Aiming for Love

Aiming for Love

by Mary Connealy


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Josephine Nordegren is one of three sisters who grew up nearly wild in southwestern Colorado. She has the archery skills of Robin Hood and the curiosity of the Little Mermaid, fascinated by but locked away from the forbidden outside world—a world she's been raised to believe killed her parents. When David Warden, a rancher, brings in a herd much too close to the girls' secret home, her older sister especially is frightened, but Jo is too interested to stay away.

David's parents follow soon on his heels, escaping bandits at their ranch. David's father is wounded and needs shelter. Josephine and her sisters have the only cabin on the mountain. Do they risk stepping into the world to help those in need? Or do they remain separated but safe in the peaks of Hope Mountain?

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ISBN-13: 9780764232589
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Series: Brides of Hope Mountain Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 87,482
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, The Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie's Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. Learn more at

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Aiming for Love 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
DKStevens119 1 days ago
What an interesting story!  Three sisters are living in the mountains alone after their Grandparents die. When a rancher brings his herd into the valley, Jo can't stay away. She can move in the shadows and when David catches her... He has her attention and the story that follows is entertaining yet with a touch of danger that captured my attention and I did not want to put it down! I was gifted a copy, no review was required. My review is voluntary.
BMace 5 days ago
Imagine losing everyone you love, except your two sisters. As if that isn’t enough, then living high in the mountains by yourselves, never venturing away to see what the rest of the world is like. The fear instilled in the core of their very beings kept them fending for themselves with no outside help. I find it almost unbelievable that anyone could survive like these three have. The exceptional detail given reminded me how incredibly important it must have been to be observant. The outside world comes to their valley. Will it bring the disease and death they had been taught about as children? Perhaps it will bring new experiences, friends and a whole different life! I loved learning about Jo, Ilsa and Ursula and hope we will meet them again soon on the mountain called Hope. This ARC was received through Bethany House Publishers, NetGalley and CelebrateLit. My 5 star rating, comments and impressions were not solicited.
ChatWithVera 5 days ago
It is always a pleasure to read one of Mary Connealy's books. She fills them with light hearted, often funny, moments. She brings well-blended faith into the story as the characters share their faith or simply live out their faith. In Aiming for Love, the three sisters who have lived the majority of their lives cut off from the world, perched atop a range of mountains, freely roaming, and foraging off the land for their existence. They, too, are people of faith - even though their's is a bit skewed because it is passed down word-of-mouth since they are unable to read the Bible for themselves. There is a nice blend of bad men, cowboys, and general personality conflicts that lend to exciting outcomes. The tender romance that buds when a very innocent, sheltered young lady encounters Dave, a cowboy, is simply lovely. I love Mary's books and am truly looking forward to reading this entire series. I am thinking perhaps each of the three sisters will have a delightful story. I highly recommend. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own, alone and are freely given.
Jaquelyn 6 days ago
I had a blast reading this book! Jo was such a fun character! She is so completely unique and I loved seeing the world through her eyes. I couldn’t imagine living life the way she and her sisters did, and yet it was completely normal for them. Connealy had me chuckling at some of the misunderstandings and I couldn’t possibly put this book down. It was easy for me to love the Wardens, but not so easy for the sisters who’d never even met another man besides their grandfather. Aiming for Love is the first book in the Brides of Hope Mountain series, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. This book took me on an adventure to a far away mountain where the land was untouched by man and I could imagine how breathtaking it looked. I met the most unique women to probably ever be written, and I grew attached to them quite quickly. I loved their innocence and how they were for the most part pure in their thinking and living. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys going on a unique adventure. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.
Mauri 8 days ago
The three Nordegren sisters, Ursula, Jo, and Ilsa, have lived alone on Hope Mountain in Colorado since the deaths of their grandparents (and presumably their parents) ten years earlier. They have no contact with other people until Dave Warden and his cowhands move cattle into a nearby valley. Ever curious, Jo hides and watches them until one night when Dave catches her. Before that can be resolved, Dave's mother arrives with more men, cattle, and her injured husband, Quill. Ilsa is skilled at doctoring so is called on to help Quill. Ursula wants nothing to do with them. As the oldest, she absorbed the fearful ways of their grandmother and is sure they will die if they have contact with others. She has to make a choice between her sisters and her fear. After an absence of ten years, Mitch Warden has returned from back East after surviving two attempts to kill him. He sold his businesses and covered his tracks. We have a side story involving Wax Mosby, one of the men hired to run the Wardens off their land. Though we have a satisfactory conclusion to some events, we will have to be patient for the other books before we get all the questions answered and resolved. This is an entertaining story with handsome cowboys, strong women, adventure, and humor that I highly recommend. I'll be looking forward to the next book in this series. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. All thoughts are my own.
