Monday, August 30, 2010

The Bridegrooms by Allison Pittman

When Vada was only eight, her mother abandoned her and her three sisters.  From that moment on, she had to become a mother to her sisters and her childhood was over.  As Vada becomes a grown woman, she continues to care for her sisters and her father while trying to find romance and her own place in life.

The Bridegrooms are a baseball team that have come to Vada’s town to play.  When a horrible accident leaves a man in a coma, the entire team descends upon Vada’s home, as her father is the doctor in the area.

With the mystery of who the coma victim is, three younger sisters constantly getting into trouble, a baseball team wreaking havoc, questions unfolding about her mother and her own romantic issues, will Vada remain sane by the end of the book?

For me, this book was reminiscent of Alcott’s Little Women.  We have four sisters with the eldest being the responsible one in charge, a middle sister who’s constantly getting into trouble, a middle sister who’s quiet and sweet, and the youngest sister who is the pretty, spoiled child.  Though these characters aren’t created quite to the depth that Alcott’s are, they’re still rather enjoyable.

Throughout the book we have dark undertones constantly tugging at us, but the light-hearted manner in which the book is presented keeps us from feeling that deep sadness.  Every time something tragic is brought up in the story it’s immediately followed by mirth and merriment which makes this an enjoyable read.  I don’t think I’ve ever read a story about abandoned children and a man near death that made me smile so much.

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