Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Accidental Guardian
Series: High Sierra Sweethearts, Book 1
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance / Western
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She’s the Only Witness to a Wagon Train Attack. Keeping Her Safe, Though, Means His World Is about to be Turned Upside Down.
When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes an attack by the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he’s finally carved out a home and started a herd–while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail. He’d hoped the days of driving off dangerous men were over, but the latest attack shows otherwise.
Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace becomes an accidental guardian when he offers the only shelter for miles around and agrees to take them in until they can safely continue their journey. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling–yet enticing.
Trace and Deborah find themselves drawing ever closer as they work together to bring justice to the trail and help the group survive the winter–but every day closer to spring means a day closer to leaving the mountains forever.
The next book in the series, THE RELUCTANT WARRIOR will be released later this year in October, 2018! I can’t wait!!
Let me start by saying that I would never want to experience what Deb experienced in this book. Seeing the wickedness of others during the dangerous attack and it’s aftermath is not something I could stomach. BUT…..if it meant that Trace would be rescuing me, well that makes it a hard decision! I have to tell you, I pictured Scott Eastwood as Trace the entire time, and I’m sure that enhanced the swoon factor. (Mary Connealy – keep this in mind if this book gets to the big screen!) Trace had a lot of scars, and as a result had some revenge on his mind. Truth be told, who could blame the guy? I’m sure we would all feel the same. But things get a little different when Deb comes around, and seeing the two of them try to stuff down their feelings kept me turning the pages. I love to read stories in which the characters have their own stuff to deal with before they can even think about a relationship. They try to mask their feelings and pretend like nothing is happening. Then all of a sudden WHAM. There’s a swoony kiss, or declaration of love, or that aha moment where the characters realize they just can’t fight it anymore. **sigh**
The secondary characters were wonderful. To see Utah and Adam react to Deb, Gwen and the children was actually quite comical. But deep down those boys wanted to help out, and they worked hard to provide shelter and keep everyone safe. I am so excited that Gwen gets a story next. You really do get to know her quite a bit in this story, but I wanted more. Her dedication to Deb and her motherly instincts towards the kids were so sweet. She is just one of those characters you can’t help but adore!
I welcome you to be transported back in time. A time where wagon trails were dangerous, the stakes are high, the scenery is breathtaking, and the cooking was amazing. Mary Connealy managed to not only make me feel as if I was there with the characters, but I could smell the food they were cooking. In fact, a few times when they described what they were making, I wanted to change our dinner plans! I encourage you to read this book, and the one that comes out later this year. In fact, just read all of Mary Connealy’s books! You’ll love them all.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.
(1) Winner will win:
- The Cimarron Legacy by Mary Connealy (all 3 print books)
- The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy (print)
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