Long Time Gone

Long Time Gone

by Mary Connealy

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ISBN-13: 9780764211829
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: Cimarron Legacy Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 551,817
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(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, 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 www.maryconnealy.com.

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Long Time Gone


By Mary Connealy

Baker Publishing Group

Copyright © 2017 Mary Connealy
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1182-9


CHAPTER 1

Skull Gulch, New Mexico Territory November 1880


Abandoning his sister to save his brother, Justin Boden felt as gutshot as Cole.

He left Heath Kincaid behind to find his little sister, Sadie, feeling as though he were tearing himself in half to make that choice. But he had only minutes to get his big brother home to stop the bleeding and tend his wound. Still, leaving her behind went against everything he knew about caring for his family.

"No." Cole's words were slurred. "Sadie." He drooped forward until he almost lay on his horse's neck.

Justin gritted his teeth. The outlaw who had gotten a bullet into Cole was tied over his saddle, its reins tied to Cole's horse. But Sadie was missing. So Justin had to ask if there was more than one villain chasing them.

Justin grabbed the reins out of Cole's hands and turned up the trail. Leading two horses, one with his wounded brother, trailed by one with the unconscious outlaw, forced Justin forward — the trail was too narrow to look back.

Cole didn't have long. If the gutshot was a bad one, it might already be too late.

Sadie was missing, and if the man they'd taken prisoner wasn't alone, killers might be on her trail — or have her even now. Even King Solomon would have a hard time deciding what to do about this.

Turning his back on Sadie was like cleaving himself in two. But he did it and then pushed hard up the trail for home. Only a few more minutes and he could get Cole inside. If he'd been gut-shot — and that was what it looked like — they couldn't save him.

It nearly drove Justin mad to think of it.

The trail twisted and turned. It bent so it went alongside the mountain, then headed up a while until it got so steep it was impossible to climb, then it wound off sideways again to another spot they could climb. It was narrower and steeper with every step until on some of the sideways stretches, one of Justin's booted feet was in a stirrup dangling over a dead drop, while on the other side he could have reached out a hand and brushed the mountainside.

He came to a place the trail had caved off. He sure hoped his horse knew how to walk on tiptoes.

Justin prayed for all he was worth as he passed the narrow spot.

One more steep stretch and finally he skylined himself at the top of the mountain. A gale of wind hit him and warned of cold weather coming in. Northern New Mexico in November could be wretchedly cold or it could be pleasant. It was picking this moment to be nasty. He hung silhouetted against the clouds, then dropped down. He was stunned to see the ranch house right at the bottom of the hill. Oh, he knew the hill all right, covered with heavy woods, steep enough to make a mountain goat faint, but he'd never thought of it as hiding a trail. In his lifetime he'd never used it nor seen Pa use it.

Far below in the ranch yard, someone charged out on horseback and galloped for Skull Gulch. Two men had ridden with him besides his family. He'd sent them ahead fast with orders to run for the doctor.

Justin descended quickly, buffeted by a bitter wind that had been blocked on the uphill side of the trail. This downhill side was as steep as the uphill and just as heavily wooded. Justin followed a badly overgrown trail.

John Hightree, the Cimarron Ranch foreman, ran out of the barn. John had been with the ranch since before Justin's birth, and Justin trusted the man with his life.

Justin yelled, "I need help with Cole, and someone bring this varmint we caught inside and leave him tied up." Justin didn't have time now to give their prisoner another thought.

Rosita, their housekeeper, who'd grown up on the CR, stepped out of the house, took everything in at a glance, and got very serious. Considering the amount of blood, that didn't make her a genius.

Justin jumped down and rushed to Cole. His men were at his side, easing Cole off the horse. Together they carried him inside to Ma and Pa's bedroom on the ground floor and stretched him out on the bed.

Blood was everywhere. Too much of it for a man to survive.

Justin was a man of action. He fought for his brother's life by doing something. Moving fast. He had clung hard to the notion that if they could just get Cole home, quit shaking him up, stop the bleeding, and get a doctor's care, he'd make it.

Justin made things happen with the strength of his back. If he laid his hands on something and used every ounce of his muscle, it'd move. Now he wondered if any amount of hard work would save Cole.

Rosita hurried into the room with a basin of steaming water and cloths tucked under her arm. Justin stepped aside for her; it was either that or get run down.

"I sent for the doctor," John said.

"Justin, I need your hands." Rosita ordering him around.

