February 20, 2009
The orphan train arrives in the small town of Sour Springs, Texas and Grant races to the station, set on claiming any leftover children – those nobody else wants. He’s just in time to save two of them from a long, sad trip back to the orphanage.
But the train dropped off more than homeless children this time around. Along with two adorable but troubled kids, both of whom Grant falls in love with instantly, it left behind Hannah Cartwright. She’s a snippy little schoolmarm who’s bound and determined to prove the rather unkempt-looking rancher unfit to raise the houseful of younguns he’s rescued one at a time off the streets or the orphan train.
Add to the chaotic mix a couple of con artists set on getting their hands on Grant’s land for the oil he doesn’t even know he has. Blend in Grant’s own frustrating attraction to the meddlesome and thoroughly annoying new schoolteacher, and you’ve got the makin’s of a riotously funny, absolutely irreverent tale of unexpected romance and old West shenanigans.
This third novel in the Lassoed in Texas series by Mary Connealy is a wonderfully fun new thread in the fabric of tall tales woven by this amazing author. Connealy tackles serious life issues such as abandoned children, child abuse and the professional con game, and handles them with enough humor to make them bearable and enough realism to keep them believable.
Incredible, unforgettable storytelling!
February 17, 2009
Allie Harrod is not a particularly happy camper.
She has a great husband and a beautiful newborn daughter. But she also has a closet full of clothes that no longer fit, a mirror that reflects an overweight woman she doesn’t even know, and an employer who eagerly awaits her return to work after maternity leave. Therein lies the problem. Allie doesn’t want to leave little Joanie and return to work. Despite all the best-laid plans she and hubby Eric have made for their lives, she finds herself longing to be a stay-at-home mom for baby Joanie.
So she dives headfirst into direct sales, and soon finds herself in way over her head. As if her life isn’t chaotic enough, Allie’s taciturn mother-in-law shows up on her doorstep and seems determined to make Allie’s house her own; Eric is spending too much time with his attractive co-worker outside of work; and the shiny new credit card Allie obtained “just for business purposes” is showing an unbelievable balance. She’s in trouble, with no idea how to get herself out of it.
When her sister tries to share her newfound salvation with Allie, she stubbornly refuses to hear. She can handle her life all by herself. She’ll find a way to do it on her own – not even Eric needs to help.
Will Allie learn to lean on her heavenly Father in time to save her sanity – and her marriage?
In typical Virginia Smith fashion, Age Before Beauty is a perfect blend of poignancy and humor. Allie’s determination to be strong and independent lands her in hot water over and again. The reader laughs and cries and longs to teach the headstrong young woman a lesson before she learns it the hard way on her own. This second book in the Sister-to-Sister series is a fun peek into the lives of a close-knit family of sisters, and an eye-opening look at what can happen in a life where God is left out of the equation.
It’s 1887, in and around Denver, Colorado. Chief United States Marshal John Brockman, (already known to many readers as “The Stranger”) is back in the saddle, keeping law and order by capturing outlaws and adding stars to his crown by winning souls.
In Outlaw Marshal, Brockman brings several wanted men to justice, including well-known robber Whip Langford. As Brockman continues to visit Whip each time he brings a new inmate to the prison, he tries to lead the younger man to the Lord, but Whip doesn’t want to hear the story of salvation. Nevertheless, the two men find themselves developing a strong friendship.
Released from prison after saving the warden’s life, Whip winds up in Denver, where he meets Annabeth Cooper – a young widowed nurse, and a good friend of Brockman’s wife. Brockman hires him as a deputy, and now Whip is off fighting the crime in which he once partook.
It doesn’t take a lot to make Whip fall in love with Annabeth, but falling in love with Jesus is another story. It takes a hair-raising near-death experience to bring the former robber to his knees after being framed for murder.
Outlaw Marshal is an old-fashioned western with a twist – strong and persistent references to Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation. It’s rather interesting to think of blatantly God-fearing Christian men in the role of old-western heroes…sporting not only the familiar star on the chest but a loaded gun and the ability to use it well. The Lacy’s paint a unique picture of Christianity in the wild, wild west while delivering a blatant biblical message.