Mary Connealy does it again in her book Deep Trouble. This book was a gift from her publisher and of course, I'm biased as I am mentioned in the acknowledgments, but in spite of that, this story rocks. I love the adventure Mary develops in her stories, not to mention the subtle humor. Her characters, especially the women epitomize the Westward Movement. Women had to be tough to survive and Mary's characters are that. Shannon sets out in search for gold in color country of the Arizona Territory, untamed for sure. Gabe has the occasion to rescue her (many times) and they develop a relationship on the spot. Mary's heroes are truly heroic and intriguing. You'll love Mary's rollicking writing style.
Loved this book! The humor had me laughing out loud but she also had suspense and tense situations. A good mix all around. There is a previous book, Cowboy Christmas that I would recommend reading first if you enjoy books that go together.
Shannon Dysart, a city born rich girl, is out to prove her dad was not crazy. Her rich mother had married a scholar. He spent his days searching for treasures in the US as he was sure that there was lost history here as well as other countries. As he was dying in Shannon's arms he told her clues of where he had been and what he found. She spent two years going over his maps and then set out to find the Cities of Gold. Ends up the people with her were after more then what she paid them for.
Gabe Lasley hears gunshots and screams. When he gets to an odd canyon with rooms in the walls he finds a woman way up high. How she got there he has no clue but promises her he will help her.
Once she he gets her down the adventure begins.
They have to avoid being married by the fire and brimstone preacher. Her ex-employees have come back to retrieve the correct maps from her, her almost fiance has come from St. Louis to search for her and mostly go escape their mother's who liked to run their lives and everyone elses, Gabe's brother has come to search for him and Abe's young sister in law has come to claim Gabe as her husband (unbeknownst to Gabe).
They fight the Arizona heat and the beauty and danger of the Grand Canyon. Then when it comes to life and death Shannon also has to fight the pull of treasure.