Too Rich for a Bride

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With a head more suited to bookkeeping than a bridal veil, Ida?s dreams include big business- not beaus. 
 
Ida Sinclair has joined her sisters, Kat and Nell, in the untamed mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado for one reason: to work for the infamous but undeniably successful businesswoman, Mollie O?Bryan. Ida?s sisters may be interested in making a match for their determined older sister, but Ida...
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Overview

With a head more suited to bookkeeping than a bridal veil, Ida’s dreams include big business- not beaus. 
 
Ida Sinclair has joined her sisters, Kat and Nell, in the untamed mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado for one reason: to work for the infamous but undeniably successful businesswoman, Mollie O’Bryan. Ida’s sisters may be interested in making a match for their determined older sister, but Ida only wants to build her career.

Under Mollie's tutelage, Ida learns how to play the stock market and revels in her promising accomplishments. Fighting for respect in a man's world, her ambition leaves little room for distractions. She ignores her family's reservations about Mollie O'Bryan's business practices, but no matter how she tries, she can't ignore the two men pursuing her affections—Colin Wagner, the dashing lawyer, and Tucker Raines, the traveling preacher.

Ida wants a career more than anything else, so she shrugs off the suitors and pointed “suggestions” that young ladies don’t belong in business. Will it take unexpected love—or unexpected danger—for Ida to realize where her priorities truly lie?

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Publishers Weekly
Hodgson is a prolific children's book author who has also contributed to 11 books for adults. Her second 1890s western romance continues the story of the four Sinclair sisters (following Two Brides Too Many). Ida Sinclair is passionate about only one thing: succeeding in the business world. When she graduates from business school and a professor propositions her, she promptly moves away to Cripple Creek, Colo., where her sisters Kat and Nell live. Ida lands a job with business owner Mollie O'Bryan, learning how to play the stock market. Life seems pretty near perfect until Ida must choose between the town's new iceman/preacher, Tucker Raines, and Colin Wagner, a lawyer. Investing in the stock market comes easily for Ida, but not so making her heart's choice. Fun and lighthearted, Hodgson's work provides a breezy feel-good read. (May)
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Praise for Too Rich for a Bride

“A beautiful tale. Intriguing. Inviting. Inspiring.”
—Cindy Woodsmall, author of The Hope of Refuge and When the Soul Mends

“This is a story that lets us stand on the cusp of a great societal shift—the entrance of women into the business world…. Cripple Creek’s cast of colorful characters plays host to a new romance, as well as pulling back the curtain on a local family tragedy. This sequel revisits the characters we’ve already come to love and creates a complementary depth to an entertaining new tale.”
—Allison Pittman, author of Stealing Home and The Bridegrooms

“Ida believes her future is secure in a man’s world. After all, she has drive and determination. But what happens when she meets a man who makes a withdrawal from her heart? Author Mona Hodgson makes discovering the answer to this question a rich, rewarding adventure.”
—DiAnn Mills, author of A Woman Called Sage and the Texas Legacy Series

“Ah! A book I’ve been waiting for. Too Rich for a Bride by Mona Hodgson will charm your socks off. All the ups and downs of a romance with a delightful dose of history and characters who will sneak into your heart and take up residence. More, more, we want more.”
—Lauraine Snelling author of No Distance Too Far and the Daughters of Blessing series

“Mona Hodgson has done it again. With deft storytelling and characters that leap off the page, Too Rich for a Bride is a book I won’t soon forget.”
—Kathleen Y’Barbo author of The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper and Anna Finch and the Hired Gun

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307458926
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Series: Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series , #2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 649,438
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Over the last twenty years, Mona Hodgson’s publishing credits have grown to include nearly thirty children's books, contributions to more than ten books for adults, and historical novels, including her debut, Two Brides Too Many. Mona is a popular speaker for women's groups, schools, and educators’ and writers’ conferences. She lives in Arizona with her husband and has two daughters and several grandchildren.
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Portland, Maine
18 September 1896

Ida Sinclair didn’t know where her ambition would take her, only that she possessed a liberal measure of it. That was why the Merton School of Business was the perfect place for her. And why she sat in the front row of the classroom. She didn’t want to miss any bit of information or instruction that could move her closer to success.

Gazing from the calculations on the blackboard to the guest lecturer’s dark eyes, offset by traces of silver at his hairline, Ida waited for Mr. Bradley Ditmer to finish his point about customer relations and then raised her hand.

“Miss Sinclair, you have another question?”

Ida moistened her lips. “Yes. I’d like to know how one goes about securing financing to launch a busi—”

A roar of deep laughter startled her and she turned to glare at the source—a gangly, beak-nosed young man in the row beside hers.

“I wouldn’t worry too much about financing, missy,” he said. “Learn how to make a good pot of coffee and keep a file cabinet organized, and maybe I’ll hire you to work in my company.”

More laughter swept across the room until the professor made his way to the mouthy student’s desk. Mr. Ditmer’s footsteps stilled all other noise.

“Mr. Burn—”

“Burkett.”

“You are a child to indulge in such hubris. Kindly keep it to yourself.”