TheCompulsiveReader7 10 days ago
The ties that bind... Bethany House produces some of the best book covers out there. This cover does everything one could want - it's eye-catching, gorgeous, and intriguing! And you CAN judge this book by its cover Connealy's newest series has an interesting premise - 3 young women raised in isolation in the wilderness encounter outsiders for the first time. The pacing was just right - I was drawn in to the story very quickly & it never lagged. I didn't want to put it down till I finished. The development of Jo & Dave's relationship, built from their initial fascination with each other, was relatively quick but entirely believable. I always love books like this that have strong, positive family themes, but there's also plenty else going on to provide suspense and excitement. The climax of the book ties a bow on Jo's romance but not the other plot points. As is the norm for these series, each will focus on a different sister while the other plot lines continue to develop and move forward from book to book. (From all indications, Ilsa's story will be next) So it doesn't end on a cliffhanger, there is a satisfying conclusion, but it is also clearly a "to be continued" installment in a series. *Clean romance level: passionate kisses, obscure hints of the marriage bed between newlyweds but nothing inappropriate let alone graphic *Religion: generically Christian, there is talk of & from the Bible and living out the words it contains, but it flows naturally from the story & only those predisposed to be would be annoyed by it
PrincessGlor 11 days ago
This was a fun romp through the Colorado wilderness. I enjoyed meeting the Warden family as well as Jo and her sisters. The mystery elements were intriguing and they appear that they will carry over to the rest of the series, so I am looking forward to seeing how that plays out. I loved the character of Ma and look forward to seeing her again. This was a quick, easy and fun read. I can’t wait for book 2! I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
JV 13 days ago
HOW DOES SHE DO IT?!!!! This book is now my NEW FAVORITE Mary Connealy book!!!! I was so absorbed and captivated! Just stop now & buy it! You're going to LOVE IT!!! Great writing, vivid characters, & such a creative story line! I tried to read it slowly to make it last longer, but it was TOO GOOD!!! I'm just going to read it again over Thanksgiving break-- And I'm counting the days!! Five Smiles!
tickmenot 13 days ago
Getting Away from it All? The Nordegren sisters, Jo, Ursula and Ilsa, have grown up in the late 1800's in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains. Their grandparents raised them in isolation scaring them with stories of sickness followed by death if they mix with the rest of the world. Jo is a hunter and moves silently through the forest, while Ilsa is an expert with medical treatments made from local ingredients. Ursula, the oldest, is in charge, cooking and keeping house for all of them. Suddenly, their quiet world has been invaded by the Warden family along with cowboys, cattle and wonders from the outside world. Though nervous, Jo welcomes them, but when sickness soon follows, Ursula declares either she, or the newcomers, must go. Can Jo give up the new family, especially since experiencing feelings she is unaccustomed with towards the Warden son? Will the sisters perish from diseases brought from the outside world? Or will the sisters be separated permanently because of hard feelings? The author pulls us into a fast-moving story full of the incredible sights of the Rockies along with the Warden's thrilling escape to the mountains. The sisters are a delight from the way they live, enjoy the nature around them, to the things they discover about themselves and their family. Be ready for a rip-roaring good time, filled with danger, suspense and peril. This is all wrapped up in a clean story told from a Christian perspective. I highly recommend this first installment of the Brides of Hope Mountain. It will be enjoyed by all who like adventure with a touch of romance. Bethany House Publishing through NetGalley has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Aiming for Love, for the purpose of review.
