This isn’t the first novel I’ve read by Mary Connealy, but I’m pretty sure it will be my last. Not that Swept Away is full of terrible smut or crooked theology, on the contrary, it’s a sweet amicable read. The story pulled me in almost immediately—Connealy is a fair writer with an excellent grip on weaving a wild western tale. Her sense of humour is first-rate and at times she’ll make you laugh out loud!
From the first I was rooting for Ruthy, our heroine orphaned since childhood and about to be forced into marrying a no-account scum bag, and for hero Luke, on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family.
Yet here’s the problem, though it’s published by Bethany House and supposed to be a faith-based novel, there isn’t actually all that much about God in it. Yes, it avoids the pitfalls of books written for the public market. It’s a clean cute fun read, only with little more than a passing mention of God. And if that’s all you’re looking for in a Christian book then pick this up, you’ll love it. I’m looking for something more. I want my hero and heroine’s faith (or lack thereof) to be a vital and ringing portion of the story and for Connealy, it just ain’t gonna happen.
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About the story: 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?