Love triumphs in Texas. Pastor Jody Chapman returns to Lookout with a new name, determined to make restitution for past misdeeds. Reporter Jacqueline (Jack) Hamilton is bent on uncovering the new preacher's secrets. Can Jody win Jack's heart before she discovers his identity? After spending ten years in prison, Carly Payton returns to Lookout. Garrett Corbett isn't interested in marrying a jailbird. But how long can he resist his attraction to Carly? Twice-widowed Christine Taylor isn't looking for a new husband. Can rand Kessler find a way to change her mind? Will love find a way--the first, second, third time around?
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This was one of the best series I've ever read. Had never read this author before, but I will certainly be looking for more books by her. I just hated to see the ending of the third book. I wanted these stories to go on and on.
Carly Payton returns to Lookout, Texas after being gone for a decade. In prison for much of that time, she is a changed woman that knows she is forgiven. Garrett Corbett is still single after all that time, and he is seeking an upstanding, virtuous woman for a wife. Knowing what he wants, yet attracted to Carly even before he realized who she was, he struggles to forgive her past. Will they be able to admit their growing interest in each other, or will Carly's ex-con past be the stumbling block that keeps them apart forever?
Jacqueline "Jack" Davis is all grown up, and not the slightest interested in men. Determined to make her name as a reporter, she will do anything to get the breaking news. When the temporary preacher, Noah Jeffers, rides in town, she can't help but feel she's known him all her life. Struggling her growing interest in Noah, and her decision to be a reporter in Dallas; she is completely unprepared when his biggest secret may come too late in time to save her heart from falling in love with him. Will the truth set Noah free, or has his biggest shame and secret become his undoing?
This is definitely my favorite book in the Texas Boardinghouse Trilogy. Jack is always sticking her nose where it doesn't belong, and Noah is forever trying to redeem himself for his unsavory past. The chemistry between Noah and Jack is undeniable, and it was a breathless experience reading how their story unfolded. Garrett was just about as stubborn as I expected, but of course, his end was completely predictable. It was an exciting, yet thought-provoking journey and there is not a dull moment within these pages.
Having read the first two offerings in this author’s Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, I had already fallen in love with young Jacqueline Davis (aka Jack Hamilton). The tomboyish child is all grown up in Finally a Bride, and dreams of snagging a job as a reporter in Dallas and shaking the dust of Lookout, Texas off her feet.
Then Noah Jeffers comes to town to fill in for the minister. He’s young. He’s handsome. And he’s hiding a secret that could destroy any chance of a relationship with Jack. Those same secrets have the young preacher making covert amendments all over town. His offers to chop wood for the town’s busybody sisters and paint the walls of the general mercantile aren’t made strictly out of the goodness of his heart…
Even as Jack and Noah sort through their feelings for each other and try to find their paths in life, one of the original Lookout brides returns to town. Carly Payton is an ex-convict, and not at all the kind of wife Garrett Corbett thought he wanted. But Garret’s about to learn a surprising lesson about how love works…and about the amazing grace of God.
I loved this entire series, but Finally a Bride is far and away my favorite of the three books. Jack (Jackie, Jacqueline) is the perfect heroine—she’s likeable, has tremendous personality, and possesses a penchant for getting herself into trouble. Noah is the ultimate flawed hero, with his inability to stomach pork, an amusing inclination to mispronounce words during his sermons, and a touching devotion to a certain young lady. And, as always, encountering well-loved characters from previous books is a special treat.
Texas Boardinghouse Brides is, in this reader’s opinion, a top-notch series. Each book is better than the last…which says a lot for the author’s writing and storytelling skills. Kudos to Vickie McDonough, and “both thumbs up” to Finally a Bride!
Review: Finally a Bride - Texas Boardinghouse Brides Book #3 - Vickie McDonough- April 2011
"To Preach deliverance to the captives and recovering the sight of the blind , to set at liberty them who are bruised - Luke 4v18".
Finally a Bride takes us back to Lookout, Texas in the year 1896 . It is in Lookout, Texas where we are introduced to one of the main female characters where she is situated ontop of the Mayor's roof trying to eavesdrop through the chimmney. Jacqueline aka Jack is a budding journalist who has her dreams of one day writing for a big newspaper and writing stories that count , not just the fluffy pieces that they give women on fashion, cooking and interior design. The other lead male character is new preacher in town - Noah Jeffers who used to live in Lookout, Texas years ago though back then he had a different name , what caused him to hide his past ? . Jack soon finds herself in the midst of a love triangle , as her attention is directed at Noah but Jack has caught the attention of two suitors Noah and Billy Morgan. Which one will Jack choose or when she discovers that Noah is in fact her arch-enemy from when they were children will she take the job in Dallas as a newspaper reporter ? Intertwined in Finally a Bride also tells the story of Garrett and Carly. Garrett is Luke's brother - Luke is Jack's stepdad. Years ago, when Luke lost his first wife, Garrett decided to order three mail-brides to help Luke move on , one of the brides was Carly who in fact had arrived with her two outlaw brothers who planned to rob and steal from the town of Lookout, Texas. Garrett from that day, vowed to hate Carly and her family but when Carly now forgiven and friend's with Luke and his wife Rachel , comes to town and to help Rachel out, it seems that sparks and passion may dart amongst Garrett and Carly, though it does seem things never go smoothly in Lookout as on the way to their wedding, the two get caught up in another robbery and hostage situation. Are Garrett and Carly destined to marry or has fate dealt their future on a different path ? Find out in this jam-packed novel by Vickie McDonough , which all fans of Christian Historical romances will enjoy.
