Now and ForeverMary Connealy
Saddle up for romance and adventure with the Wilde sisters! Shannon Wilde is the middle sister--and the one who loves animals. She's established her own homestead and is raising sheep for their wool. Things are going fine...until Shannon gets swept over a cliff by Matthew... Read More
Shannon Wilde is the middle sister--and the one who loves animals. She's established her own homestead and is raising sheep for their wool. Things are going fine...until Shannon gets swept over a cliff by Matthew Tucker!
Tucker seizes every opportunity to get away from civilization, but one particular walk in the woods ends with him sprinting away from an angry grizzly and plunging into a raging river, accidentally taking Shannon Wilde with him. Their adventure in the wilderness results in the solitary mountain man finding himself hitched to a young woman with a passel of relatives, a homestead, and a flock of sheep to care for.
As Tucker and Shannon learn to live with each other, strange things begin to happen on Shannon's land. Someone clearly wants to drive her off, but whoever it is apparently didn't count on Tucker. Trying to scare Matthew Tucker just makes him mad--and trying to hurt the woman he's falling in love with sets off something even he never expected.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: May 5, 2015
- UPC: 9780764211799
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 336
- Publish Date: Jun 2, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 076421179X
Customer ReviewsWrite your own review
- Wilde about this story! by J. Augustine on 12/1/2015
Oh gosh! Just when I think Mary Connealy can't possibly come up with a better story, she goes right ahead and does just that. She definitely did with Now And Forever! I've been looking forward to the story of Shannon Wilde and Matthew Tucker for months, I even checked out Amazon and read the back cover blurb more than once, and believe me it lived up to my excited anticipation.
Now And Forever had everything you could want in a book, danger, romance, humor, the guy rescuing the girl and vice versa, a dastardly villain, more revelations about the Wilde “brothers”, all wrapped in Mary Connealy's trademark excellent storytelling. Faith and forgiveness once again are key to the story and love triumphs over all.
If you enjoyed the first book in the Wild At Heart series then you won't want to miss Now And Forever. I'm definitely on pins and needles waiting for the final book in the series.
(I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
- It's okay. by Jengirl19 on 9/21/2015
This book had a way of keeping my attention at the beginning of the story it was interesting but I lost interest after a few chapters. The story has some highly unrealistic elements to it and the story moved rather slowly. The writer style was a bit choppy and hard to understand at times, as well. This is the second book in the series Wild At Heart I reviewed the first book one of my earlier blog post. Now and forever has a wonderful spiritual message that God is in control and he cares about everything that concerns us, and he can heal all our wounds, even the ones we let no one see.
- Unrealistic - but it's fiction! by Laura on 7/14/2015
After Shannon Wilde literally follows mountain man Matthew Tucker over a cliff, can they learn to live together--for better or worse?
After going over the cliff, Shannon and Tucker get trapped in a cave after being swept down river. After being together night and day for several days. Having to deal with bugs, caves, no daylight, very little food, no shelter, other than the cave itself and all the things that go with this when strangers are stuck together, Shannon and Tucker face things that are deadly, beautiful, and scary, just among some of those things, like bears, a dark cave, and whether they can get out and "fireflies'
After realizing that the fireflies they are seeing are twinkling stars above they realize that they have found a way out from being stuck in the cave forever
Open being rescued however, they face a whole new set of stressful circumstances What is going to get them safe from the troubles they face, safe from each other and safe with each other.
Check this book out to see how they survive all the tests and trials that they go through.
My opinions of Now and Forever
For me, the book seemed very unrealistic but that is the entire nature of fiction. So using your imagination and giving the author creative license, this book has so much of that creative licensing! While it was a quick fast, fairly clean read, I just found it to be very over the top in what the reader was to believe.
Now all that being said, for what it is, the book was good. Now and Forever, by Mary Connealy will let you use your imagination and bring some very thoughtful moments to mind.
