Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy

She's the Only Witness to a Wagon Train Attack. Keeping Her Safe, Though, Means His World Is about to be Turned Upside Down.

When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes an attack by the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he's finally carved out a home and started a herd--while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail. He'd hoped the days of driving off dangerous men were over, but the latest attack shows otherwise.

Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace becomes an accidental guardian when he offers the only shelter for miles around and agrees to take them in until they can safely continue their journey. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling--yet enticing. 

Trace and Deborah find themselves drawing ever closer as they work together to bring justice to the trail and help the group survive the winter--but every day closer to spring means a day closer to leaving the mountains forever.

This book is the beginning of a new series by Mary Connealy set in the wild west which looks to be another sure fire hit. When Deb and Gwen and two small children are the only survivors of a wagon train massacre it doesn't look very hopeful for them. They will likely either wander lost and starve or perhaps the evil bandits who attacked the wagon train will be back to finish the job. So when they spot a lone man on horseback who doesn't appear to be one of the bandits, they get his attention and ask for his help. Fortunately for them, he's a pretty stand up guy and he does the right thing and heads for home with them. His home. Now Trace Riley has been a loner for the last 10 years since, with a ranch hand or two for company more recently but he knows nothing about women and children. His mother died when he was young and he hasn't been around women since. He has a lot to learn.

Trace and his ranch hands shelter the women and children, and fine that it's not all bad to have them around. All is not well, though, with the bandits still on the loose. They need to be tracked down and brought to justice and plans have to be made for spring. How do they get the children to their family? Where are Deb and Gwen going to settle?

I always enjoy a western by Mary Connealy but this one wasn't top of my list. It's good but not fantastic. I found the story a little choppy, and I wasn't fond of the ending. Overall it was interesting but didn't feel as original as most of this author's stories usually are.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Mary Connealy
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    Mary Connealy

    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,...
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pelican Point by Irene Hannon

In the midst of life's storms, unexpected love is a beacon of hope.

A crumbling lighthouse is not part of the inheritance Army doctor Ben Garrison expects to claim when he journeys to Hope Harbor. Fresh out of the service, he wants only to unload the tower of bricks, decompress from years of treating battlefield trauma, and prepare to launch his civilian career.

Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber has other ideas. She may not be a Hope Harbor native, but the small Oregon seaside town has become home--and she's determined to save the Pelican Point landmark.

Sparks fly as the two go head-to-head over the fate of the lighthouse. But when they start to cooperate, a different kind of fire ignites. Can Hope Harbor heal the hearts of these two romance-wary souls?

Marci Weber has been a background character in the Hope Harbor series for a while now as the editor of the town newspaper, the Hope Harbor Herald. Ben Garrison is new to town. He's just finished up his military service as a battlefield surgeon and will be heading to Chicago to join a prestigious practice but first he stops in Hope Harbor to settle his grandfather's estate. Surprise! He's inherited a lighthouse! It's not in great shape, it's not famous and it's proving hard to sell. When he finally gets a bite on it, the town is galvanized into action by Marci to try to save it from falling victim to a new development.

This is the story of Ben and Marci, but it's interwoven with a couple named Greg and Rachel as well. I found that slightly frustrating as I wasn't nearly as interested in them as Ben and Marci and the characters from previous books. The birds, and if you've read the series you'll know who I mean, are featured a little too predominantly for me but they are a cute touch.

This has been such a great series, and out of this wonderful series I'm sorry to say that this book is my least favourite so far. It was enjoyable but nothing really stood out. It's still worth reading if you are reading the series.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels, including Hope HarborSea Rose Lane, Sandpiper Cove, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, Private Justice, and Men of Valor series. Her books have garnered dozens of honors, including three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of RWA's elite Hall of Fame. In addition, she has received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work.

Monday, April 2, 2018

In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson

Book review of In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson (Bethany House) by papertapepins

The search for her missing brother leads to the most dangerous part of the city . . .

Camrianne Coulter's brother Caleb is a successful San Francisco attorney. But when three months go by without a word from the usually communicative Caleb, Camri boards a train to the booming West Coast city to find out for herself why he hasn't written. When she arrives at his home, nobody seems to know where he is, or what has become of him.

Camri's search for her brother leads her deep into the political corruption of the city--and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, who Caleb successfully defended from a false murder charge. Getting to know this handsome Irish contractor challenges all of Camri's privileged beliefs, but Patrick is unshakably loyal to her brother, and he seems to know more about what happened to Caleb than anyone else. As the two edge closer to the truth behind Caleb's disappearance, they risk angering the powerful forces that control the city. Can Camri trust Patrick to protect her from the dangers that lie hidden in San Francisco's backstreets?

While the book started out slow for me, and while it did pick up speed, it failed to fully capture my attention. Camri is one of those characters who start out self absorbed and learn the error of their ways throughout the story. Camri is on a train headed to San Francisco to find her brother who appears to have gone missing and on the way meets two other women also heading to the city. They decide to stick together and the three of them move into her missing brother's home while they search for him.

While I wanted to like this story, there just seemed to be nothing new here. It's quite predictable, both in plot and character. It's an enjoyable light read, but based on some of this author's previous books it could have been so much more.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Tracie Peterson
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    Tracie Peterson

    Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn...
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