I was new to Mary Connealy's writing when I read the first book in this series, but I was hooked good from the start. There is nothing like a good western comedy, funny but never silly. Stuck Together is no exception, it's like watching a Christian version of McLintock!, complete with the mud fight!
I honestly can't say enough about how much I have enjoyed this book, and the whole series. I love the humor, the liveliness of the characters, the dusty settings, the subtle lessons woven into the storyline. My only disappointment is that this is the last book in the series, but I think I will console myself with some of the author's other books.
Maybe I've watched too many Westerns, or is that even possible? But Mary Connealy has done such a great job that I felt like I was right there with the characters, walking the dusty street, riding across the desert, and of course marching the picket line with Tina.
Stuck Together is the story of two people with a lot of baggage from the past. Both of them have a lot to work through in order to have a future, just as long as it's not together mind you. I really enjoyed the way the two of them snipped at each other, and everyone else as well, it was just too funny.
There is also a good western mystery thread woven through the story and leads to the climax of angry Indians, a shoot-out, and a cave with some secrets.
One of the things I really liked about this book was how everyone in Broken Wheel, especially Vince, were kind and loving with Mrs. Yates's growing confusion and lack of memory. Knowing someone with similar issues made those sections of the story especially poignant for me.
Stuck Together is one of the best Christian westerns I have read and I highly recommend it if you like Mary Connealy's books, historicals, or just a good Texas story.
(I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own)
Stuck Together is the newest saga in Mary Connealy's Trouble in Texas series. Mary is a very talented author, and I always enjoy reading her works. This book is a delightful end to the stories about the lives of four men who met during the Civil War.
In this tale, Tina Cahill does whatever she can to close down Broken Wheell's saloon, even if it means picketing outside it every day. She's determined to 'civilize' the town and isn't afraid to stand up against the men who frequent the saloon.
Vince Yates has his hands full dealing with the pesky woman while also trying to figure out what to do with his female prisoner he has in custody. His life is turned on end when his family arrives and his father dumps off his mother who has signs of dementia and a sister Vince never knew he had.
Stuck Together is a fun story and a delightful read. Put it on your list as a book to read this summer. You won't be disappointed.
This book was provided free for review by Bethany House Publishers.
Stuck Together is the third book in Mary Connealy's Trouble in Texas series. Book one is Swept Away and book two is Fired Up. The trilogy follows the lives and troubles of a group of men who met in the war and have bonded closer than brothers. They now all live in the same small town in Texas called Broken Wheel.
What I liked: Stuck Together is another notch in Mary Connealy's belt in telling entertaining, romantic comedy. This story is a lighthearted read filled with fun and adventure.
The heroine, Tina Cahill was fun. Her natural penchant for trouble combined with her fragile self-esteem made for a character you could root for. Vince seemed like an appropriate match for her. He's smitten with her from the first moment he saw her, but restrains due to his own hurts and fears of every having a family. His restraint only feeds her inner turmoil that she is unlovable. The cat-chasing-his-tail conundrum created by these two makes the pages easy to turn to find their resolution.
The mystery side of the plot was engaging as I couldn't guess the trouble maker until the characters started to figure it out. Also the tension that Connealy added in page after page pushing "Invincible" Vince to the edge was enjoyable to read.
What I didn't like: Jonas' story. I was very disappointed with this part. If you've read along with the series so far you will understand what I'm talking about. If you are just joining with the Trouble in Texas Series now, you may not find anything out of joint at all.
Jonas is the last leg of The Regulators group to fall in love. Instead of giving him his own book like the others, he is given a few chapters throughout this one. It is a whirlwind romance ending in a proposal after a couple days. Then the rest of the book the two lovebirds sneak off constantly, returning with messed hair and disheveled clothing. He is the town Parson! I absolutely did not like this part of the book.
I also found the writing disjointed. It felt "narrated" most of the time. It made the reading choppy for me. This series has not been as good as her earlier one The Kincaid Brides.