"He made her want to be a woman for the first time in her life."
Jack’s story in Finally a Bride was worth the wait. It's the tale of grown up Jacqueline (Jack) Davis who now wears dresses and looks like a lady, but still acts like the 10 yr old tomboy we met in the first book of this series. Consider the opening… Jack is after a story and climbs on the mayor’s roof to eavesdrop on his conversation with two strangers. No, I won’t tell you if she accomplishes her mission, but I will say pain is involved. Because she’ll do anything to uproot the truth.
Preacher Noah Jeffers is intent on hiding his identity because he wants to make restitution for the sins of his childhood without drawing attention to himself. His goal is to glorify God—not distract parishioners from the message. Except once he sees Jack again, she’s the one distracting him.
Meanwhile, Carly Payton is back in town after serving 6 yrs in prison for robbery, kidnapping and other crimes. As a new believer, she knows God has forgiven her and only wants to live a normal life. But can the town people forgive her? And can Garret Corbett who was initially responsible for introducing her to Lookout put aside his prejudice for the jailbird and see her as a remorseful woman of faith who only wants a family like everyone else?
Vickie McDonough has taken ordinary people and put them on the carousel of life. She’s added love and faith and sent us along for the ride. Not rushed and hectic like our modern lives, but giving us an emotional journey as we rise and fall with each crest higher and each dip deeper than the one before. The pace quickens, action increases and dialogue cracks with authority and truth. Until finally, the long plunge down as Jack is faced with that monumental decision all adults have to make… what does she really want?
FINALLY A BRIDE by Vickie McDonough is an inspirational historical romance set in 1896 Lookout,Texas.It is the third and final installment in the "Boardinghouse Brides", but can be read as a stand alone.THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE (Book One), SECOND CHANCE BRIDES (Book Two). If you take a spunky tomboy,who is a young woman now,the town bully,who is a preacher now,an unusual impostor,who was a mail order bride,who was an outlaw,now an ex-convict and the last of the mail order brides you have just another day in Lookout,Texas' Boardinghouse Brides.A wonderful inspirational romance full of wit,humor,love,romance,forgiveness,redemption,faith,acceptance and the beginning of true happiness. This is the story of not one but two love stories that intertwine.One is Carly,the last mail order bride,an ex-convict and Garrett,the sheriff's cousin,was a prankster,the last of the sheriff's unmarried cousins.Than you have Jaqueline,(Jack), an rambunctious tomboy,who wants to be a reporter and Noel,the once town bully,now a traveling preacher.Although,now one but the sheriff realizes who he is,he is trying to make retribution for his past mistakes and dealings.He is also in love with Jack and has been for at least ten years.This is story ten years after Second Chance Brides. What a great way to end this series.It is fast paced,page turning,from the beginning to the end for Jack can get into so much trouble still,even as a grown woman.This inspirational story of the Boardinghouse Brides,their love,faith,romance,challenges,and the true loves will have you wanting things to go their way.While this one does not have the mystery like the others it does have a great ending.This book was received for the purpose of review from Net Galley and the publisher and details can be found at Barbour Publishing and My Book Addiction Reviews.
Vickie McDonough is one of those authors who can do it all. She made me laugh, she moved me with sympathy, and she had me totally engrossed in this story of three romances-in-one. Jack is the headstrong daughter of Rachel from the first book in the Boardinghouse Brides series. She falls head over heals for the new preacher in town, except that the new preacher isn't really all that new to town. . . Noah has a secret. He not only used to live in Lookout, Texas, but he was the town's former schoolyard bully. If folks--especially Jack--discover his secret, he will lose everything, including his job and his hopes for love.
Rand Kessler is the wealthy bachelor from the first two books who I longed to see hitched, since he was so patient and understanding after being scorned twice. I wouldn't have minded him having a bigger role, but the center stage was rightfully occupied with Jack, Noah and also Garrett and Carly, two other returning characters.
Carly struggles to feel accepted after serving time in prison. She longs for a chance at love and family, but the constant glares from townspeople make her dreams look impossible, until Garrett Corbett comes a courtin'. He was the prankster from the first romance, who ordered three mail order brides for his cousin Luke. The trickster has mellowed with age, but retains an endearing cantankerousness that puts him and Carly at opposites. And we all know that opposites attract like north and south magnetic poles.
