Saturday, March 23, 2013

Montana Rose by Mary Connealy

cover of Montana Rose by Mary Connealy shows a red cowboy hat sitting on a sign with the book title; the sign is in a wheat field with snow capped mountains in the distanceMontana Rose by Mary Connealy. Barbour, 2009. 318p. (9781602601420) Series: Montana Marriages, #1

This was the second book by Mary Connealy that I have read. I wasn’t particularly impressed with the other book, so I didn’t know how I’d like this book/series. No need to worry. It’s fun series that made me laugh aloud several times. Of the three books, I liked Montana Rose and Husband Tree best. But Flower Bride was a nice wrap to the series.

Goodreads Summary:
Fire up your love of romance with Montana Rose, where Cassie Griffin, a seemingly spoiled pregnant woman, is widowed one day and wedded the next. Marrying handyman Red Dawson seems the only alternative to Cassie being hitched to a brutal rancher. But can this china doll, bear exchanging smooth silk for coarse calico? Red was reluctant to be yoked to an unbeliever, but sometimes a man has no choice. Will Red change Cassie's heart by changing her name? Wade Sawyer is obsessed with saving Cassie from a marriage of convenience. How far will he go make her his own?

My review:
As you know, I do enjoy marriage-of-convenience stories and this one takes the cake. Usually both parties are in need of help or a partner or for proprieties sake they have to be married.

Not this time, Cassie is faced with a mob of lusting men who wants to marry her (even though she’s visibly pregnant) and despite his better judgment Red claims her to save her from the unruly lot. Often times historical romance focuses on the girl but in this tale we really learn a lot about Red’s character. He makes a great book hero.

Over the past few months I’ve read a few stories that deal with spousal abuse, in this case Cassie’s first husband was emotionally manipulative and completely brainwashed her. The story makes it more understandable how people can be brainwashed and how difficult it is to relearn how to think and act and have initiative.

The romance is clean and sweet, characters struggle with real life problems and biblical principles are brought into the story in a non preachy way. The drama with Wade keeps you turning the pages and it's quite fun to learn so many life lessons along side Cassie.

Montana Rose gets a four star rating
A four star rating, although it's a fluff book (which according to my scale would be three, but... it's better than three stars)

Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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