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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Calico Canyon Book Tour

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Calico Canyon

Barbour Publishing, Inc (July 1, 2008)


Mary Connealy


MARY CONNEALY is an award-winning author and playwright, married to Ivan a farmer, and the mother of four beautiful daughters, Joslyn, Wendy, Shelly and Katy. They live in Decatur, Nebraska. Mary is a GED Instructor by day and an author by night. And there is always a cape involved in her transformation.

Mary has also written Petticoat Ranch, Golden Days, and her latest, Alaska Brides that will debut in August.


Let yourself be swept away by this fast-paced romance, featuring Grace Calhoun, an instructor of reading, writing, and arithmetic, who, in an attempt to escape the clutchs of a relentless pursuer, runs smack dab into even more trouble with the 6R's - widower Daniel Reeves, along with his five rowdy sons. When a marriage is forced upon this hapless pair - two people who couldn't dislike each other more - an avalanche isn't the only potential danger lurking amid the shadows of Calico Canyon. Will they make it out alive? Or end up killing each other in the process?

Running from her Abusive foster-father, a man intent on revenge, the prim and perfectly proper Grace Calhoun takes on the job of schoolmarm in Mosqueros, Texas.

As if being a wanted woman isn't bad enough, Grace has her hands full with the five rowdy and rambunctious Reeves boys─tough Texan tormenters who seem intent on making her life miserable. When, in an attempt to escape from the clutches of her pursuer, Grace is forced to marry widower Daniel Reeves, father of the miniature monsters, she thinks things couldn't get any worse. Or could they?

Daniel Reeves, happy in his all-male world, is doing the best he can, raising his five boys─rascals, each and every one. Since his wife's death in childbirth, Daniel has been determined never to risk marriage again.

When God throws Grace and Daniel together─two people who couldn't detest each other more─the trouble is only beginning.

Will this hapless pair find the courage to face life together in the isolated Calico Canyon? Or are their differences too broad a chasm to bridge?

If you would like to read the first chapter go HERE

My thoughts:

Oh! This was a fun book! I loved the characters and how Connealy let us see each of their points of view. Mixing romantic tension with some suspense and adversity made for a real page-turner.

In this story we follow Grace who was adopted so that she could be forced into child labor, then escaped so she could earn enough money to send for her sister. When her step dad finds her in Texas she runs for her life only to wonder if where she ended up was worth it. She ends up married to the father of five rambunctious boys, who got her fired from her school teaching job, because of his rowdy boys.

She doesn't want to be there, and they don't want her there. But there is nothing they can do about it when they get snowed in for the winter. I won't spoil it, so you'll have to read and find out if they survive the winter together or not. And if her step dad ever finds her.

I have to say, though, one of my favorite parts is when Daniel is trying to handle his "frustration" with Grace by staying busy. His train of thought cracked me up.

This is the second book in the Lassoed in Texas series. I haven't read the first book, Petticoat Ranch, but it's now on my list. And I cant wait for book #3 to come out.

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