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Montana Rose by Mary Connealy


Cover art: Montana Rose Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: Montana Rose
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Barbour
ISBN: 978-1-60260-142-0
Release Date: July 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Western Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1875/Divide,Montana Territory
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None/Implied
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Mary's Website: www.maryconnealy.com

Cassie Griffin has buried her husband and remarried all in the same day. There were not many women in Divide and those that werenít married, even if just widowed, didnít stay single long. Cassie always had Griff to tell here what to do and how to act. Who was going to do that now? The men who gathered for the funeral were gruff and coarse. The worst of them were Mort Sawyer and his son Wade. When Red Dawson quietly asked Cassie to marry him while she was being bounced around like a ping-pong ball, she said yes.

Red Dawson was a Christian man that really did but really didnít want to marry Cassie. Oh, yes, heís admired her from afar, what man wouldnít? But to his knowledge she wasnít a Christian and he wouldnít compromise his faith. Once Red saw Cassie being jostled around from one man to another, and especially the Sawyers, he had to step in.

With their eye out for Wade, who had threatened them, Red and Cassie started their life together. Cassie desperately wanted to help Red around his ranch. After many mishaps, Red figured out that it wasnít that Cassie was incapable; she just needed to be taught. Red guessed that Cassie had been mistreated and abused to be molded into the person that Griff wanted her to be. Red didnít want a wife that was agreeable and submissive; he wanted Cassie to be her own person, to speak her mind, to give her thoughts and opinions. Most of all he wanted Cassie to believe in God of her own free will, not because he told her to.

It didnít take long for their feelings to grow for each other. God was truly working with them but a long-time habit was truly hard to break. Cassie didnít want to do anything that would upset Red Ė could she really speak her mind without repercussions? Could she trust Red and God to give her the life she never knew she could have? What about Wade? Could they convince Wade that God loves him too?

Mary Connealy has again written a romance that will make you laugh while at the same time sit you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Cassie and Redís story is packed full of love and trust for each other as well as God. Ms Connealy has the ability to make you feel like you are in the setting with these strong human-like characters.

Montana Rose is an uplifting story that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. Divide, Montana is a place I canít wait to visit again in the next book of the series.


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