EElizabeth 14 days ago
I love my family. We are all highly introverted and most people probably think we are unusual. We probably are, but I love my unusual family! I think my love for my family made me enjoy the Nordegren sisters and the Warden family in Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy. The sisters are each unique but still close; they have to be close since they live as recluses. Jo was such a fun combination of curious, brave, and naive. I also enjoyed the Warden family. They also were a close family but not as reclusive as the sisters. David is such a gentleman, and feels strongly that it’s his responsibility to take care of his family as well as Jo’s. I really enjoyed how the author portrayed the two families in this book. Another aspect I enjoyed, as always in a book by Mary Connealy, was the humor. I always know I will be able to laugh when I pick up a book by Mrs. Connealy. Aiming for Love had me laughing in several places. It was a very cute book full of humor, families, and adventures. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy historical romances. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Heidi_Reads 14 days ago
I'm so happy for the start of a new series by Mary Connealy! I adore her down-to-earth characters, the adventure found in the remote wilderness setting, and the sweet romance that develops naturally. Jo and her sisters are an anomaly- three women surviving and thriving without any contact with the outside world. They are an interesting blend of naive and savvy, having a strong moral code instilled by their grandma and survival skills taught by their grandpa, and each girl has a different blend of caution, curiosity, and fear when it comes to their new neighbors. Jo is the most eager to associate with Dave and his family, while Ilsa is compelled by her healing skills to help with Dave's father's injuries, and Ursula fights against the new relationships the entire time (her story will be interesting to read!) Of course there are humorous misunderstandings with certain expressions the girls aren't familiar with and the two Bibles they quoted from especially had me chuckling. There is a nice blend of action, suspense, relationship-building, humor, and romance as Jo is torn between loyalty to her sisters and the way they were raised, and the comfort and love she experiences with Dave and his family. The story wraps on a satisfying note, but the conflict with the land-grabber and his hired gunmen will continue into the next book. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Leonas_Lines 15 days ago
"Aiming for Love" by Mary Connealy Brides of Hope Mountain--Book 1 "Aiming for Love" will capture your heart. From the first page to the last it will grab you and take you on an wonderful adventure all over Hope Mountain in Colorado. You will meet some amazing young women whose lifestyle is quite unusual. They are the three Nordegren sisters Josephine, Ilsa, and Ursula who have been living alone on Hope Mountain for years. They are self sustaining and have never been off the mountain, they do not know anything about the outside world, and are fearful of people. Their greatest fears are realized with the unexpected arrival of men and cows on the mountain. Josephine is an expert with the bow and arrow and it is her curiosity that causes this story to unfold into a dramatic, but sweet romantic tale that only God could have orchestrated. Throughout the story Mary Connely has weaved threads of love, faith, hope, fear, frustration and of course bits of humor. All these come together to create a novel that will leave you smiling, yet yearning for more. This is an easy read, a page turner that you will find hard to put down. Once finished you will want to go back and re-read it because you won't want to let the characters leave your mind. And, you will anxiously wait for book two to answer several questions that will be floating around in your head. I hightly recommend this book to anyone who loves Western/Cowboy Romance novels. I was gifted this book by the author, but was not expected to give a favorable review. All comments are my own. --Leona J. Atkinson
Faye_reviews 15 days ago
Jo Nordegren grew up high in the Colorado Mountains, a self-taunt bow hunter, she's taken care of her sisters since the death of their parents and grandparents. The three sisters have worked together to survive in the mountains without any need for the outside world. But when rancher Dave Warden and his mother, and wounded father show up on the mountain, in need of help, Jo and her sisters must decide whether they will take the risk to help them. Jo is the middle sister of the three, she's always been curious about the outside world below despite their sheltered upbringing. She and her sisters share a close bond, working together to grow, hunt, and scavenge what they need. They have a genuine, but innocent faith, having large portions of Scripture and Aesop's Fables dedicated to memory. The coming of the Warden family is a blessing, but it also brings with it some of the sisters' biggest fears brought to life. Ursula is especially hesitant to give up their ways to help the outsiders. David and his family are fighting for their ranch against a land grubbing gang of outlaw with the guns to take what they want. The Wardens drive their cattle up Hope Mountain in an effort to save their livestock. David admires Jo's keen outdoor skills, and how she and her sisters have survived for so many years. David's mother is a strong Christian woman, who takes the girls under her wing and helping them to fill in some gaps in their education. An excellent beginning of a fantastic new series, with great introductions to all of the characters in this action packed tale of faith, family and friendship. An engaging read, with great storytelling, Ms. Connealy is in her element doing what she does best in this delightful read that I didn't want to put down. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Tama_Fortner 16 days ago
What do you do when your greatest fear—the outside world—suddenly comes crashing in? That’s the question Jo and her two sisters must answer when rancher Dave and his herd appear on their mountain home’s doorstep. When danger follows Dave, will Jo face her fears and reach out to the newcomers? Or will she and her sisters disappear higher into the mountains they call home? Connealy does a beautiful job with her characters, especially the three sisters, contrasting their knowledge of all things wild with all that they do not know of the outside world—often with a touch of humor. I’m assuming this is the first in a series of three—one book for each of the three sisters. And while the romance between Jo and Dave blooms sweetly, I would love to have seen a bit more depth to their relationship. Note that this is not a standalone book as many of the threads are left dangling at the end, which is not a bad thing—it just leaves me eager for the next installment. Aiming for Love is a sweet, weekend read. My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
StacyTS 17 days ago
I've been awaiting Mary Connealy's new novel, the first in her Brides of Hope Mountain Book, for some time. As I cracked open the beautiful cover, I read the story of three sisters, Jo, Ilsa and Ursula in two days. The sisters bond between them captivated me, they were strong women who'd been sheltered from the bustling, busy world beyond their mountain home. And, when they met the Warden family, the women realized there could be more for them out in the world. I enjoyed the playful relationship between Dave and Jo, and I am looking forward to continuing the journey with these memorable characters in the next book in the series. When you read this, you too will probably feel the same way. I was given this novel by Bethany House Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. The thoughts contained in this review are strictly my own.
