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Swept Away Review



Title:  Swept Away (Trouble in Texas #1)
Author:  Mary Connealy
Pages:  318
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bethany House
                Mary Connealy has written another winner of a western romance!  Swept Away is the beginning of a new series that takes place in the run down town of Broken Wheel, Texas.  The year is 1868, shortly after the end of the Civil War.  Carpetbaggers are prominent and law enforcement isn’t.
                Luke Stone left home as a young man who was angry with his father and grieving for his mother who had recently died.  He joined the North and fought for the Union during the Civil War.  He was captured and sent to Andersonville where he became a Regulator along with four other men.  These men became closer than blood brothers and always have each other’s back.  While Luke was away, Flint Greer came to town and started acquiring a lot of land.  He arranged to have various landowners have “accidents” and then took their land.  Luke’s pa was one of these men.  Before he is killed though, Luke’s father mails the deed to the ranch to Luke.  Luke has legal proof he is the rightful owner and heads back to Texas to regain his ranch by force if necessary.
                Ruthy MacNeil wakes up to find herself in a stranger’s arms.  She has survived a flash flood that took her caretakers and their son to an early grave.  She is not at all upset to have them out of her life.  They treated her as a slave, making her do all the work and fend off the advances of her caretakers’ son.  She continues on with Luke on her journey to Texas.  After all, he can’t leave her out in the wilderness alone.  Ruthy has a strong work ethic and doesn’t like to sit idle as Luke soon learns.  Once they reach Broken Wheel, Ruthy involves herself in Luke’s battle and surprises Luke with her skills at tracking and shooting.
                Ruthy and Luke marry suddenly to ensure Luke’s property doesn’t go to Flint in case something happens to Luke in the upcoming fight.  Luke’s friends arrive to help him retake his ranch.  Luke and Ruthy realize how much they like being married to each other; now if they can only survive this conflict and start a new life together.
                I loved the character of Ruthy.  She has sass, common sense, integrity, loyalty and determination.  She won’t let anything stand in her way when she needs to get a job done.  She longs to keep Luke protected and safe; he longs the same for her.  Luke is able to admit when he is wrong, which was refreshing to see.  He also admires her spirit, and doesn’t try to change her, which I liked too.  This is a story with some witty dialogue and two likeable main characters.  A sequel is already in the works and an excerpt is provided at the end of Swept Away.  This was a very enjoyable read!
                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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