Finally a Bride [NOOK Book]

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Will two hearts find redemption and romance in Lookout, Texas?

 

Jacqueline “Jack” Davis is a reporter for the Lookout Ledger bent on discovering the truth and nabbing her story at any cost. When Noah Jeffers comes to Lookout as a temporary pastor, Jack suspects that there may be something hidden beneath his shepherding ways. Soon, though, Jack begins to be attracted to the new pastor despite her initial hesitation. But as she uncovers the truth, will this story cost her ...

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Overview

Will two hearts find redemption and romance in Lookout, Texas?

 

Jacqueline “Jack” Davis is a reporter for the Lookout Ledger bent on discovering the truth and nabbing her story at any cost. When Noah Jeffers comes to Lookout as a temporary pastor, Jack suspects that there may be something hidden beneath his shepherding ways. Soon, though, Jack begins to be attracted to the new pastor despite her initial hesitation. But as she uncovers the truth, will this story cost her too much? Will she reveal what she’s uncovered or keep it hidden to protect newfound love?

 

Carly Payton returns to Lookout after years in prison, hoping to rebuild her life there. But she soon discovers that new starts and second chances are not always easy to find. Garrett Corbett is determined to marry—but not to a jailbird like Carly. When Carly is equally repelled by Garrett’s prank playing ways, will the two see past their dislike and give each other—and love—a second look?

 

Watch love make a way in Lookout!

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Editorial Reviews

Christian Book Reviews
Thisbook is a great tail of love forgiveness, and second chances. The thing Iabsolutely loved about this book was its ability to show that when we walk withChrist we aren’t held to our past. I think so often we, me included, forgetthat when we accept God’s grace and forgiveness the past is the past and we’reable to move on. This book does a great job at showing the same themes throughdifferent people and different stories.
Sharise Toombs
CindyDownes.com
Finally a Bride is fun, very romantic, and inspiring. It’s recommended reading for anyone who wants to spend a few hours enjoying a great love story that brings with it a message of hope.
Cindy Downes
Long and Short Reviews
Finally a Bride is a heart-warming story of redemption, forgiveness, and finally, acceptance, in the face of adversity. It is chock full of lovely well-rounded characters that look to God for direction to reach their individual goals in life. A strong, uplifting plot keeps the reader reading to a satisfying conclusion. The growth of each of the main characters, especially Jack and Noah, is both profound and extremely satisfying. It hits its mark without coming off as preachy. This is a must-read for any fan of inspirational historical romance. Finally a Bride is a real gem.
Marianne Arkins
Romantic Women's Fiction...Where Life and Love Collide!
Vickie McDonough's third book in the Boardinghouse Brides trilogy is possibly her best yet.

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!
Myra Johnson

CindyDownes.com - Cindy Downes

Finally a Bride is fun, very romantic, and inspiring. It’s recommended reading for anyone who wants to spend a few hours enjoying a great love story that brings with it a message of hope.
Love Romances & More
Vickie McDonough has penned a terrific read. She puts excitement into her prose that keeps the reader enthralled and turning the pages. There is nary a dull moment and her characters come across as believable and humanly faulty.

FINALLY A BRIDE is all about second chances. Readers will find life lessons within its pages. I read a previous book in this series, and will be looking for the one that I missed and other books by this talented author.
Penny

Clean Reads for Happily Ever After People

I would recommend this book to any and everyone because it has a positive and uplifting story with a great outcome. It goes to show that when someone willingly commits their life to Jesus they have to change from their their old ways no matter how major or minor to truly follow him.

— Cortney Penn

Never a Dull Moment

I was so happy to learn that the third book in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series was about Jack and Butch. I was also happy to see Carly back. And I'm happy to say that I wasn't disappointed with Finally A Bride...This was an enjoyable read and I would certainly recommend this book.

— Angela Robinson

The Reader's Roundtable
Finally a Bride is a charming love story that teaches a valuable lesson in forgiveness and acceptance. It is an inspiring novel of redemption as Jack, Noah and Carly put the mistakes of their past behind them and accept the love that God brings into their lives.
Kathy Branfield
RT Book Reviews
The third Texas Boardinghouse Brides book picks up where the last book left off. It is filled with strong and appealing characters. Although predictable, the romance between Jacqueline and Noah is a sweet story that brings the series full circle. The author teaches us about redemption and shows God's plan for each one of us. With enough summary of the other two books included in this story, this can be read as a stand-alone.
Angie Howatt
Book Bargains and Previews
The story was not only fun, but had some pretty intense underlying themes such as redemption, acceptance, and forgiveness. The book is really well-written and the characters come alive on the page and you part as friends. You will fall in love with this heart-warming tale.

