Title: Now & Forever (Wild at Heart Book #2)
Author: Mary Connealy
My rating is 5 stars!
Mary Connealy is a very talented storyteller who weaves various characters' personalities with reaction, adventure and a touch of mystery. The series is introduced to audiences in this wonderful western story set right after the Civil War with the first book titled, Tried & True and will be wrapping up the series with Fire & Iceset to be released in October of 2015. Now, if you haven’t read the books yet, they are fantastic tales about three women who served as men in the Civil War. They were compelled to do so by their father after their brother was killed early in the War.
In each book, while focusing on one sister’s life, we also get to see the other sisters as they are very close to each other. The names of the sisters are Kylie, Shannon and Bailey. In Now & Forever, we get to be engrossed in Shannon’s life which starts with her trying to save a man from a grizzly bear by going into a dangerous set of waterfalls. Tucker is a mountain man who was raised by a wonderful Christian Indian mother named Sunrise. He rarely comes down from the mountains, except to trade the pelts he has collected and to get more supplies; however, this trip would prove to be vastly different than any other he has ever taken before.
I sure hope you spend time enjoying this book and its introduction to the series, Tried & True, because of the raw courage that is part of the storyline. The fact that these three women served in the Civil War as men isn’t unheard of. If you read other books, you will understand many women served in disguise for many reasons. The other compelling factor in reading these tales is that women aren’t faint of heart, but strong-minded. These sisters saw the atrocities of the war up close and personal and were changed by their individual experiences. Now each is setting up a homestead that isn’t an exact duplicate of the other, but is individual and unique.
Women in these novels were sometimes tough, strong, and had to be in order to carve out a living at a time when danger was the order of the day. They worked hard, struggled with living out their faith and healing from the soul wounds they incurred. These are books you can sit down and devour in an afternoon and perhaps then share them with other family members or friends. Take it from me I loved each book so far and anticipate an exciting conclusion when I read the third installment in the fall. So come along to the Wild West and lose yourself in action, adventure and romance!
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