Swept Away by Mary Connealy

I really liked this first in a series. It does have quite a bit of violence in it, but then what good Western doesn't?

Rosie... ah, Ruthy actually, is in the middle of a very hard life with a family that "charitably" took her in after her folks died. The son has designs upon her and doesn't want to wait to be married, and the parents are delighted to have a built in slave. Ruthy does all the chores without complaining except to ask God if this is the kind of life He has planned for her. Then she and the whole wagon train is swept away in a flash flood. She is saved by the handsome Luke. Sparks begin to fly in Texas.

The story gets better from there. Except for some repetitions.

I can see exactly where the other novels will go after this one, too. Not that it is such a bad thing, it is just that anticipation isn't there either.

Connealy is almost genius at developing characters. You can almost believe Ruthy and Luke are your best friends. Story line is really good except she has a habit of repeating storyline elements. She has a way of repeating storyline elements. Did I mention she repeats storyline over and over?

You can forgive her because of her vibrant characters. But, I take exception to being thought so stupid that I must be reminded so often about things and they aren't all that interesting sometimes. I give this novel 3 out of 5 stars because of this fact. 
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Swept Away
Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2013)
Mary Connealy


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?


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.

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

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