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Mary Connealy

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Tekijän teokset

Out of Control (2011) 307 kappaletta
Petticoat Ranch (2006) 221 kappaletta
Gingham Mountain (2009) 217 kappaletta
Calico Canyon (2008) 211 kappaletta
Doctor in Petticoats (2010) 187 kappaletta
In Too Deep (2012) 151 kappaletta
Sharpshooter in Petticoats (2011) 144 kappaletta
Over the Edge (2012) 134 kappaletta
Tried & True (2014) 125 kappaletta
The Accidental Guardian (2018) 118 kappaletta
Cowboy Christmas (2009) 106 kappaletta
Deep Trouble (2011) 102 kappaletta
Now & Forever (2015) 99 kappaletta
Fire and Ice (Wild at Heart) (1605) 92 kappaletta
Aiming for Love (2019) 86 kappaletta
No Way Up (The Cimarron Legacy) (2016) 86 kappaletta
The Reluctant Warrior (2018) 83 kappaletta
A Bride for All Seasons: The Mail Order Bride Collection (2013) — Avustaja — 82 kappaletta
The Unexpected Champion (2019) 76 kappaletta
Woman of Sunlight (2020) 62 kappaletta
Forged in Love (2023) 57 kappaletta
A Man with a Past (2021) 57 kappaletta
Braced for Love (2021) 56 kappaletta
Montana Marriages Trilogy (2011) 49 kappaletta
Her Secret Song (2020) 49 kappaletta
Four Weddings and a Kiss (4-in-1) (2014) — Avustaja — 48 kappaletta
A Model of Devotion (2022) 48 kappaletta
The Laws of Attraction (2023) 46 kappaletta
Inventions of the Heart (2022) 45 kappaletta
Love on the Range (2021) 44 kappaletta
Too Far Down (2017) 44 kappaletta
Lassoed in Texas Trilogy (2010) 44 kappaletta
Sophie's Daughters Trilogy (2012) 31 kappaletta
Marshaling Her Heart (2023) 29 kappaletta
Golden Days (2007) 21 kappaletta
Chasing the Horizon (2024) 20 kappaletta
Meeting Her Match (2014) 13 kappaletta
The Advent Bride (2014) 13 kappaletta
Old West Summer Brides (2015) 11 kappaletta
Winter Wedding Bells (2013) 7 kappaletta
Cowboys of Summer (2018) 4 kappaletta
The Mice Man Cometh (2011) 3 kappaletta
/aiming fro Love 3 kappaletta

Associated Works

Christmas Wedding Bell Brides (Anthology 4-in-1) (2014) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta

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c. 1960
Oakland, Nebraska, USA



Post Civil War fiction set in Texas, Name that Book (lokakuuta 2015)


I think I’ve decided that I really enjoy cowboy historicals, and I need to read more of them. There is just something about the grit and perseverance that is essential to mere survival that provides for some great growth and tension. I love it! (And also, cowboys in books are amazingly swoony.) And this book provides some of that.

Beth is remarkably resilient and resourceful. I love how she went to work to learn the skills she knew she would need to survive the wilds of the West, after having lived a privileged life among the wealthy elite of Chicago. She put in so much effort and time, and was incredibly dedicated. Helping her mother escape from her wrongful commitment to an insane asylum and hiding on a wagon train, Beth proved her determination and love for her family. She went to work, and didn’t give up getting her mother safely away from her ruthless, conniving father, Thaddeus Rutledge.

It’s easy to admire Jake, who didn’t allow his curiosity and suspicions to cloud his ability to see goodness in others. Naturally, his treatment of Beth and her entourage was sweet, and I loved watching him gradually grow in his esteem for Beth. Their romance was sweet, though it felt a tad sudden for me, without a lot hinting toward it. But, again, the dedication they showed to each other, especially on Jake’s side, was really sweet.

I adored Oscar and his brothers, who helped Beth plan and train and prepare, and saw them all to safety. And the valley they found to settle sounds amazing! I want to live there in real life.

The rest of the cast of side characters really rounded out the book, and I grew to love all of them. My heart really went out to Ginnie and Kat. It is disgusting that men could have their wives committed to insane asylums just because they didn’t want them around. And the treatment of the women in those places was deplorable. Both Ginnie and Kat have to deal with PTSD because of the conditions of their lives in the asylum, and my heart ached for them—and knowing that those were stories patterned after real women. Sebastian is extremely mysterious, and I’m still trying to decide how much I trust him. I’m looking forward to reading his story.

