Monday, March 25, 2013

Swept Away by Mary Connealy - a review

I just became a big fan of Mary Connealy.  I have to admit I have several of her books sitting in my 'to be read' pile but until now I haven't had the pleasure of reading her lyrical prose.

When the opportunity came to read and review Ms. Connealy's newest creation I jumped at the chance and I am ecstatically happy that I did.  Swept Away is Ms. Connealy's first book in her Trouble in Texas series.  I can tell you this much, I will be reading book two, Fired Up as soon as it hits the shelves.

Swept Away is the story of Ruthy MacNeil and Luke Stone, two people on a mission meeting by accident.  Ruthy's parents died when she was very young and the family that took her in did it for selfish reasons.  While on a wagon train Ruthy was dreaming of ways of getting away from them and the good Lord provided a flash flood that stole the lives of her "adoptive" family but spared her life.

Luke Stone (swoon) is the handsome cowboy that found Ruthy floating in the river.  He didn't have time to take her to the nearest town as he had a mission of his own.  After the Civil War, he learned that his Pa had been murdered and their ranch that his Pa sent him the deed to, was stolen by Flint Greer.  He had one thing on his mind and that was to get Flint Greer off his ranch and make him pay for killing his pa.

Along the way, romance blossoms between Ruthy and Luke and they find themselves working together to recover the Stone ranch and save... well, you'll have to read the book to find out anymore.  You all know I hate to hand out spoilers.

If I had to say anything negative about the book it would be Luke's nickname for Ruthy had me confused at times.  You see he called her Rosie, much to her distaste, and there is one section in the book where it switches from his POV to her POV and well, I got all twisted up between Ruthy and Rosie and who's POV it was, but other than that this was an excellent read.

I would highly recommend Swept Away to any and all readers who enjoy good clean romantic fiction.

On a 5-Star scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank Litfuse Publishing and Bethany House for my copy of Swept Away.  I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review, which I have done.

About Swept Away: 
When a cowboy focused on revenge encounters a woman determined to distract him, there's going to be trouble in Texas!

Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.

Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men currently on the property won't let it go without a fight. Luke plans to meet up with friends who will help him take back the land, and since he can't just leave Ruthy in the middle of nowhere, she's going to have to go with him.

But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love? 
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 Meet Mary:  
Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.

Smiles & Blessings,

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