And Justin was supposed to be the boss.

"Where is Sadie?" Rosita was focused completely on Cole, but she had noticed everything. "Why is mi niña not with you? Where's Heath?"

"Heath is bringing Sadie." Justin needed to go for Sadie. But it was taking both his and Rosita's hands to care for Cole. And he had an unconscious man in the kitchen with information that could stop a murder.

And he couldn't send someone else to help Heath and Sadie, because he needed John and he didn't know who else he dared trust.

Rosita unfastened a belt Cole had rigged tight around his waist, trying to keep his lifeblood inside.

Two of the hired men came in carrying their prisoner.

For a while it was a fur ball. Helping Rosita tend Cole. Shouting orders to his men to make sure the man was secure. Worrying about Cole. Near frantic about Sadie.

Rosita's orders were louder than Justin's and cut through the rest of the din.

She uncovered the gunshot, gasped, and her lips moved in a quiet prayer as she dipped her cloth in the basin of steaming water. She began washing, and Cole shouted in pain. Justin knew he was completely knocked out, because Cole could take a lot without so much as a groan. This cry of pain would never have escaped had Cole been awake. Rosita hesitated, frowning, her brow furrowed with worry, but she went right back to her doctoring. Justin hoped she didn't do more harm with the scalding water. But in a situation like this, Justin trusted her more than he trusted himself.

The prisoner stirred and groaned, then started struggling against the ropes that bound him.

John had helped carry the outlaw in and now he kept him under control.

Justin couldn't stand the distraction. "There's a solid lock on the cellar door in the kitchen, John. And that trapdoor in the floor is the only way in and out of there."

"Good idea. I'll take him down."

All they needed was for the man to revive, get loose, and bring chaos to the place while all their attention had to be on Cole.

John boosted the man to his feet and dragged him away.

Taut minutes passed as they battled to stop Cole's bleeding.

"He's taken care of, boss." John came in. "I'll stand guard over the desperado."

Justin nodded as John went out again.

Rosita's care of Cole was painstaking. She snapped out orders, and Justin did as he was told as fast as he could move. It was as if he could hear the ticking of the clock — time running out on Cole's life.

Justin remembered so many times Rosita and Ma had cared for all the injuries that stemmed from the harsh conditions of a New Mexico ranch. When it was Justin or Cole or Sadie, the tender care often ended with a kiss and a cookie. Justin knew this was far too serious to end as pleasantly.

"I am not going to fix a tight bandage because the doctor will soon come. I want him to be able to get to the wound without hurting Cole further. But we have to keep pressure on."

"There was another man who rode ahead of me with Alonzo. It's Ramone."

Rosita's head came up. "Ramone? The man who killed your grandfather Chastain all those years ago?"

Justin nodded. "It might not be as we think. I'll tell you everything later."

Rosita washed her blood-soaked hands in the basin and dried them on a cloth Justin had brought. Then she turned back to Cole just as his eyes blinked open.

"Cole's awake."

"Where's Sadie?" Cole's voice, weak and so soft it was hard to hear, but his thoughts were clear.

Justin's gut twisted. "Heath's got her." Justin had a feeling that was the absolute truth. And of course he wanted Heath to get her, yet he didn't want him to keep her.

"Go, for heaven's sake. Get out of here and go help."

A clatter at the back of the house drew Justin's attention and diverted Cole's. He wished it'd be Heath with Sadie.

Wished it, prayed it, but feared it was not. This day was just too deeply stacked with trouble.

Doc Garner burst into the room, and right behind him ...

Justin almost groaned out loud. He'd hoped for the sweet, wise, skillfully trained Sister Margaret. Instead his stack of trouble just got higher.


(Continues...)

