The novel covers nine days in the lives of Vada and her sisters, mostly chronicling some abrupt turns that happen in their love lives. Vada faces temptations and decisions regarding her long term relationship with Garrison Walker, a local musician and lawyer. Hazel yearns to be married and is developing a long-distance relationship with a glorified pen pal. Althea, who hasn’t spoken since the day her mother left 17 years ago, pines away for a man who remains speechless for most of the story. Lisette, the flirtatious youngest daughter who has always had more than one boy on her trail, finally seems to be taking a firm interest in one young man. In the lives of these women, changes and decisions are made that could change things forever.
I found The Bridegrooms to be a pleasant Christian novel with four interesting love stories intertwined within the Allenhouse family. Their lives are not cookie cutter perfect and they struggle with many of the same things that we struggle with today. Loneliness, temptation, loss, insecurity and deception were themes that came up often. The girls frequently turned to their relationships with God for strength and guidance. The story ambles its way along until a pleasant conclusion.
I can’t find much to criticize in Pittman’s book. The characters were real and recognizable, the romantic story lines were enticing yet chaste, and the fate of these characters kept me guessing. At the same time, I find this book to be fairly unremarkable, forgettable and almost vanilla-like. I’m not sure how I would change it, but Bridegrooms left me feeling blasé and a little bored. It’s a pleasant enough story, but I doubt I’ll remember much of it a year from now.
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