I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Connealy makes it effortless to read straight through. Her story is compelling and entertaining. The story tells the relationship between Audra and Ethan as they find themselves shoved into a marriage of convenience. Neither one is looking for love or expecting to find it. The story follows the relationship between the three brothers, Rafe, Seth and Ethan as they try to run family land in an unforgiving wilderness. The interactions between the brothers were a joy to read.
In Too Deep is book two in the Kincaid Brides series. I have not read book one yet and that may be the cause of the areas I did not like in the book. For starters, I had a little trouble getting into the characters - especially Ethan and Seth. They seemed a little flat at times. Also the relationship between Audra and Seth seemed pre-existing but with little or no explanation of that. However, based on the quality of the rest of the book I am certain that IF I HAD READ book one I would have felt more comfortable with those characters and their development. Mary did a great job of creating the other characters to feel so real.
Another area of struggle was the 'head' antagonist. Jasper felt outside of the story to me. He was the one calling the shots perhaps but not the bad guys whom Audra and Ethan had to face. Chapter after chapter seemed to dive further into his life and I could not make the connection. AGAIN, I apologize if his part is explained more in book one and I missed it. I found myself skipping some of those pages. Sorry Mary :(
Overall I recommend this book to all my book lover friends. It is a delightful and fun read. I am looking forward to the release of book three in August of this year.
I received a free copy from Bethany House for the purpose of giving a review. My opinions are my own and I am not required to give a positive review.
In case you are wondering, the first book is Out of Control. The third book is titled Over the Edge and is due out in August.
Reviewing IN TOO DEEP by Mary Connealy Bk 2 Kincai
March 24, 2012
Age: Over 65
Reviewing IN TOO DEEP by Mary Connealy, Kincaid Brides Book 2
This is the first Mary Connealy book that I have read, and I would highly recommend others to read them 'in order' if they read them at all ... it took until the end of Chapter 2 to figure out what was going on and well into Chapter 4 to understand. Actually, there for a while, I didn't think it was a "Christian" book! I thought I was reading "Deliverance", [an old OLD secular story I do not recommend] because of the terms this author used to describe different characters in this book.
I felt the author didn't make it clear to a new reader who the people were; she cast them in an inaccurae description, or lack thereof so that your first impression of the character was different than what they actually were . She consantly talked about things unclearly that must have happened in the previous book. By the end of Chapter 4 and into 5, the story was pretty well coming together and moving on, but I thought the intimate scenes and thoughts were too descriptive and did not add to the story.
I thought it taught a good moral toward the end that a lot of people could relate to, i.e., God's purpose in apparent disasters and troubles affect us all and can cause healing if we let His will be done in our lives. Her scripture quotes toward the end were also beautiful.
I am guessing that book 3 will be about Seth and his bride that even he didn't remember he had. It was good how she first brought the name of the bride into the story and then picked up briefly on it later.
I received a free copy of this book for my honest review, from Bethany Publishers.
Ethan Kincaid is the middle of three brothers. His older brother, Rafe, had stayed home to tend the ranch while Ethan went off on his adventure. Their younger brother, Seth, had went off to war. Seth always seemed to be a bit loco after a cave accident they had as children. Now all three brothers are reunited in Rawhide, Colorado Territory and as Rafe had recently married...Ethan now is in charge of the family ranch. If the foreman will ever respect him enough to follow his orders instead of saying what Rafe would do. Rafe being the bossy brother, he has now told Ethan that he will marry Audra. She is stepmother to Julia, Rafe's wife, but they are more like sisters. With two young daughters to care for, it is too dangerous for Audra to stay with Rafe and Julia as they live by all types of caves.
After considering all her options, Audra decides marrying Ethan is her best choice. Her father had sold her into marriage to pay his gambling debt so she really has no desire to go back there and take a chance on being sold again. Ethan just smiles like an idiot all the time but Seth is pure loco...so it seems her only choice is to marry Ethan, which he agrees to. It don't take long before they are dealing with Seth's nightmares and the dangerous men trying to find something her first husband stole. Can this unlikely couple find their way to love while on this adventure?
Mary writes such well rounded books. They have great humor in them but there is also danger, suspense, and of course romance. This book did not disappoint as it contained all of the above as well. I had not read the first book, Out of Control, but I would highly recommend reading it first if you enjoy series. I could tell there were many details that I was missing by not reading it first. The third book in the series, Over the Edge, will be released later this year.
When I see the author is Mary Connealy I grab the book is I can, she is an alsome author and I really love her work. This series "The Kincaid Brides" is no different.
Audra is a young widow that was not sad at all of her dirty smelling husband's demise. She had a three year old little daugher and a four week old one. She was now living in the shack with her sister and her newly married husband Rafe. She had no where else to go but where they had build their home was near a mine with many channels. When her little girl went missing they tracked her into the mine where she had went with Seth the unstable minded brother of Rafe and Ethan. She was found and now Audra was ready to move away from her sister's house to keep her children safe. Ethan and Seth were going to go back to their old home place and Julia (her sister) and Rafe was really not sad to see all of them go as they were just newly weds.
Audra was not going to go live in a house with two unmarried men so Rafe talked her and Ethan into getting married. The little girl already called him daddy so she was very happy.
Audra's dead husband had been in too stelling money so she was so afraid they would come after her thinking she knew where he had it hid. She had no idea but will this keep her and the children safe?
After such a rocky start in their married life, I believe that Ethan and Audra will finally fall in love with each other once they begin to trust the other. Both had grown up with an unstable past as Ethan, Seth and Rafe had, had to raise themselves as their mother just didn't care or she was sick as she sit with her head down all the time, so Rafe was the eldest and he did all he knew how to help his brothers. Audra had been traded to a man that her father own money too and before he had died she had two children. She felt as though she was not going to let any man ever boss her around anymore.
Just a great series to read and enjoy. Thanks so much to Behtany House for sending me this book free and I chose to review it.
Colorado. 1866. Ethan Kincaid is doing his best to block childhood memories, but it's hard now that he's back on the ranch with his two brothers: overbearing eldest brother, Rafe, and the loco youngest brother, Seth. Problem is, it's his fault Seth went crazy. He remembers. Still, Ethan has a smile for every occasion. Not because he's happy but because it's a mask he can hide behind.
Trust newly-married Rafe to decide the only sensible thing for Ethan to do is marry Audra, a young mother of two who was recently widowed. Audra doesn't have any place to return to or the money to get there, and she seems biddable enough. Ethan figures he might as well.
But Audra has decided it's time she stood up for herself, and made her own decisions. So it's not caving in (again) when she agrees to marry Ethan, right? It's her choice, and the only chance she can think of to keep her two young daughters away from the terrible caverns on the Kincaid ranch near where she's been living in a dilapidated shack. The caverns where Seth lost his mind years ago.
Trouble was following Audra's late unlamented husband and it's quite ready to follow her, too. Apparently he'd stolen a small fortune and carried it to Colorado, and its owner wants it back. Audra has no idea what it could be or where it's hidden, but that doesn't stop those who are desperate to regain it.
Worst of all-or is it?-Audra and Ethan are falling for each other. But they're not sure-are they In Too Deep?
In Too Deep is the second tale in The Kincaid Brides series. I reviewed Out of Control, the story of Rafe and Julia, back in August. I'm eagerly awaiting the third book, Seth's romance, as the author has been developing his character through the two stories thus far. Also in the third book will be (better be!) the revelation of what the outlaws following Audra's late husband have been searching for.
I keep saying I don't read historical novels, but I'll make an exception any day of the week for Mary Connealy. I just love her voice and the way her characters come alive.
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