Sunday, December 12, 2010

REVIEW: “Wrangler in Petticoats” by Mary Connealy

“Wrangler in Petticoats” by Mary Connealy, the second in her Sophie’s Daughter series, is a fun and romantic western adventure. Sally McClellan is on her way to visit her sister, Mandy, who is about to have a baby. Sally’s party is ambushed and she falls over a cliff while the rest of her traveling companions are gunned down. The murderous thieves are convinced that Sally is dead, but when they search at the bottom of the cliff, they are unable to find her body.

Logan McKenzie is an artist who summers in the west as he paints scenery that is unavailable in his winter home of New York, where he sells his western landscapes. While sketching from a Cliffside, he encounters Sally as she plummets to certain death. Feeling responsible to save her life, he takes Sally to Wise Sister, the Indian woman who runs his household. But the thieves are on Sally’s trail, not wanting to leave a witness, and Luther and Buff are looking for Sally too, since she should have arrived at Mandy’s place by now. Roll all of these elements together and you have one high energy, suspenseful read.

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