Gingham Mountain by Mary Connealy – My Review

Originally Posted at Bibliophile’s Retreat by Melissa Meeks

Barbour Publishing (February 1, 2009)
Mary treats her readers to another rollicking comedy of errors where the hero and heroine can’t seem to give each other the chance to prove their pasts are over and life can move on bringing blessings they never expected or wanted in its wake. I’m disappointed this will be the last of the Lassoed in Texas stories but will certainly be looking for more wonderful and heartwarming stories from this author’s pen.

Hannah has only known scoundrels of men who run their homes with an iron hand that has no gentleness to temper the injury it inevitably inflicts in its cruelty. The worst of them being the only father she ever knew. This so called father has soured her view of men such that when Grant takes in her adopted sister Libby along with another child off the orphan train at the end of the line, she is convinced he can’t be any better than what she knew in her experience with Parrish and gets her hackles up before anyone can prove that there are good men after all. Despite her instincts not kicking in with fearful reactions to this man, she can’t believe that her past is truly over and God is giving her a chance at a new life and perhaps even the love of someone who will cherish and protect her instead of using his power to harm her.

Grant is being pursued by a con-artist posing as a seamstress who wants nothing more than to finagle a way into his heart so she can take over his ranch for the oil no one else seems to care about. Prudence’s only motive is the money she and her fellow con as well as husband, Horace, can eke out of the black gold so long as no one catches on to what they are up to. How she expects this in a small town full of busybodies and curious minds is incomprehensible but then money seems to have that effect on people at times. Can Grant escape her clutches? Can Hannah find the love of a man and of her God enough to override the torturous experiences of her past? (ISBN#9781602601413, 288pp, $10.97)

Codicil:
Drop into Mary’s website for a chat. Click the bookcover above to purchase your own copy as well as read more about the book. Don’t forget to catch Sophie and Clay’s story in Petticoat Ranch and Grace and Daniel’s story in Calico Canyon if you haven’t already. Not only is the entire series worth reading, you won’t want to miss these other hilarious stories from an entertaining author.

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