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Shannon Wilde is the middle sister--and the one who loves animals. She's established her own homestead and is raising sheep for their wool. Things are going fine...until Shannon gets swept over a cliff by Matthew Tucker!

Tucker seizes every opportunity to get away from civilization, but one particular walk in the woods ends with him sprinting away from an angry grizzly and plunging into a raging river, accidentally taking Shannon Wilde with him. Their adventure in the wilderness results in the solitary mountain man finding himself hitched to a young woman with a passel of relatives, a homestead, and a flock of sheep to care for.

As Tucker and Shannon learn to live with each other, strange things begin to happen on Shannon's land. Someone clearly wants to drive her off, but whoever it is apparently didn't count on Tucker. Trying to scare Matthew Tucker just makes him mad--and trying to hurt the woman he's falling in love with sets off something even he never expected.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 076421179X
ISBN-13: 9780764211799
Series: Wild at Heart

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Author Bio

Mary Connealy is an award-winning, bestselling author known for her fun and lively historical romantic comedies. An author, teacher, and journalist, Mary lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her husband and enjoys spending time with her four daughters and three grandchildren. Learn more at www.maryconnealy.com.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Now and Forever
    September 12, 2015
    Jenny
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mary Connealy you did it again! Another awesome book! Shannon is the middle Wilde sister, who fought in the Civil War dressed as a man. Tucker is a wild mountain man, tracking and hunting for a living. Their adventure begins when their choice is jump off the cliff or being eaten by a grizzly bear. The story is filled with action, snort coffee through your nose laugh out loud humor and a great spiritual message. I can't wait to find out what trouble Bailey Wilde gets into!
  2. North Carolina
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Read this Book! It will not Dissappoint!!
    September 12, 2015
    Cindy Green
    North Carolina
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the 2nd book in the Wild at Heart series by Mary Connealy. I was so excited to have been chosen to review this book for Bethany House. I love Mary Connealys books and this one did not disappoint.

    Not having read book 1, at the onset there was some confusion on who all the characters were and how they were related, but once you get into the first chapter or so the book really is stand-alone. The author capably explains the necessary plot ideas that you might have missed from book 1.

    In Now and Forever, we meet Matt Tucker (wild man/mountain man) and Shannon Wilde (pretending to be a man since the Civil War and trying to forget that same war too) who end up going through an adventure together and surviving only to be forced into a marriage of convenience due to propriety.

    This is one of those books that you just tuck into, rest back into your pillow and enjoy every moment. Mary's writing style is so easy to get drawn into and before you know it several chapters have gone by. There's just something so genuine in the way the author creates her characters and as they reach their epiphany of life and love it touches your heart in a real way and the words flow over your soul and comfort you.

    Matt Tucker for instance is a hero to fall in love with and not just because he's handsome and able to fight and protect Shannon but he also has a heart for God. And he says things like this after Shannon finally divulges something personal and hurtful from her past: If Im strong enough to listen, then for certain God is.

    Memorable characters, terrific writing and the plotting and pacing are perfect. I definitely plan to get the other books in the series.

    I received a free copy of the book from Bethany House publishers for an honest review.
  3. Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful, Witty, Western Tale!
    September 4, 2015
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    There is no better way to get to know someone than to jump off a cliff together into a treacherous river filled with rapids, waterfalls and . . . .wait a minute, did Matthew Tucker actually jump into that river or did that blue-eyed Wilde sister actually grab him and push? It's a little hard to remember. But there are some advantages to escaping certain death at the hands of an angry grizzly bear; days and nights spent in a dark cave with a beautiful woman who can start a fire, swim a river and splint a broken ankle.

    The parson insisted that she marry the handsome, wild trapper that she came out of the cave with. And surprisingly, Shannon Wilde is not one bit sorry that she did. It is kind of nice to have a husband on her property, even if he doesn't like her sheep. But when it's clear that someone intends to cause her harm, it's even more of an advantage to have Tucker at her side. But will he stay? He has always been somewhat of a legend, living high above in the mountains, seldom associating with people in the valley. If there is one thing Shannon that knows for sure, it is that she is in love with her husband.

    "Now and Forever" is a delightful, witty and quite sassy story filled to the brim with entertaining dialogue and sweet conversations between a husband and his wife. God knew just what He was doing when Shannon and Tucker dived off that cliff.
  4. NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Action, mystery, romance and a just plain fun read!
    August 13, 2015
    Deanna
    NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow! Action right from the start and kept me entertained through the whole adventure! I felt the bear breathing down Tucker's neck and then the breathtaking jump over the rock cliff wrapped in the arms of the handsome mountain man.. I enjoyed the interactions between strong women and mountain men. Tucker and Shannon in exciting adventures, filled with suspense, a mystery to solve and their surprise wedding made for a great romance. Someone called Mary Connealy's story "A Christian Cowboy Comedy". That is a fact! Through the whole book I found myself smiling, laughing and sometimes holding my breath. I really enjoyed this story and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a book with a little humor, romance and adventure that will keep you guessing and turning the pages to see what they will face next!

    I was gifted a copy from Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group through NetGalley for my honest opinion which I have given.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Shannon and her unforgettable love for sheep
    August 5, 2015
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I picked this book up and started reading, I immediately remembered the first book in this series and every detail. I remembered the Wilde sisters and Tucker and Sunrise and Counter, and of course, Aaron. I'm an avid reader, so for me to remember each of these character shows me that Mary Connealy did an excellent job with making strong, unforgettable characters that I immediately was able to recall. It's not uncommon for me to have to look back at a previous review to see what I had forgotten about each book in the series. I absolutely did not have to do that at all with this series. Who can forget Shannon's love for sheep and the argument about how useless and stupid those creatures are!

    The Wilde sisters are hilarious. I was hooked from the opening chapter of this story. Connealy does a wonderful job adding lots of humor into her characters and making them easy to connect to. The dialogue between Tucker and Shannon had me laughing at certain points in the story.

    I wouldn't say the story is suspenseful, although there is a little suspense. I had it narrowed down to two choices by the end, with a pretty good idea of what was going to happen. With that said, there's enough twists and lots of humor and story to tell, that this book is anything but boring.

    I'm looking forward to reading the third book in this series. I'm assuming it will focus on Bailey because her story hasn't been told yet. I imagine more will come out about what they saw at war, too. Right now, she's probably my least favorite of the Wilde sisters for some reason. However, I'm sure that will change.

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    I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
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