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Mary Connealy’s Now and Forever

Shannon Wilde is the middle sister–and the one who loves animals. She’s established her own homestead and is raising sheep for their wool. Things are going fine…until Shannon gets swept over a cliff by Matthew Tucker!

Tucker seizes every opportunity to get away from civilization, but one particular walk in the woods ends with him sprinting away from an angry grizzly and plunging into a raging river, accidentally taking Shannon Wilde with him. Their adventure in the wilderness results in the solitary mountain man finding himself hitched to a young woman with a passel of relatives, a homestead, and a flock of sheep to care for.

As Tucker and Shannon learn to live with each other, strange things begin to happen on Shannon’s land. Someone clearly wants to drive her off, but whoever it is apparently didn’t count on Tucker. Trying to scare Matthew Tucker just makes him mad–and trying to hurt the woman he’s falling in love with sets off something even he never expected.


I really enjoyed the first book in this series. Here are my thoughts about the second:

What I liked:

The Wilde sisters. I love that they are these complex individuals who served in the Civil War, started their own homesteads, and yet still need help from time to time. Kyle was the more feminine one, but Shannon has a heart of gold. Though Connealy, often writes about tough women, these women don’t exactly put me in mind of her previous heroines.

Old day customs. Connealy doesn’t play when it comes to marriage and honestly, I think people married up quick in those days. And she not only follows the old days customs when it comes to marriage, but also when it comes to fleshing out the men in her novels, like Tucker in this instance. He’s very much a mountain man of his times.

Suspense. There is always suspense in a Connealy novel and I thought it was well done here. Initially, I didn’t think the bad guy was that bad, but the guy is sufficiently creepy by the end of the novel.

Humor. There is no Connealy novel without humor.

Spiritually, the novel talks about being able to trust God with your doubts and the ugliness of this world and knowing that He can and will listen and will help you through it.

What I didn’t like:

Silliness. Mary Connealy writes good books. Hence why I continually read them. But sometimes they border on silly. The first one in this series actually didn’t come across as silly to me, but this one had a few silly moments that I didn’t care for.

Romantic Scale: 7.9

Overall, a very satisfying read. It’s cute, it’s light, it’s fluffy, and I’m super excited about Bailey’s story!

** I received this copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

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