Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Accidental Guardian
Series: High Sierra Sweethearts, Book 1
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance / Western
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She’s the Only Witness to a Wagon Train Attack. Keeping Her Safe, Though, Means His World Is about to be Turned Upside Down.
When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes an attack by the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he’s finally carved out a home and started a herd–while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail. He’d hoped the days of driving off dangerous men were over, but the latest attack shows otherwise.
Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace becomes an accidental guardian when he offers the only shelter for miles around and agrees to take them in until they can safely continue their journey. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling–yet enticing.
Trace and Deborah find themselves drawing ever closer as they work together to bring justice to the trail and help the group survive the winter–but every day closer to spring means a day closer to leaving the mountains forever.
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness.”
The Accidental Guardian is a story of justice vs. revenge. This is a story of learning from the past vs. letting the past dictate your future.
“A chill colder than Lake Tahoe took root in his backbone. Men lay dead, and the fire in his belly for vengeance roared to life. He’d get justice for these poor folks.”
The Accidental Guardian is the first novel in the brand new High Sierra Sweethearts series by Mary Connealy. This is my first read by this author, but it certainly won’t be my last! Beginning with the gorgeous cover, this cowboy story drew me. I enjoyed the author’s writing style as she seamlessly wove one scene into the next often using a single word or thought to move us right from one character’s point of view into a different character’s point of view.
These characters struggle with letting go of the past and while certain events may have shaped their lives, they must learn that those things don’t have to control them.
“She was strong enough and it burned in her, the desire to prove to the whole world—even a world that would never know—that she had always been the one in charge.”
The children Maggie Sue and Robbie are just precious, and I am looking forward to finding out what happens to them in book two.
“The little girl’s laughter helped settle Deb’s stomach. She glanced at Trace and said, “There’s still laughter in the world.”
There were several hilarious scenes as three bachelors adjust to having women and children in their home. Trace has had very little experience with women and he is pretty sure he’s lost his mind when he decides to help them. My favorite character is this book is Trace. I loved his interactions with his “friends.”
“Leaning low so he wouldn’t be overheard, he rubbed Black’s shoulder and said to his friends, “These four aren’t the only ones who need help.”
I did feel that the romance between the two main characters was a little rushed and not quite believable. The story conflict seemed to resolve too easily. However, this book ends with a cliff-hanger, so there is more to come for Trace, Deb, Gwen, Adam, and Utah. I can’t wait! This story is a sweet, clean romance with adventure, gun-slinging cowboys, a horse named Black, and a dog named Wolf, what more could you want?
“She thought maybe she saw his lips move. As if he were talking to someone. His horse? His dog? An imaginary friend? Oh, fine. She’d stumbled on the only help in sight, and he was a madman.”
The next book in the series, THE RELUCTANT WARRIOR will be released later this year in October, 2018!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.
(1) Winner will win:
- The Cimarron Legacy by Mary Connealy (all 3 print books)
- The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy (print)
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