This one is my favorite story from this author. It starts right out with a situation that was tragic but also humorous. While that may seem wrong, it just shows you how creative Mary Connealy can be. In spite of Belle's determination to keep her daughters from making the same mistakes she had God showed them it's all a matter of the choices you make in life. Silas was a man of integrity and it took time for Belle to understand what that meant. Although this ended well I was disappointed when the story came to an end since I would love to have read more of what might have happened with Silas' attempts to tame Belle. I've even gone back and reread this book several times since it was an exciting adventure of the struggles to survive in the settling of this nation.
I have read the entire story line of Sophie's Daughters. It was so awesome to now get to know the characters that interacted with those in that series. The characters were well thought out with good morals. It is one of those books hard to put down.
When I want to read a top-notch western romance, I need not look any farther than Mary Connealy. Her books have that punch of humor that I love to get the occasional taste from, as well as a spine-curling romance that makes me sigh every time.
The Husband Tree was no exception. It had a great mixture of humor and romance, and a likeable hero and heroine in Silas and Belle. Both of 'em were stubborn as mules, and as hard-headed as they come about the opposite sex. But each one had a very tender side, and showed genuine affection for the other as their relationship progressed to the (inevitable) next level. :o)
The only, and I mean, the ONLY thing that keeps me from giving this book 5 stars was all the kissing. Normally, that is not something that bothers me one whit, but it seemed like every time Silas and Belle turned around, it was Smooch City. It just didn't seem to give their relationship a good foundation, nor was it believable. Like I said before, I don't mind it. I'm not some ol' fuddy-duddy. Kissing is a normal part of any relationship, real or fictitious. But in this case, there was just too much of it.
Will that stop me from reading more of Mary's works? Absolutely not! My funny bone gets tickled so much that I'd miss out on a lifetime of laughs if I didn't read her books! No worries there...not a single one. :o)