— Karleigh C.

Abbie's Reading Corner
If you like western romance then this is a great series and a must read! I am looking forward to reading more books from this author.
Abbie Tireman
I Deal in Hope
A story with feisty characters and more than a touch of humor. A story of second chances, restoration and God's grace.

— Carolyn R. Sscheidies

Never A Dull Moment
I was so happy to learn that the third book in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series was about Jack and Butch. I was also happy to see Carly back. And I'm happy to say that I wasn't disappointed with Finally A Bride...This was an enjoyable read and I would certainly recommend this book.
Angela Robinson
RT Book Reviewss
The third Texas Boardinghouse Brides book picks up where the last book left off. It is filled with strong and appealing characters. Although predictable, the romance between Jacqueline and Noah is a sweet story that brings the series full circle. The author teaches us about redemption and shows God's plan for each one of us. With enough summary of the other two books included in this story, this can be read as a stand-alone.
Angie Howatt
Christian Book Reviews - Sharise Toombs

Thisbook is a great tail of love forgiveness, and second chances. The thing Iabsolutely loved about this book was its ability to show that when we walk withChrist we aren’t held to our past. I think so often we, me included, forgetthat when we accept God’s grace and forgiveness the past is the past and we’reable to move on. This book does a great job at showing the same themes throughdifferent people and different stories.
Long and Short Reviews - Marianne Arkins

Finally a Bride is a heart-warming story of redemption, forgiveness, and finally, acceptance, in the face of adversity. It is chock full of lovely well-rounded characters that look to God for direction to reach their individual goals in life. A strong, uplifting plot keeps the reader reading to a satisfying conclusion. The growth of each of the main characters, especially Jack and Noah, is both profound and extremely satisfying. It hits its mark without coming off as preachy. This is a must-read for any fan of inspirational historical romance. Finally a Bride is a real gem.
Romantic Women's Fiction...Where Life and Love Collide! - Myra Johnson

Vickie McDonough's third book in the Boardinghouse Brides trilogy is possibly her best yet.
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!
Love Romances & More - Dawn Roberto

Vickie McDonough has penned a terrific read. She puts excitement into her prose that keeps the reader enthralled and turning the pages. There is nary a dull moment and her characters come across as believable and humanly faulty.

Finally a Bride is all about second chances. Readers will find life lessons within its pages. I read a previous book in this series, and will be looking for the one that I missed and other books by this talented author.

Love Romances & More - Penny

Vickie McDonough has penned a terrific read. She puts excitement into her prose that keeps the reader enthralled and turning the pages. There is nary a dull moment and her characters come across as believable and humanly faulty.

FINALLY A BRIDE is all about second chances. Readers will find life lessons within its pages. I read a previous book in this series, and will be looking for the one that I missed and other books by this talented author.

Clean Reads for Happily Ever After People - Cortney Penn

I would recommend this book to any and everyone because it has a positive and uplifting story with a great outcome. It goes to show that when someone willingly commits their life to Jesus they have to change from their their old ways no matter how major or minor to truly follow him.
Never a Dull Moment - Angela Robinson

I was so happy to learn that the third book in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series was about Jack and Butch. I was also happy to see Carly back. And I'm happy to say that I wasn't disappointed with Finally A Bride...This was an enjoyable read and I would certainly recommend this book.
The Reader's Roundtable - Kathy Branfield

Finally a Bride is a charming love story that teaches a valuable lesson in forgiveness and acceptance. It is an inspiring novel of redemption as Jack, Noah and Carly put the mistakes of their past behind them and accept the love that God brings into their lives.
RT Book Reviews - Angie Howatt

The third Texas Boardinghouse Brides book picks up where the last book left off. It is filled with strong and appealing characters. Although predictable, the romance between Jacqueline and Noah is a sweet story that brings the series full circle. The author teaches us about redemption and shows God's plan for each one of us. With enough summary of the other two books included in this story, this can be read as a stand-alone.
Book Bargains and Previews - Karleigh C.