There are some sections from the perspective of Thaddeus Rutledge, Ginnie’s husband and Beth’s father. He is sinister and vicious. Thank heavens for the Pinkerton agents who could tell the truth from the lies.

This was an enjoyable read and I am looking forward to the second book in the series.

**Many thanks to the publisher, through @austenprose, for the copy. This honest review was voluntarily provided.
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LovelyBookishDelight | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 21, 2024 |
Thoroughly enjoyed Chasing the Horizon, the first book in a brand new series by Mary Connealy. I found myself eagerly transported back in time to the Oregon Trail when the last of the wagon trains were headed West. I loved the suspense, mystery, touch of faith, and slow build romance along with the descriptive scenery and multiple points of view as the main characters make the perilous journey from Chicago to Idaho.

Beth Rutledge just helped her mother and a friend escape from the insane asylum they were wrongfully imprisoned in. She’s been working for months to find a way to outsmart her conniving, ruthless father. With the railroads spreading all across the U.S., she’s chosen the last place her father might look for them, on one of the last, few wagon trains heading West.

Jake Holt is a wagon train scout determined to make this his last trip along the Oregon Trail. He’s anxious to get back to the nice property waiting for him in Oregon. The three women who join the wagon train along with an injured gentleman raise his suspicions. As he gains Beth’s trust, he learns they’re running with good reason. Now he must decide how to help the women escape the clutches of a man determined to do anything to get them back under his thumb.

I loved the vivid descriptions of the Oregon Trail. There were so many dangerous situations they find themselves in and I enjoyed the realistic portrayal of what it might have been like. The slow build romance between Jake and Beth was so well done. I loved the natural progression that went from suspicion to admiration to love. Beth is such an intelligent heroine and I loved her bravery but also her determination. Her poor mother Ginnie as well as Kat endured so much in the asylum. Ginnie clearly suffers from PTSD and relives those awful memories along the trail. I was also intrigued by Sebastian who’s the wounded man they rescue. I can’t wait to see what happens with him and Kat.

There were moments I was on pins and needles because part of the book is told from Thaddeus Rutledge’s perspective. You just know he’s going to catch up with his wife and daughter sooner than later. Having his POV added a chilling aspect to the story,

All in all a fabulous historical Western romance that kept me quickly turning the pages. Can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book. I received an advanced complimentary copy from the publisher through AustenProse PR. All opinions are my own and voluntarily provided. 4 1/2 stars!
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Melissas-Bookshelf | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 20, 2024 |
I could hardly wait to start Mary Connealy’s newest series, A Western Light. Chasing the Horizon is book 1 in the series and shows Connealy’s signature wit, humor, and creativity. Filled with courageous and daring heroines, competent and protective heroes, and some particularly despicable and dastardly villains, it’s set first in Chicago in 1869 and then in a wagon train along the Oregon Trail. When Beth Rutledge makes plans to escape her ruthless father, she has to first rescue her mother from an asylum and then join a wagon train west. Traveling incognito along with some friends that are helping them, they plan to settle in a place where her father can’t find them. The wagon train scout, Jake Holt, befriends and helps them along the way.

I love the way Mary Connealy creates the most amazing, interesting, and competent heroines for her stories. They’re always such fun to get to know. The plot is imaginative, and there is plenty of action, suspense, inspiration, and a dash of romance. It would be best to read the series in order, as there are some plot lines that continue through the series. It’s not really a cliff-hanger, but the stories are connected. I’m looking forward to Kat and Sebastian’s tale. I recommend this book to those who enjoy clean historical fiction. 4.5 stars

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.
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swissgranny | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 19, 2024 |
Assumed identities, a wagon train west, and the appearance of Pinkerton agents make this an exciting story that's worthy of being labeled as Western fiction. I even found myself humming the theme to the old TV show, Wagon Train, as I quickly turned the pages! I couldn't stop reading about their adventure!

Author Mary Connealy is known for her 'romantic comedies with cowboys' and Chasing the Horizon certainly doesn't disappoint. There's humor, the beginning of trust, and a sweet romance waiting to be explored as the journey continues. Will they end up chasing their horizons together?

This ending sentence of this book suggests that there's more exciting adventure ahead in the second book of Connealy's A Western Light series! If you want Western adventure sprinkled with historical details, clean romance, a hint of mystery, and one of the worst villains ever, grab a copy of Chasing the Horizon. Well done, Mary Connealy!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review.
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fcplcataloger | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 18, 2024 |


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