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Long Time Gone 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this series. Want to read more
CrystalCaudill More than 1 year ago
As usual, I enjoyed another one of Mary Connealy's stories. One word of warning about this book though, don't try to read it before reading No Way Up.  While Mary does a good job of filling in details you would have missed, the very first sentence picks up where the last book ended. Immediately where it left off.  I enjoyed getting to know Justin a little more - especially the rivalry between him and Cole. The love he showed for his annoying big brother, the rest of his family, and Angie makes him a hero in my book. He is a hard-working man that any woman could swoon over.  Angie was a heroine that grew on me. I never disliked her, but she took some getting used to. I loved watching her grow to become an independent woman capable of taming the West. She moves forward from her past to become a woman I cheer for and envy. The Cimaaron Ranch is still in trouble throughout the book, and the mystery behind what is really going on begins to unravel. I am looking forward to reading the third and finding out what the real story behind the trouble is. Not to mention Cole and Mel are the hero and heroine - Squee!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the main characters of Book 1 of the Cimarron Legacy series and was so glad to see all those characters return in Book 2--Long Time Gone. Book 2 starts right where Book 1 ended, so nothing is missing in the drama. The character development of Angie seemed true to life to me—sometimes it’s hard to find our own strength, to know who to trust, how to move forward, how best to serve others in wisdom. It took a bit of work to find a copy of Long Time Gone, but it was everything I had hoped for. Finishing this book was bittersweet—I did not want the story to end. I love the Boden family! I am very eager for Book 3 to be published. Mary Connealy has once again delivered an A+ read. I loved this book!!
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
This book LITERALLY picks up where No Way Out ended (therefore, I recommend reading the first book in the series before this one). From the moment Cole is shot, tensions run high. There are a myriad of dangers facing the Boden clan and Connealy had me gripping my seat, hoping to uncover the danger but knowing there’s another book in the series so it won’t end with this one! In No Way Out we meet confident and rugged Justin Boden who understands running a ranch and remains unshakeable. Long Time Gone shows us another side of Justin. You can immediately sense that his brother’s injury really shook his faith in himself and those around him. The only part of his character that seems unshaken is his protective streak. Enter Angie DuPree! It’s hilarious to me to watch Justin bumble through his “courtship” of Angie and it definitely helped to tone down the seriousness of the story. Their faith in God, loyalty to their ranch and family, and love for one other shines through every page of the book as we watch Angie and Justin grow together, Cole heal, and the Bodens grow closer together to face the dangers that seem to be surrounding them. From start to finish, Mary Connealy delivers another action packed historical romance that is sure to please everyone! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
LONG TIME GONE is the second book in Ms. Connealy's Cinarron Legacy. Fans will want to read No Way Up first as this book does not alone. I did read No Way Up, but it was so long since I've read it that I forgot somethings and I was scrambling to remember who so and so were and how were they important! Written in Ms. Connealy's trademark style, this historical western is sure to keep pages turning as you wait to see if Cole survives, who is behind the attacks, and whether or not the parents were truly in danger even though they were a long ways away. Who wanted the Boden clan dead? Why were they on a hit list? So many questions... A touch of humor is liberally mixed in with the historical romance and the wild west, and fans won't get enough of this Old West adventure. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."
tickmenot More than 1 year ago
Strong Women, Tough Cowboys & Danger! Angie DuPree is in a very dangerous situation in 1880’s New Mexico. After agreeing to go to the Boden family ranch to help the doctor treat Cole Boden, Angie discovers the family is under attack by a person or persons unknown. The family is as shocked to find themselves in this predicament as Angie is. While the Bodens try to figure out who is behind this, dangerous situations continue to take place that throw Angie together with this family. The killer has targeted every member of the Boden family. However, anyone interacting with the family is included, too, which puts Angie in danger, as well. Before this ends, there will be a kidnapping, the discovery of a spy in their midst, and more gunfights. The family is further shocked to learn that someone attempted to kill their parents who have been staying in Colorado for a medical treatment. Who is doing this to them? Although Angie is fairly new to the community, she has been trying very hard to learn to fit in to life in the West. Unfortunately she wasn’t taught any life skills, and is pretty clueless about doing anything. She believes that living in her new hometown will give her the chance to finally stand on her own two feet. Justin Boden just thinks she is a big stack of trouble! This is the second installment in The Cimarron Legacy. Since I have not read the first book, I had a small amount of catch-up time when I began reading. But it was not hard to do. This story delivers lots of action, along with twists and turns, while solving this mystery moves on. It is also fun to watch the relationship between Angie and Justin unfold. Although this yarn ended at a natural stopping place, the entire tale has many loose ends that need to be finished—including who is behind all of this. I can hardly wait for book three to be released so I can get the answers. I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys westerns, thrillers or Christian fiction. Bethany House Publishing has provided me with a complimentary copy of Long Time Gone for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
From the western setting to the strong characters, Connealy’s stories are always fun to read! Drama and danger continue for the Boden clan, and I enjoyed reading Justin and Angie’s story. Humor and hijinks abound amidst the mystery and mayhem, leaving me eager to know how the series will conclude. While reading this series in order is not necessary, it is recommended for a greater understanding of the ongoing story line. Long Time Gone is a charming blend of action, adventure, and romance! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
The plot to uncover who wants their ranch continues with the Boden family. They had thought that with a powerful enemy gone they could go back to life as normal. But he may have just been one piece to the puzzle. Because trouble is still following them everywhere. Another excellent book by this author. I really enjoy her writing style. She's able to convey the correct emotions, bring depth to the characters, and draw the reader in to the story and the lives of the characters. I've read the first book in the series so I would definitely say that this isn't a stand-alone. You need to read the first book so that you can grasp what has happened before. The story begins right where the first one left off with the assumption that the reader knows what just happened. This plot has adventure, strong family elements, trust, faith, suspense, and romance. And it's all woven together to create a wonderful story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Can't wait for the next book. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. All thoughts expressed are my own.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
With Ma and Pa in Denver, and his brother, Cole, in mortal danger, Justin Boden feels the weight of the Cimarron Ranch (CR) on his shoulders. Sadie and Heath are around, as is Rosita, who works for them. The dangers are not behind them, as they had thought. There is a plot that goes back decades, and if the enemy’s plot succeeds, the CR will be lost to the Bodens, as will many of their lives. To complicate matters, there is a traitor working on the CR. Can they root the person out before someone else is hurt? Someone like Angelique ‘Angie’ DuPree? She finds herself at the CR to assist the doctor in tending to Cole’s injury. It is risky for Angie to be there – to associate with the Bodens – but Angie puts her worry over the Bodens above the threat of menace. This clearly bothers Justin, and he doesn’t know if he should banish her to the orphanage or keep her close. She’s as distracting to him as he is to her. This next book in The Cimarron Legacy did not disappoint. I’ve found that I generally like reading historical suspense fiction, and this novel was fast-paced. We met Angie but briefly in the first book, so I was glad to see her story fleshed out in this next installment. “Long Time Gone” is an inspirational fiction western packed with history, suspense and at least one honest cowboy! It is the opposite of a dry gulch; Connealy fills her tale with a lush plot, engaging characters, faith and humor, but also self-doubt, dangerous anger and, naturally, bad guys. A rich tale indeed! -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
NDowning More than 1 year ago
Long Time Gone is the second book in The Cimarron Legacy series. This book is best read after reading the first book in the series, No Way Up. This was a fun book to read. It was well written and the characters were interesting, which is typical for one of my favorite authors, Mary Connealy. I enjoyed the suspense aspect of the story as well. I appreciated that the mystery of the book was pretty much solved, but the big overall suspense keeps me anticipating the next book in the series. I have to be honest and share the few things that I didn’t particularly like. There was one thing in the book that I felt was a little cliche for a western, cowboy romance. I can’t tell you what it was with giving a spoiler. But really it wasn’t bad enough for me to say I didn’t think it was a good book. I actually thought the book moved a little slowly in parts also. I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. Mary Connealy is a wonderful author, and I think you would be quite pleased if you read this book, or any of her others. Bethany House Publishers provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
Long Time Gone is the second book in her Cimarron Legacy series, yet with that being said this book is also a stand alone. I do recommend reading the entire series to get the full impact of the series. I was quickly swept into this story and held there until the last page turned. The setting is the New Mexico Territory in the 1880's and focuses on Justin Boden. He is rough and tough, but underneath it all has the softest heart. He and Cole, his brother, don't always see eye to eye on everything, but both always put family first. Justin is a protector by nature and he will do whatever is necessary to protect his family. As important factors emerge Justin realizes things are much more complicated than he ever thought. One complication he never imagined took the form of Angie DuPree, the woman who had been assisting the doctor in taking care of Cole. This story has elements of suspense, mystery, romantic tension, and faith. I would recommend this book to anyone. *I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
