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September 2011

Reviewer: Lena Nelson Dooley

Lena Nelson DooleyLena Nelson Dooley, is the author of Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico and many others. She is also an ACFW Mentor of the Year.


Carol Award: Novella: Finalist: The Prodigal Groom

The Prodigal Groom coverTitle: The Prodigal Groom in Christmas Mail-Order Brides
Author: Vickie McDonough
Publisher: Barbour Publishing (Rebecca Germany, Editor)
ISBN: #978-1602609693
Genre: Novella
Reviewed by: Lena Nelson Dooley

I love a good mail-order bride story, so this novella collection, Christmas Mail-Order Brides is right down my alley. One problem with these stories is that many of them have the same old, same old plot. But in this collection, there are four unique stories with believable plot twists.

Writing a well-developed story within a novella word count takes a lot of finesse, which McDonough has in abundance.

Vickie McDonough has been writing historical fiction for several years, and I’ve read most of her books. She has a good sense of the period and includes authentic touches that create a rich setting for the story. Add to that her characters and you have a fun read.

McDonough puts her characters into some sticky situations that lend themselves to a developing plot that keeps me turning those pages.

Writing a well-developed story within a novella word count takes a lot of finesse, which McDonough has in abundance. I’m not surprised The Prodigal Groom finaled in the Carol Award contest.

If you haven’t read The Prodigal Groom, you’ll want to get a copy to help you celebrate the holiday season.

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Vickie McDonoughVickie McDonough’s The Prodigal Groom

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