Ida felt the same burn she’d become accustomed to since her first day in class. Her fellow students didn’t approve of her plans and aspirations. Even the women. But she also felt somewhat vindicated by Mr. Ditmer’s gallant stand against such boorish rantings.

The professor cleared his throat. “To answer your question, Miss Sinclair, bankers, private investors, and those on the stock exchange could provide necessary funding for a business.” He sauntered back to the front of the room then turned to face her. “However, no investor is wont to throw away money on frivolous pursuits. Each business proposal is weighed individually by its likelihood of success.”

“Thank you, sir.” Ida sealed her mouth shut against the numerous questions his answer raised.

She was still recording her thoughts and ideas in her notebook when Mr. Ditmer dismissed the class, making her the last to head for the door.

“Miss Sinclair?” Mr. Ditmer’s clear tone resonated off the empty desks in the room.

Ida stilled her steps a few feet from the classroom door and turned to face her instructor. A pleasant view, to be sure. The man was no Teddy Roosevelt, but he exuded the same commanding presence and compelling confidence.

She glanced down at the reticule she held in one hand and her satchel in the other, then looked back at the first row of desks. She saw no evidence to indicate she’d left anything behind. So what did Mr. Ditmer want?

He walked toward her, then stopped at a respectable distance. “I wondered if I might have a word with you.”

Ida nodded while her mind raced after an explanation. She had asked a lot of questions during class this morning, but she didn’t detect any irritation in his gaze. “Is there a problem, Mr. Ditmer? I didn’t intend any disruption, sir. It’s just that I find the topic of business ethics intriguing.”

“Your questions posed no disruption, Miss Sinclair. On the contrary.”

A smile revealed perfectly straight teeth. “I, for one, appreciate your participation and find your interest and questions thought-provoking. Even rewarding. Discussions on business ethics can be—as a rule—a mite drab.”

If her instructor wasn’t set on scolding her for an overactive curiosity, then what did he want to talk to her about?

“Miss Sinclair, you have your sights set on success in what has been dubbed a man’s world.” It wasn’t a question.

Although he didn’t seem the least bit intimidated or put off by her unconventional aspirations, she squared her shoulders anyway. She was prepared to defend her determination to him or anyone else who might question her entrance into the world of business. “Yes, sir, I do.”

“Then I’d like to discuss some possibilities with you.”

Ida shifted her weight to one foot, hoping the act would slow her pulse and make her appear more relaxed than she felt. Bradley Ditmer owned a large clothiers chain in New York City. She’d love nothing more than to discuss business with him, especially if their conversation held any promise for her future livelihood.

She glanced up at the clock atop a bookcase. Thirty-five minutes after twelve. Only twenty-five minutes remained of her lunch break between classes and her work in the school’s main office.

Unfortunately, she had no wiggle room in her schedule today, and such a discussion could require every minute of her remaining break, and then some. Her employer was out of the office until Monday, and he counted on her to see to the mound of work he’d left for her, including interviewing two prospective students. Still, this was the Mr. Bradley Ditmer, one of New York’s foremost commerce tycoons standing before her, interested in her business ambitions.

“You want to talk with me about my future in the world of business?” she asked.

“If you’re amenable to it.”

“Yes.” She’d allowed herself to sound far too anxious. “I’d be most interested in hearing what you have to say.”

“I have a luncheon appointment. And I know you have a job to attend to.” He pushed a silver-tinted strand of hair from his temple much the way her father did, only Father’s was more salt and pepper than gray. “We could chat after you’re finished with your afternoon’s work.”

A meeting after work would make for a long day, and perhaps mean she wouldn’t get home until after dark, but Mr. Ditmer was very knowledgeable and influential. Father would want her to pursue her dream, and knowing she had a bright and secure future ahead of her would be a comfort to him.

“We can discuss job possibilities over coffee.” His eyebrows arched into a question mark.

“Coffee sounds lovely.”

“Very well, then. I’ll brew a fresh pot in my office at five o’clock.”

In his office. Ida fussed with the wrap draped over her shoulders. Of course he’d want to meet with her in his office. It made sense that he’d keep his list of contacts there—all of his business resources. She brought her bags together in front of her. It wasn’t as if she hadn’t been in his office before. She’d delivered files and telephone messages to him there. The twinge of apprehension niggling at her stomach was senseless. She was behaving like a nervous schoolgirl, something a woman with her “sights set on success” couldn’t afford to do.

Ida offered him a tight nod and took quick steps out the door, closing it behind her. She pulled her mother’s pendant watch from her reticule and glanced at its face. Only fifteen minutes left of her break, barely enough time to scoot down the hall to the washroom and then unlock the office door by one o’clock.

At the end of four hours of filing, typing, and bookkeeping, Ida retrieved her belongings from under her desk and put on her wrap.

Mr. Ditmer, as the guest lecturer for the final month of school, had an office at the end of the empty corridor. Ida’s low-top shoes drummed against the parquet flooring as she made her way around the corner and past three quiet classrooms. She drew in a fortifying breath as she approached his office.

