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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. Robin Willson
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Such depth
    January 9, 2024
    Robin Willson
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Element of Love, #1.
    1872 California. Part of a really good series, this book is mostly about Laura. There are three sisters, with the story opening as they escape from their evil stepfather before he sells them off in marriages to creeps that are advantageous only to him. As they're leaving, their Mother feigns a fall and goes back to buy them time. Their real father had amassed a large logging operation, training his daughters to take over the company one day and build it even further. They were each highly schooled and each has very special skills. When he died, their mother married the wrong man who had fooled all of them and wanted control of the company. So, they all have deep trust issues. As they're running away, they join a missionary group for safety and anonymity. The parson is a young man with a past, now saved and trying to spread the Good News. Very interesting as it develops. I really liked reading it and was fully engrossed. Each character is very real and 3D. Good lessons of Christian faith. Need to have the next one to binge read it!

    I received this book free from the author, publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

    #TheElementOfLove #NetGalley #MaryConnealy #BooksYouCanFeelGoodAbout #BethanyHousePublishers #BethanyHouse #ChristianHistoricalFiction
  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. Faye
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great New Series
    May 10, 2022
    Faye
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Element of Love, #1.
    A stolen inheritance, 3 sisters, and a preacher with a past.

    Laura and her sisters were raised to take over their father's lumber empire, and each of them is brilliant with mathematics with a solid understanding of science. When their step-father arranges marriage for them with his creepy friends, they decide to make a run for it, joining a missions group headed for California.

    This brand new series from Mary Connealy kicks off with a bang, introducing an exciting new series while laying the foundation for the upcoming books. I loved how the sisters were so close knit and how we get to know each of them over the course of the story. This book introduces a lot of wonderful characters that I hope to see again in upcoming books.

    Overall, a fantastic start to a new series that you will definitely benefit from reading in order. A fast paced adventure with great characters, great plot, and strong themes of faith.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
  5. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What an adventure!
    May 2, 2022
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    This review was written for The Element of Love, #1.
    Seriously, sometimes a reader gets a craving for the kind of story only Mary Connealy can dream up. And she's in her element (ha -- get the play on words there?) with this new series. From the clever title tie-in to the wild adventuring of her unique heroines...well, I was enthralled. And that was even before the kind and compassionate and oh so swoonworthy parson showed up on the scene. :-)

    There is absolutely no end to the creativity this author brings to her action scenes. Just when I thought she couldn't possibly start off a story in a more dynamic way than her last book, or the one before that, or the one waaaay back or...well, you get the idea. Connealy's imagination is a bottomless pit of scary creativity. And the start of the Stiles' sisters' adventuring is ample proof of that!

    I love that it's told in multiple points of view -- we get to know each sister and even their mother really well. And the parson, of course. (furiously fanning my blushing cheeks.) It's clear that this is Laura's story as she takes a chance at finding love but the groundwork has been laid for the rest of the series and I get the feeling it's going to be a humdinger of a grand finale come book three. Can't wait for the next Lumber Baron's Daughters book to come out!

    Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
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