Wednesday, April 21, 2010

the bridegrooms: book review and giveaway

Book Summary: 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 father and sisters. Her days are spent serving as an errand girl for Cleveland’s fledgling amateur orchestra; her evenings with Garrison Walker, her devoted, if passionless, beau.

Dizzying change occurs the day the Brooklyn Bridegrooms come to town to play the Cleveland Spiders and a line drive wallops the head of a spectator. The fan is whisked to the Allenhouse parlor, and questions swirl about the anonymous, unconscious man.

Suddenly, the subdued house is filled with visitors, from a flirtatious, would-be sports writer to the Bridegrooms’ handsome star hitter to the guilt-ridden ballplayer who should have caught the stray shot. The medical case brings Dr. Allenhouse a frustration and helplessness he hasn’t felt since his wife’s disappearance. Vada’s sisters are giddy at the bevy of possible suitors. And Vada’s life is awakened amid the super-charged atmosphere of romantic opportunity.

My review: When I first started reading this book I got distracted by other things. I would read a chapter a night and still want to know what was going to happen. Then I picked it up a couple weeks later and finished the book (13 chapters) in one day. It kept me wanting to read, wanting to know what happened. The book is full of stories of grace, love and forgiveness. There are many great examples in the book of how we have to rely on God and allow Him to lead us. This was a book set in the late 1800's and it takes place in one week of this families life. They have a busy crazy week and I won't ruin the book and tell you how it all comes out at the end! I really enjoyed another look into life in a different time period. The baseball stories were great too. This is a great read and I really know you'll enjoy it! It it full of love, mystery, romance, grace and family!

Purchase this book:
You can buy this book for $13.99 at WaterBrook Multnomah

Win this book:
One lucky reader will win their very own copy of "The Bridegrooms"
One entry per person.
Just leave a comment telling me who you would give this book to if you win it! (of course you could just keep it for yourself!)
Giveaway is open till Thursday, April 29th at 11:59pm.
I will use to pick a winner and announce the winner here on Friday April 30th. Please make sure to leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you win!

This book was provided for review and giveaway by WaterBrook Multnomah


Kandyce said...

This is so the type of book my mom would love. Historical fiction that includes baseball? A home run in her eyes! (pardon the pun) :)

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Kate said...

Would I have to give it away? ;-) I'd love to read it myself and then perhaps pass it on to my mother who loves historical fiction. I'm always looking for good books to read, but seem to have a hard time finding things I like. I tend to rely heavily on trusted friends' suggestions so I'd love to try this one based on your review, Jamie!


Angie Fischer said...

Yeah, I think I'd have to keep it :) Love those kind of books. I'd pass it on to my mom too.

thanks jamie

Kari said...

I'd read it, then give to Crystal R. to read. She loves baseball and Christian fiction. Sounds like something she'd enjoy too!