A few months ago, I was able to read the first book in The Kincaid Brides series, Out of Control and I was really disappointed with it. The main female character in that one, Julia Gilliland, annoyed me beyond belief. I really, REALLY disliked her character. I was so disappointed by the book, especially because Mary Connealy is on of my favorite authors and has written so many fun novels in the past. That being said, I was a little nervous about reading Over the Edge. While I found it better than Out of Control, I still am not that impressed with Over the Edge. Not only was something about it a bit "off", but I had to endure the character of Julia Gilliland yet again. I really wanted to like this series, but of the two books I've read, I'm just left feeling disappointed. I think I'll skip the second book in the series that I haven't read yet. I'm not giving up on Mary Connealy yet, but hope future books aren't duds like these two.
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For a wild, Wild West story, Mary Connealy in Over the Edge, has caught the complete picture! A stagecoach holdup, gun-slinging gunmen, a gun-slinging woman (yes, you read that right!), ranches, cattle herding, a forgetful, crazy-acting husband, and more.
Mary has a real handle on the scenarios, and she makes you feel like you're right there in the middle of the action! The stagecoach holdup was phenomenal in detail, particularly with a woman gunslinger aboard. That woman being Callie Kincaid.
Callie's relationship with her new-found husband, Seth, leaves room for wonderment and romance. She has to deal with his abandonment shortly after their marriage, his lack of memory and his trustworthiness for the future. It's touching, yet unnerving with Callie's strong will. Seth wants to make amends, but Callie would rather shoot him. In fact, her name for Seth initially was 'cowboy.'
The relationships between the brothers are typical for a rowdy bunch of boys and Mary brings in her typical humor to their stories. The additional, unknown, Kincaid brother, Heath, upsets the apple cart for the older Kincaid brothers. But through Heath, they learn more about their family than they figured out on their own. Much heartache had caused a dysfunctional family life for the three older men and Heath.
Danger has lurked for the Kincaid family ever since the two older men married the Gilliland sisters. Their father had stolen some goods from some thieves, and they would return unexpectedly to search for the goods. The author pulled in the suspense and danger at just the precise time, bringing closure to years of torment for the three older men.
The West was wild, with gunmen who ignored the rules, and not enough lawmen to control a whole lot of what happened. You took your life into your hands if you traveled that far west, but the big open skies and mountains were home to the Kincaids. Pick up Mary's book for a great adventure and learn about forgiveness, family commitment, love, trust and the end results of greed.
This book was provided by Noelle Buss at Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received.
OVER THE EDGE by Mary Connealy is a wonderful conclusion to "The Kincaid Brides" trilogy, an inspirational historical fiction set in 1866 Colorado. Book #3 in this trilogy,but can be read as a stand alone.See," Out of Control",and "In Too Deep". Filled with danger,humor,faith,cave,Civil War aftermath,healing,forgiveness,mystery,suspense,love and a bit of romance. Follow Seth Kincaid and Callie as they learn to navigate their marriage that Seth forgot to only learn he has a child also,find healing,make amends,and rekindle a passion and love. As a child Seth was badly burned in a cave,he loves to explore those seem caves,he also has nightmares from the fire and his Civil war days. Callie has finally found Seth again,but must learn he will not abandon her and their child again. Ms. Connealy has written another touching story that will steal your heart as the Kincaid siblings learn to let go of their past guilt and trust each other again. A must read for anyone who enjoys the early Americana era,romance,faith,historical romance and fiction. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at the author's website,Bethany House Publishing,a division of Baker Publishing Group,and My Book Addiction and More.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
Ever forget something really important? All of us have-or suspect we have-but few of us can match Seth Kincaid. He forgot he was married. That's what childhood trauma and the Civil War did to him. Now that he's begun to remember, he'd like to keep his wife from killing him.
If you've been reading the Kincaid Bride series, you'll be eager to read the final book about the third brother, Seth. From a veritable crazy person in the first book to a man with some glimmers of sanity in the second, the author has carefully drafted a character that we've begun to feel for, and finally brings Seth into his own story with the surprise revelation that not only is Seth married, but he's the daddy of a precocious baby boy. He kind of likes both ideas, but Callie isn't set on making it easy for him to take his place. What if he forgets her again? What if he hasn't been healed of the traumas in his life?
Because not all the trauma is over. Someone is still stalking the Kincaid family. Someone still wants the brothers dead. And someone (else) has a claim on all Rafe, Ethan, and Seth have built since their parents' deaths.
If you think this is a serious sounding book, you're wrong. Sure, it has some serious themes, but shot all the way through it like salt in a stew is fast-paced action laced with author Mary Connealy's sparkling humor. While you don't have to have read the other books in this series, I can guarantee you'll want to.
A fast-paced Western read with plenty of action and laughs. I loved how the plot was just chock full of twists to keep the pages turning at break-neck speed.
The characters were all so well built and I loved how the brothers from the first book, as well as their wives, were still a big part of the story. I really liked Seth, because he was just a great guy who had his struggles and his flaws, but he was had such a refreshingly thankful spirit despite his past. Definitely the kind of hero to cheer for the whole way through!
Callie was full of fire, and I could totally understand why she would want Seth to prove himself to her after everything that she had been through!
This is the kind of series that while you could read the last book by itself (but that would totally be cheating!) I think you will find as I did that I didn't want to miss any of the action! I also felt that I was able to appreciate this book to it's full capacity because I had read the earlier installments.
Overall, this book was the perfect conclusion to a terrific series, as well as my favorite by Ms. Connealy! I loved the characters and the twisting plot, this book was just brimming with good old fashioned action!
A book that I HIGHLY recommend!
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