I've become quite found of the crazy Boden family! They bicker and fight, but they love fiercely. Justin is bit rough, arrogant, and he likes to be in control. Angie is a mild and meek, having come from an abusive background. While Justin learns to give God the things he can't control, she's trying to learn to stand on her own, thinking that's what God wants for her life. The title, Long Time Gone, proves to be a beautiful theme for this story since God loves to stop us on our life journeys and bless us with things we thought we had passed a long time ago. And don't think I forgot the mystery surrounding the Cimarron Ranch! There's a B.I.G. reveal towards the end of the book that seemingly answers all our questions...or does it? ; ) Four Stars - a fun story! If you like westerns, cowboys, spitfire characters, romance, and mystery, then you need to read this series! I would recommend you read the first book, No Way Up, due to the ongoing mystery. I can't wait to read Cole and Melanie's story in Too Far Down because #teamcole!!! I received a copy of Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy from Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
Another great ride! A bit of a surprise to me book two took up almost immediately where book one left off. I had the opportunity to read book 1 so I was excited to be offered Long Time Gone I was surprised to see that book 2 took up only minutes after book 1 ended. I enjoyed all the characters from book 1 and book 2. The romance that developed between Justice and Angie who he met in book 1 was fun to witness. They each had their on struggles and challenges to overcome while they became closer acquainted with each other. All the characters that Mary has created in this series are likeable, strong, independent and God fearing men and women. I would like to read The Boden Birthright. Although I don't feel the reader needs to read all the books in order because Mary does a great job of keeping the story moving and helping the reader stay connected with each story. If you have the chance to read this series in order I would suggest you might enjoy it more. I am looking forward to book three. I am curious to see if Cole gets married off. Is neighbor Mel going to become part of the family? Are Ronnie and Chance going to make it home for a family reunion? Book three here I come! I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House. This review will appear on retail sites where available. This review will appear on Good Reads and My Journey Back.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
I read book one in the Cimarron Legacy series by Mary Connealy and enjoyed her light hearted writing style, sense of humor, touches of historical setting, and sweet romance. In book two, the Cimarron ranch folks continue to fend off evil desperadoes and wind their way into the reader's heart with their inherent goodness. Featured this time is basically the story of Justin and Angie. We met Angie in book one as the new comer to the town who went to live and work with her Aunt Margaret who runs the Catholic orphanage and school. Justin is the oldest of the ranching clan although Cole is the actual oldest brother. Cole prefers mining to ranching and he was college educated back east. But because their father (previously seriously injured in book one) changes his will to involve all the kids living on the ranch, Cole is available with the others to fight off those intending to take the ranch away and wipe out the Boden family. Long Time Gone has the earmarks of a tried and true western but will appeal to ladies because it has those lovable heroes and heroines and that touch of sweet romance. Looking forward to Mary Connealy's next book to see just what happens to Cimarron Ranch and the folks living there and in the nearby areas. I recommend this as it is a good, clean book you can easily place in the hands of teens or adults. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group to facilitate a review of my personal opinion which is freely given.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of LONG TIME GONE by Mary Connealy from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. It is the second installment in the Cimarron Legacy series. Once again, Bethany House delivers quality historical fiction with Christian undertones. I’m never disappointed when I pick up a book from Bethany House. LONG TIME GONE transports the reader to the Wild West. It reminded me of all the old westerns my mom and I would watch on television. Mary Connealy is an excellent author to take you on this journey. There were some moments I laughed out loud. Other time I went “aw.” She makes each character well rounded and the setting blossoms around you. There is just the right amount of romance without making to too heavy. My favorite part was how well I could picture everything. I love history, and this felt like I was being transported back in time.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
Cimarron Ranch sounds like a great place to live and work if you can stay out of the way of the bad guys. Quite an exciting story as the Boden family tries to figure out who is on their side and which ones are sneaky, low-down varmints. The action picks right up where the first book in the series ended. If you haven’t read it already, you should read it first. Chance Boden, patriarch of the Cimarron Ranch, and his wife Veronica are in Denver where he was taken in the first book after he was almost crushed under an avalanche and suffered a major injury to his leg. His oldest son, Cole, has just been gut shot and everyone is working feverishly to save him. But as soon as one thing seems under control, something else breaks loose. Without the lighter moments, such as someone going after a villain with a rope and a rock, this book might get too intense for some. The reader is certainly in for a wild ride with horses racing, guns blazing, women getting attacked, and the arguments between the Boden siblings. Actually the fast pace of the book keeps things moving through the tense moments rather quickly and then it lightens up with banter between the siblings or maybe a little romance. As I suddenly found myself on the last page, I knew there had to be more to the story and am looking forward to the next book in the series. It seems you can always count on Mary Connealy finding an opportunity in her stories to pit the women against the men in one way or another. The story is worth reading just to see what she will come up with next. Her female characters simply do not allow things to get dull. The setting is the New Mexico Territory in 1880, so you can imagine that the men try to run things but the ladies are not easily pushed around. I enjoyed this entertaining story.