The story was not only fun, but had some pretty intense underlying themes such as redemption, acceptance, and forgiveness. The book is really well-written and the characters come alive on the page and you part as friends. You will fall in love with this heart-warming tale.
Abbie's Reading Corner - Abbie Tireman

If you like western romance then this is a great series and a must read! I am looking forward to reading more books from this author.
I Deal in Hope - Carolyn R. Sscheidies

A story with feisty characters and more than a touch of humor. A story of second chances, restoration and God's grace.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607422488
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: Texas Boardinghouse Brides , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 114,907
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Bestselling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen and others living in the West during the 1800s. Vickie is the award-winning author of over 30 published books and novellas. Her books include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and End of the Trail, which was the OWFI 2013 Best Fiction Novel winner. Whispers on the Prairie was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July, 2013.

Vickie is a wife of thirty-eight years, mother of four grown sons and one daughter-in-law, and grandma to a precocious little girl. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com

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Read an Excerpt

Finally a Bride


By Vickie McDonough

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 2011 Vickie McDonough
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-60742-249-5


CHAPTER 1

Lookout, Texas August 1896

* * *

Jacqueline Davis had done a lot of daring things in her life, but this deed had to be the most foolhardy. She held up her skirt with one hand, holding her free arm out for balance, and slid her foot across the roof's wooden shakes. The mayor's chimney was only a dozen more steps away. She peered down at the ground far below, then yanked her gaze upward when a wave of dizziness made her sway. She sucked in a steadying breath. If she fell the two stories to the packed dirt below, she'd become tomorrow's news instead of the story she intended to write about the mayor's latest scheme.

She just had to find out what he had up his sleeve. Weeks had passed since she'd landed an exciting story for Lookout's newspaper. She had to get the scoop—whatever the cost. Maybe then she'd have enough clippings in her portfolio to land a job in Dallas as a reporter and finally leave Lookout.

The sweat trickling down her back had nothing to do with the bright April sun warming her shoulders. A moderate breeze whooshed past, lifting her skirts and almost throwing her off balance. Her petticoat flapped like a white flag, but she was far from surrendering. She swatted down her skirts and glanced around the streets, thankful no one was out yet. "Oh, why didn't I don my trousers before trying this stunt?"

"Because you reacted without thinking again, that's why." She scolded herself just like her mother had done on too many occasions to count. Would she never learn? Sighing, she carefully bent down, reached between her legs, pulled the hem of her skirt through, and tucked it in her waistband. Holding her arms out for balance, she righted herself again.

The hour was still early, but with the mayor's house resting right on the busy corner of Bluebonnet Lane and Apple Street, she couldn't exactly stand outside his parlor window, listening to the meeting he was holding inside. If the two well-dressed strangers hadn't ridden right past the boardinghouse while she'd been sweeping the porch, she'd have never known of their arrival.

Her knock on the mayor's door for permission to listen in and to take notes had resulted in a scowl and the door being slammed in her face. Scuttlebutt was running rampant around town that Mayor Burke had some great plan to bring new businesses to Lookout. He was up to something, and she meant to be the first to find out what it was.

She slid her left foot forward. Listening through the chimney opening was her only alternative. She just hoped the men's voices would carry up that far. Sliding her right foot forward, she held her breath. Her task must be completed quickly before anyone saw her.

"Jacqueline Hamilton Davis, you come down from that roof right this minute—or I'm calling off our wedding."

Jack jumped at Billy Morgan's roar. She twisted sideways, swung her arms in the air, wobbled, and regained her balance on the peak of the house. Heart galloping, she glared down at the blond man standing in the street beside the mayor's house and swiped her hand in the air. "Go away!" she hollered in a loud whisper. If she'd told him once, she'd told him a dozen times she had no intention of marrying him.

Her foot slid toward the chimney. She had to get there right now or Billy's ruckus would surely draw a crowd, and she'd have to climb down without her story.

A high-pitched scream rent the air. "Don't fall, Sissy!"