Mr. Bradley Ditmer had taken notice of her business acuity. Her father and her sisters Kat and Nell expected her to move to Cripple Creek, Colorado, next month following her graduation, but surely they’d understand that she couldn’t turn down a lucrative job in New York City. That’d be plain foolish.

After admiring the shine on the brass nameplate—Bradley P. Ditmer III, Industrialist and Adjunct Professor—she knocked lightly on his office door.

“Do come in.”

She did, and was met with the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Her instructor stood behind an oak desk, his suit jacket draped over a brass hook behind him. He motioned for her to be seated in one of the two high-back leather chairs that faced his tidy desk.

Ida left her bags by the door and sat down, watching him pour the steaming liquid into two cups at a buffet in the corner. She’d expected him to ask her to make the coffee, or at least to pour it. Instead, he was serving her. And given his calm response to her many and varied questions in class, he seemed perfectly capable of picturing a woman’s role in business as something more than a kitchen aide and secretary.

“Cream? Sugar?” He returned the pot to the hot plate on the buffet and turned toward her.

“No, thank you.”

He crossed the room and handed her a full cup on a saucer. “One cup of coffee, undiluted.” He smiled. “I should’ve guessed you liked your coffee full-strength. You seem to be one who appreciates the straightforward and direct approach.”

“Thank you.” Ida set the saucer on the desk and loosened her wrap so that it hung at her sides.

“My apologies. This office is on the warm side. Why don’t I take your wrap and hang it with my coat?”

She lifted the shawl over her head, mindful of the cup in front of her, and handed it to him.

While he draped her wrap over a hook and then returned to the buffet, Ida lifted her cup from the desk and let the steam moisten her face. She carefully took a sip, enjoying the coffee’s rich warmth on her throat.

“It’s a Brazilian blend.” Mr. Ditmer carried his cup over and sat down, but not behind his desk as she’d expected. Instead he perched on the chair beside her and took a big gulp of hot coffee.

She enjoyed another swallow of hers while wondering what direction this conversation would take, and how.

“So, what did you do this afternoon?” he asked.

She set her cup on the desk. “I interviewed a prospective student. A second didn’t show up. Most of my work involved typing and filing.” An eyebrow raised, he set his cup back into the saucer. “Sounds like humdrum busywork to me. A mite mundane, I’d say, for someone with your sharp intellect.”

His candor surprised her, and a blush burned her cheeks. “It’s surely not what I aspire to do.” She paused, uncomfortable in the silence. Taking a deep breath, she continued. “And what about you? You have a successful retail chain in New York City, and yet you’re here in Portland, teaching.”

“Everyone needs a change now and again.” He glanced around the office.

“Besides, I’m careful to employ people I can trust to run the operations in my absence. It’s good for them to have the opportunity.”

Sitting a little straighter, Ida forced herself not to squirm. Might she soon be one of his trusted employees?

“During our class discussions the past two weeks,” Mr. Ditmer said, “you’ve mentioned your father living and working in France.”

“As you said in your lecture earlier this week, sometimes it’s best not to set your roots too deep because it’s necessary to go where the opportunities are. That was the case with my father. His position overseeing locomotive engineers here in Portland was eliminated, but he was given the opportunity to instruct and oversee European design engineers in Paris.” Growing weary of the sound of her own voice, Ida lifted the cup to her mouth. She was doing all the talking. “I doubt you called this meeting to discuss my father.”

“No, but…” He leaned forward, his hands on his knees. “Do you intend to join him in France?”

“I have no plans to go to Paris, sir.” New York, on the other hand

“Sir is a bit stuffy for business colleagues. And, speaking of stuffy—” He slid his vest off and laid it over the back of his chair. “Please call me Bradley. May I call you Ida?”

“That’d be fine.” Of course it was fine. Even though he was her instructor and would be for another two weeks, he did seem more of an associate right now.

“And what about Portland, Ida? Are you set on remaining here?”

“Not at all. I don’t expect to, or want to.” She kept the Cripple Creek family plan to herself.

“That’s good news.” He peered at her from over the brim of his cup. His gaze held a cordiality she hadn’t noticed earlier. “You’ll be finished with your course work in just a few weeks. I don’t know how you’d feel about moving to New York City—”

“I like New York City.” Never mind that she had never been there.

He smiled and set his cup in its saucer on the desk. “Good. I might have an opening in my buying division.”

He was offering her a job. Ida opened her mouth to say the buying division sounded like an interesting prospect, but quickly closed her mouth when her instructor took the cup and saucer from her hand. He set them on the desk, a little too close to his, dinging the sides of the plates. They hadn’t finished their coffee. Or their conversation, had they? She expected to hear more about the opening in his company. Ida’s throat went dry before she could question him. A thick silence layered the room as Mr. Ditmer clasped her hands and stood, pulling her up with him. Then his lips sealed hers shut and his hands began to travel her rigid frame.

Ida jerked her arms upward, dislodging his hands from her backside. She pulled away from him, her backward momentum stayed by the massive desk behind her. She swallowed hard against the acid burning her throat. Ditmer shrugged. “You said you had your sights set on the business world.”

“I do.” She glanced past him, at the door.

