The Bridegrooms by Allison Pittman
Multnomah Books, April 2010
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ (4/5 – loved it!)
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About the book:

This is essentially the story of four sisters who are nearly grown, still living at home with their father.  Their mother left them when the youngest was still a baby, and so all of the girls are a bit haunted by this – despite the time that has passed.  Each girl is very different, from the flirtatious youngest, Lissette, to the sensible and mothering oldest of the four, Vada.

Though we get a peek at the lives of all of the girls, Vada is the one the focus is on the most.  She has been engaged to lawyer-to-be Garrison for three years with nary the hint of a proposal, and when she starts to receive male attention from other places, she finds herself wavering, wondering if Garrison really loves her, and if there is any true, long-lasting passion between them.  And what is love, really?

All of the girls seem to have this wondering about love, and no one to ask about it – no mother to guide them.  How can they find happiness in life, make wise decisions, without some sort of guidance?

My Thoughts:

The Bridegrooms by Allison Pittman really is a thought-provoking read.  Each of the sisters really endeared themselves to me in different ways, even the sometimes-thoughtless Lissette.  Their mother left them and their father for another man when they were young, so their view of love and trust between a man and a woman is very skewed – they sort of flounder through their love lives, it seems.  Lissette has a string of gentlemen following her wherever she goes, Vada has her long-time beau who might never propose, Hazel has been corresponding by mail with men from all over in her desperation to find love, and Althea… well, she hasn’t spoken since their mother left and has no love life whatsoever.

Something I really loved about this book was that I had no idea what was going to happen.  In the beginning, I anticipated it would go in a much different direction than it did, but I was completely satisfied at the end with the way it wrapped up.  The pace is a bit slow, but well worth continuing with.  I didn’t even consider putting the book aside – I was very interested in finding out the fate of the girls, especially Vada and her love life.

Although some of the relationships weren’t as developed as I would have liked, I really loved all of the characters and the way the story came out.  I recommend this read – I loved the time period, could picture the girls and the location exactly as described, and even want to read more about these characters.  What a wonderful new release from Allison Pittman!

You can buy The Bridegrooms by Allison Pittman in paperback from Amazon.com here.

I would like to thank the Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing me with a complimentary copy of the book reviewed. I am also an Amazon.com affiliate.  :-)

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