Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn’t all that upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they’ve ever done is work her to the bone. She prayed for a chance to get away, and then came the raging flood. Alive but disoriented, she’s rescued by Luke Stone…so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.
Luke is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men who killed his father are working hard to ensure Luke doesn’t make it alive. He has no choice but to keep moving. Still, he can’t just abandon Ruthy, so she’ll have to come along.
His friends–a ragtag group of former Civil War soldiers–take a fast interest in the pretty gal. Luke thinks that’s rather rude–he’s the one who found her. And the more time he spends around the hard-working young woman who is a mighty good cook, the more he finds himself thinking beyond revenge and toward a different future. For the first time in a long time, Luke is tempted to turn from his destructive path and be swept away by love.
One of the things that I love about reading books and reviewing them is being introduced to new authors and their writing styles. Lately I have been reading a lot of non-fiction, not only for myself but trying to get some things in order for our next homeschooling year, so I was relieved to read Mary Connealy’s new book Swept Away.
Mary Connealy didn’t mess around with her story, she dove right in to this fast paced tale. I found that so refreshing. We meet up with Ruthy and Luke right after Luke rescues her after a flash flood. Luke brings her along on an already well hatched plan to regain his family’s land.
I must say one of best parts of the book was the friendship between the guys. Luke and his friends had such loyalty to each other and they were holding each other up as Christian men should do. The men had a standard and wouldn’t back down.
I will admit I was a little taken aback by how quickly Luke and Ruthy ended up together. But I guess when you meet the one your suppose to be with why wait? Although this book is the first in Mary Connealy’s Trouble in Texas Series, Swept Away can definitely stand on its own. I mean it has to be to be nominated for a Christie Award.
Overall if you are looking for a book that will make you laugh this is for you. It is upbeat despite the challenges faced. I love when a book is able to still find joy through rough situations.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.