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.
Mary Connealy and historical westerns - they are like peas and carrots, german chocolate cake and coconut frosting, Husker football and red and white fans - you just can't have one without the other. Mary's books are in the rare category where I will read sections of the book out loud to my husband because the writing is so good I know he will appreciate it along with me, even though he doesn't have a clue about the storyline. I did that with Montana Rose - I read him an entire chapter and we both laughed through the whole thing. Seriously, Mary is probably one of my single favorite authors right now and I just eat up any book she writes. If Mary Connealy is listed as the author then you are guaranteed...1) Excellent storylines - off the beaten path too, they are not your same 'ol, same 'ol!2) Fantastic characters - we're talking the kind you love and the kind you hate and especially the kind you laugh at... a lot!3) Humor - lots of it. Laugh out loud, humor. You can not remain in a bad mood if you are reading one of Mary's books.To top it off, Montana Rose is one of my favorite Mary books so far - you must get this book!
I positively LOVED this book! I have read all of Mary Connealy's books and this is by far and away her very best!!!!! It is a page-turner with messages of deep spiritual and also romantic love . . . excellent in all the ways Christian fiction should be!
With humor, gentleness, and poignant spiritual depth, Mary Connealy weaves a beautiful tale about the freedom found within true love. Mary opens the readers eyes to the transforming power of Gods love and how our security in Him helps us to become the people Hes called us to be. Never a slavemaster, but ever the gentle Lover, God pulls us from our preconceived hurts and notions to bring out the REAL us and bloom the hidden talents hes designed within us.Red Dawsons constant example of Gods love to Cassie gives her strength to become the woman Gods called her to be. Along the way there is laughter, heartbreak, and a breathtakingly beautiful bond which develops between the young couple. Marys description of the labor and delivery of Cassies baby was all the things that make up a good story: touching, hilarious, frightening- with enough reality to make it believable.As with all of Marys books so far, I highly recommend Montana Rose. Ive always said that Petticoat Ranch is my favorite novel shes written, but Montana Rose is quickly vying for first place. I cant repeat it enough. Get this book, sit back, enter a world of lassoes, spurs, strong women, vicious pigs, perfect scoundrels, gentle cowboys, and a God who can use them all for His glory.