Thursday, June 25, 2015

Now and Forever (Book 2 in the Wild at Heart Series) by Mary Connealy

About the book: 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.

My thoughts: 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.

Read an excerpt

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.

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