- A fun to read book by Vera on 6/25/2015
From the crack of the spine, you'll have your funny bone tickled with the author's quirky, funny spin of this tale. Packed with danger, fraught with peril, chased by bears, and an escape over frothing river falls is told with a twist of the tongue as the characters mentally brace themselves for adventure.
Shannon Wilde (one of the Wild at Heart sisters) and Tucker (raised by Indians and tamed by no one) meet and greet each other and are ultimately married by the parson in the middle of the woods after being rescued. Bizarre, to be sure. But never-the-less seems to work.
Not only are they at risk from bears, rivers, and dark caves but danger lurks as land-stealing, barn-burning, meanness is afoot and aimed in their direction.
There is a serious side to Mary Connealy's book, too. The story is post-Civil War era and the three Wilde sisters all served as soldiers and fought during the Civil War (dressed as men, because women could not serve) at the insistence of their father. Shannon worked as a medic and in the story she deals with the nightmares those terrible war experiences brought to her.
As usual, a Mary Connealy book is a fun to read book with a bit of romance and a bit of suspense mixed in with the adventure and liberally dusted with wit.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group to facilitate this review. Opinions are just mine. I was not compensated to review this book.
- That First Step's a Doozy! by tickmenot on 6/11/2015
Now & Forever is the second book in the Wild at Heart Series, with a story that can stand alone. This is the tale of Shannon Wilde, homesteading in the Idaho Territory of 1866. She is one of three sisters, all of whom were bullied by their father into disguising themselves as men, and serving in the Civil War.
The action in this story starts right on the first page. Shannon, out for a hike in the woods, comes face to face with Mountain Man, Matthew Tucker--and a mad grizzly bear right behind him. Since they are on the edge of a cliff, Shannon sees their only chance for survival is jumping into the river below. Unknown to Shannon, that is the Slaughter River, so named because no one has ever gone in it and survived.
Have you ever questioned your faith?
Although this book contains Ms. Connealy's trademark humor, it also has some very somber sections that deal with the post traumatic stress that Shannon suffers from the war. She worked as a medic on the front lines of combat and witnessed, as well as, took part in, many grizzly medical procedures. The horrors of that experience, have caused Shannon to have a crisis of faith, and question God.
Will she hang in there...and survive?
In addition to facing those demons, Shannon is also facing another type of evil that wants to force her off her land, and destroy her beloved sheep. Shannon, Matthew and the rest of her family face many dangers while trying to figure out who is behind all of it. Some of those scenes were so intense that it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Ms. Connealy packs a lot of action between the pages of this book. She has well-developed characters living out an adventurous story with lots of twists and turns.
I have read other works by this author, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to read and review this one. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys a well-written book with action, romance, and a dash of humor, written from a Christian viewpoint.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.
- Adventure and suspense from the beginning to the end! by Robin on 5/28/2015
Christian Historical Romance from Bethany House. This is not your girly girl regency style romance - not at all. Of course the setting in the Dakota/Idaho Territory in 1866 might give you a clue to that. As would the great cover of the book with the cute girl who has a short haircut and cowboy hat on.
The girls in this story, folks, all served in the Civil War pretending to be men. That must have been a great story. This is one of the few books that I think I would have been better off reading the previous book first. It took me a bit of perseverance to stick with the explanations at the beginning of the book, and then as the earlier story is revealed bit by bit along the way things start to make more sense.
This is the story of the middle sister, Shannon, who connects with mountain man Tucker. It's full of adventure right from the beginning, blended with a great deal of humor and biblical & faithful lessons. You hear these days about people who come back from serving in the military and the issues they deal with. You don't hear as much about those who fought in the Civil War and what it was like when they returned. How they coped. Usually you read about how those left at home survived. You truly feel for Shannon who was forced to sign up for the war and then had to do things during it that none of us would want to do, let alone a young girl. And a tough girl can still only take so much. And then you wonder if a mountain man is a good match or a bad one. This is a good read with lots of adventure and mystery to keep you page-turning until the end!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Bethany House Publishers - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html