Sunday, March 27, 2022

THE ELEMENT OF LOVE (The Lumber Baron's Daughters #1) By Mary Connealy, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Getting to know a man was almost more trouble than it was worth."

However, if all three of the Stiles sisters were going to escape their current circumstances and find a husband, it seemed to follow that they would have to get to know some men. But where? And how? And now!

Worry takes a back seat to providence however when Laura Stiles befriends a traveling parson on his way deep into the mountains of California. Convincing Caleb Tillman to let his mission group grow in numbers, Laura and her two sisters tag along. It soon becomes obvious that Laura's higher education (by golly, she was an explosives expert, her sisters a mechanical engineer and architect . . . after all, they were heiresses to a lumber dynasty) was useless in the poor shanty community of Purgatory, thus exposing one of her many secrets. Unfortunately, the handsome parson had a few secrets of his own. Were they the kind that could "blow up" Laura's chance to gain her inheritance? Time would tell.

So much fun to read, this launch into "The Lumber Baron's Daughters" series will have readers eagerly watching their calendars for the next installment!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the opinions stated above are entirely my own. 3.5 stars


BackCover Blurb:
She mixed danger, desperation, and deception together. Love was not the expected outcome.

With their sharp engineering minds, Laura Stiles and her two sisters have been able to deal with their mother's unfortunate choice in husband until they discovered his plans to marry each of them off to his lecherous friends. Now they must run away--far and fast--to find better matches to legally claim their portion of their father's lumber dynasty and seize control from their stepfather.

During their escape, Laura befriends a mission group heading to serve the poor in California. She quickly volunteers herself and her sisters to join their efforts. Despite the settlement being in miserable condition, the sisters are excited by the opportunity to put their skills to good use. Laura also sees potential in Caleb, the mission's parson, to help with gaining her inheritance. But when secrets buried in Caleb's past and in the land around them come to light, it'll take all the smarts the sisters have to keep trouble at bay.

Bethany House Publishing, March 1, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, and hardcover:
Buy The Element of Love at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House


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