Swept Away (Trouble in Texas Series #1)

Swept Away (Trouble in Texas Series #1)

by Mary Connealy


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Laughter, Romance, and Action Abound in This New Series from Mary Connealy

Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't all that upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. She prayed for a chance to get away, and then came the raging flood. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone...so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.

Luke is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men who killed his father are working hard to ensure Luke doesn't make it alive. He has no choice but to keep moving. Still, he can't just abandon Ruthy, so she'll have to come along.

His friends—a ragtag group of former Civil War soldiers—take a fast interest in the pretty gal. Luke thinks that's rather rude—he's the one who found her. And the more time he spends around the hard-working young woman who is a mighty good cook, the more he finds himself thinking beyond revenge and toward a different future. For the first time in a long time, Luke is tempted to turn from his destructive path and be swept away by love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764209147
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Series: Trouble in Texas Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 340,477
Product dimensions: 5.72(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.86(d)

About 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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Swept Away 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
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.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
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.)
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
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.
Regina_Jennings More than 1 year ago
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.
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Loved this! Read the whole thing on this lazy Saturday because I just HAD to see what was coming up next. Pulls you in from page one. Great story, characters you love, AND ones you love seeing get their just desserts. 
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
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!
Digging4Pearls More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ruthie was a strong woman and this was a story that needed a strong woman. It had little romance but it had plenty of action. So, you may want to keep an openmind when you start because it is an adventure to read.
PRMCA More than 1 year ago
This is my first read by this author, and I enjoyed it a lot. That being said, I didn't enjoy it enough to pay around $10 for the next two books in the series. Why do e-books cost so much? Makes no sense to me.
GHott More than 1 year ago
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
Broadwayphan902 More than 1 year ago
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.
Pamela_CB More than 1 year ago
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.
rkokes More than 1 year ago
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.
LizR1990 More than 1 year ago
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.***
a-nonny-mouse More than 1 year ago
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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This author is fast becoming a favorite. A western period piece with appealing characters and an entertaining story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced western adventure. Not a lot of romantic detail but I enjoyed the story as the hero seeks to regain his ranch. I wish the ethical debate over the potential gun battle had been more realistic. But, that is only part of one chapter and doesn't spoil the book. I'm looking for the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Look forward to reading some more of herbooks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Held my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful really enjoyed it lots of action. Ruthie and Luke were meant for each other. Can't wait to read the other two books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story and it is written well
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book ,first time have read any of author books kept me interested right up to last page have already bought the next 2 books in series.A good clean read with plenty of action.