Swept Away (Trouble in Texas Series #1)

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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 Stone...so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.

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Overview

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 Stone...so 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?

"This new series, TROUBLE IN TEXAS, will add to her list of successes if the first installment is any indication... Connealy's style is fast-paced and spritely and sure to keep drawing fans." --Publishers Weekly

"Carol Award-winner Connealy ("THE KINCAID BRIDES" series) has created a strong, independent heroine who meets her match in Luke, the strong, silent type. They clash at first before finding solace in each other, which makes for humorous moments that will please readers who enjoy romantic comedies with a Western flavor." --Library Journal

Known for her bestselling historical romantic comedies, Mary Connealy has sales totaling more than half a million copies. She lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her husband, Ivan, and enjoys spending time with her four grown daughters and their families.

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Publishers Weekly
Best-selling author Connealy (Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages series) has made a name writing madcap romantic Westerns, and this new series, Trouble in Texas, will add to her list of successes if the first installment is any indication. Floodwaters sweep Ruthy MacNeil far downstream and into the life of Lucas Stone, a man on a mission to reclaim his stolen ranch near Broken Wheel, Tex. Luke—with help from his friends, all Regulators (men who kept order at Andersonville Prison during the Civil War)—wants to take back his family’s S Bar S Ranch from Flint Greer, a bully who beats his wife and doesn’t mind killing. Luke and his friends proceed with their plan, which includes rescuing Greer’s wife and taking Greer and his men into custody. But Luke’s strategy doesn’t play out as planned, either with reclaiming his ranch or with steeling his heart against the hard-working and beautiful Ruthy. Connealy’s style is fast-paced and spritely and sure to keep drawing fans. Agent: Nathasha Kern, the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Life hasn't been easy for Ruthy MacNeill. When the wagon train that her family joined tries to cross a wild river, she's swept away and rescued by Luke Stone. Ruthy had prayed for a change, and Luke's journey to reclaim his family's ranch seems like a great adventure. Along the way, Luke's friends take an interest in Ruthy, which doesn't sit too well with Luke, who is also beginning to take a shine to her. VERDICT Carol Award-winner Connealy ("The Kincaid Brides" series) has created a strong, independent heroine who meets her match in Luke, the strong, silent type. They clash at first before finding solace in each other, which makes for humorous moments that will please readers who enjoy romantic comedies with a Western flavor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410459220
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 7/24/2013
  • Series: Trouble in Texas Series , #1
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Known for her bestselling historical romantic comedies, Mary Connealy has sales totaling more than half a million copies. She lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her husband, Ivan, and enjoys spending time with her four grown daughters and their families.
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  • Posted March 2, 2013

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    As a child, Ruthie MacNeil was taken in by a local farm family w

    As a child, Ruthie MacNeil was taken in by a local farm family when her Ma and Pa died. This family was cruel and abusive, using Ruthie as a slave. Smart and a quick learner, Ruthie adapted to her environment and became a survivor. On a wagon train trek across the west, her adopted family and Ruthie are swept away by a flood. Ruthie trapped in the planking of the wagon ended up unconscious on a river bank in Texas.

    Luke Stone was heading home to reclaim his family farm. A scoundrel, Greer, claims that his father sold him the farm but that’s impossible since Luke already held the deed and was the owner. Sure that Greer killed his father and is attempting to steal his farm, he is returning home with legal proof and friends to help him reclaim what is rightfully his. The last thing he expected was to find a ½ drowned spit fire of a woman in need of his assistance.

    With a group of Civil War survivors in tow, Luke and Ruthie (Rosie) make plans to help a beaten wife and recover the Stone farm. What Luke didn’t expect was to be swept away by his “Rosie”.

    Swept Away was a completely sweet and tender romance with purely vile villians. A wonderful adventure with fantastic characters, this wholesome story will touch your heart and leave you wanting more. Mary Connealy incorporated the savagery of the wild west with the faith and prayer of a believer to do what was right when it isn’t the easiest path. Marvelous Christian Romance! I look forward to the next book in this series.

