Widow with two young children, no home and no income, needing support. * Single ranch owner, no kids, and not looking for a wife. * And somehow they end up together.
I enjoyed reading about Ethan learning to conquer his fears and Audra learning to love someone. The stories of Seth and the trials he has had to face, and the joys that Rafe and Julia have, starting out a new life together. But I did feel lost, not knowing what happened to Audra's first husband or how she and Julia were related. It took me a while to learn things that happened in book one, things I would already know, had I started there.
This book was exceptionally written, but not as a stand-alone book. You have to read book #1, Out of Control, first to completely grasp the story line in book #2.
I received this complementary book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
This is the second book in this series and is a great compliment to book one.
In 1866, Colorado Audra Gilliand agrees to marry Ethan Kincaid because she feels like she has become a burden to her newly married stepdaughter.
Ethan has become attached to Audra's two small children and is so afraid he will not be able to protect her and the children. Plus he is confused about the feelings he has developed for Audra.
Audra is not wanting to be dependent on anyone. She wants to be able to stand on her own to feet and not be treated like a fragile little china doll.
The author picks Audra up out of the rubble of her past giving her faith in God to protect her and her children. In the character Ethan shows a yearning to be a father to Audra's children. As a family unit I believe Audra and Ethan will bring out the best in each other and the children showing that God has mad a blessed union.
I highly recommend this book.
I rated this book a 5 out of 5.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publisher for review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.
In Too Deep by Mary Connealy is another winner. The second in her Kincaid Bride Series, In Too Deep follows the story of the second brother, Ethan Kincaid. He ends up marrying Audra Gilliland out of convenience and doesn't really know what he's got himself into. Both Ethan and Audra hold some deep seated hurts and fears that cause them to shy away from letting anyone breach the walls they've shored up.
Mary does a great job of throwing the two into various situations that force them to begin to trust and open up to the other. (Mary is awesome at getting her characters to face death every so often!) Their emotional journey was beautiful and tangible in a way that sucked me in.
Of course, the secondary characters in the book made for a well rounded story, and I cannot wait for book three - the one about the third brother, Seth. Now that will be an unusual story, I'm sure!
I love Mary Connealy's books. There is something about her writing that makes me smile. The snappy dialogue, the slap-happy humor, and the sweet love story that she weaves together makes for awesome books.
Awhile back Bethany House Publishers asked various people to post a book review(good or bad) and they would send you a book for free to read and write a review on your website and then write one on theirs. Well, I jumped on the bandwagon cuz I saw the word FREE, and so I chose what I thought would be a great book to read. Sorry to say that I wasn't as thrilled w/it as I had hoped. Now, keep in mind that I did NOT read the first book in the series and maybe that would have helped, but I was very confused in the first few chapters as to who was who and how they were related. It seemed like the story jumped into the 'middle' at the very beginning. At times I really did like the characters, but other times I thought they were a bit lame. All in all, if you like historical romance (Christian Fiction), you certainly may want to try this one. It wasn't one of my favorites, but it wasn't the least favorite I've ever read either. The author has written many other books that I would still like to read. I sure hope she doesn't mind my honesty on this one.