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Wildflower Bride by Mary Connealy


Cover art: Wildflower Bride Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: Wildflower Bride - 3rd in the Montana Marriages series
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Barbour
ISBN-13: 978-1-60260-144-4
Release Date: May 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1877/Divide, Montana Territory
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Negligible/Minimal
Mary's Website/Blog: www.maryconnealy.com

Glowing Sun, a white woman raised by the Flathead Indians wants nothing to do with the white man. They could not be trusted before the worst of them massacred her tribe and now she has nowhere to go. With a few of her tribe remaining blaming Glowing Sun for bringing the slaughtering white men they reject her.

Wade Sawyer has been living close by the Flatheads. He has loved Glowing Sun from a far. Wade hears the shots and runs to help but is too late to do much except save Glowing Sun. Soon Wade gets word that his father has had an accident and is not expected to live. Wade has been estranged from his father since he became a Christian; but following Godís commandments to honor his father, Wade goes back to the ranch with a reluctant Glowing Sun.

Glowing Sun slowly remembers her white family and her name Ė Abby. Abby, has agreed to stay on at the ranch and help with the housekeeping but she canít promise how long she will stay. Abby knows how to survive off the land and she will do that. She will not be tied to any man, especially a white man.

As evil seems to be around them and Wade and Abby have to work together to fight them off, Abby canít deny her feelings for Wade. Wade is fighting for his ranch, his beliefs and his love; he has to convince his beautiful wildflower that they are right for each other. Abby is a Christian but would God want her to live with a white man after what they did to her people? Will Wade be able to remain staunch in his beliefs; to stand up for what he knows is right and come to terms with his father? How will God heal these two hurt souls?

Wildflower Bride is a tender story of two wounded souls who learn that if you trust and believe God can heal. Every story Iíve read of Mary Connealyís is full of independent yet sensitive characters that are portrayed with human qualities that I can relate to and Wildflower Bride is no exception. Ms Connealy has a way of writing that will make the reader feel all the emotions her characters are feeling. Add a sprinkle of humor and mix with inspiration to make her writing a favorite.

The only thing that would have made this story better would have been an epilogue to wrap up the series. Most of the main characters of all three books are intertwined with each other so it would have been nice to see what was going on a few years down the road. Even with that this series is a keeper.


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