simplyannehere 18 days ago
Aiming for love By Mary Connealy The more I read and reflect on books the more critical I feel I am becoming. Before this I would have read this book and just accepted what took place without much thought. The book was well written and easy to read. That said I had more doubts in the characters stories and was not impressed with how things transpired. The idea felt unlikely and far-fetched. Some of the characters were believable and others were stretched for a story. I don’t know that young girls could have been left to the wilderness for years alone but if they were, I don’t know if they would be as the story portrayed. Jo was so open off the bat. Ursula’s reaction to outsiders seemed the most genuine as did her fear. Ilsa was a mystery in a way. I can’t see Isla swinging through trees. It was odd too that she was so versed with medicine but that they never got sick. It was odd that they were so wild living off the land but their surroundings were so undiscovered until the Wardens showed up. The Wardens were another set of questions. The timing of Mitch coming home and being able to find the family was far to convenient. The controversy of this story was far from unresolved. There were just too many things that were off to say it was a good read for me. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Kimberly Bowie 20 days ago
Aiming for Love is the first book in the Brides of Hope Mountain series by Mary Connealy. From the writing, you will notice this is not Mrs. Connealy's first book. As you zip through the pages, you'll find there are no dull moments. Because it's a page-turner, it was a very fast read. As always Mrs. Connealy has written another amazing book with just the right amount of humor. When reading her books, I feel like I'm in the book as one of the characters--usually the strong female character! Whenever she writes, it pulls me in from beginning to end. I laughed and found myself holding my breath more than once! The antics of Dave and Jo kept me laughing. What a fantastic introduction to a new series. With true Connealy style, this story unfolds with charismatic characters, deep faith, and a smidge of quirky humor. Set in the wild Colorado mountains, nature and terrain make the setting play a very important role in the story. Since this is labeled as the first in the series, I can't wait to get to the second! I recommend this story for fans of western fiction, Christian fiction, strong female characters, and books that can't be put down! My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for an advanced review copy of this book through Net Galley. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
DixieJudy 20 days ago
The first in this series by Connealy and if the others are like this one, it will be her greatest series yet……Three sisters have lived in isolation on Hope Mountain in Colorado for their entire lives. They are fearful of other people for they were taught by their grandmother that if they came in contact with people from the town they would surely die. All of their relatives are dead included their father whom was the last to die. They are left all alone to fend for themselves. They have learned to live from hunting and what food they could raise. Then their small world is turned upside down when a man stumbles into their world bringing with him a whole new world they did not know existed. It also brought fear for their lives as they knew they were going to die, and they almost did. Should the three sisters be left to their own world undisturbed or brought into civilization? What a book….. filled with strong characters, especially the sisters in their own way. Sadness, tragedy, harsh winters and romance, all showing the love of God throughout. I cannot wait for the next sister’s book……. This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
MzKCKitty 20 days ago
Mary Connealy gets better with every series. This new one is the best yet. Her stories are always funny and full of characters that are not so familiar with dealing with the opposite sex, but the humor has become more subtle and less slapstick and is a pure delight. Jo and her two sisters have grown up on the mountain isolated from the outside world by a paranoid grandmother and a grandfather that was the only one who ever went into civilization, Both grandparents have died and the sisters have learned to survive on their own. David Warden is a rancher who brings his herd up into the mountains to find good pasture and stake a new claim. Jo is curious about the newcomers and soon makes their acquaintance much to the chagrin of her oldest sister who shares her grandmother’s paranoia. This book is a wondrous read and I’m anxious to learn how the story continues in the next book of the series. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
gnomie 20 days ago
Another great read from Mary Connealy. If you love westerns similar to Louis L'Amour but with more romance and humor then try this one. Jo, Ilsa and Ursala have lived on Hope Mountain their entire lives and the only access to the outside world was when their grandpa would go down the mountain to get supplies. They were taught by their grandma to fear the outside world with it's sicknesses and death. Jo is like a female Robin Hood with her bow and arrows. She loves to hunt and explore and on one of her explorations discovers Dave Warden and his men bringing cattle up the mountain. Dave and his family are running from an outlaw determined to take their land. The interaction between the sisters and the Wardens is humorous and heartwarming. I can't wait to read book 2 in the series about Ilsa and Mitch Warden.
