At last- a book by Mary Connealy that I actually liked. This heroine is a true woman- and doesn't try to pretend she's a man. She deals with who she is and what she's been dealt without whining every second. I actually enjoyed this book.
It was definitely an interesting read. I do not usually enjoy western fiction. But, this book was certainly enjoyable. Mary Connealy is obviously a good writer. The plot was not as predictable as I first thought. The conclusion was good. Overall it was a good read.
I've read a lot of inspirational historical romances over the years. I started with Janette Oke's books when I was in my early teens and have read most other popular authors since then. Id guess its a typical rite of passage for teens raised in conservative Christian families. Theyre mostly the same and I've enjoyed them for the most part, as a pleasant way to pass the time, if nothing epic. So I really wasn't expecting much different when I picked up Swept Away by Mary Connealy. But I am pleased to report I was pleasantly surprised!
Swept Away is cute, funny, witty, nail-biting and full of references to an aspect of the civil war that I knew little about. I was impressed because the entire book felt essential no silly extra scenes, no time wasted it was constant movement. And they kissed a lot! And implied more! O_O the scandal!! (But not too detailed or excessive and the later was within the bounds of marriage it is clean inspirational romance after all.) And Mary Connealy's women have spunk! Something I have a complete abhorrence for, and the reason I no longer read certain authors, is spunkless women. Also, the story quickly becomes about much more than merely getting Lukes ranch back it added the tricky dynamic of saving a woman and her children from an abusive situation. I liked that the reasons for the conflict of the story became more external and less selfishly motivated.
I had to research Camp Andersonville afterwards and found it simultaneously fascinating & horrifying. Im sad Andersonville was halfway between where I attended college and my home as a teen and yet I never knew to stop by there on the commute. While Swept Away is the first in a series, it is a spin-off from a previous series. Im excited to read more and see what happens with side-characters that I enjoyed.
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