by Mary Connealy
Series: Trouble in Texas, Bk 1
About the book:
Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone...so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future. Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love?
Swept Away is a great period romance filled with stage coaches, guys, gunfights and a particurly nasty guy who has gone loony. Opening with Ruthy in a bad situation, being abused and forced to marry against her will by the people who took her in after her parents died. She has vowed that is going to get away as soon as an opportunity comes her way when she is literally swept away by a raging river. She's rescued by Luke who is focused on getting even with the guy who murdered his father and stole their ranch from his sister Callie and himself.
This is a fast moving story filled with vivid images that made me feel like I was right there with Ruthy & Luke. Luke's friends who came to help him clean up the town and take back the ranch are a interesting bunch and I hope Mary Connealy continues the series with each of them. I'd love to know Kincaid's, Dare's and Big John's story in more detail.
I will say that I loved how this was the continuation of Callie's story from Over the Edge which is part of The Kincaid Brides series I believe. I loved that book and loved this one because it's the story of her brother Luke. What a pleasant surprise!
About the author:
This is another author that is going to definitely remain on my bookshelf - Before Over the Edge I had never read anything by Mary Connealy and I find I'm really enjoying her books.
Learn more about Mary Connealy "Romantic Comedy with Cowboys" here.
Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of Swept Away to read and review on GivingNSharing. I was not required to have a positive review & no money exchanged hands. Thanks for reading!