“If that’s truly the case, then you should know the only way a young single woman would be able to achieve your goal is to become a companion to someone who can make it happen.”

“A companion?” The word soured her tongue and she swallowed hard.

“A mistress, if you will. I can answer all of your questions and pay you very well for your”—he raised a thick eyebrow—“personal services.” A smirk darkened his face and he raised a finger to her cheek. Ida slapped him. The stinging in her hand travelled up her arm as she spun away from his reach, jamming her toe on the ornate desk leg.

“You’re wrong,” she spit, then scooped up her things and slammed the door shut behind her.

She would prove him wrong.

Twenty-five minutes later, Ida was yanking the pins from her hat when her youngest sister burst into the entryway.

Vivian’s five-foot, four-inch stature and brown doe eyes made her look much younger than her nearly eighteen years. Sandy blond curls dangled from a knot on the crown of her head and bounced above her slight shoulders as she pulled an envelope out of the pocket on her yellow gingham apron. “It’s a letter from Nell.”

Ida felt her spirits lift. News from Nell would help distract her.

“We’re glad you’re finally home.” Her aunt Alma glided into the entryway. Her braids, pinned in a circlet above her ears, formed a strawberry blond halo. “It’s parlor time.”

In the parlor, Ida sank into the oversized brocade chair. After positioning a velvet pillow behind her, she let her tired shoulders and back relax against the cushioned support. Sassy, Vivian’s Siamese cat, stirred beneath a rosewood table in the corner, her slumber disrupted. The cat stretched and then sidled up against Ida’s leg. When Ida bent over to give the feline a back rub, she noticed the scuff marks left on the pointed tip of her shoe, telltale signs of her run-in with Mr. Ditmer’s desk—and Mr. Ditmer.

She’d been an eager idealist.

Not anymore.

Once Vivian and Aunt Alma were seated on the circular sofa, Sassy leapt onto Vivian’s lap and curled into a ball. Vivian pulled a piece of onion skin stationery from the envelope with dramatic flair and cleared her throat before she began reading.

Nell had written about a new claw-foot tub Judson had added to their modest house, along with electric lights. She told them more about the landlady at the boardinghouse, and then she spent at least two long paragraphs describing the new and improved face of Cripple Creek. She wrote about the brick-and-sandstone town beginning to bulge at its seams, filling most every lot in the center of town and sprawling far up into the foothills. The wealth of gold being discovered attracted people from all over the country. Investors. Stockbrokers. Attorneys. Bankers. Railroad men. Entrepreneurs of all sorts, including someone who had recently opened an opera house and a businesswoman named Mollie O’Bryan, who was causing quite a hullabaloo.

A thriving city that offered comforts and culture. A place where Ida could learn the underpinnings of business and prosper with the city. A city other than New York or Portland.

Vivian held up the letter, her pinky finger pointed outward.

Ida, as the result of Judson’s work as an accountant, he knows many folks in business. Bankers. Investors. Brokers. He says you could have a solid job here in no time.

But Ida barely heard the last few sentences. Her mind had been racing from the moment she’d heard that there was a businesswoman in Cripple Creek. Ida knew she’d rather work for a woman. Working for a successful woman would be icing on the cake.

Ida rose from the chair. “Mollie O’Bryan,” she said, garnering stares from her sister and her aunt.

Vivian dipped her chin and raised a brow. “I haven’t finished reading yet.” She motioned for Ida to sit back down, which she did.

   I hope you are well and you enjoyed the summer.

   I miss you terribly. I know Kat does also. She said she’ll write
   again this week.

   I’ll close for now. Judson is due home from the mine, and I have
   oatmeal cookies baking in the oven.

   Forever your sister, with love,
   Nell

Vivian folded the letter and slid it back into the envelope on her lap, then glanced up at Ida as if she expected an explanation for Ida’s outburst.

“I’ve finished school early,” Ida said. “So it works out that I can leave for Cripple Creek this next week.”

Unlike her sisters, she wasn’t going to Colorado for love or marriage. She had no intention of letting anything or anyone stand in the way of her ambitions. And she would succeed without the kind of compromise that men like Bradley Ditmer expected from her.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

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    A Good Read, Not a Favorite

    From the book jacket: With a head more suited to bookkeeping than a bridal veil, Ida's dreams include big business- not beaus.

    Ida Sinclair has joined her sisters, Kat and Nell, in the untamed mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado for one reason: to work for the infamous but undeniably successful businesswoman, Mollie O'Bryan. Ida's sisters may be interested in making a match for their determined older sister, but Ida only wants to build her career.
    Under Mollie's tutelage, Ida learns how to play the stock market and revels in her promising accomplishments. Fighting for respect in a man's world, her ambition leaves little room for distractions. She ignores her family's reservations about Mollie O'Bryan's business practices, but no matter how she tries, she can't ignore the two men pursuing her affections-Colin Wagner, the dashing lawyer, and Tucker Raines, the traveling preacher.
    Ida wants a career more than anything else, so she shrugs off the suitors and pointed "suggestions" that young ladies don't belong in business. Will it take unexpected love-or unexpected danger-for Ida to realize where her priorities truly lie?

