“Swept Away,” by Mary Connealy, starts off with a bang, and the fast-paced action continues to draw you into the story of two people, Luke Stone and Ruby MacNeil. Luke is trying to return to his home and reclaim his family’s stolen ranch–the stealing of said ranch had cost his father his life. His dad saw the writing on the wall, and had sent Luke the ranch’s deed before he lost his life. As Luke has made his way closer to his small hometown in Texas, he has run into roadblocks that have obviously been set-up to stop him from making it home. But Luke has a plan to get everything back with the help of some close friends.
Ruby is in the midst of a predicament of her own. Left an orphan at a young age, some neighbors, the lazy Reinhardts, took her in. They were more interested in turning her into a slave than doing any kindness for her. They sold her family home, and kept the profits. Now the Reinhardts have joined a wagon train and are going West. When they reach their destination, Ruby will be forced to marry their leering son, Virgil. Ruby is biding her time until she can make her escape.
As fate would have it, Luke and Ruby’s paths cross. Ruby ends up hiding out with Luke, joins his group to regain his ranch, and helps fight the bad guys. There is action, romance and a touch of humor in this tale.
Although this book is the first in the series, “Trouble in Texas,” the story can definitely stand alone. I have read other books by Mary Connealy, and have found them to be great stories with a Christian perspective. This is another one, and a very enjoyable read. I recommend this book, and give it five stars.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
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