Thursday, March 19, 2009
Hold on to your hat and get ready for another great adventure with Mary Connealy. It all begins when Grant meets the orphan train in Sour Springs, Texas and plans to take the last two orphans home with him. One problem, Hannah Cartwright is determined he can’t take them to what she believes will be a life of slavery. She is appalled to learn how man y orphan children Grant has taken in the past few years. Hannah decides to stay in town as the new school teacher in order to keep close tabs on the two new children, especially since the little girl Libby is Hannah’s own sister. Hannah knows only cruelty and a hard life as an orphan herself and can’t believe Grant’s intentions are anything but evil. Again Mary uses children to bring delight to the soul and a smile to the lips. Libby and Charlie will capture your heart as they prove their loyalty to their new father in the end and save the day. If you enjoyed Petticoat Ranch and Calico Canyon, you will fall in love with the delightful characters Mary created for Gingham Mountain.
Love Finds You in Last Chance, California takes the reader back to the days of horse ranching in the far west when men were greedy for more land and the promise of gold. Miralee creates characters who show the spunk and spirit that made our country great. Alexia Travers is a strong-willed, stubborn woman who refuses to give up when her father dies unexpectedly, and she finds herself burdened with a mortgage and unpaid bills. Justin Phillips and his son Toby arrive to help, but mysterious things begin to happen. Can Alex trust her new ranch hand? The secondary characters add warmth, humor, and wisdom to this story of determination to keep the ranch working. The mystery of who is trying to sabotage Alex is skillfully woven into the story and keeps the reader guessing. Just enough other elements of surprise are thrown in to keep me turning the pages to see who wants Alex to fail. As Alex and Justin clash over what should be done on the ranch, Alex wonders if she can trust him, and Justin fights the feelings for her that can only get in his way. How these two work together to uncover the facts of her father’s death and who is threatening the ranch makes for an exciting story of adventure and love I think you will truly enjoy.