Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bridegrooms: A Review


Man oh man, am I sure doing a lot of review recently.  Don’t worry folks, some of that will be changing soon.  I know that you miss more of my personal reflections.  Who wouldn’t?  Just kidding.

Bridegrooms by Allison Pittman was a fun book to read.  Once again it is the type of fiction that I have fondly nicknamed, “vacation reading.”  Everybody needs a break, and the sentences in this book create a great video for the imagination to film. 

What’s the book about?  Taken from the Waterbrook Multnomah website, allow this excerpt to either make a drive through Kansas interesting or leave this book at the last rest stop. 

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.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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