Monday, June 7, 2010

The Bridegrooms by Allison Pittman ~ 4 stars

The Bridegrooms
Allison Pittman
Multnomah Publishing
About the book:
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 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:
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.


apple blossom said...

I have read some of Pittman's books. This one looks good. Thanks for your review

Carman said...

Thanks for the comment! :)

Katie G. said...

Sounds like a pretty good read. Ive entered a few giveaways for this book but never won it. I may have to go ahead and buy it. :)

God bless!

~Katie G.

Carman said...

Katie~ I already gave away my copy or I would send it to you. :/ Hope you get to read it soon!