Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy

Saddle up for mysteries and laughs with the Wilde sisters!
Cover ArtBailey Wilde is the oldest sister--and the one who takes care of everyone else in her family. But after her sisters marry and move away, her little homestead becomes bleak and lonely, especially during the long winter months. In a moment of weakness, Bailey agrees to a wild plan concocted by her neighbor, Gage Coulter.

Gage is an honest man, but he didn't make his fortune by being weak. He won't break the law, but he'll push as hard as he can within it. Five thousand acres of excellent grazing land is lost to him because Bailey's
homestead is located right across the entrance to a canyon full of lush grass. Gage has to regain access to this land--and he's got to go through Bailey to do it. So he makes a proposal...

Can these two independent, life-toughened homesteaders finally loosen up enough to earn each other's respect--and maybe find love in the process?

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  • About the Author:
  • Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has over half a million books sold. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie's Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. 
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I received this book courtesy of Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book. Mary has a great sense of humor and her books are fun and interesting. I read through it pretty quickly. This is the third book in the Wild at Heart series, but you don't have to read the others to get the point of this one. 
Bailey is the oldest of three sisters, who have all posed as men to settle the land they've claimed in the wild west. Bailey has chosen a peak position blocking the crossing to Gage's canyon. He could beat himself up for thinking the land between him and the canyon was not necessarily important. Who would want to settle there? Obviously she knew what she was doing, but what he doesn't know is that Bailey is a woman. 
Gage is an honest upstanding man and does all he can to keep the peace within reason, but he really needs his land. Bailey on the other hand, is not giving in or giving up. She wants nothing to do with anyone and is used to surviving on her own and being a loner. 
But things change.... A threat on Gage's life, a visitor, and a long lonely winter can make for some interesting choices and decisions. Can the two of them work through their differences? Or will they go back to who they were?
Both Bailey and Gage has emotional issues from their past they need to work through - trust, forgiveness of self and others, fears. I like how Mary brings these things to light and works them through it, by relying on God and each other. I think these "hidden" messages add to the story and also may be a benefit to a reader who may have similar problems.

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