    This ARC copy of Swept Away was given to me by Baker Publishing Group - Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a honest review. Publish Date March 1, 2013.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2013

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    Multi-tasking must be one of Mary's particular skills because sh

    Multi-tasking must be one of Mary's particular skills because she's got a lot going on here. Not only is this an action-packed book, but Connealy has laid the ground work for a rip-roaring series. 

    Luke Stone has returned to Texas with revenge on his mind. The man who killed his father has taken possession of the Stone family ranch and Luke aims to rectify the situation. But before he gets to Broken Wheel he stops to pull Ruthy MacNeil out of a river.

    Ruthy isn't upset that she was swept away from the cruel family she was traveling with, but now she is alone. Luke doesn't want to drag her into his war, but she might not give him a choice.

    As always, Connealy uses snappy dialogue and cowboy voice to bring her characters alive. The ensemble of supporting characters (future heroes in the other books I suppose-I hope) reminds me of Dee Henderson's O'Malley series or Karen Witemeyer's new series with Short-Straw Bride. I can't wait to hear their stories as well as more of their past together in Anderson Prison during the Civil War.

    Swept Away is a fast read. If only it weren't such a long wait until I can get swept up in the next book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2013

    Swept Away By: Mary Connealy Wasn¿t sure about if I would like

    Swept Away
    By: Mary Connealy

    Wasn’t sure about if I would like this book or not. I am not a big western type reader. Wow Mary Connealy changed my mind. I think of westerns I think of cussing , romances that go to far. I love the clean view that Mary did.
    Adventure throughout the book. It will keep you wanting to read so have plenty of time when you start. Starts off with Ruthy MacNeil getting separated from her family. Well people who took her n when her parents had died. I would say it was a blessing she was seeing their plans was to have her married to their son. She is found by Luke Stone who takes her with him. Luke has things going on in his life needs to get the land that is his back. Will Ruthy find true love and happiness? Will Luke get back what is his. Get this 5 star book and find out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    Readers will be swept away in Mary Connealy's latest series abou

    Readers will be swept away in Mary Connealy's latest series about Trouble in Texas. In book one, Ruthy MacNeil longs for an opportunity to be separated from the overbearing family who took her in after her parent's death, so she isn't heart broken when she is swept away from their wagon train in a sudden flash flood.

    Luke Stone's one mission is to reclaim his family's stolen ranch and find restitution for his father's unexpected death. What he hadn't planned on was rescuing a woman on the banks of a river on his way home. He feels obligated to help Ruthy and take her with him since there is no other help nearby. What he hadn't counted on was finding himself drawn to the energetic, hardworking woman as he tries to organize a range war.

    Mary's book is one that readers will have a hard time putting down as they are swept away to Texas in 1868. It's a book I highly recommend.

    This book was provided free for review by Bethany House Publishers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

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    I had forgotten how funny and entertaining Mary Connealy's stori

    I had forgotten how funny and entertaining Mary Connealy's stories can be! This one pulled me in from the time Ruthy gets swept away in a flood and kept me hooked until the very last page.

    Ruthy MacNeil is a hard working, smart, God-fearing woman who finds herself in one bad situation after another. Her attitude throughout the book reminds us that we should try to find the positive in any situation. Luke Stone is an honorable, tough man bent on revenge. As the story goes on, we find his priorities lining up better with the God he was raised to know and love.

    With witty dialogue, an action packed story, and God's reminder that revenge belongs to Him, this is another fantastic story by Mary Connealy!

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  • Posted September 11, 2013

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    Hott Synopsis: Ruthy was never so lucky as when her wagon train

    Hott Synopsis:
    Ruthy was never so lucky as when her wagon train was struck by the rising waters of a tumultuous river and she was swept away in the rushing waters. Yes, she barely made it through alive but even death would have been better than staying with the family who had taken her in.
    Even now, she's happier helping the handsome stranger, Luke, who saved her retrieve his land from the rapscallion, Greer, who stole it from his family. Luke wasn't terribly happy about allowing her to help but Ruthy refused to back down when she hears that they would also be saving Mrs. Greer and her children from her cruel husband.
    But can Luke, Ruthy, and their few "Regulator" friends win - even with the law and God on their side?

