One of my favourite things about book reviewing for Bethany House is finding new favourite authors.
That’s what happened when I read The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy.
Union army officer Cameron Scott is used to being obeyed, but nothing about this journey to Lake Tahoe has gone as expected. He’s come to fetch his daughter and nephew, and seek revenge on the people who killed his brother. Instead he finds himself trapped by a blizzard with two children who are terrified of him and stubborn but beautiful Gwen Harkness, who he worries may be trying to keep the children.
When danger descends on the cabin where they’re huddled, Cam is hurt trying to protect everyone and now finds Gwen caring for him too. He soon realizes why the kids love her so much and wonders if it might be best for him to move on without them. When she sees his broken heart, Gwen decides to help him win back their affection–and in the process he might just win her heart as well.
This was a great read, in the end I could not put it down. It was filled with action, conflict and danger.
When Cameron Scott, with the other men, are in pursuit of the man who wants them all dead is injured you’ll see there really was no other way. If the man had not been injured as he was, he would not have been stuck in the cabin for weeks on end with the women and children. And had he not, the question begs, would he have really taken the time needed to nurture a relationship with his daughter and recently orphaned nephew? And not just that, but the man needed to be truly humbled. There’s no doubt about that. Had he not, he would have never been a man to turn the head of Gwen Harkness.
I love it when I am reading historical fiction and learn something new. That happened for me in this novel, and yet the author stayed true to her story. The historical facts suited the story perfectly. And caused me to google Louis Braille to learn more about his injury as a child that eventually led to – you guessed it – the blind to be enabled to read. After Gwen shared this story with Cameron the man became fiercely protective – and even a little paranoid – about using the awl in front of the children. I didn’t know what an awl was before reading this book. So interesting.
I can honestly say I will have to pick up the next book in the series. Especially since I think there could be a romance brewing between Cameron’s sister and a certain private investigator.
If you love stories about imperfect people finding love and a new beginning, consider this book. Especially if you love stories about bossy cowboys snowed in who step in bear traps and get stuck inside for weeks on end learning to get in touch with their softer side.
One slight complaint I had was the first time scripture was mentioned. I would have liked it to have been a little bit more natural. However, the next time it fit perfectly and seamlessly into the conversation.
Did I mention I highly recommend this book? I give it a 5 star. And that’s pretty huge for me. You can buy it here!
About Mary Connealy
Mary Connealy writes romantic comedies about cowboys. She’s the author of the Trouble in Texas, Child at Heart, and Cimarron Legacy series, as well as several other acclaimed series. Mary has been nominated for a Christy Award, was finalist for a RITA award, and is a toe-time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. They have four grown daughters -Joslyn, married to Matt; Wendy; Shelly, married to Aaron; and Katy, married to Max – and four precious grandchildren.
*** I was given an electronic copy of this book for my honest review***