Have you ever wanted something so bad , that no matter what anyone else says , you will be as stubborn as a mule to find it and do it your way ? For Shannon Dysart , she believed in her father and when everyone else thought he was delusional , she believed in him with all her heart. In a way, Deep Trouble by Mary Connealy reminded me alot of the movie National Treasure starring Nicholas Cage and Fool's Gold starring Kate Hudson. As in National Treasure, nobody believed Nicholas Cage's character's grandfather about the treasure except for him and in Fool's Gold, it was said that the treasure was left by the Spanish. In Deep Trouble , we hear the story behind the City of Gold starting in the year 1150 in Madrid, Spain and working it's way to America. On the expedition, Shannon is caught up into trouble and left to die and her saviour is in the form of Gabe . As the story goes along we see the tension between the two as Gabe is uncomfortable about travelling with an unmarried woman and Shannon is desperate to resume her journey and put a sparkle on her father's name. As usual with most Christian fiction, we read as the passion intensifies between Gabe and Shannon and we read the decision on whether Shannon and Gabe tie the knot or will Shannon return to a Childhood Sweetheart back in her hometown, once she is found to be safe and sound.
I love this author. She makes reading so enjoyable and funny. I so enjoyed this book. Full of adventure, mystery , intrigue, romance. I so enjoyed the historical background as well. I highly recommend this book.
If you don't think it's possible to cloak nail-biting action with humour, you haven't read Mary Connealy. The woman is full of surprises and she keeps getting better with each book release. Only Mary would open the entire book with a literal cliff hanger! Brilliant leap into action which doesn't let up until the very last page.
I loved the unique angle to the Wild West setting and Connealy did a marvelous job of painting images with her words. The scenery she pens is awe-inspiring and the historical detail about the exploration of the Grand Canyon brings an added depth to the story.
Gabe is just plain hero material a thousand times over. A little bit cranky, a whole lot of tender and completely in over his head, he doesn't stand a chance against Shannon...not that he wants one!
It's Shannon who is struggling with her priorities. What does she value most? What motivates her? Do those motivations consume her or is she strong enough to break free of them? I think of all the characters, Shannon grows the most. She's likable and funny and stubborn right from the very beginning of the book, but as the story progresses, Shannon develops a new understanding that brings her a peace and maturity which makes her stronger.
Connealy finishes Deep Trouble with just as much action and angst as the beginning of the story. A definite feel-good-laugh-out-loud-while-you-wince good read.
This book was so funny. And the character couples are just right for each other and each chapter gets better and better. I am always impressed with Mary's ability to intertwine humor in with the most serious dilemmas these characters get themselves into. That rescue at the beginning was hilarious. Most women would just tell him to let them die. Jump would be the last thing they would do. But not Shannon, she put more trust into a stranger than most people put in those they know well. It was so much fun to read. I hope everyone that reads it gets a kick out of the humor and the spiritual messages are woven in so well also. I just enjoy Mary's books. Looking forward for the next one in this series.