Saturday, November 5, 2022

A MODEL OF DEVOTION (The Lumber Baron's Daughters #3) by Mary Connealy, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Tell me about the dream, Jilly."

"Jilly Stiles always came back to the mansion on Nob Hill. She was alone, and that never happened . . . When had she ever been alone in her life? . . . In the black hour before dawn, walking through the upstairs hallway with a burning candle . . . fear wound tightly in her chest . . . "

It had happened over and over again, that particular dream. Sadly, her mother's life depended on Jilly keeping the details to herself, or so she had been convinced by the one who stalked those recollections, making her photographic memory a curse rather than a blessing. But Jilly had bigger fish to fry, she had a railroad to build, and build it she would. There was just one little problem, actually one big problem; the project was being sabotaged. Would Jilly really have to get married in order to save her family's lumber business?

Nick Ryder thought Jilly Stiles was just about the prettiest woman he had ever seen, if he was noticing, which he shouldn't have been since she was technically his boss lady. But it was hard to ignore anything about Jilly. Protecting her, her mother, and her sisters (who now had very capable husbands to fill that position) against continual threats from their ex-stepfather and husband had been Nick's overriding goal, until one day his mouth worked way ahead of his head, causing him to blurt out a proposal that sounded an awful lot like, "I think we should get married, Jilly". It wasn't a bad idea, not a bad idea at all. . . if the lady would agree. "She didn't slap him." That was good.
What a laugh-out-loud, silent gasp, fist pump, kind of story! All of Jilly's awkward antics and brilliant brain games are on full display, which means that Nick has to work over time to love every curl on the top of her engineering head, while racing to thwart a very evil man with the worst of intentions. Readers will love this ride to the finish line of an entertaining series.

*I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing Company through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 3.5 stars


BackCover Blurb:

She's finally claimed her independence . . . how far will she go to keep it?

A brilliant engineer, Jilly Stiles has been educated since childhood to help run her father's lumber dynasty. With the company safe from her stepfather after the marriages of her two sisters, Jilly can now focus on her dream of building a mountaintop railroad--and never marry.

Nick Ryder came into Jilly's life when he saved her mother from her no-good stepfather, and he's prepared to protect Jilly from anything that threatens to harm her--as long as he keeps his heart from getting involved.

But when a cruel and powerful man goes to dangerous lengths to make Jilly his own, she must make a decision between her safety and her hard-won independence.
Bethany House Publishing, October 11,2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
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