Anonymous 20 days ago
This book was hard to put down. I fell in love with the characters. Jo is curious and wants to learn new things. Dave is protective, and not just of those he knows, from the moment he meets Jo he wants her safe and away from any harm. Jo meets Dave when he comes up her mountain to start his own ranch. Her curiosity has her observing his camp. After they meet danger causes Dave's parents to flee their ranch and go to him. Jo is faced with a choice. Can she risk taking them to her home? Her sister fears anything from below the mountain. This book doesn't disappoint. I can't wait for book two to come out so I can continue the journey. I have already discuussed this book with my cousin and we have tried to guess how the story will continue. It has both of us ready for more. I did receive a copy of this book, all thoughts are mine alone.
swissgranny 20 days ago
From the striking cover to the unusual setting and characters, Mary Connealy has crafted a fantastic start to her new series, Brides of Hope Mountain. The setting in the wilds of the Colorado Mountains in 1873 got my attention, and the thoughts of three sisters existing on Hope Mountain by themselves—away from civilization with only their pioneering skills to keep them alive—captured my imagination. In classic Connealy style, the characters are colorful, unique, and so intriguing. Jo Nordegren, the heroine of Aiming for Love, has serious tracking and shooting skills. She’s feisty, competent, and quite sure of herself until she comes up against the Wardens—a family that has had to escape to her mountain. David Warden is a fabulous hero. I love his heart for his family and his care of others. A superb cast of secondary characters makes the story shine. I especially loved Ma Warden with her gutsy outlook on life, her wisdom, and her love of others. Themes of family, helping others, and faith run through the tale and give an added dimension to it. All in all, it’s a fun and satisfying read with the usual Connealy humor and wit. Be aware, though, that the ending leaves a few loose threads to be continued into the next tale in the series. I’m looking forward to Ilsa’s story and a continuation of the Nordegren sisters’ books. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House and NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Jdp15 20 days ago
I read "Aiming for Love" by Mary Connealy and it was good! 4⭐. This is the first book in her new series Brides of Hope Mountain, and I can't wait for book 2! The ending just came to quick. Thank you #netgalley and Bethany House Publishing for the advance read.
JenniferPurcell 20 days ago
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Mary Connealy kicks off her newest series with her usual style: plenty of action, plenty of lovable characters, and enough mystery to make you keep reading. Overall, Mary Connealy has crafted an entertaining, fast-paced read that will definitely keep you enthralled. I'm excited to read the rest of the books in the Brides of Hope Mountain series and see what becomes of Jo's two sisters.
kimcres 21 days ago
Immersed in a world of loneliness and frontier life, three sisters are confronted with the dangerous world outside their sheltered life on a mountain. This world was both forbidden and feared by the grandparents who raised them. However, a man is wounded and his family, ranch hands and livestock have invaded the secluded land. Two of the sisters rush to help, but the oldest flees to more seclusion. Mary Connealy again builds a world and characters that draw readers from the first page. You imagine stepping foot on this quiet land and wonder what isolation and confrontation would be like for this family. No doubt the remaining two books of the Hope Mountain Brides series will be just as adventurous, poignant and enjoyable. The fate of the families and evil men after them must reach its full conclusion. I received a copy of the book without obligation. This review is my opinion.