“Swept Away” by Mary Connealy


Mary Connealy has honed in and perfected her craft of writing laugh-out-loud Western comedies with a romantic flair. There are very few Authors who possess that same talent, so when a new Mary Connealy book is released, you can bet your spurs that I’m going to be reading it.

“Swept Away” is Book One in her newest series titled “Trouble in Texas”.  Luke Stone is a man on a mission.  His beloved family ranch has been stolen from him and Luke is determined to get it back by any means necessary.  During his quest, he stumbles upon a damsel in distress, Ruthy MacNeil.  Ruthy has literally been “swept away” by the river in hopes of escaping an arranged marriage that would eventually lead to her ruin.  Luke, being the gentleman that he is, rescues Ruthy.  He’d prefer to send her on her merry way, but he begins to see the benefit of having her around.  Maybe she’s the key to helping him get back his ranch?

Honestly, you can never go wrong reading a novel by Mary Connealy.  My personal favorite series of hers are Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages and Sophie’s Daughters (all three of those series end up intertwining!).  But I love that she continues to write fabulous Christian fiction with a twist.  I will continue to read anything that Mary Connealy publishes and would encourage you to do the same.

I reviewed this novel for Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Swept Away 

Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2013) 



Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award Finalist, a Carol Award Finalist and an IRCC Award finalist.

The Lassoed in Texas Series, Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain. Petticoat Ranch was a Carol Award Finalist. Calico Canyon was a Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Finalist. These three books are now contained in one large volume called Lassoed in Texas Trilogy.

The Montana Marriages Series, Montana Rose, The Husband Tree and Wildflower Bride. Montana Rose was a Carol Award Finalist.

Cowboy Christmas—the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and an Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist.

The Sophie’s Daughters series. Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats, Sharpshooter in Petticoats.

She is also the author of; Black Hills Blessing a 3-in-1 collection of sweet contemporary romances, Nosy in Nebraska, a 3-in-1 collection of cozy romantic mysteries and she’s one of the three authors contributing to Alaska Brides with her Carol Award Winning historical romance Golden Days.


When a cowboy focused on revenge encounters a woman determined to distract him, there’s going to be trouble in Texas!

Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn’t terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they’ve ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she’s rescued by Luke Stone…so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.

Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men currently on the property won’t let it go without a fight. Luke plans to meet up with friends who will help him take back the land, and since he can’t just leave Ruthy in the middle of nowhere, she’s going to have to go with him.

But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Swept Away, go HERE.


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