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Sharpshooter in Petticoats, Sophie's Daughters Series #3
Barbour Publishing / 2011 / Paperback
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Sharpshooter Mandy McClellen Keating is a self-sufficient widow who wants nothing more than to live on her mountain and raise her children--alone. But how long can she hold off outlaws determined to steal her gold? Tom Linscott has his hands full with breeding horses and raising cattle. Yet when he hears outlaws have Mandy trapped, he's danged if he's gonna leave her to fend for herself. But how can you rescue a woman who refuses to be saved? Who will win this battle of wills--Mandy, Tom, or the outlaws who want nothing better than to silence them both?
Aim for hours of reading pleasure with award-winning author Mary Connealy’s last book in the Sophie’s Daughters series. Mandy Gray, a wealthy sharpshooting widow, is content living in her mountain home and raising her young-uns alone. But how long can she protect herself when thieving outlaws have her surrounded? Rancher Tom Linscott can’t bear to see a defenseless woman in danger. Yet his rescue efforts end up bringing trouble right to her door. Now that they’re both trapped on Mandy’s Mountain, can they learn to live together—or will they die alone?
Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award finalist and a Carol Award winner. She is the author of the Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, the Montana Marriage Trilogy, and the Sophie's Daughters Series.
Mary lives on a Nebraska ranch with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters: Joslyn (married to Matt), Wendy, Shelly (married to Aaron), and Katy. And she is the grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren.
The third book in the wonderful Sophie''s Daughters series has romance, wit, charm and feisty characters. Connealy was born to be a writer - her novels always have some sort of surprise for readers to discover and keep their interest.
One thing is for sure--Mary Connealy knows how to write a fast-paced and exciting Western romance! I sped through this book faster than if I was the one being chased by a group of ornery outlaws. And what a race to the finish it was!
Sharpshooter in Petticoats is, I believe, the third book in the the Sophie''s Daughters series, but it was the first one I read. I absolutely enjoyed it and never felt lost or that I''d missed out because I hadn''t read the previous books. I did get very interested in the other character''s stories and I can''t wait to read the other books. If you enjoy a good western, I''m sure you''ll enjoy this book. The characters are rough, gruff and often down right mean, the action is good, the scenery is beautiful and the romance was practical yet sweet.
Mary Connealy has a wonderful, unique way of intertwining an action-packed romance with tears and smiles (even LOL moments) and a bit of mystery and inspiration. Mary mixes them all together and provides you with hours of enjoyable entertainment. The book reads so fast that you hate to come to the end, especially when you’ve made some friends that you may not get a chance to visit again.
Another delightful twist is the way Mary pulls all three series (Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages and Sophie’s Daughters) together. Most of the main characters have been woven throughout all three series in some fashion and Sharpshooter in Petticoats reunites many of them giving us a glimpse into their lives.
I highly recommend reading all three series; they will give you hours of great entertainment.
Sharpshooter in Petticoats” by Mary Connealy is the third installment in the Sophie’s Daughters series, and had me laughing out loud from the very beginning. I have been waiting with baited breath for Tom Linscott’s and Mandy Gray’s love story. And from page one, this novel promises to be a wonderful read as Tom arrives at Mandy’s ostentatious home to bring her to his ranch after the death of her husband, Sidney. When Mandy refuses to leave because it would be too dangerous for anyone to have contact with her (even after several breath-stealing kisses), Tom threatens to kidnap Mandy’s children (as he instructs the young’uns to call him “Pa”) to get her to follow him home. Mary Connealy cracks me up! Meanwhile, the Cooter gang has plans of their own to kill Mandy and her children and pilfer Sidney’s fortune. So, when Tom steals Mandy away just in time, the suspense builds as the Cooters follow along to exact revenge and acquire Sidney’s gold.
The story is lively with snappy dialogue and vivid images. Connealy’s trademark humor and dramatically contrasting prose make this an enjoyable read that passes way too quickly. It is also a pleasure to be reunited with the other McClellans as they plan visits to Mandy at her mountain fortress. This Mary Connealy novel is an absolute joy that lives up to the reader’s expectations – and then some.
Once again Mary Connealy has continued this series with a woman who is not afraid to use a rifle but knows how to aim right. Mandy is stronger and determined to begin a new life yet the feud has brewed to something stronger and deadly. Trying to stay alive is her first mission but knowing that she is the reason Tom’s life is in danger is too much for her. Mary Connealy did a great job on this one for Mandy came out stronger than ever, while in the women in the previous books seemed a bit weaker to me. This is a series to enjoy.
I loved this last book of Sophie''s Daughters!
Put it on top of your TBR list ASAP.
If you like Sophie''s Daughters or any of Mary''s other historical romance series'' you will really enjoy this book especially since (I think) it features every character from Montana Marriages and Lassoed in Texas. Sharpshooter in Petticoats not only gives Mandy the ending she deserves but reunites all the characters we know and love in a fashion that only Mary Connealy can pull off.
Mary Connealy writes such adventurous and fun stories that suck me in from the get-go. She is so good at starting off her books with action that hooks me fast and keeps me turning the page throughout the book.
This is another great book from Mary Connealy and you won''t be disappointed! Well, maybe disappointed in that it is the last in this series, but I''m sure she has upcoming books that will knock our boots off!
I simply adored this book! It was the prefect culmination to two (three?) series! I loved how it pulled every character from each book and while keeping each true to their character made them each a part of the story.
I will be honest I would not wait to get to this book. I enjoyed the entire series but Mandy was interesting to me from the beginning. I felt so bad for her in the 1st book and sad for her in the 2nd. Now I wanted to see her finally have her turn and the author did not disappoint. The author uses some characters from past series to aid in this book. I found myself wanting to go back and read all about them as well and I hope to here in the future.
This is the third book in the series Sophie''s Daughters and just as good as the previous books. Right from the first page there is drama and it just keeps coming.
This book has all the hallmarks of Mary''s past books with the humor, drama and the bad guys everything a historical western should have. I would love to see these books made into a series or movies as they would be well worth watching. It is also good to see women portrayed as strong which is what women in the west needed to be to survive. A great read and I am sad to see the series end.
I will say that this book did not end how I thought it would and I do have to say that even though all the books in this series were awesome, this was by far my favorite book in this series. There is a lot of action in this book and never ever a dull moment. I had a hard time putting it down.
A nice wrap up to this series as well as the previous two series "Lassoed in Texas" and "Montana Marriages."
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