    This is a book that I had trouble "getting into." It kept getting pushed to the bottom of my 'to-read' file. But, this was not a bad book at all. Just not one of my favorites. It was a good story, with good characters. It wasn't a favorite, but a good read. Though summer is ending this would be considered a good beach read. There is also a discussion guide included.

    Waterbrook Multnomah graciously provided me with a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes. I'm under no obligation to give a positive review of the book.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    A Fun Summer Read!

    Title: Too Rich for a Bride.

    Author: Mona Hodgson.

    Genre: Romance, Christian, Historical Fiction, Sequel.

    Plot: In this sequel to Two Brides Too Many, we are introduced to Ida Sinclair, the business-minded firstborn of the four Sinclair sisters. Ida finishes her business courses two weeks early in 1896 Portland, Maine and heads out to Cripple Creek, Colorado to join her two younger sisters Kat and Nell with their husbands in the booming little mining town. With her sights set on becoming a successful businesswoman, Ida gets a job working for the notorious Miss Mollie O'Brian and does her best to ignore her sisters' and landlady's attempts at matchmaking.

    But with two men, one the successful lawyer Colin Wagner and the other the traveling preacher turned ice man Tucker Raines, both vying for her attention, Ida soon finds herself stuck at a crossroads. When her job is put on the line after a supposedly wealthy stock investment backfires, Ida's big plans spin out of control and she realizes she must trust God or lose everything. Meanwhile Tucker is still trying to pick up the pieces of his broken past and mend issues with his ailing parents; he certainly doesn't have time for a whirlwind courtship with the intriguing Miss Sinclair.

    Likes/Dislikes: This wasn't a "heavy read" but it was certainly an enjoyable "easy read" for a warm summer afternoon and I really rather enjoyed it. The plot concerning which young man Ida would fall for was totally predictable but I was very intrigued with Tucker Raines' past which kept me interested after the telltale second chapter flew by. The ending reminded me of a Jane Austen novel with the good guy, the bad guy and the poor girl stuck in the middle. There were a couple references to the first book in this series but not enough to get the reader hopelessly confused. All in all, a fun read.

    Rating: PG-13 and up for reading level and brief suggested suggestive content. {If that makes any sense.}

    Date Report Written: July 23, 2011.

    I received this book free from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in the above review are my own.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    You Can Never Be Too Rich ...

    If you ask my husband, he'd probably tell you my favorite books are romance novels that don't spend too much time worrying about whether you can figure out the ending after the first few pages. While there is some truth to that (I do like romances), I much prefer a meaty novel with a few twists and turns to one that lays out the plot in such a straight line that coming to the inevitable conclusion is rather anticlimactic. Before I started reading, I was afraid this novel would fall more into the latter category than the former. In my experience, Christian western historicals do tend to follow a rather simple formula. While Mona Hodgson does stay true to the genre and offers a rather predictable storyline, she has also created remarkable, relatable characters. Rather than feeling let down by the unsurprising ending, I found myself smiling, happy they'd finally arrived. Ida Sinclair, the protagonist, is a headstrong, independent woman. She's smart, ambitious, and doesn't have any interest in following the path society set out for the traditional woman. Moving to Colorado to join her sisters, Ida finds a job with a businesswoman who teaches her to knowledgeably invest in the stocks and see significant returns. Not everyone approves of the methods her mentor uses, however, and Ida's continued employment threatens family harmony. In the end, of course, Ida learns lessons that are much more valuable than how to play the market and she chooses between the two suitors pursuing her. Everyone lives happily every after, with just enough threads left untied for a sequel featuring the fourth Sinclair sister. Although this book itself is a sequel to Too Brides Too Many, the story of Ida's sisters Kat and Nell, it stands well on its own. I haven't yet read the first book, but the continuing plotlines seemed adequately enough explained that I didn't feel lost as the story progressed. This is not my favorite book, and westerns aren't really my favorite genre, but it was an enjoyable read and left me intrigued about the other sisters. I may have to order a copy of the first book, and I will be on the look out for the next. For being fun, though not terribly innovative, I give it three out of five stars. Disclosure: I participate in the Blogging for Books program. WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided me with a free copy of this book for my review. Note: I read a paperback copy of this book but for some reason, I could not access the review page for the paperback version.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