    Hott Review:
    What I liked: I've yet to read a Mary Connealy book I didn't love & this was no exception. She's one of the few Christian writers that weaves a wonderful action packed christian romance heavy on the snark and light on the doldrums. I adore her characters & feel that she does a tremendous job of pulling real people with real personalities and real issues into her stories. THANK YOU!!
    What I didn't like: Honestly, I detest the cover. It makes me feel so very old. Luke looks like he's 12! Come On, Bethany House! Help me out here! ;)

    More...
    Source: Bethany House Publishers via Netgalley
    Grade: A
    Ages: 16+
    Steam: YA -- there is spousal abuse that may be inappropriate for some
    Series: Trouble in Texas #1

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Swept Away is a great piece of romantic, western fiction. It is

    Swept Away is a great piece of romantic, western fiction. It is a wild ride, has some light-hearted moments and definitely delivers on the happily ever after.

    Luke Stone heads back to his family ranch to avenge his father and take up on the land that is rightfully his. On his way home, he comes upon Ruthy MacNeil, who had been swept away in a flood while her wagon train attempted a crossing.

    Luke and Ruthy are such likeable characters. There is an attraction between the two of them that is easy to love. Both have had some rough times in their background and they desire to make things right for Luke, while also trying to save a woman and her children from a violent husband.

    There are many great characters in this story, one of whom is Dare Riker. I look forward to reading his story in the next book, Fired Up. I also really enjoyed the deep friendship that The Regulators share in this story.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

    First of all, I really like the title. I was thinking of naming

    First of all, I really like the title. I was thinking of naming my own work-in-progress novel "Swept Away" purely coincidentally, before I had ever heard of this book. Interesting, huh?

    Anyway, on to the actual book.

    Ruthy is swept away in a flood, separated from her "adoptive" family, who she is better off separated from anyway. She is lucky to survive the flood and is found by Luke, a man who is returning home to take his ranch back from the man who killed his father and stole it.
    Having no other place to go, Ruthy stays with Luke all the way to his town of Broken Wheel, Texas, where he meets up with his best friends, the Regulators. The Regulators are a group of men who worked together in the Civil War. Dare is a doctor, Vince is a lawyer, Big John is a Texas Ranger, and Jonas is a preacher man. I loved all of these characters!
    Luke calls Ruthy "Rosie" because when he found her she had a sunburn that matched her red hair.
    Once in Broken Wheel, Luke and Ruthy have to stay at Dare's house and hide so that Flint Greer, the man who took Luke's ranch doesn't find out he has returned.
    Luke and the Regulators' plan to take back the ranch becomes even more important when they realize they need to also rescue Greer's wife whom he abuses.
    I really like that all of Mary Connealy's books are connected somehow, and this is connected to the Kincaid Brides Series.
    I loved this book so much! It was hilarious, romantic, and full of adventure just like every other Mary Connealy book I have ever read.

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    Swept Away by Mary Connealy is the first book in the Trouble in

    Swept Away by Mary Connealy is the first book in the Trouble in Texas series. It follows the story of Ruthy MacNeil, a mischievous ginger who has recently escaped her abusive foster family while traveling west with a wagon train in the 19th century. Ruthy becomes separate from her group during a tsunami like storm and is found unconscious floating down a river by the ever gallant Luke Stone. Luke is on his way back to Texas to reclaim his stolen ranch and seek vengeance for the murder of his father.

    Through some hilarious entanglement Ruthy finds herself not only engaged to Mr. Stone but also somehow drawn into an old fashioned western gunfight. Being the independent pioneer woman she is, Ruthy is convinced she is the only one who can rescue Luke and his friends from the evil land baron who has stolen Luke's ranch. Can she save herself, her friends and he brand spanking new husband all before it's time to complete the dinner chores. Ever bust Ruthy thinks she can.