Jack lurched the final step to the chimney and hugged the bricks. She peered down at her five-year-old sister and swatted her hand, indicating Abby needed to leave, but the stubborn girl just hiked her chin in the air. Abby was so dramatic. She'd even practiced her screams until she could blast the shrillest and loudest screeches of all her friends. Parents no longer came running when the young girls practiced their hollering. Jack shook her head. It would be a shame if any of them ever truly needed help one day and Abby screamed, because not a soul in Lookout would come to her aid.

She peered down to see if Billy was still there, and sure enough, the rascal stood in the middle of the dirt road with his hat pushed back off his forehead and his hands on his hips.

Uh-oh. Across the street, her ma carefully made her way down the front porch steps of the boardinghouse—the bulge of her pregnant belly obvious even from this distance. She shaded her eyes with her hand as she looked around, probably checking on Abby.

Jack ducked down behind the chimney. With her ma so close to her time of birthing another baby, she didn't want to cause her distress—and finding her twenty-year-old daughter on a rooftop would certainly set Ma's pulse pounding.

Movement on Main Street drew Jack's attention. She peered over the bank's roof to the boardwalk on the far side of the street. Oh, horse feathers! Now her pa was heading out of the marshal's office and hurrying toward her mother. He probably thought she'd drop that baby right there in the street. Their last child, two-and-a-half-year-old Emma, had been born in a wagon on the way back from Denison, almost a month early.

She glanced down at Billy, who stood with his hands on his hips, shaking his head. Her ma was looking down Main Street now. With precious few moments before the jig was up, Jack stood on her tiptoes, concentrating on her task. She listened hard, trying to decipher the muted words drifting up the chimney. The strong scent of soot stung her nose, but all she could hear was the faint rumble of men's voices.

She glanced back at the far edge of the roof, trying to decide whether to return to the tree and shinny back down or wait until her mother and stepfather went back inside. Would Billy give her away?

Jack heaved a frustrated sigh. Even if he didn't, Abby would surely tattle. She peeked at her sister. Abby ran toward their mother, her finger pointing up at the mayor's roof. Oh fiddlesticks.

Why did they have to come outside before she concluded her sleuthing? And now, thanks to Billy's caterwauling, a crowd was gathering on Bluebonnet Lane.

She quickly studied the town from her vantage point. This was the perfect spot to view any events taking place in Lookout and garner the news, but it was also dangerous. How could she manage to take notes and still keep her balance? Perhaps she could talk Jenny into building a platform with a fence around it atop her newspaper office so they could view the city whenever community events were happening.

"Jacqueline! Oh, my heavens. What are you doing up there?" Her ma splayed her hand across her chest. Abby stood beside her, looking proud that she'd gotten her big sister in trouble.

Jack held tight to the edge of the chimney and laid her forehead against the bricks. She was as caught as a robber in a bank vault on Monday morning. She turned to head back, but her skirt snagged on the chimney bricks and pulled loose from her waistband, causing her to lose her footing. Her boot slipped, shooting her leg forward and raining wooden shakes on the people below. They squealed and scattered then gawked up at her once they were a safe distance away. Jack tightened her lips to keep from giggling. She shouldn't, she knew, but she'd never seen Bertha Boyd move so fast. That woman had to be as wide as a buckboard.

Jack's fingertips ached from clinging to the bricks, and a streak of blood pooled on her index finger from a scrape. She supposed she should admit defeat, even though the thought of it left a nasty taste in her mouth. She stared across the roof and swallowed hard. Going back wouldn't be as easy as moving forward, not with so many people watching.

The warm spring breeze blew across the rolling green hills, and she tried to hold her skirts down lest the folks below see something they shouldn't. Oh, why hadn't she worn bloomers? Or better yet, trousers?

Her foot slipped again, and she reached behind her, grasping hold of a brick jutting out of the chimney. Maybe going sideways would be easier. Facing the crowd, she balanced on the peak of the roof. She slid one foot to the left and then the other. Just concentrate. Don't think how many people are down there. Don't think how disappointed Ma is.

"Take it slow," Ma yelled.

Loosening her death grip on the brick, Jack slid her foot sideways. The wind lifted her skirts again, and she dropped one hand, hoping to contain them. She swayed forward and swung her free arm for balance and regained it. Had the wind been this gusty when she'd first crossed the roof?

