Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"Swept Away" Does Just That! A great book!

About Swept Away

When a cowboy focused on revenge encounters a woman determined to distract him, there's going to be trouble in Texas!
Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.
Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men currently on the property won't let it go without a fight. Luke plans to meet up with friends who will help him take back the land, and since he can't just leave Ruthy in the middle of nowhere, she's going to have to go with him.
But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love? 
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 My  Review of This Book:
Before I start, I must say that historical romantic comedies, are just "not my thing". I read all kinds of books, but I did think, when this one arrived in the mail, "Oh boy, I will never be able to finish it. How can I ever review it?" BUT , upon reading the first sentence in the first chapter, "The sharp crack of a cocking pistol brought Lucas Stone's head around.", I was hooked ! Not a difficult task to read and review this book, at all!  I must say, I was totally "swept away" by this author!!

 Mary Conneally is a talented author, who is able to describe her characters so vividly, that you can picture them in you mind as you read. The main character, Ruthy, at times , had me close to tears, other times, laughter and often made me quite frustrated. She was a real woman who experienced so much in her lifetime, I could easily identify with her worries and cares. Luke was the opposite of Ruthy, at least , I believed so at first.  He was out for revenge , as he feels he has had his father's ranch stolen from him. His goal is to get it back and he is a ruthless man, willing to do ANYTHING to do so, even rescue Ruthy and take her with him. All of the characters have unique personalities and had me laughing aloud at some of their antics. 
The plot of the this story that had seemed simple, grew into a tree with branches, intertwining plots growing out of the main one. There was constant action that keeps a reader totally involved.  Romance blooms in the midst of a rugged  scene , where intense emotions are flying high. The inclusion of comedy just adds to the pleasure of reading this novel. In the midst of a gunfight, Mary uses humor and you end up with totally mixed emotions colliding. Laughter and concern travelled side by side throughout the book.

Laughter, romance and action , ALL abound in  "Swept Away".  A great read for all fans of historical romantic comedies. 

Meet Mary: 

Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.
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  This book was supplied by Litfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review.


  1. Karla,
    for someone who does NOT like historical romance you did a great job with this review. I love to read Mary's books just because she does write the way you mentioned. You are there all through the pages and sad when the story ends.
    thanks for sharing
    Paula O(

  2. Thanks so much for your comment, Paula! Sometimes I wonder if anyone reads these reviews. LOL! I am beginning to find myself attracted to historical fiction! Who would have thought.....?