Monday, March 11, 2013

Review of Swept Away




Title:  Swept Away (Trouble in Texas Book #1)
Author:  Mary Connealy
Pages:  320
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bethany
                Appropriately titled fiction for sure, Swept Away will keep the reader engrossed in the story until the very last page.  I love westerns with suspense and action-filled, very believable characters.  Here in the state of Texas the novel begins in the year 1868, four years after the War Between the States.  Texas was hit hard during the war, but Reconstruction has gone very smoothly.  Now, Luke wants to return to his family ranch and the life of a rancher he has known for so many years.  The problem is someone has killed his Pa and thinks he now owns the ranch plus a whole lot more territory.
                Flint has hired guns on the ranch and keeps his wife and the kids away from others because he doesn’t want them to see her.  Why?  Flint had a mail order bride along with her children, but he could barely stand her.  After all she was just for show, right?  Plus, he believed what he paid for, he owned.  Being aggressive seems to be Flint’s normal.  There is fear within him and he hates that, so he does what is considered the lowest for a man to do.
                Luke has friends he made while at Andersonville.  He has the deed his Pa sent him so he knows he is legal owner of the ranch.  He is heading that way when he comes across a woman who he names Rosie.  When she feels better, she informs him her name is Ruthie.  Before Luke can retake his ranch from Flint, he has fallen in love with Ruth.  Does she feel the same towards him?
                Being able to sit back and enjoy a book is one of the many blessings I enjoy in life.  Sharing it with you is the other blessing I love to experience.  The diversity of stories and authors is a fun discovery, especially in the way they communicate the Lord and His character with the readers through a story.  Jesus was the same way; He loved to teach by telling parables, and sometimes He just spoke straight out.  Maybe that is why people all over the world love stories.  They communicate to the depth of our heart in a very unique way.  Regardless of your favorite genre or author, this is one series you don’t want to miss.  It is well worth an afternoon away from the hustle of a busy life.
                My rating is 5 stars!
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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