My best friend used to enjoy books about gun-toting pioneer women who could hunt and homestead and otherwise keep up in a man’s world. Since reading Mary Connealy’s book brought my lively and much missed friend to mind, I just had to share it with you!
If you have a friend or loved one with a pioneer bent–and a great sense of humor–you might want to gift her with one of Mary’s books. You could start with this delightful romantic adventure, Wrangler in Petticoats:
It’s 1882 in Montana Territory. Logan McKenzie, a talented artist, is out sketching nature when a Buckskin Angel drops off a nearby bluff and into his arms. The angel turns out to be cowgirl Sally McClellan, who got in the way of a robbery while on the way to visit her sister Mandy.
Since Sally’s been shot and left for dead, Logan brings her to his cabin to recuperate. He is immediately drawn to her courage and stunning beauty. For her part, Sally considers Logan a useless, no-account man but discovers that something in his brown eyes gives her strength.
She’s an expert shot. He forbids hunting near his cabin because he’d rather paint an elk than eat one. To Logan, a fast draw is a quick sketch to be executed before embarking on a painting. To Sally, it’s the speed with which she can get her rifle into action. On the surface, they couldn’t be more different. Yet both struggle with how their fathers view them and their life choices.
Logan’s struggle: “Was [he] less courageous than his father? Was choosing to draw his pictures a way to run from the ugly side of life? Logan had always believed he was showing courage to follow this leading from God, but maybe he was, in fact, a coward. All of this doubt assaulted him as he approached his horse in this wild setting.”
Sally’s struggle: “Suddenly [she] wanted to see her pa so bad it was the worst pain of all. She’d tried so hard all her life to be special to him. And she knew he loved her dearly, especially if she rode at his side and worked the ranch hard. Why had she ever left home? To her horror, she burst into tears.”
Could it possibly be that deep down, Sally and Logan are a lot alike? All doubts and questions are answered as we follow them on their adventure. And there’s plenty of danger, action, romance, inspiration, laughter–as well as a charming cast of characters–along the way.
I enjoyed this story! It made me laugh out loud and kept me turning pages to see what would happen next. When I began to write this review, expressions like feel-good and rollicking good time kept popping into my head. Then I realized why. This book inspired a second trip down memory lane. It reminded me of happy times in childhood when my dad and I would spend Saturday afternoons watching classic Westerns on TV. I miss my dad, so thanks for that, Mary! (And do you think my teacher found it odd that a 10-year-old girl’s favorite movie was The Green Berets?)
Is anybody else old enough to remember Doris Day and Peter Graves in The Ballad of Josie, James Garner and Joan Hackett in Support Your Local Sheriff, or John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in Big Jake or McLintock? Add an inspirational thread, and any of those comic romantic pairings would be right at home in the world of Mary Connealy!
Christmas Gift Guide: A Mary Connealy book is perfect for teen lovers of romance on up to Grandma. In fact, you can give the Gift of Nostalgia by pairing a few Mary Connealy books with a classic old movie!
Here are some Connealy romances perfect for gift giving:
The Sophie’s Daughters gift pack, which includes Doctor in Petticoats and Wrangler in Petticoats, is available from Christianbook.com.
Use the following links to learn more about author Mary Connealy and her books. This link leads to Mary’s main website; and this one, to Seekerville, a blog for readers and writers of inspirational romance. Stop in and visit. You’ll be glad you did!