I enjoyed Mary Connealy's recently released book: Stuck Together. It is Book 3 of the "Trouble in Texas" series. Even if you haven't read the first 2 books of this series, you'll be in the know soon, as Mary does a good job of quickly giving you the back story of the first 2 books. Because I enjoyed both of the first 2 books, I was very glad to see all my favorite characters throughout this third book.
I already loved Vince from the first two books, but love him more as we learn about his background. No matter what pain or sorrows her characters have faced, Mary Connealy manages to bring out some humor to help see them through the tough times.
Tina Cahill is a multi-talented woman with a tender heart, but still finds ways to get into trouble. So she fits right into a series called Trouble in Texas.
Stuck Together is a great read---personally, I love to read a book that is set in a location/time far different from my own. And I just love Mary Connealy's historical romantic comedies! Stuck Together is another great read from a great author!
Mary, this book kept my interest through the â€˜Emergency' that lasted over two weeks!
Despite very little time to enjoy your book, and less time to read keeping vigil 24/7- I wanted to finish your book. Eventually, I did.
You have a talent I think, for taking horrible, hard to match personalities-ones not likely to get a Second, or even First Date with each other, and you get the real life awkward to line up. Your odd-shaped lids and beat up pots, find a way in every story to end up complimenting each other in an everlasting way. I'm getting amazed at your_tenacity? I can't quite believe it could happen and last in real life-but the pen is mightier than the sword.
I think your stories have the potential to inspire a lot of lonely people to believe in the â€˜impossibleâ€˜. The â€˜misfits' you embrace as characters, look like â€˜real' toys at the end of each of your journeys. Nice job on tightening up your writing style. But, don't be mad_I think you're still destined to surprise yourself, even yet.
When a lawman who values order gets stuck with a feisty crusader who likes to stir things up, there's going to be trouble in Texas!
Now that she's settled in town, Tina Cahill is determined to get Broken Wheel's saloon closed for good. To that end, she pickets outside the place every afternoon. Unfortunately, so far no one has paid any attention.
Vince Yates earned the nickname "Invincible Vince" because of his reputation for letting absolutely nothing stop him. But Vince is about to face his biggest challenge yet: his past has just caught up with him. His father, mother, and the sister he didn't know he had show up in Broken Wheel without warning. His father is still a schemer. His mother is showing signs of dementia. And his surprise sister quickly falls for one of Vince's best friends. Vince suddenly has a lot of people depending on him, and Tina doesn't approve of how he's handling any of them.
With nearly every other man in town married off, Vince finds himself stuck with strong-willed Tina over and over again. Of course, Tina is the prettiest woman he's ever seen, so if he could just get her to give up her crazy causes, he might go ahead and propose. But he's got one more surprise coming his way: Tina's picketing at the saloon has revealed a dark secret that could put everyone Vince loves in danger.
When I first started this book I thought okay so far I have nothing in common with Vince Yates or Tina Cahill! But it was interesting and entertaining so I kept reading. And I realized that I had a lot more in common with the characters than I first thought. Vince is a great guy full of charm and sarcastic whit. But his always being so concerned with turning out like his dad or mom really annoyed me. Just because your parents are a certain way does not automatically mean you will turn out to be like them. How you act is your choice.
Tina was great! You might think it's strange but I like characters - especially main female characters - who are full of spunk, like Tina is. She is sassy, independent In a way, sarcastic, and strong. Her chemistry with Vince was great! All in all I'd say this book was ok, I didn't read the other books in the series but it didn't really seem like you would have to, it didn't have two many characters so it wasen't confusing. It wasn't my typical type of book, I'd usually go for a mystery/suspense book. It was boring at times and I didn't think they were very good detectives but then again this is not an mystery book lol! This book was pretty good anyway.
* I receved this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
I really enjoy Mary Connealy's books. I've read the Kincade Brides series and several other trilogies I'll mention at the end. Last year I reviewed Fired Up, and I jumped at the chance to review Stuck Together. Some of Mary's stories are better than others, and I'd say anything she does in full-length trilogy form is worth reading. I've read some of her stand-alone shorter novels, but I find these full length novels are better, because the characters and plot are more fully developed and considered.
As I mentioned in my last review of Fired Up, I figured Stuck Together would center on Vince Yates and Tina Cahill, and it does. Tina is fellow Regulator-preacher Jonas Cahill's sister. She's small, but she's mighty_a crusader for temperance. In the first chapter, she starts a brawl. It's incredibly funny to read.
As for Vince, we actually find out more about his past as his family shows up unexpectedly in Broken Wheel. His dad drops off his mother and a half-sister, then promptly leaves. Vince's mom has dementia and the half-sister, Melissa takes care of the wife of her father, but after Melissa and Jonas fall in love, care of Mrs. Yates falls mainly to Tina, and Vince.
As Vince struggles with his own self-image and his growing love for Tina, he is also called upon to continue being sheriff and lawyer of Broken Wheel, even though he doesn't really like it. We find out that Vince actually had higher education, but didn't want to follow in his father's footsteps.
Vince has always seemed to me to be the strong, silent type, but he isn't. He just doesn't share a lot. But he is a natural leader, a trait confirmed several times throughout this story.
Towards the beginning of the book, just after his mother has been dumped on him, he takes a trip from Texas to New Orleans, supposedly to find information on how to treat crazy people, because Lana Bullard escaped from jail. But Tina suspects an ulterior motive when she observes Mrs. Yates' condition.
Vince and Tina find themselves Stuck Together in taking of Mrs. Yates, and in their hearts. Vince explains it nicely. "I can't believe the time I wasted trying not to end up stuck together with the only single woman left in town."
Mary Connealy has a knack for writing humor in the midst of very serious situations, and bringing the comic relief that is needed in writing drama.
I would recommend any of Mary Connealy's books for those who love historical fiction westerns. Her characters are well developed, even as they conceal things from each other. This book ends the Trouble in Texas series. I wonder what she'll come up with next.
You'll rarely be disappointed with Mary's books. You don't to read any other series of hers in order to enjoy this book. It can also be a stand-alone book, although your understanding of the characters and situations in this story will be enriched if you read the others as well. I have a tendency to sometimes read books out of order. Only rarely do I read all of a series. But I've read most of Mary's books - her Kincade Brides, Sophie's Daughters Trilogy, two other trilogies, Montana Marriages and Gingham Mountain. They're all good.
I'd rate this 4-1/2 stars. I rarely give five stars out to a book. It has to really blow me away - because I'm such an avid reader. So if I say I really like it, I really do.
I received this book from the publisher in return for my honest opinion.
This third book in the "Trouble in Texas" series is meant to be a lighthearted and amusing read, with a dash of spiritual profundity thrown in. Knowledge of the characters and the progression of the storyline in books one and two would definitely enhance the reader's enjoyment of this book. Entertainment, rather than accurate historical portrayal, is the primary goal, evidenced by scenes like Tina picketing the small-town saloon and inciting a spontaneous mud-wresting riot in the streets.
The plot moves along quickly and doesn't lack action, although the unique spiritual theme of this novel is developed through the thought life of Vince, whose anxiety about his mental health and his deliverance from that anxiety, teaches that we must trust every aspect of our future to the Lord.
If you've read the first two books in the series you would enjoy this one. If books loosely themed on the Wild West are a genre you enjoy, I'd recommend this series to you.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.