Love on the Range wraps up Mary Connealy’s Brothers in Arms series, and what a great wrap-up it is. This book stars Wyatt Hunt and Molly Garner, but the other brothers and characters from previous books also figure prominently in the plot. The story starts out with Molly tending yet another gunshot wound and trying to keep Wyatt subdued and healing. Wyatt isn’t a model patient and is definitely getting on Molly’s nerves, along with all the other seemingly ungrateful family members, related and not.
“How many gunshots did a woman have to tend in one lifetime?”
“Wyatt was sick of all this trouble. He wanted to go back to busting broncs and dodging angry bulls. That’s the kind of peaceful, quiet life he loved.”
When Molly decides she wants to strike out on her own and get a job somewhere else, she runs into some opposition from the family, and Wyatt decides he needs to be nearby to protect her. Filled with Connealy’s signature wit and humor, this tale was such a treat to read. It can possibly be read as a stand-alone book, but for the maximum enjoyment and to get all the relationships straight, it’s definitely best to read the books in the series in order. I recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction filled with humor (well, interspersed with gunshots and danger, of course). 4.5 stars
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House. All opinions are my own.
Falling for someone who doesn't want to get married is soon be the least of his concerns.
While his brothers and their new wives search for who shot him, Wyatt Hunt is temporarily bedridden and completely miserable. Somehow Molly Garner's limited skills have made her the most qualified in their circle to care for Wyatt. But by the time he's healed, she's fed up with him and the whole ungrateful family. For even worse than his grumpiness were the few unguarded moments when he pulled at her heartstrings, and she has been long determined to never repeat her mother's mistakes.
When alternate plans of finding her own independent life fall through, Molly volunteers to work for the Pinkertons and help investigate nearby ranch owner Oliver Hawkins. She signs on to be his housekeeper, hoping to find clues to prove his nefarious, and possibly murderous, past. Wyatt refuses to let her risk it alone and offers to act as Hawkins's new foreman.
But when another Pinkerton agent gets shot, they realize Hawkins isn't the only danger. The Hunt brothers will have to band together to face all the troubles of life and love that suddenly surround them.
Bethany House Publishing, October 2021
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