Friday, October 23, 2015

Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy

Saddle up for mysteries and laughs with the Wilde sisters!
Bailey Wilde is the oldest sister--and the one who takes care of everyone else in her family. But after her sisters marry and move away, her little homestead becomes bleak and lonely, especially during the long winter months. In a moment of weakness, Bailey agrees to a wild plan concocted by her neighbor, Gage Coulter.

Gage is an honest man, but he didn't make his fortune by being weak. He won't break the law, but he'll push as hard as he can within it. Five thousand acres of excellent grazing land is lost to him because Bailey's homestead is located right across the entrance to a canyon full of lush grass. Gage has to regain access to this land--and he's got to go through Bailey to do it. So he makes a proposal...

Can these two independent, life-toughened homesteaders finally loosen up enough to earn each other's respect--and maybe find love in the process?

The Author

  1. Mary Connealy
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    Mary Connealy

    Mary Connealy pens "romantic comedy with cowboys" and is known for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has been a finalist for the RITA Award, Christy Award, and Inspirational Reader's Choice Award and is a two-time winner of the Carol Award....
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Here's my review of this third offering in the Wilde Sisters Series:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Mary Connealy and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Fire and Ice" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
“Fire and Ice” by Mary Connealy didn’t grab me from the start like her novels usually do.  But once I got through the stage setting of the novel, it took off like a runaway train!  Connealy’s signature humor made this book an absolute joy, just like every other book of hers that I’ve read!  She is one of those authors whose books I will purchase – and recommend to others – without even knowing what it’s about!

This is the third installment in the Wilde Sisters Saga, but it reads perfectly well as a stand-alone story.  Bailey is the eldest of the three Wilde sisters who were treated like boys by their pa, who failed to see the value of a female child and misses his deceased son.  All three girls served in the military during the civil war, but Bailey saw the ugliest part of it and still bears the scars.  She is deeply in touch with her tougher, more masculine side, so it comes as a big surprise to her neighbor, Gage Coulter, that she is in fact, a woman.

This story is slathered in mystery as it becomes evident that Gage is the target of a killer.  It is also thick with humor and romance as an impromptu proposal turns into a hysterical living situation when Gage’s mother comes to visit.  The Lord is a big part of how these characters live, so God is mentioned often.  “Fire and Ice” is an entertaining, satisfying read.

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