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Giddy-up, y'all! The Bodens won't rest until the threat against their ranch is hog-tied and branded so grab your hats for another exciting and entertaining adventure!!! Without a doubt, Justin Boden has ranching in his blood. Dainty city gal Angie DuPree has him feeling like a bull in a dress shop with her grace and quiet manner. Y'all are going to enjoy the ride as the entire Boden clan works together to uncover the truth behind the attacks against their family and their ranch... before it's too late. Full of fun and excitement, this series is a must read!!! I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through the author and NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
LizzyB27 More than 1 year ago
This is a great fast paced Old West adventure, with love, romance, mystery, kidnapping and murder. The Boden family will do whatever it takes to protect the ranch, their family and their friends. When a widow from Omaha is kidnapped, will the Boden's be able to find her, and that avalanche that Chance broke his leg in was caused how? This was a very enjoyable story!
llparrish782 More than 1 year ago
generally love Mary's books as she always adds some humor to them in all the right places. This time around, I couldn't really get into this book and I too couldn't connect with the characters. It didn't really start to get interesting until the middle part of the book when the action started taking place. I really thought that some of this story should've taken place in the first book but to me it seemed long, drawn out focusing on the character's problems instead of being of being about what it is they're really trying to do. I did however; like the fact that it was a western mystery and a who done it thing, which I sort of figured it out pretty quickly and I wasn't disappointed. I'm like the others that have done reviews on this book before me. You should really read the Boeden Birthright and from there it pretty much goes into the why's and how's and how everything should fall into place. I'm going to say that Sadie is my favorite character because she's sneaky, stubborn like her brothers and she made me laugh. I really think that she likes making her brother's mad at her. She also is quirky and very outgoing( which I wish i was). Cole made me laugh in some places as well. He's just as bad as his sister Sadie. Probably just as stubborn. Then there's Justin. Who is extremely bossy. When he doesn't get his way, he pouts like most men do. Justin generally follows orders unless it's against what he thinks is right. Justin is a good man. He doesn't judge or get mad or puts a woman down. I know that there are big, strong, men out there just like him. But, they are few and far between. Angie I think is a very special lady. I was glad when she got out of her current situation but, I wished it weren't the hard way. Love is a very sneaky thing or sometimes it just hits you hard over heels. Love is kind. Love is gentle 1 Corinthians 13. I think the author did very well with this. She snuck love in where it should've been. Like I've said before I love the humor and she did do a great job with that. There's just some people that you just can't trust in this world and I think Mary did a nice job overall with that too. I recommend this book to people who like this sort of story. It's in a Western setting and I liked that as well. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and not expected to write a review. All opinions are my own words.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
The book is hard to read If you haven't read the two prior books. The take off is slow and it kind of stays that way - It is a western mystery - it is a little interesting - you are left waiting for the next book to find out who the mastermind is. Dantalion is dead but he leaves clues behind for the Boden family to find out who killed him but that just keeps them all in danger - it is all just a shame - nice storyline though, but it does not need to be dragged out by all these books with a kind of cliffhanger - you know what I mean? It would be a better book if it was a stand alone book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jaylee_Morgan More than 1 year ago
I was super excited when I requested this book. I thought it would be interesting being a cowboy story... being that I'm cowgirl and all that. And, well, the plot line was great. The action was great. Everything was great except... well... I uh... I accidentally picked up a romance novel. Those of you who have been reading for a while know that I don't like romance novels. A little romance on the side is just fine and dandy, but... the entire focus being falling in love? That kind of sets me off a little bit. Mostly because romance novels are too unrealistic for me and they have the weird ability for the two main characters to be immortal because of their love. I loved Long Time Gone with everything except for the romance. I thought the romance was... um, cheesy and unreasonable. I was disappointed when Angie was helping to tend to Cole (who was very close to dying) and was admiring his brother through it all. Excuse me, Angie... do you think you could work on saving Cole before starting to fawn over Justin? And... Justin? Maybe perhaps it's not the best time to be thinking about how much you love Angie in the middle of a gunfight. Please, get rid of the bad guys so that they