Grab yourself a cup of hot raspberry rosehip tea and settle in for some vintage Mary Connealyendearing, deep-hearted characters, clever and engaging plot, and enough humor and heart to elicit laughter on one page and tears on the next. Nobody explores the fun and sass of male/female relationships better than Ms.Connealy, and explore it she does in the heart-tugging tale of Cassie Griffin, a frail and gentle woman who buries a husband one day and marries another the next. A tender mix of healing and love in bloom, Montana Rose will satisfy the most romantic of hearts.
If the name Mary Connealy is on the cover of a book, I know Im in for a good read. Having cracked up as I hightailed it through Petticoat Ranch and Calico Canyon, I was fully prepared to chuckle my way though Montana Rose as well. To my surprise, I found this historical to be delightfully different. While some scenes launched me into laughter, Montana Rose offers more than mere entertainment. Connealy has crafted a story with an important message, but she conveys it with such skill and finesse that I was swept into this heartwarming tale and enjoyed every moment with her engaging characters.Cassie Griffin loses her husband one day, and at his burial the next, the many bachelors in her tiny Montana territory town vie for the opportunity to wed the silk-clad, seemingly spoiled woman they refer to as the China Doll. When the ruthless rancher with the largest spread claims the right to marry her, god-fearing Red Dawson feels led to protect her and proposes, despite the fact that shes not a believer. Pregnant and penniless, Cassie chooses the lesser of two evils and accepts. While Red attempts to live his life as a testimony of his faith, Cassie seeks to mold herself into the wife she thinks he wants, just as she did with her controlling, abusive first husband. Scenes when Cassie attempts to learn new skills showcase Connealys trademark humor, but others moved me at a deep level as Red exhibits the patience of Job while dealing with his attraction to his beautiful, bungling bride.Of the Connealy books Ive read so far, Montana Rose stands out as my favorite. I love Reds godly character, his devotion to Cassie, and witnessing her journey to wholeness and healing as she learns to accept the love of the Lord and her new husband. I heartily recommend this book.