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 Stone...so 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?
I really like Mary Connealy's work, and Swept Away reinforced this feeling. Full of danger, intrigue, and excitement, this book is a fabulous escape into another way of life. It's hard to describe - because although every character in the book was in mortal danger at least once, this book is fun. Although the reader is captivated by Luke and Ruthy and isn't sure exactly how it will come about, she is sure that everything will be okay in the end. You sit on the edge of your seat for the characters, but not you're not scared for yourself. This difference is a vital one, and while I'm not sure how Connealy does it, this adds a fun and romantic element to the story.
With that said, Connealy's cast of characters is outstanding in this book. Each man is strong, independent, passionate about his career and those he loves. When these men work together, they are unstoppable - and heroic. I can't wait to see where Connealy takes this series.
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.
I received a free copy of Swept Away from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.