Ruthy MacNeil was taken in by a family in her community after her parents died. It was considered by all to be an act of kindness. What no one else knew was that her new family treated her like a slave. From sunrise to sunset they worked her to the bone while they sat around giving orders. When their westward-bound wagons came upon a fast-moving river Pa Reinhardt decided they couldn’t wait for the weather to settle down. They had to cross right away. The raging river overtook their wagons casting everyone downstream. Ruthy was the only survivor.
Luke, on a mission to reclaim his family ranch, came across Ruthy who was injured and barely floating in the river. He was surprised to find her alive. He couldn’t leave her there on her own but he didn’t have time to take her anywhere other than his destination. He was meeting up with friends in Broken Sound to take on Flint Greer, the man who stole his family’s homestead. He didn’t want to keep them waiting. So he gathered her up and continued on his journey.
Swept Away is an adventure that shifts between the building tensions of the impending showdown with Greer and Luke’s increasing interest in Ruthy. Connealy is able to give an action-packed down-and-dirty showdown alongside a budding relationship without either profanity or indecent behavior. It was a pleasant and engaging read. After only a few chapters, I too, was swept away.
Swept Away (Trouble in Texas, Book 1) is available for purchase online in paperback from The Book Club Network, Kindle format from Amazon, Nook Book format from B&N and ePub format from Christian Book Network. It is also available in fine brick-and-mortar bookstores.
This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Connealy, Mary. Swept Away (Trouble in Texas, Book 1). Grand Rapids: Bethany House Publishers, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-7642-0914-7 (pbk.)
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