She dared to peer down at the crowd again and saw Billy Morgan staring up with a big grin on his face.

Wonderful.

Just wonderful.

"Want me to come get you?" Without waiting for an answer, Billy strode forward until she could no longer see him.

She didn't need his help, and if he gave it, she'd never hear the end of it.

As it was, she'd never live this down. And right now, her plan didn't sound half as good as it had when she'd concocted it after the mayor slammed the door in her face. She heard a scratching noise off to her left and slowly glanced that way.

"Stay where you are, Half Bit. I'm coming out to help you."

Jack rolled her eyes, then realized the action made her dizzy. Relief that Luke had beaten Billy to the rescue made her legs weak—and that was the last thing she needed just now. "I can get down by myself, Papa. Although I sure would like it if you'd make that crowd go away."

She heard him snort and then chuckle. "Your mother is spitting mad. What in the world were you thinking?"

She slid another foot toward her stepfather. "You'll be upset if I tell you. It's probably best if you just tell her that I wasn't thinking. She'll believe that."

Luke coughed, but she thought it was more to hide another laugh than because he had something caught in his throat. "Slide on over here—carefully. No young lady in a dress belongs on a rooftop."

"Are you saying it would have been all right if I'd worn my bloomers?" She scooted her foot another three inches and looked up to see how much farther it was to the tree. The wind tugged at her skirt as if purposely trying to make her fall.

"You know that's not what I meant. Just be careful. On second thought, I'm coming out there."

"No, I got up here, and I can get back down. Besides, these shakes are half-rotten, and I doubt they'd hold your weight."

"Take it slow and easy then. I don't want you getting hurt."

Abby let out another bloodcurdling scream as Jack glided her left foot along the peak. The sole of her shoe slipped on another loose shake and shot out from under her, the right foot following. Like a child on a sled, she slid down the roof on her shame and mortification. Luke lunged for her, stretching out his arm, but he missed. The last thing she saw before going over the side was his frantic brown eyes.

A sudden jerk jarred her whole body, and she stopped sliding. Her hips dangled over the edge of the house. She heard a tear, felt a jolt, and then she hurled toward the ground.

She flapped her arms like a winged bird but gained no altitude. Abby's scream rent the air. The ground rose up to meet her like an oncoming locomotive. Billy lunged sideways, reaching for her. They collided—her head against his chest—and landed in a pile in the street. Searing pain radiated through her leg and head.

Jack lay there for half a second before she realized she was on top of Billy. She let out a screech that surpassed Abby's and rolled sideways, ignoring the pain in her leg, fighting fabric to gain her freedom. Struggling to catch her breath, she stared up. Her mother's anxious pale blue eyes blurred from two to four. "I'm all right, Ma."

Laying her aching head back against the dirt, she closed her eyes. If she wasn't dead in the morning, she could just imagine the headlines in tomorrow's newspaper: MARSHAL'S DAUGHTER ATTEMPTS TO FLY.

* * *

Noah Jeffers slowed his horse at the creek bank and lowered the reins so Rebel could get a drink. He stretched, then dismounted and walked around, working out the kinks from his long ride. He'd experienced many blessings during his month-long circuit of preaching to the small towns of northeastern Texas, but he'd be glad to be back home.

After a few moments, he led Rebel away from the water and hobbled him in a patch of shin-high grass. He removed the horse's bridle and hung it on a tree stem where a branch had broken off. He rummaged around in his saddlebags and pulled out the apple, cheese, and slice of roast beef that Mrs. Hadley had sent with him this morning when he'd left for home.

Settling under a tree, he bit off a hunk of apple and watched the creek water burble over the rocks. Shadows from the trees danced with the sunlight gleaming on the water in a soothing serenade. A rustling caught his attention across the creek, and he tensed, but then a mallard with seven ducklings waddled into view. Noah smiled, enjoying the tranquil scene. The mother led her tiny crew into the water and drifted downstream.

Peace settled over him. He finished his lunch then leaned his head against the trunk and thought about all the folks he'd met during the past month. Most had been more than friendly, offering him a bed if they had a spare and three meals a day whenever he was in a town. Yes sir, he'd eaten well—for the most part. But he missed his bed—and Pete. A yawn pulled at his mouth. He'd take a short rest then head on home—

A scream yanked him from a sweet dream, and he sat up, listening. He rubbed the sleep from his eyes. Had he just dreamed that he heard someone yell?

