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
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.
First off, I really enjoyed this novel. I liked Ms. Connealy’s last series, but I think I already like this one more. While the heroine is a typical Connealy heroine, I think the first half of this book held a bit more gravity to it than her previous novels. I loved the back story of Luke and his friends and I only hope it gets fleshed out more in this series. For that matter, I enjoyed Luke and the way he thought and did things. I found the plot to read just like a western film. One thing I really think Ms. Connealy does well is not play games with the romance. I don’t think people in those days wasted that much time when it came to marriage and so her novels seem more realistic on that front. It does have a few silly moments, mostly in the way that the characters think, and I did cringe in one scene where Ruthy saves Luke. Yet, overall a very satisfying read. Recommended!
**I recieved this book from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**