Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fired Up by Mary Connealy - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Fired Up
(Bethany House March 1,
Mary Connealy


Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award Finalist, a Carol Award Finalist and an IRCC Award finalist.

The Lassoed in Texas Series, Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain. Petticoat Ranch was a Carol Award Finalist. Calico Canyon was a Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Finalist. These three books are now contained in one large volume called Lassoed in Texas Trilogy.

The Montana Marriages Series, Montana Rose, The Husband Tree and Wildflower Bride. Montana Rose was a Carol Award Finalist.

Cowboy Christmas—the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and an Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist.

The Sophie's Daughters series. Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats, Sharpshooter in Petticoats.

She is also the author of; Black Hills Blessing a 3-in-1 collection of sweet contemporary romances, Nosy in Nebraska, a 3-in-1 collection of cozy romantic mysteries and she's one of the three authors contributing to Alaska Brides with her Carol Award Winning historical romance Golden Days.


Rollicking Wild West Adventure and Romance from Bestselling Author Mary Connealy

Dare Riker is a doctor who saves lives, but someone seems determined to end his. It may have something to do with the traitors he dealt with during the Civil War, or it might be related to the recent incident with Flint Greer and the ranch. Whoever the culprit is, he or she seems really fired up, and Dare can't let his guard down for a moment, which is a challenge, since right now he's trying to win the heart of the recently widowed Glynna.

Glynna Greer came west as a mail-order bride and ended up in a bad situation. Now her husband, Flint, is dead, and she's determined to care for her son and daughter on her own. She wants to believe Dare Riker is as decent as he seems, but she's terrified to lock herself into another marriage. She plans to support her small family by opening a diner--never mind that cooking is not her greatest talent. The men in Broken Wheel, Texas, are so desperate for home cooking that they seem willing to overlook dried-out beef and blackened biscuits.

Glynna can't help but notice that danger follows Dare wherever he goes. There's the avalanche. And then the fire. But things really get out of hand when someone plunges a knife from Glynna's diner into Dare's back. Are Flint's cronies still plotting revenge? Is Glynna's son engaged in a misguided attempt to protect his mother? Is a shadowy outsider still enraged over past injustices? And can Dare survive long enough to convince Glynna to take another chance on love?

My Thoughts:
Dare wondered if God ever got plumb tired of the people He’d created.”  (p. 173)

Dare Riker is not the first person to wonder this!  I daresay that Glenna Greer and her two children, Paul and Janny, have wondered this when they suffered abuse from not one but two different men!  And Jonas Vince and Luke wondered that as they tried to keep peace at the Andersonville Prison during the Civil War and witnessed untold cruelty.  In fact, I will be bold enough to say that everyone who belongs to God has to wander about His long-suffering toward us when we stop to consider the heartache that takes place in everyone’s life from time to time.

Mary Connealy tackles this and many other tricky situations with humor and style in Book Two of the Trouble in Texas series, Fired Up.  Glenna is starting over for the third time in life, and she is both weary and wary of her surroundings.  She’s a strong lady though, and with the help of an unexpected friend begins to make a fresh start by running a diner.  When a series of “accidents” begin to take place, it quickly becomes evident that someone wants to be rid of Dare and his doctoring!   Or is someone else walking around with a bull’s-eye  on their back?  This book is really a fun romp that includes romance, mystery, family dynamic and a dash of faith.  Forgiveness evolves as a beautiful centerpiece of healing for everyone in this small town of Broken Wheel.

Mary Connealy has once again created a cast of unforgettable characters that will keep the pages flying! Readers will be drawn in and carried away!  I am happy to recommend this to everyone!
If you would like to read the first chapter of Fired Up, go HERE.

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