"Help! Somebody help me!"

Noah bolted to his feet at the child's cry and searched the trees to his left. "Where are you?"

"Over here. Help!"

He plunged through the brush alongside the creek and ducked under a tree branch. The undergrowth thinned out, andhe noticed a girl no more than six or seven hopping beside the creek a short distance away. A half-dozen men's shirts and lady's blouses lay drying on bushes.

The girl saw him and ran in his direction, her untidy braids flopping against her chest. "Please, mister, my brother—" She pointed toward the creek. "I cain't swim."

Noah's heart tumbled. He saw no sign of anyone in the quiet water. Dropping to the ground, he yanked off his boots. "Where'd he go in?"

The girl's face crumpled. Tears ran down her freckled cheeks, and red ringed her blue eyes. "I don't know. He was sitting on the blanket while I was doing the wash. He must have crawled in when my back was turned."

Crawled? That means a tiny child—one who can't swim a lick. Noah plunged into the creek. It was deeper than he'd expected. The warm water hit him waist level. He bent down, running his arms back and forth as he turned in a circle. Nothing.

"Ma will turn me out for sure," the girl wailed from the edge of the creek. "Oh, Benny. Where are you?"

Noah ducked his head below the surface, hoping to search underwater, but his thrashing had stirred up too much mud. He moved forward several steps and hunted some more, swiping his hands through the water. His heart pounded as his dread mounted. "Help me, Lord. Where's the boy?"

He stilled for a moment and gazed over at the tattered blanket where the child had been. If he'd crawled in from that point, he'd most likely be upstream a bit. Noah quickly pulled his legs through the water then ducked down. Stretching. Reaching.

His left hand brushed something.

Fabric?

He lunged forward, snagged the cloth, and tugged. A frighteningly light-weight bundle rose up to the surface. Noah turned the limp baby over, grimacing at his blue lips.

"No!" The girl collapsed on the bank, her face in her hands. Her sobs tore at his heart.

Noah lifted the tiny boy by his feet as he once saw a father do at a church social when his young daughter had fallen into a lake. He waded toward the bank, whacking gently on the baby's small back.

On shore, Noah laid the child over his forearm and continued smacking him. "Please, Lord. Don't take this young boy. He has his whole life ahead of him."

Water gushed from the boy's mouth; then he lurched. He gagged and then retched. He clutched Noah's arm and coughed up more water. When the worst had passed, Noah turned him over. Benny's eyelids moved. He jerked, then gasped and uttered a strangled cry.

The girl jumped up and hurried to him, hope brimming from her damp eyes. "He ain't dead?"


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Finally a Bride by Vickie McDonough. Copyright © 2011 Vickie McDonough. Excerpted by permission of Barbour Publishing, Inc..
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    LOVED LOVED

    Im not much of a reader and if it doesnt catch my attention u cn forget it, but this book i couldnt put down so awesome i honestly was sad when it ended wanted to keep going love it actually might just have to read it again 100 stars best book amazing writing

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Jack's back!

    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!

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Nicely done!

    VERY easy read! The only source of criticism is that the ending could have been stronger, otherwise, BRAVO for this last book in the 'Boardinghouse Brides' series!!!

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    RATING: 4.5! A GREAT FINALE TO THE BOARDINGHOUSE BRIDE SERIES! FINALLY A BRIDE BY VICKIE MCDONOUGH!!

    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.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    Wonderful Read

    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 minister.

    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.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

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    Redemption in Lookout Texas

    Jack finally has her own story. Only now she's willing to answer to Jacqueline. She still thinks of herself as Jack, but one must grow up and accept what she cannot change. Jack still climbs on rooftops and anywhere else necessary to get a story. She is a journalist after all. She hopes to build up her resume and make herself attractive to the paper in a larger town. Because of her father's abuse of both her and her mother, Jack knows she will never marry, so why can't she quit thinking about Noah? Vickie McDonough did a good job of tying up the loose ends from the first two books in the series, but this one can also stand alone.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    Finally A Bride - Another good read from Vickie McDonough

