Swept AwayMary Connealy
Laughter, romance and action abound in Swept Away, the first book in the Trouble in Texas series from author Mary Connealy! Literally swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't all that upset at being separated from the family wh... Read More
Luke is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men who killed his father are working hard to ensure that Luke doesn't make it alive. He has no choice but to keep moving - and as he can't just abandon Ruthy, she'll have to come along.
His friends - a ragtag group of former Civil War soldiers - take a fast interest in the pretty gal. But the more time Luke spends around the hard-working young woman who is a mighty good cook, the more he finds himself thinking beyond revenge and toward a different future. For the first time in a long time, Luke is tempted to turn from his destructive path and be swept away by love.
Page Count: 320
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Feb 6, 2013
- UPC: 9780764209147
- Height: 1
- Width: 5.5
- Length: 8.4
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 318
- Publish Date: Mar 1, 2013
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042000"
- ISBN: 0764209140
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- “Swept Away” by Mary Connealy by tickmenot on 10/11/2013
“Swept Away,” by Mary Connealy, starts off with a bang, and the fast-paced action continues to draw you into the story of two people, Luke Stone and Ruby MacNeil. Luke is trying to return to his home and reclaim his family’s stolen ranch–the stealing of said ranch had cost his father his life. His dad saw the writing on the wall, and had sent Luke the ranch’s deed before he lost his life. As Luke has made his way closer to his small hometown in Texas, he has run into roadblocks that have obviously been set-up to stop him from making it home. But Luke has a plan to get everything back with the help of some close friends.
Ruby is in the midst of a predicament of her own. Left an orphan at a young age, some neighbors, the lazy Reinhardts, took her in. They were more interested in turning her into a slave than doing any kindness for her. They sold her family home, and kept the profits. Now the Reinhardts have joined a wagon train and are going West. When they reach their destination, Ruby will be forced to marry their leering son, Virgil. Ruby is biding her time until she can make her escape.
As fate would have it, Luke and Ruby’s paths cross. Ruby ends up hiding out with Luke, joins his group to regain his ranch, and helps fight the bad guys. There is action, romance and a touch of humor in this tale.
Although this book is the first in the series, “Trouble in Texas,” the story can definitely stand alone. I have read other books by Mary Connealy, and have found them to be great stories with a Christian perspective. This is another one, and a very enjoyable read. I recommend this book, and give it five stars.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
- Didn't Want It To End by Maureen on 3/23/2013
From the title of the book Ruthy MacNeil is the one swept away. She is dragged for miles down stream by a flash flood. Having her arm wedged in some wood saved her life.
Luke Stone is on his way home to redeem his property, when he stumbles upon a muddy mess of a girl, Rosie aka Ruthy. Because of her beautiful red hair Luke insists on calling her Rosie!! Others do also, but she is quick to correct them.
A vicious man by the name of Flint Greer, has stolen the S Bar S Ranch that was owned by his Father. He not only stole the ranch but is responsible for killing his Dad. Luke is not some young kid anymore, he is a survivor. He fought for the North during the Civil War, and was in Andersonville Prison, and has forged lasting friendships with a Preacher, a Doctor, A Lawyer, and a Texas Ranger. There all there waiting for him in Broken Wheel, TX, a small town, with not many people.
I found the faith of these people to be outstanding....even when they wanted revenge they listened to their Lord, and decided to do what was right! There was such compassion shown to Greer's wife and family, they wanted to help them no matter the cost.
I hope that in the next book there will be further updates, but this book was a keeper, and I didn't want it to end.
I received this book through the Revell Book Bogging Program, and wasn't required to give a positive review.
- New Series by Mary Connealy!! by Kathleen E. on 3/11/2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
Swept Away by Mary Connealy, ©2013, Trouble in Texas * Book 1
Laughter, Romance, and Action Abound in Swept Away, book one in the Trouble in Texas Series.
Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't all that upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. She prayed for a chance to get away, and then came the raging flood. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone...so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.
Luke is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men who killed his father are working hard to ensure Luke doesn't make it alive. He has no choice but to keep moving. Still, he can't just abandon Ruthy, so she'll have to come along.
His friends--a ragtag group of former Civil War soldiers--take a fast interest in the pretty gal. Luke thinks that's rather rude--he's the one who found her. And the more time he spends around the hard-working young woman who is a mighty good cook, the more he finds himself thinking beyond revenge and toward a different future. For the first time in a long time, Luke is tempted to turn from his destructive path and be swept away by love.
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I have been following Mary's account of My Cowboy (Mary's husband Ivan) and his brother these past few days.... It is calving time on their eastern Nebraska ranch. Yesterday the vet made a trip out and then, Ivan found yet another cow in difficulty having her calf. Through whiteout conditions, he takes her to the vet. This is real life.
BLIZZARD DRAMA--My Cowboy just came in from spending one hour trying to deliver a calf. Now he's loading her up to take her to the vet. 20 mile drive. 8 inches of snow, blowing hard and still coming down.
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Swept Away. It is in the Fall of the year of 1868. The Regulators have come to Broken Wheel, Texas. One at a time. During the war between the North and the South, these men kept law and order, and watched their backs. Law-abiding citizens need viable occupations like a practicing doctor, lawyer, and preacher.
They have arrived.
They separately come into town before Luke Stone to be in place when he comes. Luke has all the rights to his family ranch ~ but this part of Texas doesn't have a lawman on every corner. They must wait for the Texas Ranger to come to complete their mission.
As Dr. Riker is called out to the Stone ranch ~ now known as Flint Greer's place ~ he is being passed through by the guards. Greer's foreman brings his expectant wife in for doctoring. He is learning the lay of the land, and dependence on him. The parson is making calls, and the law office is in place to back Luke with his legal rights.
You may have heard of Luke's sister, Callie, Seth Kincaid's wife? So you know then these Stone siblings go for their rights. Flint Greer has had their pa killed and snatched his land. By the time the country develops, he plans to be known as a cattle baron. He has big plans and will stop at nothing to have his way. Luke is coming to take what is rightfully his. On his way, he comes across Ruthy MacNeil who was swept down river during a wagon train crossing. He has no choice but to bring her along, because he is a decent guy.
I like the banter between them and the bond they have together. "Rosie" as Luke calls red-headed, sunburned Ruthy, is a sweet addition as well as a good tracker herself! Jump into Swept Away; you will be glad you did. A wholesome story for all ages.
Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful The Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters series, and her novel Calico Canyon was nominated for a Christy Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.
***Thank you to Litfuse Blog Tour for inviting me to be a part of previewing Mary Connealy's first book in her new series! I was sent a copy of this historical western to review in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
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