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Connealy Combines Western Action and Charming Historical Romance
My thoughts: I read book one in the Cimarron Legacy series by Mary Connealy and enjoyed her light hearted writing style, sense of humor, touches of historical setting, and sweet romance. In book two, the Cimarron ranch folks continue to fend off evil desperadoes and wind their way into the reader's heart with their inherent goodness.
Featured this time is basically the story of Justin and Angie. We met Angie in book one as the new comer to the town who went to live and work with her Aunt Margaret who runs the Catholic orphanage and school. Justin is the oldest of the ranching clan although Cole is the actual oldest brother. Cole prefers mining to ranching and he was college educated back east. But because their father (previously seriously injured in book one) changes his will to involve all the kids living on the ranch, Cole is available with the others to fight off those intending to take the ranch away and wipe out the Boden family.
Long Time Gone has the earmarks of a tried and true western but will appeal to ladies because it has those lovable heroes and heroines and that touch of sweet romance.
Looking forward to Mary Connealy's next book to see just what happens to Cimarron Ranch and the folks living there and in the nearby areas. I recommend this as it is a good, clean book you can easily place in the hands of teens or adults.
About the book: The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they truly uncovered the real plot to take their New Mexico ranch? Rancher Justin Boden is now in charge. He is normally an unshakable and rugged man, but with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn't help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on.
With her and the doc's timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend, and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers facing them. It's clear now that everything that's occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine?
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group to facilitate a review of my personal opinion which is freely given.