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  1. GrandaddyA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    From a Mansion to a Hovel
    July 24, 2022
    GrandaddyA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Element of Love, #1.
    The lumber baron had died, but he had prepared his daughters well by seeing that they got an excellent education in engineering, chemistry, and business. His plan was for his daughters to inherit and run his lumber empire after he died. However, they had to reach their twenty-fifth birthday or get married to receive their inheritance. All would have gone well if their mother had not made a serious mistake and married a man who turned out to be a crook with the intentions of taking the business away from them all. As the story opens, the girls make their getaway in order to get out of his clutches and his evil schemes. I enjoyed the action, excitement, suspense, and daring of their escape. Many people today would pay big bucks to take the trip they took to leave their home behind and make their way to a remote area where they hoped to avoid being found. Laura, the youngest sister, seems to be the one who is intent on finding a husband for each of them as soon as possible. She is quite anxious for them to get married and return home to get the family fortunes and business out of the grasp of the evil stepfather. Michelle and Jillian seem more hesitant in the matter, but that does not stop Laura from looking for a man for each of them. As the story continues unfolding, possibilities keep cropping up but the problem is finding dependable trustworthy men in the wild country where they have found themselves. One thing is sure: their education did not prove to be much help when they were assigned common, everyday tasks to do in the community at which they arrived. Without the patience, kindness, and gentle coaching of the parson, they would never have survived.
  2. Jenna
    Canada
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun adventure read
    July 6, 2022
    Jenna
    Canada
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for The Element of Love, #1.
    This was a fun adventure story following three quirky and brilliant sisters as they escape a horrid future laid out by their abusive step-father. Laura, Jillian, and Michelle hope to find honourable, God-fearing men to marry quickly in order to rescue them - and their mother - out of a plot by their stepfather to take over their inheritance. A shorter novel, The Element of Love is a quick and easy read and perfect for lovers of Western fiction. It has all the right "elements" (haha): dashing cowboys, strong women, and an evil villain threaded together with themes of romance and faith. Possibly because it was a shorter read, I did struggle a bit with the realism of the romantic connection between Laura and Caleb. Perhaps a few extra chapters would have aided in that, but I understand given the plot line, quick courtships were necessary! I'm still intrigued about the future books in this new series, "The Lumber Baron's Daughters", surrounding Michelle and Jillian's stories.

    Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
  3. Micky
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sisters finding husbands
    June 20, 2022
    Micky
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Element of Love, #1.
    I am a fan of Mary Connealy. I liked this story and look forward to the next one in the series. It gives a little view of the West and gold rush times. Leaning to trust people who have made mistakes in the past that remind you of someone you cannot trust. I recommend this book to everyone.
  4. Sassy Bookish Mama
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Story!
    June 6, 2022
    Sassy Bookish Mama
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Element of Love, #1.
    It has been a while since I had read a Mary Connealy book and I am glad I picked this one up. This is the start of her new series and I thought it started out well. The story centers around three sisters running away at the insistence of their mother to escape their abusive step father. The story is told in multiple point of views as you are getting to know these sisters but I think Ms. Connealy did a great job at keeping things straight and easy to understand. The setting of the story was good as well. I enjoyed the Western setting and the historical parts on the gold rush.

    At times it felt like the story was rushed and it was hard to connect to the characters because there was just so many of them with their own storylines. I also thought more could've been done with the storyline between the mother and stepfather and perhaps it will be in the following books. While this one lacked a bit for me I think it was because it is the first book and she introduced quite a bit in this first book.

    Overall I thought it was a good book and I am looking forward to reading the others on the series and finding out what happens to these sisters. If you enjoy Historical Christian Romance you may just enjoy this new book!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
  5. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    How can she find a husband of worth quickly?
    May 21, 2022
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Element of Love, #1.
    The Element of Love

    The Lumber Baron's Daughters #1

    By Mary Connealy

    The Stiles daughters are unique and unusual for the world they live in. Raised by their parents to inherit and run their father's lumber dynasty, their greatest assets are their minds, and to survive on their own and thwart their stepfather's plans, they will need them.

    Welcome to 1872 California and the first book in The Lumber Baron's Daughters. In this book, we aren't given a lot of backstory. What we do know is that Michelle, Jilly, and Laura Stiles have to leave in the dead of the night, taking a treacherous and life-threatening path down the mountain that they call home. And to help facilitate their escape, their mother, Margaret, will do what she has to, even if it puts her in danger. More than a year ago, Margaret married Edgar and soon regretted the biggest mistake of her life - marrying a monster in disguise. To rescue their mother and to take control of the dynasty their father built, all three girls must marry to come into their inheritance - one-third share of the business. But can they find men of worth to marry in a hurry? Only time will tell.

    This book focuses on the youngest daughter Laura and her quest to find a husband, and she seemingly has the least reservations of the three sisters about this plan. And at her urging, the three join up with a mission group seeking to bring aid to the families of those trapped by the lure of gold's tantalizing promises. This in itself proved to be an adventure itself as normal "womanly" tasks hadn't been a part of their upbringing.

    Overall I found this to be an intriguing and interesting story, and I look forward to seeing exactly what happens next with Michelle and Jilly. And as to what exactly happens with Laura, did she marry? If she did, did she regret her choice as her mother did with Edgar? For those answers, you are going to have to read the book. This book has plenty of moments of intensity that will keep you reading late into the night with the oft thought sentiment, "Just one more chapter," so plan accordingly.

    I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own.

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