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Mona Hodgson

Mona Hodgson

Genres:
Historical
,
Romance
Award-winning author Mona Hodgson writes historical romance and children’s books, not to mention short stories, articles, and poems. She speaks regularly at women’s retreats, schools, and conferences throughout the United States and Canada. She lives in Arizona with her husband and has two daughters and four grandchildren. 
Mona Hodgson: Sister to Sister

Mona Hodgson: Sister to Sister

(December 2012)
Rel Mollet
Despite Mona Hodgson’s lack of enthusiasm for her high school history classes, she now finds past centuries fascinating.

Her Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series (Waterbrook Press) is set in the 1800s. “I’m inspired by the pluck and faith of the stalwart women, particularly the pioneers of the Wild West,” Mona claims.

A renowned children’s writer, Mona turned her hand to historical romance in 2010 with Two Brides Too Many. The Sinclair sisters—Kat, Nell, Ida and Vivian—feature in the first three books of the series and in the final story, Twice a Bride, widow Willow Raines Peterson takes centre stage. A second chance for love presents itself to Willow in the form of photographer Trenton Van der Heer, and she starts to dream of sharing the happiness she sees enjoyed by Ida and her sisters. While not a Sinclair, Willow bears the title of sister-in-law to Ida Sinclair Raines. “I introduced Willow in Too Rich for a Bride, and she made a cameo appearance at the end of the story. In Twice a Bride, Willow is the newest resident at Miss Hattie’s Boarding house and quickly becomes a sister-friend to Ida, Kat, Nell and Vivian.” Mona stresses that women were well aware of their need for community in the 1800s, drawing strength and joy from companionship with each other, often brought together by desperate loneliness.

Mona’s own upbringing is reflected in these stories: “Like Ida, I am the big sister, the oldest of four Gansberg girls. I also share Ida’s ambitious nature, and we’re both businesswomen; she manages the Raines Ice Company, and I manage my own business as a writer and speaker.”

While Mona is delighted if her readers enjoy her stories, she prays for more: “I want my readers to know they are not alone, but instead part of a sisterhood that can encourage and lend assistance. I want my characters’ journeys to draw us all deeper into the matchless heart of our gracious God.”
 
 

 

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