    This book kept me laughing and intrigued the whole way through. Thank you again to Bethany House Publishing for sending me yet another great free review copy book.

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  • Posted May 15, 2013

    Summary: Swept Away by Mary Connealy is set in 1860s Texas, and

    Summary: Swept Away by Mary Connealy is set in 1860s Texas, and follows the story of Luke Connealy-a man bent on revenge against the man who killed his father and stole his family’s ranch.  As Luke travels home, he happens upon an unconscious girl who has been swept away from her wagon train while crossing a dangerous river.  He can’t just leave her by the side of the river, and there aren’t any towns for miles, so he is forced to bring her along on his quest.  When Ruthy awakens, she is actually relieved to have left her former life behind, and quickly becomes involved in Luke’s quest.  Will Luke be able to reclaim his ranch without putting Ruthy in serious danger?
    My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book.  It was a quick read, was well-written, and had enough twists and turns to keep the story line from becoming predictable.  The characters were well thought out, and I particularly enjoyed the loyalty shown between Luke and his long-time friends.  This was a good adventure book, with some romance thrown in, and I would definitely recommend it.
    Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary copy of Swept Away for my unbiased review.

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    Luke Stone is a cowboy on a mission and that mission involves a

    Luke Stone is a cowboy on a mission and that mission involves a Texas sized dose of revenge. The Civil War is over and Luke is on his way back to Broken Wheel, Texas to reclaim his father’s ranch that was stolen by the malicious Flint Greer. When Luke finds Ruthy unconscious in the river he has no choice but to take her along for the ride.

    Ruthy MacNeil is hard working and feisty. Orphaned at a young age she was taken in by the Reinhardts, who had anything but Ruthy’s well-being on their minds. She has spent the last few years of her life serving as the Reinhardt’s personal slave and fighting off advances from Virgil Reinhardt. Suffice it to say, she is just fine with being separated from her “family” in a flash flood.

    Swept Away was a fast paced, enjoyable read that kept me turning pages till the last gun was holstered. Mary Connealy certainly knows how to weave together action, humor and a few handsome cowboys! A Wild West shoot out never hurts does it? The best part of this book, however, had to be the strong band of supporting characters. I fell in love instantly with sarcastic Dr. Dare Riker, Pastor Jonas Cahill, slick lawyer Vince Yates and Texas Ranger Big John Conroy. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series to hear more from these wonderful characters. I would recommend Swept Away for anyone who loves an exciting western read with plenty of action.

    ***I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.***

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  • Posted May 12, 2013

    Fizzled.........................................................

    Fizzled...................................................................................
    Started out good but went down hill fast. I'm a mary connealy fan. I loved Calico Canyon and The Kincaid Bride series so this was a big disappointment. You wanted to like the characters even though they were boring. Also to much angst over a the gun battle when the good guys were hardened veterans and the bad guys were beasts. It didn't play true. Was about 224 pages. Maybe it needed more story. Can't say I'd recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Swept Away by Mary Connealy was the second book that I received

    Swept Away by Mary Connealy was the second book that I received for free from the Bethany House Blogger Program. When I saw that this book was set in Texas I had to choose it! I really enjoyed the plot line involving Luke getting back his family ranch.  I liked the interaction between Luke and Ruthie when they were working together, however, this book had the most awkward wedding scene I think that I have ever read.  I really felt for Ruthie and all that she had already been through, then, she gets an awful proposal, a rushed wedding, and promptly its back to business directly after it. I understand that Ruthie is a tough woman and a hard worker, but that makes me wish even more that she could have had some gentleness and tenderness from Luke. Other than the wedding, I enjoyed the book and its characters. I give the book 3 stars.

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

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    With fresh, well rounded characters, lots of action and romance,

    With fresh, well rounded characters, lots of action and romance, Mary Connealy has written a winner.