Finally A Bride was the best of the series, in my opinion. Historical romance has a rising star in Vickie McDonough. You won't want to miss this book!
Finally a Bride by Vickie McDonough is the final book in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series. This book focuses on Jacqueline "Jack" Davis, now a grown woman eager to leave her home town. She desires to land a job as a reporter in Dallas. Jack begins to question her aspirations to leave, when good-looking Noah Jeffers arrives to temporarily fill the slot of local pastor.
The pastor draws Jack's interest, despite her firm decision to never marry. The man seems vaguely familiar but is close-lipped regarding his past.
I enjoyed this book immensely. I loved the way Vickie McDonough used this final saga to tell the story of the tomboy little girl she introduced in her first book, The Anonymous Bride. It was fun reading about grown up 'Jack'. I highly recommend this series, and am sad to see it come to an end.
This book was provided for review by Barbour Publishing.
I have read all three books in this series and gave them all 5 stars. This book is entertaining and has realistic characters. The plot was very good. I appreciated the parts of the previous books as I had read those a while back. Vickie McDonough is one of my favorite authors. I often check to see if there is anything new from her. I always appreciate a book that makes you laugh, think, cry and root for the characters. This book delivers on all counts.
Finally a Bride is a story brimming with romance. Jacqueline “Jack” Davis harbors ambitions to leave tiny Lookout, Texas, for a career as a reporter in Dallas. When a new pastor arrives in town, she believes if she can get the scoop on his past, the resulting story will propel her straight to the big city. What she hadn’t counted on was her growing attraction to the handsome preacher. Finally a Bride is the third book in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, but McDonough gives readers enough background information to keep them from getting lost. This story is filled with Texas charm and enough original similes to keep readers smiling. Finally a Bride is a fun read. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys romance, Texas-style.
I have thoroughly enjoyed Vickie McDonough's Boardinghouse Brides series, and this final installment was by far my favorite. Jaqueline "Jack" Davis has been the highlight of each book with her rambunctious, tomboy ways. What a treat to see her all grown up with that rambuctious streak only slightly dimmed. She still finds scrapes to get into and conclusions to jump to, but this time there's a handsome man to catch her when she falls.
Noah Jeffers is a hero with a heart for God and a past to atone for. He stole my heart from the beginning with his vulnerability and determination to set things right no matter how uncomfortable returning to his home town became.
Cameo appearances by the other Boardinghouse Brides made for a delightful feeling of coming home. And hooray that big-hearted Rand Kessler finally finds the woman meant for him. And Carly and Garrett's love story, while secondary to Jack and Noah, was no less enjoyable.
Town secrets, suspicious robberies, and even a case of murder add spice and drama to this warm-hearted story. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy fun, historical romance. If you haven't read the other books in the series, don't let that stop you. This book stands alone and takes place ten years after the previous book, so it is easy to follow without the others.
I've read all three of The Boardinghouse Bride series and if you've read the other two you'll LOVE this one. Finally a Bride was a fun story. I think this one just may be my favorite. Maybe it's because I felt like I already knew everyone. Vickie McDonough did a great job with bringing the hero and heroine to life. Fall in love with Jack all grown up. See her struggle with what is really important in life and have to make some life changing decisions. I loved Noah and felt his frustration. He is a man that regrets his past and wants to prove himself before he reveals his former life. Any we can't forget Carly and Garrett. You'll see love blossom and forgiveness prevail. I highly recommend this book!
What a delightful story! Vickie McDonough treats her readers to a remarkable conclusion to the Boardinghouse Brides trilogy. The back cover copy calls it a tale of redemption, and it’s that and more. Mixing humor with drama, McDonough gives the “bad boys” (and girls) of the previous two books a chance at love. Finally a Bride is a heartwarming story of two couples struggling to overcome their pasts as they build a future filled with faith and love. Note: Although this is the last of the trilogy, McDonough has skillfully included enough background information that it’s not necessary to have read the previous two, but you won’t want to miss any of the Boardinghouse Brides, so pick up a copy of The Anonymous Bride and Second Chance Brides, too.
Vickie McDonough's third book in the Boardinghouse Brides trilogy is possibly her best yet. Written with humor, charm, and no shortage of sweet romance, FINALLY A BRIDE tells the story of the grown-up "Jack," daughter of Rachel, the heroine of the first book, THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE. Jack is as spunky as ever, finding new ways to get herself into (and out of) trouble while trying in vain to resist her attraction to the new preacher, Noah Jeffers. Other familiar characters also return, including Carly, the "outlaw bride" from the first book, and it's a delight to see her love story unfold. All the story lines come full circle, wrapping up the series in a truly satisfying ending. Vickie McDonough is coming into her own as a popular inspirational historical romance author. Her books just keep getting better and better!