Tuesday, July 19, 2022

INVENTIONS OF THE HEART by Mary Connealy, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

Filled with colorful and captivating characters, unusual and creative settings, and her hilarious sense of humor, Mary Connealy’s newest series stars three unusual sisters running for their lives. Laura, Michelle, and Jilly Stiles are highly intelligent and educated in engineering, mathematics, and scientific fields but must escape their evil stepfather’s plans to marry them off to his lecherous friends and gain control of the girls’ lumber empire.

With Laura married off in book one, this book opens with Michelle hiding out at Zane’s ranch and pestering him to let her manage the gold mine the girls found on his ranch.

“But honestly, I want to manage everything. The whole world would run better if they put me in charge.”

“Life on a ranch wasn’t as exciting as blowing up mountains.”

Zane is a fantastic hero, and I loved seeing his relationship with Michelle change and grow. I loved his sense of honor and his love of family. I chuckled and laughed out loud at some of his thoughts and ideas.

“Except for taking care of three babies, Michelle wasn’t doing anything.”
Mary Connealy’s sense of humor just tickles me, and I found myself loving this book just as much or more than the first one in the series. I can always count on her books for some good laughs.

“Don’t talk too much about being kind to the cows you’re planning to eat. It doesn’t exactly ring true.”

With plenty of action, adventure, suspense, humor, and sprinkles of romance and inspiration, this book is a fun addition to this creative series. I can’t wait for Jilly’s story coming up this fall.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing. All opinions are my own.

4.5 stars


BackCover Blurb:
Her heart seeks safety. But will trouble find her even here?

After her sister's marriage, Michelle Stiles is left hiding at Two Harts Ranch with the handsome but stubborn Zane Hart. She's managed to stay one step ahead of her stepfather and his devious plans, but if he finds her, she will no longer be safe.

Zane has problems of his own. Having discovered a gold mine on his property, he must figure out how to harvest it without kicking off a gold rush. Michelle, educated and trained to run her father's business, wants to manage all aspects of the mine, but Zane thinks for a person so smart she can have some misguided ideas. Running the mining operation will be a dangerous job, and he can't risk putting her in harm's way.

But danger finds Michelle anyway when she's suddenly attacked. If they go to the sheriff, they'll reveal her location, but if they do nothing . . . their troubles have only just begun.

Bethany House Publishing, July 5, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
Buy INVENTIONS OF THE HEART at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House 

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