Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The Element of Love (The Lumber Baron's Daughters #1) by Mary Connealy

My thoughts: 
Another delightful read from author Mary Connealy. This one was typical "Connealy style" writing and story, but it had a darker element. And, no, it isn't the "element of love" as the title might indicate.

Set during the gold rush days, the lives of three young sisters who are of an age to marry are at stake as is the wealth left to them by their biological father who created his own lumber empire.

Their father was truly ahead of his time in that he valued his daughters greatly and prepared them to handle his affairs at their own maturity. He made certain they were educated in areas that would enable them to each have a critical role to play in their future as lumber heiresses. 

Though society's dark side is exposed for what it was during this era in The Element of Love, it will behoove readers to acknowledge that this same darkness resides amongst us today as well. As in this story, strong individuals acted to right bad situations, today's strong individuals should act to right the wrong in society today. The care and protection of the weak and innocent should always be a priority.

Highly recommend! Another good read from Mary Connealy. 

About the book: With their sharp engineering minds, Laura Stiles and her two sisters have been able to deal with their mother's unfortunate choice in husband, until they discover his plans to marry each of them off to his lecherous friends. Now they must run away--far and fast--to find better matches to legally claim their portion of their father's lumber dynasty and seize control from their stepfather.

When Laura befriends a mission group heading to serve the poor in California during their escape, she quickly volunteers herself and her sisters to join their efforts. Despite the settlement being in miserable condition, the sisters are excited by the opportunity to put their skills to good use. Laura also sees potential in Caleb, the local minister, to help with gaining her inheritance. But when secrets buried in Caleb's past and in the land around them come to light, it'll take all the smarts the sisters have to keep trouble at bay.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

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