying at times. In the beginning, i couldn't understand how they could be related. The conclusion was well done and all the ends tied together. I get the point of the novel and I agree with it, thus the four star rating.
May 06, 2010 rated it liked it
This is an unusual story. The protagonist is a complex character. Once again, Allison Pittman's talent as an author is readily apparent. However, I think this is the book of hers that I've read so far that I like the least. It is a most interesting look at the time period, though. I would have liked for her to include a bit more historical information, perhaps in an author's note.
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I won this in First Reads and wish it was 1,000 pages LONGER! I loved it! Allison Pittman is an excellent author/story teller. I was absorbed in the story from the very first page, and savored every page I read. It was incredibly refreshing to enjoy such a well written book. Her descriptions and her characters flow off the pages, and wrap you into the story! I highly recommend this book.
Mar 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
This is why people avoid Christian fiction. The main character - Vada - is a cranky and smug. Baseball, suffragettes and a romance novel- I should love this book, but it falls under the Lincoln's doctor's dog philosophy.
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Allison Pittman is not afraid to tackle issues that most Christian fiction books do not...such as temptations or even prostitution (another book, not this one). I like that, because these are real things in life here on earth and many Christian fiction authors don't address these tough issues.
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Allison Pittman is the author of For Time and Eternity, Stealing Home, the Crossroads of Grace series, and her nonfiction debut, Saturdays With Stella. A high-school English teacher, she serves as director of the theater arts group at her church. She is also the co-president of a dynamic Christian writers group in the San Antonio, Texas area, where she makes her home with her husband and their thr ...more
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