The first book of Connealy’s new series definitely does not disappoint. We follow Ruthy MacNeil, a self-reliant sweetheart who’s determined to go from victim to hero in her own life. Taking place in 1860s Texas, this novel not only entertains with historically based settings, but with captivating action, suspense and an uplifting love story.
After Ruthy survives a flood on the Sante Fe Trail and is rescued by a handsome stranger, Luke Stone, she has no idea what adventures await her. The former Civil War soldier may be charming, but he’s on a mission to avenge his father’s murder and win back his stolen land. With danger just around the corner, the stubborn couple manages to face their troubles without fear and with an occasional, cherished hand-hold. (BETHANY HOUSE, Mar., 352 pp., $14.99)