I would recommend this book to others who are familiar with Mary Connealy and like romantic cowboy comedy. However this is not a good one to start out with if you've never read her before.
Thanks to Bethany House and the author for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not expected to review it positively.
This tale takes place in 1869, shortly after the Civil War has ended, in the small town of Broken Wheel, Texas. Stuck Together is the story of Vince Yates and Tina Cahill. Tina was orphaned at an early age, and raised by a maiden aunt, Iphigenia, who made it clear she didn't want the responsibility of caring for a child. Iphigenia was stiff, set in her ways, and never showed Tina any affection or love. Because of her aunt's cold treatment, beautiful Tina believes she is unlovable. Suddenly, Iphigenia marries, and Tina finds the new uncle uncomfortable to live with. Impulsively, she sets out to find her older brother, Jonas, and live with him instead. The day Tina arrives in Broken Wheel, Vince is immediately smitten with her.
Vince Yates was raised with little love. His mother, Virginia Belle, came from a rich southern family, and, although kind, was distant. His mother's riches have been multiplied many times by his father, Julius, whose only love is money. Julius raised Vince with a heavy hand, and was cruel and intolerant.
Virginia Belle suffers from an early form of dementia, and most of the time, is confused about who she is, where she is, or the identity of those around her. Because of that, she must be watched constantly. Julius has no compassion for his wife, and his only feelings about her condition is that it is an embarrassment for him in society. Vince is concerned he will either inherit the dementia his mother suffers from, or become cruel like his father, so he vows never to marry. This becomes a difficult resolution to keep the longer he is around Tina.
Vince is a Civil War veteran who had survived the infamous Confederate Prisoner-of-War Camp, Andersonville Prison. Vince forged life-time friendships with Jonas Cahill, Dare Riker and Luke Stone while incarcerated there together. The four had become known as "The Regulators" as they worked with each other inside the prison to bring order to the miserable disease ridden Andersonville. After that ordeal, the men consider each other family. They all had settled in the Broken Wheel area after coming there to help Luke get back a ranch that was rightfully his.
The author uses humor while telling a story that includes the serious subjects of indifferent and hard-hearted parenting, and the difficulty an adult child experiences with the long-term caretaking of a sick parent. The story also includes kidnapping, a jail break, erratic and dangerous behavior as a result of alcohol, and conflict between American Indians and white settlers. In the midst of all this, romance blossoms.
This is the third book in the series, Trouble in Texas, and the story can stand on its own. I have read a number of the author's works, and have enjoyed all of them. She is an expert at interweaving many character's stories, and including humorous situations, too. Ms. Connealy's tales are always entertaining, interesting, and written from a Christian perspective. This book is no exception, and I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys tales of the Old West, romance, or clean fiction.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
In Stuck Together by Mary Connealy, Tina Cahill is determined to get the town saloon to close, and though she spend much of her free time picketing the establishment, no one in the town seems to pay any attention to her. But Vince Yates notices Tina, and has for a long time. Then Vince's rathe shows up and leaves his mentally deteriorating mother and his sister, and Vince has more on his plate than he can handle. If he could just get past his fear that he might turn out like his parents, he might propose to Tina!
This book was just a fun, slightly humorous read! I liked Tina's character, and I thought her stubbornness was amusing. I thought the development of the romance between Tina and Vince was sweet, even though the characters were mostly confused about or trying to avoid their feelings through most of the book.
The story line flashes back and forth between Vince and Tina and Vince's friend, Luke. Since this is the third book in this series, I think I would understand and appreciate that part of the plot better if I had read the other two books first. Connealy makes several references to events that I assume occurred in the other two books, so if you were interested in reading this book, I might suggest picking up the first two books to fill in the gaps.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, especially the quirky, colorful characters. The plot was interesting enough, even though I hadn't read the other books before picking up this one. If you like light-hearted western romances, I'd say this might be one to check out.
Note: I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.