    Noah Jeffers enters town determined to make up for past misdeeds. Reporter Jacqueline Davis is determined to nail her story. Will she uncover Noah's secret before he can capture her heart? With nowhere else to go, ex-con Carly Payton returns to the Lookout boardinghouse. Garret Corbett is looking for an upstanding wife, not some jailbird. What will he do when overpowered by Carly's unassuming appeal? Does love deserve a second look?
    Another fun story from Lookout, Texas by Vickie McDonough. The Anonymous Bride (Texas Boardinghouse Brides, Book 1) introduced us to some fun characters including Jacqueline 'Jack' as a little girl. Second Chance Brides (Texas Boardinghouse Brides, Book 2) gave us more about the delightful, impulsive little girl. Now in Finally a Bride she is a young woman coming of age and gets her own story.
    I liked that Vickie McDonough kept the fun, impulse edge to Jack's character while at the same time presenting her as a young woman. Having read the first two, I had not problem envisioning Jack on the roof trying to get her story as a reporter in the opening page of the novel. Fun stuff.
    This was a satisfactory conclusion to the stories of the characters first introduced in The Anonymous Bride, but still stands alone as a story of its own. Looking forward to more lively, delightful stories from this author.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Best of the Series

    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.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    Wonderful finale!

    If you're a McDonough fan you know her books are heartwarming and will keep you turning pages. This series has been especially satisfying, seeing how all the characters come full circle in love and their relationships with the Lord. Come to Lookout, Texas and watch the adventures of 'Jack', Carly and Garret unfold!

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    Fun and entertaining

    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!

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    Recommended Read

    Jacqueline "Jack" Davis doesn't need a man in her life. After years of suffering abuse at the hands of her biological father, Jack won't allow herself to dream of a life filled with a husband and children. This is further demonstrated by Jack's need to constantly fend off the amorous advances of local wild-child Billy Morgan, who is determined to make Jack his wife.

    Jack's goal is to get out of the idyllic town of Lookout and to become a reporter in Dallas. A story on the shady doings of the town mayor is sure to do it. But the arrival of new pastor, Noah Jeffers, soon alters Jack's outlook on life. When an opportunity presents itself, can Jack really leave Noah and her family behind?

    Noah Jeffers reluctantly accepts the position of interim pastor in Lookout. His past and present colliding, he looks to God for guidance. Noah has secrets-big ones-surrounding both Lookout and Jack. In Lookout, he seeks forgiveness and redemption from the past. But his immediate attraction to Jack threatens to derail his plans.

    Carly Payton seeks acceptance and forgiveness from the people of Lookout. But her past may simply be too retched to forgive and forget. A former member of a violent gang, Carly had paid for her mistakes of the past by enduring a long prison sentence. Although she has found God and accepted Him into her life, Carly still travels a rocky road. The people of Lookout are not happy or accepting of an ex-convict into their town, especially when her arrival coincides with a spate of violent crimes.

    But it isn't long before Carly catches the eyes of bachelor Garrett Corbett. Garrett is anxious to finally find the right woman and start a family. But to Garrett, Carly doesn't meet his expectations of a possible wife. People would talk, he knows. He doesn't want to put himself or any future children at risk of a possible scandal. Still, a relationship with Carly feels right.

    Finally a Bride is a heart-warming story of redemption, forgiveness, and finally, acceptance, in the face of adversity. It is chock full of lovely well-rounded characters that look to God for direction to reach their individual goals in life. A strong, uplifting plot keeps the reader reading to a satisfying conclusion. The growth of each of the main characters, especially Jack and Noah, is both profound and extremely satisfying. It hits its mark without coming off as preachy. This is a must-read for any fan of inspirational historical romance. Finally a Bride is a real gem.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Wonderful Conclusion!

    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.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Worth the wait!

    Finally it's here! Jack's story is a hoot. McDonough let her grow up but she kept her rascally personality intact.

    Even jailbird Carly is back-her story though small was important to me from the other books and I'm glad to know what happens with her.

    Butch, Jack's nemesis turns up in an unexpected way as well.

    This is the last book in the Boarding House Brides series (you don't need the others first but you'll be missing some good reading if you don't get them!) and it's sad to let the characters go.

    McDonough pulls the personas of her characters through every book and page, you never wonder why did that character do that? It's not like her or him.

    The writing is fun, creative and entertaining.

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