Mary Connealy's third and presumably final book of the Kincaid Brides, "Over the Edge," thoroughly concludes the series with her usual comedic flair.
The first two novels, "Out of Control" and "In Too Deep" told the stories of the two older Kincaid boys, Rafe and Ethan, and highlighted their views of an accident from their youth that changed their lives forever. Now in "Over the Edge" we finally get Seth's take on what happened that night in the cave, when the floor collapsed and burning kerosene fell on Seth, burning him badly and causing him to go a little crazy. His experiences in the Civil War were no help to his sanity, and he does not remember getting married near the end of the war. However, his bride and 8-month-old son show up at the start of the novel, beginning Seth's war to reclaim his memory and sanity.
As with her other novels, the romance between the main characters was laced with humorous situations and tenderness, for all that the bride was angry enough to take shots at her errant husband when she finally ran into him. The bad guy got his comeuppance, and the not-so-bad girl reformed in time to save Callie's life and her own.
Family, throughout the whole series, seemed to be a major theme, but it was most prominent in "Over the Edge." Connealy surprised me in an unexpected plot twist - the existence of a fourth Kincaid boy - and all four of them must work together in the novel to accept and forgive themselves and their father, who had started another family while still married to the three boys' mother. Each has spent years believing himself responsible for the collapse of their family, and they truly need God's strength and each others' support to work through this unexpected turn. The youngest, Heath, also needs help learning to forgive his older brothers for being part of the other family and to learn how take comfort in them and to be a real family with them.
Overall, I would rank it 4 out of 5; it's a great, light romantic comedy and fitting conclusion to the series, but it lacks some of the depth of novels by other authors. It's still a great read and I highly recommend it, but be sure to read the first two first!
This review is an honest opinion, written for Bethany House Publishers as part of their book review program, and I was in no way obligated to write a positive review.
Over the Edge by Mary Connealy is book three in the Kincaid Brides series. It was my first one to read of this series, and I found it to be typical of Mary Connealy - lots of fun, laughter, action, and excitement. The book begins with a shootout and attempted robbery of a stagecoach. Young mother, Callie Kincaid scrambles to save her infant son and the people on board.
Seth Kincaid struggles with emotions and hurts from his past, and the aftermath from fighting in the war between the States. Some say he isn't quite right in the head. His memory is patchy at times, but it seems he has forgotten one important detail - that he is married. He isn't prepared when the feisty woman shows up with an infant in tow.
This book is a great read and one I highly recommend. I look forward to going back and reading the first two in the series.
This book was provided free for review by Bethany House Publishers.
So this back description of Over the Edge kind of sounds like my writing after a long day when I'm in a sarcastic frame of mind, so I had quite a smile on my face when I opened this book (even if I'm not crazy about its cover- aside from the awesome fonts. Yes, I'm shallow.) I have a vague memory of reading a book by this author several years ago. I don't remember much about it, other than the fact it made me laugh. When I saw this book available for review, I figured it would be enjoyable, even if I hadn't read the first two books in the series. Normally, it's usually not that hard to catch up on what's gone on before, especially if you look up a short synopsis of the other books online.
Yeah. Not really. I was so lost for the first few several chapters of this book. I highly recommend reading the first two books first. Why doesn't Seth remember Callie? What's the deal with this mysterious cavern? Who's this Jasper villain guy?
I figured it out, eventually. And I admit this book had some terribly funny turns of phrase that the author is great at. Still, there were things that fell a little flat for me. It didn't really feel for the characters. Really, I think this would actually make a better movie than book. Except_ahem_for the mushy parts. (can you see my middle-schooler shiver? I always feel like a kid complaining about cooties when I say "mushy". But hey, that's what it is, right?) Now, the characters were married, and it wasn't as though the scenes were immoral, just_uncomfortable. Like I'm feeling right now writing about it. Let's just say I skipped a few parts. okay...A lot of parts.
Ahem. Moving on.
I was a little apprehensive of whether or not I would like Callie, because sometimes "strong" heroines just come off as annoying, but I found her better than most. Seth was_interesting. You don't often come across heroes who are a little nuts. I was having Jack Sparrow flashbacks. (Okay, okay, that's an exaggeration. He wasn't really that crazy.) Actually, I was a little worried at first, because Seth was acting oddly. But he won me over eventually.
Also, both my sister (who read the first few chapters) and I noticed that the writing seemed choppy in places, and as Emily noted, "it just doesn't seem edited enough."
I think my main problem with this book was that it seemed unsure whether to be silly or sincere. After reading the back, I guess I kind of wanted something face-paced and laugh-out-loud funny. Sometimes it approached this and made me smile, but it never really made me laugh. I guess that describes my reaction to this book it general: I liked it, but not enough.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
The male "hero" (Seth) in this story was very different; not your usual strong, always knowing what to do at every moment hero. I liked that especially because he wasn't written as a weak man, just someone who had and was having some very unusual happenings and was very likable. I enjoyed the strength that Callie brought to the story as well. I have not read the prior stories of the other brothers but since they were also included in this story; it did make me want to read about the others as well. My only negative about the story is at one point, it kind of bogged down for a short time, where nothing seemed to be happening; not even in the relationships. It was just like they were spinning their wheels. But I kept reading and I am glad to say that it picked back up again and finished well. I wouldn't say it was one of my favorite books but I did find some humor in it and it had its moments.
I received a free copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers as part of their book review program, and I am under no obligation to write a positive review.
After meeting Seth Kincaid in the previous two "Kincaid Brides" books I wondered if I could buy into him as a hero. Usually I cheer for the steady, responsible, gainfully-employed types. I can't think of any off-his-rocker hero that has won my heart in the past. Especially one who abandoned his wife and child. Redeeming such a character would take uncommon skill.
Mary Connealy_ you got skills.
From the first page in Seth's POV I was sold. Seth hears threats blazing from an over-turned stagecoach. His thoughts:
A woman who knew his name.
A woman who knew his name and wanted to kill him.
He'd never had much luck with women."
No question, the strength of this story is being able to sympathize with Seth. I felt like I understood him, even when he didn't understand himself. I also understood why Callie married him, nightmares and all.
This book is funny, exciting and romantic. If you like tough heroines and reckless but kind-hearted heroes, you need to find yourself a copy of Over the Edge.