The Bridegrooms is set in the 1800's and recounts the tale of the Allenhouse family. The family unit consists of both parents and four children; all girls! It opens up with heartache as you find out that the mother, who seems to have loved her children, walks out in the middle of the night leaving her four girls and a husband to fend for themselves. Then, as the story unfolds, the Allenhouse girls grow up and enter the age of suitors and marriage.
The main character, Vada, is the oldest. Vada is betrothed to Garrison, a simple but respectful man who has agreed to marry her. Her inner thoughts give way to daydreaming about a more exciting, flirtatious relationship with someone. Yet, here is Garrison...a sensible but non-romantic man who wants to marry her.
Vada's sisters are; Hazel, who is slightly plump and is trying hard to find a man to settle down with! She writes to men across the country seeking to find a husband; Lisette, a frivolous young lady who is also beautiful and gets all the guys; and Althea, the youngest who hasn't spoken a word since her mom's dissappearance but has a way with the written word (poetry).
Their father, whom they refer to in an endearing way as "Doc" is a doctor who although he loves his daughters - can't seem to figure out how to connect with them. The absense of the mother has left a huge hole in the family.
When the Brooklyn Bridegrooms, a baseball team, come into their town to play against the Cleveland Spiders...something terrible happens! The ball soars out into the crowd, hits a man and knocks him out cold! This poor fellow is taken to the Allenhouse home where he is taken care of, and, it just so happens that he is placed in Vada's bedroom to do the mending! Of course, Vada takes up residence in another part of the house.
This is an enjoyable, entertaining book! Although, at times I thought that it was hard to keep up on all of the different story lines, I still enjoyed The Bridegrooms and will remember the tales that it held.
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