Wednesday, November 13, 2019

AIMING FOR LOVE by Mary Connealy, Reviewed by Paula and Kim

Aiming For Love is the first in a new series by Mary Connealy, Brides of Hope Mountain.

I have been a big fan of Mary Connealy ever since I read her Lassoed in Texas series. She always infuses laughter in her awesome western romances. This book was a real treat.

Imagine three young ladies living in an isolated mountain cabin for ten years. With no outside contact or influence since their grandparents died, Jo, Ursula and Ilsa Nordegren have some strange notions about how the rest of the world operates. They do have The Good Book, however, and they rely on its wisdom. The author gives us a real glimpse into what the girls face with their fears, misconceptions and mistrust of people. They are self-sufficient and as content as they know how to be.... until their lives are turned upside down by a family in need.

Dave Warden’s Pa has been shot by someone who wants to take over his ranch. Jo and Ilsa agree to help them. Ms. Connealy shows compassion and patience through these characters. There is an element of intrigue as they try to figure out how to get the ranch back and foil the bad guys. But not all is resolved in this book. There are three sisters so the next books will move the story along as well as finding possible mates for the girls, after all this is a romance series!

A touch of the author’s humor just fits: After making do with ingredients for meals, Jo tastes Dave’s Ma’s flapjacks. “Her eyes went wide as she chewed. ‘what is this?’, Ma’s food had taken Jo prisoner.”

Fans of Mary Connealy’s other books will be pleased by this new offering.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

Aiming for Love is the first story in Mary Connealy’s new series. Jo and her two sisters have been raised in a very remote mountainous area and basically know nothing about the outside world. They have been taught to be totally self sufficient, but they’ve also been taught to fear the world and those in it. This concept is interesting and I am looking forward to seeing how each sister deals with civilization coming to them!

Jo is a very likable character, as is Dave. I liked how her curiosity helped her overcome her fears and made her want to learn more about things she was taught to fear. Dave is just an all around nice guy. I really liked him and his entire family, especially Ma.

While I felt like the pace of the story and the writing style were both good, I thought some parts of the story were a bit unrealistic. I was also hoping that some of the threads would be tied up or moved further along, especially the sister’s confusion about the Bible.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book but was under no obligation to provide a review nor a positive review 

BackCover Blurb:
Josephine Nordegren is one of three sisters who grew up nearly wild in southwestern Colorado. She has the archery skills of Robin Hood and the curiosity of the Little Mermaid, fascinated by but locked away from the forbidden outside world--a world she's been raised to believe killed her parents. When David Warden, a rancher, brings in a herd much too close to the girls' secret home, her older sister especially is frightened, but Jo is too interested to stay away.

David's parents follow soon on his heels, escaping bandits at their ranch. David's father is wounded and needs shelter. Josephine and her sisters have the only cabin on the mountain. Do they risk stepping into the world to help those in need? Or do they remain separated but safe in the peaks of Hope Mountain?

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