Monday, March 11, 2013

CFBA: Swept Away by Mary Connealy

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:
Swept Away
Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2013)
Mary Connealy


Yippee Yi YAY! Mary Connealy has a new series out. Swept Away is the first book in the Trouble in Texas series. This time around, we're following Luke Stone. You may briefly remember Luke from Over the Edge (The Kincaid Brides Book #3). Seth Kincaid married Luke's sister Callie. Luke checks in on her at the end to be sure that Seth has done right by his sister. Calling it a spin off series would be stretch in my opinion. Callie and Seth Kincaid are only mentioned in passing. However, it does give us a chance to see what happened to Callie and Luke as children.

Luke has plans for revenge and justice for his father, but he's too good of a man to leave Ruthy alone with no one to protect her. Keeping her with him could put her in just as much danger, but what choice does he have? He calls in his buddies from the war and together they make a plan. None of them suspect that Ruthy could be the key to all of it's success.

One of the things I really appreciate about Mary's characters, is that the women are strong willed and a little smart mouthed, but they aren't rude or emasculating. The men are strong alpha males with soft hearts that admire the fire in their women and don't live to crush it. I don't know how true to the period some of these relationships would be, but I'd like to think they were more real and plentiful than many historical stories would like to portray.

Like any good couple that's born of Mary's creative mind, stubborn meets stubborner and falls head over heels in love. It's fun. Ruthy's not her sassiest of heroine's but she's just as stubborn and hard working as Luke. They were certainly made for one another. To top it all off, it's down right laugh out loud funny. As always. Looking forward to reading the next tale in the Trouble in Texas series.


When a cowboy focused on revenge encounters a woman determined to distract him, there's going to be trouble in Texas!

Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.

Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men currently on the property won't let it go without a fight. Luke plans to meet up with friends who will help him take back the land, and since he can't just leave Ruthy in the middle of nowhere, she's going to have to go with him.

But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Swept Away, go HERE.


Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award Finalist, a Carol Award Finalist and an IRCC Award finalist.

The Lassoed in Texas Series, Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain. Petticoat Ranch was a Carol Award Finalist. Calico Canyon was a Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Finalist. These three books are now contained in one large volume called Lassoed in Texas Trilogy.

The Montana Marriages Series, Montana Rose, The Husband Tree and Wildflower Bride. Montana Rose was a Carol Award Finalist.

Cowboy Christmas—the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and an Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist.

The Sophie's Daughters series. Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats, Sharpshooter in Petticoats.

She is also the author of; Black Hills Blessing a 3-in-1 collection of sweet contemporary romances, Nosy in Nebraska, a 3-in-1 collection of cozy romantic mysteries and she's one of the three authors contributing to Alaska Brides with her Carol Award Winning historical romance Golden Days.

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