Swept Away (Trouble in Texas #1) by Mary Connealy~~A Litfuse Publicity Group Book Review, Blog Tour and Giveaway
Swept Away is the first book that I have read by Mary Connealy although not the last. Her mix of romance and suspense was blended perfectly, melding them into a hard to put down book.
Ruthy MacNeil was orphaned when she was 12 years old, but life became nearly unbearable when a neighboring family took her in and treated her as a slave. Ruthy was accustomed to hard work. Working from before the sun rose to well after it set. Tending the animals, and the gardens, and all of the house chores. All the while being abused and labeled lazy by those who were suppose to protect her.
When the family decided to go west Ruthy went with them. But when their wagon train came to a river crossing the men decided to forge it, despite the dangerous flooding. Everyone but Ruthy perished.
Luke Stone had one goal-- to take back the ranch that had been stolen from him. But when he found Ruthy, he couldn’t leave her there to die. Together they head for Broken Wheel where Luke intends to reclaim his ranch.
I liked Ruthy and Luke, as well as, the "Regulators" who Luke had befriended during the war between the states. If you happen to like characters that you love to hate, there are plenty of those too.
If you are a fan of Mary Connealy, like stories filled with suspense, cowboys, and romance you just might find that Swept Away has found its way into your heart. But beware you could find yourself turning pages well into the night.
About the Book:
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 Stone…so 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 fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Mary Connealy is celebrating the release of Swept Away by giving away a $250 "Swept Away" Vacation Package and hosting a Facebook Author Chat Party!
One fortunate winner will receive:
- A $250 Visa Cash Card (Get away for the weekend or use it to buy an eReader for a relaxing ‘Staycation’!)
- A copy of Swept Away (For you AND a friend!)
Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 28th!