    Feisty redhead, Ruthy MacNeil, is on the losing side of everything, it seems. So is it any wonder her wagon is overturned in a raging river? Would anyone listen when she warns them of impending danger? No, just another one for the books. But when she's sure she's seen the last of life, strong arms, a gentle smile, and a handsome cowboy save her from the wreck that almost claimed her life. She finds that God's in the details, and can she help it if those details include gorgeous eyes and dark hair? They're certainly better than the odious man she was intended for.
    Luke Stone isn't going courting. Unless it's trouble. Intent on retaking the ranch that's been stolen from his family, he's not on the lookout for the little redhead that's all spitfire, and well, cuteness, he can't resist her charms.

    Mary Connealy writes with a fresh, tart twist, and never fails to make me smile. I fell in love not only with her deep, rounded characters, the fresh plot, handsome men and strong women, but I was sad when the story came to an end. I highly recommend this book, as well as this author. Crisp, clear, and heartwarming, she reminds us that God is the One who is really in control ~ even when we think He isn't listening.

    **My thanks to Bethany Publishers for providing me a book in exchange for my honest review. I am not required they be positive, and these thoughts are my own.**

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    OK, so I wasn't sure I was going to like this book at first, I m

    OK, so I wasn't sure I was going to like this book at first, I mean it looked and sounded like a light historical book without much substance. Well, I was definitely WRONG about that!
    What I thought I was getting: Fluffy historical romance.
    What I actually got: A wonderful western!

    I will step on some toes and irritate a few people here, but I feel that generally speaking women can't write westerns very well. And so often Christian authors miss the boat, eerrr wagon, on writing good western stories, tending to tame down the bad guys and leave out the shoot-outs. OK, OK, maybe I have watched too many John Wayne movies, but.... Mary Connealy was right on the money with Swept Away! This book had all the grit and tumbleweeds of a good western without the lack of morals.

    The main characters were Christians but didn't shy away from defending others with various means of force. Yes, they tried to do everything within the bounds of the law but they also did what it took to get the job done.

    So, we have good characters but what else? In my opinion, excellent descriptions of the scenery, but not overdone. The action sequences were fast paced and well placed, kept me turning the next page. I felt the story was believable, emotions, actions, plot, all good. There are some difficult issues in this story, specifically physical and verbal abuse, I felt the author handled this very well, contrasting the harshness of it with the gentle love of a mother for her children and the kindness of strangers.

    This book most definitely has the 4-E's. Engaging, Engrossing, Entertaining, Enjoyable.

    This is the first Mary Connealy book I have read but it will not be my last and I am anxiously awaiting the release of the 2nd book in this series.

    (I received a copy of this book from the Publisher via The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.)

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

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    Swept away really did sweep me into the story. I fell in love wi

    Swept away really did sweep me into the story. I fell in love with the novel! It starts off with a lot of drama and it carries on through out the story. I couldn’t put the novel down from the moment Ruth goes down the river to Luke’s determination to get his ranch back. There were some parts that moved slowly, but all and all this was a pretty decently paced novel that had me wondering what was going to happen next. I loved the good and fun natured romance that blooms in this novel, and I loved the noble character that both Ruth and Luke have. What can I say…I love cowboys!




    Good:




    Ruth—she’s feisty and determined




    Luke—A good guy that is trying to get back what is his and do the right thing.




    Bad: 




    Some parts are a little slow, but it wasn’t too bad.




    Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):




    Overall this novel was easy to follow. I never had to re-read anything, and it was an easy read. This is definitely a series I will want to follow!




    This book was provided courtesy of the publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

    I have never read a book I did not love by Mary Connealy and her

    I have never read a book I did not love by Mary Connealy and her new Trouble In Texas: Book #1, Swept Away is no exception. Ruthy and Luke are the perfect hero and heroine. Mary takes us on a delightful adventure that is sure to continue throughout this series. I love that we are "introduced" to the characters that will be in future books. Ruthy was most certainly "Swept Away" in more ways that one. I look forward to the other books in the series. Thank you, Mary for the many smiles on my face as I was "swept away" by Swept Away.

