Swept Away by Mary Connealy
Bethany House Publishers, 1st March 2013

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.

It’s been a while since I read a Mary Connealy book and I’ve missed the action, romance and humor that is her trademark. I really enjoyed getting sucked into the action and watching the humorous antics of everyone involved. Even when things get a little dramatic, there’s the wry humor buried there. Ruthy is a very funny character and really, she’s pulling Luke along for the ride, even though he thinks it’s the other way around.

Mary, you might have sparked my interest back into western historical fiction…that’s hard since I’m waist deep into contemporary suspense romance fiction…but I’m feeling the pull to pick up another western…it might just be your next book in this series…which looks great by the way!

So if you’re wanting action, romance and humor this is the book for you.

Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel for review.  I was in no way obliged to give a positive review.