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    Romantically Inspiring

    A bit of background on the novel: Ida Sinclair follows her ambitions to a mining town in Cripple Creek, Colorado. She joins her two sisters Kat and Nell as she pursues her goals to become a successful business woman. In a predominately man's world Ida finds out that becoming a business woman is not approved by everyone. Getting a job with a well-known however not approved of local business woman Mollie O'Bryan Ida soon finds she has a head for stocks and books. However this does not stop two men's interest in her. While her sisters try to focus on persuading Ida to settle down, and try to fan the flames of curiosity that Ida has for both men, Ida insists that she isn't interested in a romantic relationship. All she is interested in is her path towards success, which is where she quickly finds herself. However she can't ignore the attraction she feels towards both men. There is a preaching ice man Tucker Raines who is a traveling preacher and who finds himself in Cripple Creek to try and save his families ice business, and then there is Colin Wagner a successful businessman and attorney whom Ida often works with in her line of business. As Ida tries to keep everything composed and choose the right decisions for her life she finds that without God's help things could quickly crumble, and materials can't build them back together. My Thoughts: I sort of connected with Ida Sinclair's ambitious ways, and I even admired the fact that no matter what or whom stood in her way she still obtained what then was the unattainable for women. This is Book 2 of the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek, but if you haven't yet read the first book you needn't worry. This is a sort of stand alone book, however after reading it you will want more. And you will more than likely find yourself going back to read Book 1. This book tells the tale of many characters, but for me the most intriguing was Tucker Raines. His family and life struggles were gripping and his character is mysterious yet noble. I really enjoyed this book, and while I haven't yet read Book 1 I will be now. Book 2 definitely left me wanting more. It isn't dull at all, and it has a great sense of history to it. Women actually did have to deal with many downfalls to achieve their desires while living in a then man's world. And it also goes to show that with God's help anything is possible, and while we have our plans in life they may not always be what God has in store for us. But if we just trust in Him things will turn out much better than we had even hoped. Disclaimer: Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    A Good read for the Beach!

    In Book 2 of the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek, Ida Sinclair joins her sisters in Colorado. However, unlike her two sisters, Kat and Nell, she is not on a mission of love but on a mission of business. Ms. Ida Sinclair has her eyes and heart set on being a successful business woman. Nothing is inherently wrong with this goal except....well.... it is 1896! "Too Rich for a Bride" entertains through the twists and turns that life takes Ms. Sinclair as she embarks on her journey to become a career woman. As fate would have it, she is gainfully employed by the only woman in town, Mollie O'Bryan, and becomes determined to learn everything she can from Cripple Creek's most infamous successful businesswoman. However, it isn't too long after arriving that a few of the men in town notice Ms. Sinclair. Not too easily swayed, she stays the course until circumstances beyond her control force her to assess her priorities. What will win her affections? her career? a dashing city attorney? the traveling preacher? This is a quick, easy read and I would have loved to have had it poolside or at the beach! Mona Hodgson tells the story in such a way that you did not have to have read Book 1 to understand this book. However, I would like to read Book I now. Additionally, I would recommend this read to anyone who is looking for an enjoyable historical fiction book. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. As always, my opinions are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2011

    A fun read

    I really enjoyed this book. Not because it was the best book I've ever read, or anything...it was just fun. A lighthearted clean Christian romance. I'll probably even keep it (I typically only buy books I've read, loved and want to read again). It's nice to have a few light bathtub books on hand!
    On a more meaningful level, I could relate to one of the main premises of the book: the struggle of priorities as a woman, between ambition and relationships. My mother was one of three women to graduated in business from her university in 1974. The first day of one of her business classes, she walked in and the professor said, "Miss, the typing class is down the hall." She replied she was in the right place, and sat down. She went on to have a successful career as a businesswoman. This is the woman who raised me, who taught me that I could do anything and be anything I wanted. But all that being said, after I was born, she gave up all of that success to be a stay-at-home mom to me and my two younger siblings that followed. And so, years later, when I found myself about to graduate from my undergrad with acceptances to two of the best graduate programs in the country...and a fiance who had to stay put, with two more years of undergrad on full scholarship...I chose love over ambition. I've never regretted it for even a moment. As I said then, I'm not giving up dreams, I'm choosing some dreams over others for the time being. Someday, I'll go back to school. But I'll do it knowing I have everything that really matters, because I chose that first.
    I love books that relate to topics I feel passionately about.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

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    This is a wonderful inspirational historical tale

    In 1896 the oldest of the Sinclair sisters, Ida has just completed business school in Portland, Maine. However, when Adjunct Professor Mr. Ditmer who she respected makes a proposition that upsets Ida, she joins her sisters Kat and Nell in Cripple Creek, Colorado (see Two Bride Too Many). However unlike her siblings, Ida does not want to find a husband.

    Using her business education degree, she teams up with businesswoman Mollie O'Bryan in spite of hearing rumors of her mentor's amoral business ethics that the newcomers believes is petty gender jealousy. Ida meets itinerant preacher iceman Tucker Raines who tries to save his ailing father's business and makes friends with people who can help him or his family with their plight. To Ida, attorney Colin Wagner is her perfect match so why does she keep thinking of Tucker.

    This is a wonderful inspirational historical tale that reminds readers of Carlyle's Clothing theory of man as God sees passed the outer garments to the heart and soul inside the person. Mollie and the stock exchange she joins (breaking the gender barrier) were real and add a strong sense of time and place to a delightful late nineteenth century novel. Readers will enjoy the business and life lessons that Ida learns in Cripple Creek as the romantic subplot enhances her chance at restitution with God and his local flock, and moral redemption.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Easy Read Romance Novel

    So do you like a book that starts with a single gal who wants to make it in the business world and not in the marriage world? And do you like historical settings especially if it is a western setting in Colorado of all places? And what if the business venture takes a side step into romance? Ahhh, then you might like this book.

