About the Book
Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn’t all that upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they’ve ever done is work her to the bone. She prayed for a chance to get away, and then came the raging flood. Alive but disoriented, she’s rescued by Luke Stone…so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.
Luke is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men who killed his father are working hard to ensure Luke doesn’t make it alive. He has no choice but to keep moving. Still, he can’t just abandon Ruthy, so she’ll have to come along.
His friends–a ragtag group of former Civil War soldiers–take a fast interest in the pretty gal. Luke thinks that’s rather rude–he’s the one who found her. And the more time he spends around the hard-working young woman who is a mighty good cook, the more he finds himself thinking beyond revenge and toward a different future. For the first time in a long time, Luke is tempted to turn from his destructive path and be swept away by love.
3.5 out of 5
Ruthy and Luke were humorous characters to watch. They’d have to be the least mature characters that I’ve ever encountered in an adult fiction, but in an adorable way. They seem like they have a lot of growing up to do, but their spunk, aptness and energy make up for any lack that they may have. I loved them and they made me laugh.
Someone else that sparked my interest was Dare and the possibility of a romance between him and Glynna. I love the Mary handled their part of the story. She smartly indicated a hint without pushing it. Paul’s reaction to his mother and Dare makes me sit tight and watch out for the coming sequel, which I’m guessing will be their story.
My favorite character was Vince. I feel there’s so much more to him, Mary probably restrained his character on a tight leash. I hope he also has a story in the series. It would be tremendous fun to read. And Jonah, the silent one. I’ve also got my eyebrow raised to see the twists and turns in his story. A Parson who’s also a gun man? Sweet! Truth be told, these men are a tamed wild bunch. I love the brotherliness among them. This story proved that indeed, there are friends that stick closer than brothers.
I wished I saw more of Callie. From the mentions in the book, she seemed like a strong woman. (Spoiler alert! Sorry) Any woman who would track down her husband is a strong woman. I hope she gets mentioned more in the coming series.
However, I felt the story should have given room to develop a closeness, understanding and romance between Ruthy and Luke. Yes, the initial attraction to each other was mentioned, but it stopped right there. How their affection grew was not shown at all. Their decision to marry seemed to spring out of nowhere, even though it could be justified by the events of the story. Their reasons seemed merely practical, and not because they were in love as the story claims.
Also, for a Christian fiction, the theme was subtle or almost non-existent. It seemed more of a story of characters that simply believed in God, but not exactly a Christian fiction itself. Truth be told, for a main character, I had no idea what Luke’s stand was, where faith was concerned. He seemed to simply know the difference between right and wrong and had a healthy respect for what Jonah had to say about God, as did the others.
Overall, it was a good book, but not my favorite.
Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the Author
MARY CONNEALY writes romantic comedy…with cowboys. You can find her at her home page:
http://www.maryconnealy.com and at her Amazon page here.
She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita and Christy and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.
She is the author of bestselling Kincaid Brides Series: Out of Control, In Too Deep, Over the Edge. Her work also includes Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, Montana Marriages Trilogy and Sophie’s Daughters Trilogy.
She also wrote Ten Plagues–a romantic thriller, and The Historical Society Murders–three cozy mysteries, under the name Mary Nealy.
Mary is married to a Nebraska rancher and has four grown daughters and two spectacular grandchildren.