don't kill you and your family, and then you can do all the thinkin' you wanna. I was also sorely disappointed Angie's inability to stick to her morals. Justin took her home once and she said that a man and woman shouldn't be riding alone together. That was what she believed. That is what she didn't follow. Again, she said that she wouldn't let herself be alone with him. Guess what happened? Okay, occasionally it couldn't be helped. But she also could have stuck to her guns (yep, pun intended) a little more on the times when it could be helped. Well, ya know, other than that... it was great! Like I said above, I loved the plotline, loved what happened, loved watching Angie get "countryfied". Everything was awesomeness. There was everything that there's supposed to be a fiction cowboy western story! *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my opinion. All views expressed here are my own.*
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book two in The Cimarron Legacy series, however it is a stand alone book. I have not read book one and had no issues keeping up, I did feel like I probably missed out on some history and another great book though. Mary Connealy always does such a great job at keeping your interest, the sparks that fly between characters and their spunky personalities. She is one of my favorite authors. Justin Boden, the handsome cowboy, and his family are in a pile of mystery. Trying to find out who is trying to kill them and why. When Angie DuPree is needed to help watch over Justin's brother will more develop than he had ever dreamed. Angie DuPree is not sure she is cut out to be of any help to the Boden family. She is trying to learn to stand on her own. When trouble strikes this loving family will she be able to help them or is she just in the way. I love the personalities of all the Boden family and Angie. Mary Connealy does a great job with their dialogue and keeping you wanting more. I look forward to the next book in this series. This book is full of suspense, mystery, romance, faith and family.
amvkv More than 1 year ago
It finally happened. I read a Bethany House Publishers book which I hated. Shall I burn it now that I finished it? I had previously liked Mary Connealy’s books, but this one has altered my being a fan of her writing. The book got tiresome in reading it, but the stereotypes of people who were of Mexican descent fits right in with some of the Evangelical world. Build the wall to keep out the rapists and murderers. “I found six of them hombres . . . all of ‘em Mexicans. . . they’re a ragtag bunch . . .” In other places it states they speak Mexican . . .not American. Really?? Guess what Spanish is spoken in America, South America, North American, and Central America. This is the most disgusting book I have read in a very long time, and what makes me even more upset is that so-called Christians promote this garbage. You want to know the truth about land being stolen? Then you had better study deeper because you are just promoting more of the lies and coverup of the true history. Why don’t you read SHAME THE STARS by Guadalupe Garcia McCall and get a view of accurate history and then share the other side of the story or would that not fit in with the “Build the Wall” mentality of negativity for Mexican-Americans? I am not even going to relate about the plot or anything else because I could not wait to finish this rotten book. I will not purchase Mary Connelay books ever again. I received this book from the publisher.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"Stop noticing handsome young men..." (59), and handsome men they were! O, men, yes, but cowboys to be more exact with some mad skills! And that is just one of many reasons why Mary Connealy's Long Time Gone, the second full novel of The Cimarron Legacy is just as fun and funny as the first one, No Way Up. With the author's usual humor, we can expect she rubbed off on some of her characters. It's such a delight to see the characters from the first book make an appearance, and not just short and sweet, but makes convincing supporting characters. Heath may be my favorite character - can't help but laugh when I think of him. I think he's more non-chalant about his humor in this one than the first, but still good, especially when he verbally baits Justin. And speaking of baits, what a story about family always comes first and love defends all. The love story seems to take a back burner to the character development, but it's all relative, since the romance buildup started from the get go. I just love how Angie grew emotionally, as she finds strength to be who she wants to be, a woman of courage to decide for her own, stand up for herself, and know when to surrender to the Lord. She has this quiet strength with a heart of gold that I admire. The bottom line is, Long Time Gone will stick with you, and you with it until the very last page, and still continue to create amusing thoughts in your head long after its gone from your hands. Action packed with a bit of everything, romance, mystery and a plot that moves. Want to start a new series, definitely give this one a try! Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy The Cimarron Legacy Series Book Two Justin Boden's life is stretched right now. His brother, Cole, was shot. His baby sister, Sadie, got married. Pa and Ma are still in Denver at the hospital. And...there is still someone out there trying to kill his family. Angie DuPree went to the Cimarron Ranch to help the doctor. She never knew a family could be so close. That a big, handsome man like Justin could show such joy and hug his sister. So different than what her life had been. Great series. Chance Boden had said he wanted all his kids at the ranch. Ends up it may save their lives by having obeyed him. Whoever is after their family is powerful. And has been after the ranch since the death of their grandfather. Looking forward to Cole's story already. **Received through Bethany House for an honest review