Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: The Husband Tree - 2nd in the Montana Marriages series
Author: Mary Connealy
Release Date: January 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1890/NYC & Bethlehem, NH
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Mary's Website/Blog: www.maryconnealy.com
Belle Tanner had enough of husbands. Three were three too many as far as she was concerned, though the best thing her husbands ever gave her were her four daughters. After burying this last husband at her "husband tree", Belle and her girls are left to run her ranch. They’ve done it before and they’ll do it again. But how were they going to get her cattle to market with winter coming on?
Women! They’re manipulative and can’t be trusted. Silas Harden has had enough. . .no more women for him, they’re too much trouble. But he finds he can’t resist a woman in need and with just Belle and her girls on a cattle drive the need is great. He’s not sure it can be done!
Belle proves him wrong, it can be done. She’s not sure she can trust Silas, or any man, but she has no choice. Time is not on her side. She’s got to get her cattle to market and get her girls back home before the weather turns. The more they push, the more Silas is proving that not all men are alike. Feelings begin to grow on both sides but resist they must, or must they?
God has His work cut out for him with Belle and Silas. Will Belle and Silas be able to trust God and each other enough to make a life together? Will they accept God’s nudging for what it is or will they resist His plan for their lives?
Mary Connealy has once again written an action-packed romance that will provide laughter even through the many trials that Belle and Silas have to go through. Belle and Silas are strong characters yet Mary has a way of portraying them with human qualities that you can relate to.
The Husband Tree is a heartening story that will provide you with all the things a good book is made of, laughter and tears, as well as subtle inspiration. I’ve again enjoyed my visit to Divide, Montana and look forward to the third book in the series.
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