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Aiming for Love, Book 1 by Mary Connealy

Series: Brides of Hope Mountain

Publication Date:  1 Oct 2019

Publisher: ARC from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

“Kissing you is the most thrilling thing that’s ever happened to me, and I once killed a grizzly bear with six arrows and a dull knife, so that’s saying something.”

                                                            –Jo Nordegren

In typical Mary Connealy style, this western is filled with dry humor, interesting characters, vivid descriptions, and a tall tale befitting the western frontier. This first novel in her new series introduces us to the Nordegren girls. The storyline centers around Josephine “Jo”, the middle sister, a curious, yet naïve, blue-eyed blonde who dresses in a most unusual manner and runs wild in the woods with a bow and arrows which she most certainly knows how to use. Her older sister, Ursula, an extremely isolated, anti-social young woman rules the household, and her younger sister, Ilsa, swings from branches all over the woods and runs fairly wild gathering medicinal herbs. These unique young women have no contact with civilization until David Warden shows up in their valley high on Hope Mountain.

The story centers on the themes of helping others because it is the right thing to do, accepting people as they are, and believing that family is what you make it. The secondary characters involved in the story, Dave’s parents and brother, his cowhands, and even the bad guys, add an element of depth to the story. A unique storyline filled with family drama, a bit of romance, and some sadness as well make up this intriguing read from Mary Connealy. Bring your imagination to the table when you read this one!

Readers of inspirational historical fiction and western fiction will enjoy this distinctive story. I am personally looking forward to book two in the series to see what further adventures Mary Connealy has for us.

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

 4 out of 5

 

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The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy

Series: High Sierra Sweethearts
Publication Date: 3 April 2018
Publisher: ARC from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

“You are a blessed miracle from God, you and your men. You saved us and now you care for us. It’s the Bible’s very definition of a Christian.”
–Deb Harkness

It is certainly no surprise that a woman who dedicates her book to her husband also known as her “very own romantic cowboy hero” writes about cowboys, ranching, and the west, three things she seems to know real well. This little western gem is set southwest of Lake Tahoe, Nevada in October of 1867.

The Harkness sisters, Deborah and Gwen, are on their way west through the Sierra Nevada Mountains when their wagon train is attacked. Fortunate enough to survive, the girls are left on their own with two small children until Trace Riley appears.

Trace gathers up the women and children and heads for his desolate, rather run down ranch, tucked in a valley of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Being a single man living at the ranch with a couple of work hands, his priority to this point time has not been a house or housekeeping. The women have their work cut out for them.

Two more awkward people have never inhabited the same space! In fact Trace and Deborah are so awkward they are endearing. A bit of romance runs through the novel as well as some intrigue! A great story that carries the themes of family, friendship, faith, and social responsibility!

Readers of inspirational historical fiction and western fiction will like this novel. Read and enjoy! The Accidental Guardian is book one in the series and I personally can’t wait to get my hands on book two.

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

 

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Stuck Together (Trouble in Texas, #3) by Mary Connealy

Stuck Together by Mary Connealy

Series: Trouble in Texas

Publication Date: June 2014

Publisher: ARC from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

Stuck Together, a rowdy little novel set in 1868 in Broken Wheel, Texas, is an entertaining read from seasoned author, Mary Connealy. She writes what she lives and knows best.

The town of Broken Wheel is a desolate little place with a minimal population of mismatched and interesting people. Vince Yates, a do-it-yourself lawyer and unpaid sheriff, meets his match when Tina Cahill, self-reliant, picket toting woman, comes to town to stay with her brother, Jonas.  Jonas and Vince are part of a close knit group of friends that survived the civil war in the confines of Andersonville prison by serving as Regulators.  A bond that defies normal friendship ties the small group of four together.

The story details the enormous sense of responsibility that Vince takes on for the town and for all the people involved in his life. He is a rather serious, handsome fellow who is determined never to marry due to the dementia that he thinks is hereditary in his family. The novel takes on some serious issues such as dementia, mental illness, and family relationships.

Tina Cahill is a lovely, spirited young woman who wants nothing more than to be loved and needed. She spent her young life in less than pleasant situations and never truly felt loved. She meets Vince, who is dead set against marriage, and the lightning strikes.

The secondary cast of characters, some from previous novels, is an engaging group, individually and as a whole. The storyline would not be complete without the mixture of the entire cast of town characters.  The challenges they face as a group are demanding and entertaining. The historical aspect of the novel is interesting with information about Andersonville and the Regulators adding a realistic note to the story.

Readers of light, inspirational historical fiction will like this novel. The book is not a heavy, complicated read, but a nice mixture of inspirational and family drama with a little mystery and a whole lot of romance going on! Read and enjoy! I have not read the first two in the series, but I am definitely going back and read those two so I am up to date on the story!

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

 

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