I was having a serious I’ve-read-this-before moment as I began to read Karen Witemeyer’s latest novel, A Worthy Pursuit. Not the “oh, this has been done before” kind of moment, but an honest to goodness, without a doubt “I have read this book before” moment. It really threw me, until I read further and realized that it must have been a teaser in the back of another book, since A Worthy Pursuit has an expected publication date of June 2nd. Once I realized that I had read a teaser, I began to remember how much I hated that I had read it. Hated it because it made me want to read a book that I would have to wait for, and waiting is hard.
Mary Connealy’s Now and Forever picks up just after the first book in the Wild at Heart series, Tried and True. It pairs the second Wilde sister, Shannon, with the almost mythical (which you’ll be told he is several times) mountain man Matt Tucker.
Tucker has headed straight for the mountains after one look into the eyes of Kylie Wilde’s “brother” Shannon. He knows she isn’t a man, and he knows that she is The One, though he had sworn never to marry. Distracted by thoughts of her, he ends up running into a grizzly bear, being flung off of the mountain and over a cliff into the Slaughter River – in Shannon’s arms. What follows is quite the adventure, leading to the perceived compromise of Shannon’s honor and a wedding. But the adventure doesn’t end there. How could it with a carnivorous mountain man now legally owning his vegetarian wife’s homestead and beloved sheep? And then there is the crooked new land agent, Pa Wilde and his quest to build a legacy, homesteaders being burned out, and Gage Coulter, who now owns Kylie’s homestead and wants Shannon’s as well. Happily ever after may take awhile.
In September 2014, Bethany House published Tried and True, the first of Mary Connealy’s new series “Wild at Heart.” I read and loved it, and pinned it on my “” Pinterest board, where it has become my most repinned book pin. I was so anxious to get my hands on the second book, Now and Forever, that I could not wait for it to be published and requested a review e-book copy as soon as it was listed on Net Galley. I’m happily in the midst of reading it and will be posting a review shortly. Meanwhile, the following is my review of book #1, as previously posted on GoodReads and Booklikes:
Kylie Wilde is reluctantly homesteading and needs to keep up the ruse that she is male, after serving two years as a soldier in the Civil War. Continue reading
Brides of the Old West: Five Romantic Adventures of the American Frontier consists of previously published stories by various authors, all set in the American West of the 1800’s. Each story features a woman who is determined to survive with God’s help, either with or in spite of help from a man. No fainting couches for these ladies. Continue reading
First off, I’m not a fan of horror. Second, I do not like creepy crawlies. And yet, I still entered a giveaway for a Middle Grade book classified as horror, with a cover that clearly shows robotic creepy crawlies. A giveaway which I won. Go figure.
Mickey (but call him Mick) Bogerman is the author and our narrator. He is jealous of his nine year old younger brother Finley’s infatuation with the new girl, Savannah Diamond, who he nicknames Van Demon. Mick reacts to this jealousy, and the resulting rift in his relationship with his brother, by committing an act of bullying. Savannah reacts to being bullied in a way that leads to the creation of the Killer Robot Army of the title. Continue reading
I freely admit that I love to read Historical Fiction involving mail order brides. Now I think I might have a definite liking for tales of Pinkerton detectives as well, especially female Pinkerton detectives.
Undercover Bride involves both. Maggie Taylor is a Pinkerton operative, undercover as a mail order bride for a suspected “Whistle Stop Bandit,” Garrett Thomas. Maggie doesn’t make the best first impression on arriving, and the hotel is somehow full, so she stays in Garrett’s home despite his misgivings about her suitability. Expecting a psychopath, instead she finds a handsome, doting father of two.
Garret is a tinker and a survivor of the Battle of Gettysburg and the horrors of Andersonville Prison, a time he prefers not to speak of. Maggie has a past Continue reading