    I received this book from Net Galley(ebook) and Bethany House (paperback) for my honest review.

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    Posted April 17, 2013

    As a result of my joining Bethany House Publishers book review p

    As a result of my joining Bethany House Publishers book review program, I have received many excellent books for free, and the only thing I have to do in return is simply review the book I was sent. Today, I shall be reviewing Swept Away, by Mary Connealy.
    The premise of the book is great. To put it shortly, the main character, Ruthy, has been swept away from her wagon train (which she was quite happy about), and then she meets up with Luke Stone, a man who is on a mission to reclaim back the ranch his father was murdered for.
    What can I say other than that this book is classic Mary Connealy. I absolutely loved everything about the story. The characters and the way they interact with each other is hilarious, and I loved the humor that was included in all the chapters throughout the book, and the way that there are ways that God is included in the book was awesome. I love reading books with good morals and storylines and this is just another one to add to my ever growing collection of Christian fiction books. I for one simply cannot wait until Miss Connealy writes the other books to this sure to be entertaining series.
     

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

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    WOW! I loved this book! Luke Stone is on his way home to reclai

    WOW! I loved this book!

    Luke Stone is on his way home to reclaim his ranch that was stolen by the man, and his hired gunman, who killed his father. He is getting close to home when he comes across a woman, Ruthy, in the middle of nowhere. He finds her hung up in a tree.




     Ruthy, taken in by the Reinhardt family when she was seven and her parents had died. She thought it was a blessing but soon found out they wanted her for more of a slave that they could abuse and force to marry their son, who tried to attack her so many times that she slept with a chair under the door handle and a butcher knife in her bed. When the Reinhardt's decided to move west she promised herself she'd get away from them or die trying, little did she know her 'escape' would be taken out of her hands.




     Once Luke found Ruthy he couldn't leave her there to die so he loads her up on his horse and takes her with him to Broken Wheel, Texas. He knows he's facing a war once he gets there and will have to hide until the time is right to confront Flint Greer. What is he going to do with a woman who he doesn't even know, it's not fair to bring her into this situation, but what choice does he have.




     WOW! That's about all I can say. Reading this book I felt like I was right in the middle of the action. What good writing Mary has done with this one. I've read many of Mary's books and I like every new book more than I liked the last one. I found it very hard to put this down so I could get some sleep.




     I don't know what words to use to encourage you to run, don't walk, out and get this book. If you like good clean westerns, you'll love this one.




    Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

    I was swept right into the story of Swept Away when I started re

    I was swept right into the story of Swept Away when I started reading the book.
    Ruth is living with the Reinhardts, a family who has raised her. She is promised to be married to their son, yet they treat her like their slave, forcing her to do all their work. When their wagon was crossing a river, a huge wave came and swept them down the river. Ruth has escaped the family and she doesn’t regret it. She still lives in fear of them finding her, even though they are probably dead. However, when Luke fishes her out of the river, she doesn’t realize she’s still walking into more trouble.
    Luke’s ranch was stolen from him by a man he believes killed his father. Luke and Ruth arrive in town and have to hide out so that Greer doesn’t find out Luke is back in town. Luke gathers the help of some of his closest friends as they try to make a plan for getting Luke’s ranch back. Eventually, they have their plan set, they just have to set it in motion.
    Will Ruth find happiness away from the Reinhardts? Or is she destined for a life full of trouble? Will Luke get his ranch back? Will Luke ever find out how his father really died?
    Swept Away was a wonderful story full of laughter and fun. I really enjoyed each part of the book and had a hard time putting the book down. Each chapter leaves you wondering what will happen next so you want to keep reading to see what’s going to happen. I had only read one Mary Connealy book before so this was a great introduction to her writing. I look forward to the rest of the books in this trilogy and also reading some of Mary Connealy’s past books.




    This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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