Four top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer’s “The Love Knot,” Claire Nevin gets the surprise of her life awaiting her sister’s arrival by train. Mary Connealy’s “The Tangled Ties That Bind” offers the story of two former best friends who are reunited while escaping a stampede. Regina Jennings offers “Bound and Determined,” where a most unusual trip across barren Oklahoma plains is filled with adventure, romance, and . . . camels? And Melissa Jagears’ “Tied and True” entertains with a tale of two hearts from different social classes who become entwined at a cotton thread factory.
Each tale is a fun blend of history and romance that will delight readers.
Hearts Entwined is a super sweet collection of historical romances. Each story bares a different cast of characters as well as hardships. These writers have unique writing styles.
The Love Knot featured a story of one sister receiving her sister’s baby via train carried by her past lover. Claire gets the surprise of her life. From there, loving her nephew like her own child and working on her relationship with her love, Claire has her hands full. It was heartfelt. I love Claire. She’s a good woman.
The Tangled Ties that Bind featured two young lovers who grew apart. Now, one of them returns back home to pursue his heart. Yet his love isn’t interested. The suspense of what happened next between the two kept me hooked. I had fun following this story. It tempted me. Conor thought he did the right thing. While Maggie felt like her left her for good.
Bound and Determined was really interesting. It involved a heard of camels! That was rare in a story such as this one. Two young people meet in this journey. One is a young man needing to mature, so he is assigned military work. The other is a daughter of a military man. Both find a lot more than they were expecting.
Tied and True featured a love between a poor man and a rich woman. Both are strong, independent, and stubborn. In this tale, the woman did the chasing. She also went a long way, to try and catch her love’s heart. I felt connected to her. Her hope and determination made me like her all the more.
Connealy Combines Western Action and Charming Historical Romance
The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they truly uncovered the real plot to take their New Mexico ranch? Rancher Justin Boden is now in charge. He is normally an unshakable and rugged man, but with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn’t help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on.
With her and the doc’s timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend, and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers facing them. It’s clear now that everything that’s occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine?
Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy is the second book to the first one I read in this new series. Mary Connealy has a way of creating three-dimensional characters that pull readers like me inside their world. Fast-paced, exciting, and completely dangerous. An air of mystery is on every page. The characters are an interesting group. A family experiencing threats, a sibling injured, and a doctor’s assistant who lures a brother like a moth to a flame…
Mary Connealy’s, Long Time Gone, is a suspenseful yet mysterious read. The action keeps readers moving constantly. I was always on my toes wondering what was going to happen next. A family is facing threats of losing their family ranch. One member of theirs is already injured and might be on the mend…which leaves some time to figuring out what’s really happening and why. But as with the previous novel, Mary Connealy leaves more questions than answers. The suspense is great. Some answers are answered but there’s more that has yet to be answered. This will entice readers like me to look out for the next book in this series. Clean, romantic, and full of adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this stunning plot. Overall, I would recommend it to all.
When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg–and possibly his life–Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch’s will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance’s three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don’t live and work at the home for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative.
Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set–and that more danger lurks ominously. Finding his own future–and a desired future with Sadie–locked up in saving the Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all.
Rating: 5 stars
No Way Up by Mary Connealy is by far the most heated, intriguing and clean romance that I have read. The heat and chemistry send off enough sparks to light a fire. There’s enough sibling rivalry that left me laughing so hard. Danger is found on every page. The plot is fast-paced. I enjoyed following a story that involved a family being brought together again. Family, courage, love, and faith are all themes of this riveting novel. I found myself lost within the pages instantly.
This was the first novel, I have read by Mary Connealy. Her talent is raw and impressive to all. The characters are so different from each other but hold the same values. The life threatening situation of a father having been seriously injured and may not live…the siblings are now, left to full-fill their father’s wishes. If they don’t the land, money, and all will go to a much hated and despised family member. Then, there’s a ranch hand who has fallen in love with the boss’s daughter. But until the accident with her father, the woman hasn’t spent much thoughts on him. After all, he’s just a lowly cowhand. But once the danger has crept upon them all, the lowly cowhand stayed to help the family. A family that has grown to respect him. Learning how family life worked, the cowhand now thinks of trying to go back to see his brothers. But first, they must all live through the danger and even lay out their hearts. Will they survive or fall apart? Overall, I highly recommend No Way Up to all. A Christian romance that readers won’t want to miss.
Tried and True is a fabulous Western must read novel! The story is about three sisters who cover themselves up as men in order to go fight during the war. This war being the one over slavery. Their father lost his son to the war and has hounded and pushed the issue with his daughters to go fight in the war to revenge their brother’s death. One by one each of the women go off to fight in the war. After serving their time they get land grants. Each sister picked out her own piece of land. Now after awhile a land grant official is sent to check out the properties. This land marshal finds out within moments of meeting the youngest that she is definitely not a man and is baffled by her story of fighting in the war. He soon tries to help her figure out a way to save her from losing the land until danger soon comes threatening her and her sisters. Soon he finds out that all three sisters went to war dressed like men! Will the sisters lose their land grants? Will the land marshal fall in love with the youngest sister? Will she marry him even though they both want two different things? And who is behind the threat? I highly suggest for every reader to read on and find out! This novel was a beautiful and humorous story about three sisters. I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars!