Petticoat Ranch ) writes to tickle the funny bone and tease heartstrings with the first in her newest series, Montana Marriages. In t"/>

Montana Rose

Mary Connealy, Author . Barbour $10.97 (318p) ISBN 978-1-60260-142-0

Christian novelist Connealy (Petticoat Ranch ) writes to tickle the funny bone and tease heartstrings with the first in her newest series, Montana Marriages. In the Montana Territory of 1875, sweet and naïve Cassie Griffin's abusive husband dies, leaving Cassie no choice but to choose a new husband the same day she buries her first. With women scarce and lawlessness abounding, Cassie reluctantly agrees to marry Red Dawson, also reluctant, who offers to marry her only to save her from an immoral scoundrel who's been stalking her for months. Immediately traveling to Red's ranch, Cassie realizes how little she knows about life, love and faith. In turn, Red quickly realizes how brutalized his new wife was by her first husband. Slowly, sometimes painstakingly so, Cassie learns to trust her instincts and begins to blossom. No doubt, Connealy's characters are cute. Yet there is a systematic heavy-handedness on the subject of submission that gets in the way of what could have been a delightful story of unfolding marital love. (July)

Reviewed on: 05/11/2009
Release date: 07/01/2009
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