    Ida Sinclair has joined her sisters, Kat and Nell, in the untamed mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado for one reason: to work for the infamous but undeniably successful businesswoman, Mollie O'Bryan. Ida's sisters may be interested in making a match for their determined older sister, but Ida only wants to build her career. She is taught how to play the stock market but instead of choosing stocks, she finds she has a choice of beaus. Two of them in fact and they very much want to win her hand.

    I liked the fact that the book had short chapters so was a nice read before bedtime. I felt there were too many characters in the story and would've had liked those omitted in order to spend more time in the basic story. All in all it was a light hearted easy read with romance to boot.

    I received this book free from Multnomah Publishing for an advance reading as part of their bloggers program . I was not required to write a positive review and therefore, the book review is 100% my own opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2011

    nice historical romance fiction

    Too Rich for a Bride is a romantic novel written by Mona Hodgson. A western historical fiction, this is a story of a career-oriented woman named Ida Sinclair who's set her sights into conquering the male dominated world of business. She ignored suitors in the process since they are just distractions until two men came along - Colin Wagner, the dashing lawyer, and Tucker Raines, the traveling preacher.

    I like reading romantic novels and this is one of those books that I'll read again in the future. Since Too Rich for a Bride was set in late 1890's, I had learned a few things from that time period too, such as the fact that a woman who wants to succeed at business was too uncommon at that time. The story appealed to me probably because I was an accountant prior to being a stay at home wife and the main character was just as business-minded as me.

    I would recommend this book to those bookworms who are fond of reading historical romance fictions.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

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    Great message... simple story

    This book was sent to me to review by the Blogging for Books program through Waterbrook Press.


    This is book 2 of a series so I had to visit the library to get book 1.


    I had a hard time getting into these books. I didn't feel that the characters were well developed and the story was very simple and easy to guess.


    But, the message of this series is clear... forgiveness, hope, learning to love and trust God for the future.


    Too Rich for a Bride is about Ida Sinclair who joins her 2 sisters in Cripple Creek, Colorado. She had a job and is fighting to be successful in a place where women do not normally hold jobs in business.


    "With a head more suited to bookkeeping than a bridal veil, Ida's dreams include big business - not beaus."


    This was a very easy read and again, was almost too simple for me to get excited about reading more. Although I did enjoy the biblical message woven into both of these stories.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    Quick Read

    Set in Cripple Creek, Colorado, in 1896, the storyline has great potential. New resident Ida Sinclair has moved out West to be near her two sisters. Both sisters are recently married after having settled in town, matches helped along by the boardinghouse's landlady. Ida, however, has no aspirations for marriage; her sights solidly set on being a businesswoman. To that end, she takes a job with Mollie O'Bryan, a business owner. (Historically, Mollie O'Bryan was the first woman to have an official seat on the gold mining stock exchange.) This book was a bit short and underdeveloped for my personal liking. While the story has a variety of characters, there was not much character development. I found the plot to be predictable overall. What was there was well written; there just wasn't enough of it, in my opinion, to really draw you in and keep you reading. I am a fan of shorter chapters, though, since those are good stopping points; something I found myself doing more of than usual for me while reading. If you like shorter books with predictable plots, be sure to put this book on your list! I give it 3 stars out of 5; not a great book, but not bad, either. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

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    Highly Recommended!

    Ida Sinclair has now joined her Sister's....Two Brides Too Many...Kat and Nell in Cripple Creek, Colorado. She is a Modern woman and wants to be a Business woman...she is not interested in marriage.
    According to the Author Mollie O'Bryan was indeed a real person, but her character in the book is fictional. Ida decides she wants to be just like Mollie, which includes insider trading in the stock market.
    Two men want Ida...one is a successful lawyer Colin Wagner, and the other is the Iceman...Preacher Tucker Raines.
    Loved the character of Miss Hattie...aka Matchmaker. What a loving wonderful woman she is and her heart belongs to God.
    Can't wait for the next book in this series when Vivian arrives, also wonder if there will be more for Willow?
    Love books set in the 1800's and learning about the life back then...never thought about the Stock Market being around then.
    This is a good fast read book, you will have a hard time putting it down.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    Very Great Book

    I just got finished with reading Too Rich For a Bride by Mona Hodgson and I absolutely loved it. It is the second book in the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series. The first book is called Two Brides Too Many.


    In this novel you are taken back in time to the late 1800's in the west. Colorado is the backdrop and the main character is a spunky young lady named Ida Sinclair. Ida moves out west with two of her three sisters who have settled down in a growing town called Cripple Creek, Colorado. She wanted to become a successful businesswoman. In this time period women were not welcomed very easily into businesses to work. Ida is very determined not to get married, but to make it instead in the male dominated business world.


    She loves God and her sisters and other characters in the book reference the bible and God many times. Most of the characters even pray on a regular basis. The book is filled with scripture, church-going, and Jesus references. Each character becomes more mature in their walk with Christ as the book goes on.
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    This novel is about loss, love, and forgiveness. It's about finding faith when you think none can be found. I cried a few times while reading the book. Some were sad tears and some were happy tears. I loved reading this book and will probably read it again in the future.


