Monday, February 16, 2009

Review - Gingham Mountain

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Gingham Mountain

Barbour Books (February 1, 2009)


Mary Connealy


Mary's writing journey is similar to a lot of others. Boil it down to persistence, oh, go ahead and call it stubbornness. She just kept typing away. She think the reason she did it was because she was more or less a dunce around people—prone to sit silently when she really ought to speak up (or far worse, speak up when she ought to sit silently).

So, Mary had all these things, she want to say, in her head; the perfect zinger to the rude cashier, which you think of an hour after you’ve left the store, the perfect bit of wisdom when someone needs help, which doesn’t occur to you until they solve their problems themselves, the perfect guilt trip for the kids, which you don’t say because you’re not an idiot. She keep all this wit to herself, much to the relief of all who know her, and then wrote all her great ideas into books. It’s therapeutic if nothing else, and more affordable than a psychiatrist.

So then a very nice, oh so nice publishing company like Barbour Heartsong comes along and says, “Hey, we’ll pay you money for this 45,000 word therapy session.” That’s as sweet as it gets.

Mary's journey to publication is the same as everyone’s except for a few geniuses out there who make it hard for all of us. And even they probably have an Ode to Roast Beef or two in their past.

There are two other books in this Lassoed In Texas Series: Petticoat Ranch and Calico Canyon

All aboard for a delightful, suspense-filled romance, where a Texan is torn between his attraction to a meddlesome schoolmarm and the charms of a designing dressmaker. When Hannah Cartwright meets Grant, she's determined to keep him from committing her orphans to hard labor on his ranch. How far will she go to ensure their welfare?

Grant Cooper is determined to provide a home for the two kids brought in by the orphan train as runs head-on into the new school marm, who believes he's made slave labor out of eight orphaned children. He crowds too many orphans into his rickety house, just like Hannah Cartwright's cruel father. Grant's family of orphans have been mistreated too many times by judgmental school teachers. Now the new schoolmarm is the same except she's so pretty and she isn't really bad to his children, it's Grant she can't stand.

But he is inexplicably drawn to Hannah. Can he keep his ragtag family together while steering clear of love and marriage? Will he win her love or be caught in the clutches of a scheming seamstress?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Gingham Mountain, go HERE

Mary Connealy has edged her way into my heart as one of my favorite authors. I loved Petticoat Ranch (which came out before I even knew about blogs!), and Calico Canyon charmed the socks off of me. (My review is here and I got to interview Mary here.) This third book in the series, Gingham Mountain, is just as delightful. Mary has a way of creating situations and dialogue that makes me laugh out loud. Sometimes I want to shake Grant & Hannah - and the next minute I want to hug them. And of course, there are a few folks in the story that I just want to ship out on the next train! But isn't that how it is with the people in our lives? The setting may have been different 140 years ago but the human emotions - love, exasperation, greed, and our propensity to jump to conclusions when we don't know the whole story - were the same. Grab a copy and curl up for an enjoyable peek into the past - you just might find out something about your present!

Mary has a great website and contributes to several blogs, so head over here and get to know her a bit better!

Happy Reading!


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Mel said...

Ok it sounds interesting...not sure though, i am not so much a romance reader...

i always love your reviews!!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Sounds like a great escape.