Saturday, February 24, 2024

CHASING THE HORIZON by Mary Connealy, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

I could hardly wait to start Mary Connealy’s newest series, A Western Light. Chasing the Horizon is book 1 in the series and shows Connealy’s signature wit, humor, and creativity. Filled with courageous and daring heroines, competent and protective heroes, and some particularly despicable and dastardly villains, it’s set first in Chicago in 1869 and then in a wagon train along the Oregon Trail. When Beth Rutledge makes plans to escape her ruthless father, she has to first rescue her mother from an asylum and then join a wagon train west. Traveling incognito along with some friends that are helping them, they plan to settle in a place where her father can’t find them. The wagon train scout, Jake Holt, befriends and helps them along the way.

I love the way Mary Connealy creates the most amazing, interesting, and competent heroines for her stories. They’re always such fun to get to know. The plot is imaginative, and there is plenty of action, suspense, inspiration, and a dash of romance. It would be best to read the series in order, as there are some plot lines that continue through the series. It’s not really a cliff-hanger, but the stories are connected. I’m looking forward to Kat and Sebastian’s tale. I recommend this book to those who enjoy clean historical fiction. 
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.4.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
Upon uncovering her tyrannical father's malevolent plot to commit her to an asylum, Beth Rutledge fabricates a plan of her own. She will rescue her mother, who had already been sent to the asylum, and escape together on a wagon train heading west. Posing as sisters, Beth and her mother travel with the pioneers in hopes of making it to Idaho before the others start asking too many questions.

Wagon-train scout Jake Holt senses that the mysterious women in his caravan are running from something. When rumors begin to spread of Pinkerton agents searching relentlessly for wanted criminals who match the description of those on his wagon train, including Beth, she begins to open up to him, and he learns something more sinister is at hand. Can they risk trusting each other with their lives--and their hearts--when danger threatens their every step?

Bethany House Publishing, February, 2024
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