    "Ida wants a career more than anything else, so she shrugs off the suitors and pointed 'suggestions' that young ladies don't belong in business. Will it take unexpected love - or unexpected danger - for Ida to realize where her priorities truly lie?" -Quote from the back of the book

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

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    Too Rich For A Bride

    While I wasn't fortunate enough to read the first book in the Sisters of Cripple Creek series titled "Two Brides Too Many," I really had no problems jumping right into the story of the latest Sinclair sister who moves to Cripple Creek. The year is 1896 and Ida Sinclair plans on moving to Cripple Creek once she is finished with business school, but when a professor propositions her, she decides to graduate early. Fortunately for her, she has just received a letter from her sister in Cripple Creek telling her about Mollie O'Bryan, a successful business woman in Cripple Creek who is looking for an assistant. When Ida lands the job, she is warned by her family about Ms. O'Bryan's business practices, but Ida ignores the warnings. Will Ida's association with Ms. O'Bryan taint her reputation, and are the warnings about her business practices true? Tucker Raines is a traveling preacher who comes to Cripple Creek when he gets a letter from his mother that his father is ill. When Tucker arrives he realizes that his fathers ice business isn't making enough to sustain the family and decides to try and turn it into a profitable business. He would love to have a wife and children but because of family obligations feels that it will never happen, but that doesn't keep him from having feelings for Ida Sinclair. Will he leave town once his families business is secure, or will he find something that will keep him in Cripple Creek. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read, and this story didn't disappoint. I became so immersed in the story, I actually felt as if had stepped back in time. The characters in this story were easy to like. I felt as if Ida was a brave person to try and make it in a mans world. She was such a like able character, and while she thought she didn't want romance, it was interesting to see that God had other ideas. Tucker Raines had such an interesting back story, a true man of God that took his family responsibilities seriously. There were several secondary characters that added to the story and a couple of my favorite were Abraham, the joke telling youngster who helped his father on the ice wagon, and Miss Hattie who ran the boardinghouse, she was like a mother figure to the Sinclair girls. Fans of historical inspirational romance will certainly enjoy this one, and if you like western historical fiction then your going to enjoy it as well. Highly recommended! I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by WaterBrook Press in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    SO CUTE!

    Ida Sinclair isn't your normal, every day heroine. Instead of spending her time chasing after men like all the other girls in town, she spends hers learning the business of the stock market. She's not interested in finding love; she just wants the independence of having a career and her own financial security. So when not only one but two gentlemen profess an interest in her, she is completely taken aback. What's she supposed to do? Granted she can't quite ignore the attentions of Colin Wagner or Tucker Raines, but her first priority in life has always been her career.Can she really give that up? She's not even sure if she ever wants to get married. Add the constant heckling from other women in town, who don't believe business is appropriate for young ladies, and she's got quite a bit of confusion on her hands.
    It will take faith, a touch of romance, and even a bit of danger before Ida realizes exactly what it is that she not only wants...but needs. Too Rich for a Bride is definitely a cute story. One of the best I've read this year. Mona Hodgson really outdid herself this time.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    Too Rich for a Bride

    It's always fun when the setting of a book you're reading is a place you've actually been. It's not that the author needs help painting a picture of the setting in your mind- it's just a different dimension- not better, not worse than reading about a place to which you have never been. I just finished Too Rich for a Bride by Mona Hodgson, set in the mining boom-town of Cripple Creek, Colorado. I visited the town as a child when my family lived in Colorado Springs....I felt like I was in a time warp of sorts, so it wasn't too difficult for me to picture the town the way in would have looked in the late 1800s, when the story takes place.

    Ida Sinclair is the eldest of four sisters; two of her sisters already live in Cripple Creek, and she plans to join them after she completes her business degree in Maine. Once she arrives in Cripple Creek, she is determined to let nothing distract her from her goal of becoming a successful business woman- even if that means potentially comprising some of her ethics to make it in a 'man's world'. The last thing she needs is the complication of a romantic relationship, but two of the town's eligible bachelors- the fashionable attorney and the mysterious traveling preacher- have both sets their sights on her. With the addition of a landlady known for being the town matchmaker and two sisters who have already found love in the mining town, it will take all Ida has to focus on her career.

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book; I actually read it in one day. It's a quick read, but it's not as fluffy as I was anticipating. Hodgson touches on some rather interesting issues- including business ethics, tuberculosis, and the early days of the stock market. Apparently, Too Rich for a Bride is a follow-up to Two Brides Too Many, which follows the story of Ida's two sisters Kat and Nell, whom she joins in Cripple Creek. The youngest sister Vivian still lives in Maine and is set to join everyone the following summer. I'm guessing a third book will be appearing in the near future sharing with us Vivian's trek out West and her adjustment to Cripple Creek. While Too Rich for a Bride is a follow-up, you can still read it without reading the first story (as I did), but there are a few events to which Hodgson alludes that most likely happened in the first book; if you can read the first book, it might give you a more complete picture of the Sinclair family and enhance your experience, but if you can only get your hands on the Too Rich for a Bride, by all means, read away!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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