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Book Review: A Match Made in Texas

5 Feb

211768There’s a secret matchmaker at work in frontier Texas!

In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can’t keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she’s also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?

A Cowboy Unmatched
Neill isn’t sure who hired him to repair Clara’s roof–he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?

An Unforeseen Match
Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace’s doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though–and he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on.

No Match for Love
Andrew can’t fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch. When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?

Meeting Her Match
When the tables are turned and a tenderhearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down. As her entire life changes, will she finally be able to tell the banker’s son how much she cares for him?

The Authors:

15011Two-time RITA finalist and winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at http://www.karenwitemeyer.com.

15377Mary Connealy is an award-winning, bestselling author known for her fun and lively historical romances. An author, teacher, and journalist, Mary lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her cowboy husband and has four daughters and two grandchildren. Learn more at http://www.maryconnealy.com.

15755Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang,along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.

15411-1Native Arizonan Carol Cox has an abiding love for history, mystery, and romance. The author of more than 25 books, she believes in the power of story to convey spiritual truths. Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where deer and antelope really do play–within view of the family’s front porch. Visit her website at http://www.authorcarolcox.com.

My Impressions:

Dry Gulch, Texas is a town in need of some romance. A meddling matchmaker sets things in motion for some very strong women dealing with hardships to find good and faithful men to help them tackle their problems head on. And with that help comes some serious romance. A Match Made in Texas is a novella collection written by some of the best authors in the historical romance genre – Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings and Carol Cox. With their talents you get a very satisfying collection of sweet and sassy tales. Each novella stands alone, but shares their beginnings in Dry Gulch along with some supporting characters. The main characters are well-developed and the plots, though quick to develop, never feel rushed or thinly written. Each story was my favorite, until I read the next one! All are great and fit February’s month of love or anytime you need a romance fix.

If you like female characters that are determined and independent, male characters that are hunky and faith-filled, your romance clean with a little bit of heat and a story set in the Old West then you need to grab A Match Made in Texas.


(Thanks to Bethany House for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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Book Review: Fired Up

19 Sep

209154_w185Dare Riker is a doctor who saves lives, but someone seems determined to end his. It may have something to do with the traitors he dealt with during the Civil War, or it might be related to the recent incident with Flint Greer and the ranch. Whoever the culprit is, he or she seems really fired up, and Dare can’t let his guard down for a moment, which is a challenge, since right now he’s trying to win the heart of the recently widowed Glynna.

Glynna Greer came west as a mail-order bride and ended up in a bad situation. Now her husband, Flint, is dead, and she’s determined to care for her son and daughter on her own. She wants to believe Dare Riker is as decent as he seems, but she’s terrified to lock herself into another marriage. She plans to support her small family by opening a diner–never mind that cooking is not her greatest talent. The men in Broken Wheel, Texas, are so desperate for home cooking that they seem willing to overlook dried-out beef and blackened biscuits.

Glynna can’t help but notice that danger follows Dare wherever he goes. There’s the avalanche. And then the fire. But things really get out of hand when someone plunges a knife from Glynna’s diner into Dare’s back. Are Flint’s cronies still plotting revenge? Is Glynna’s son engaged in a misguided attempt to protect his mother? Is a shadowy outsider still enraged over past injustices? And can Dare survive long enough to convince Glynna to take another chance on love?

MConnealy-140Mary Connealy writes fun and lively “romantic comedy with cowboys” for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie’s Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.

Find out more about Mary at http://maryconnealy.com/.

My Impressions:

Broken Wheel, Texas is a frontier town long on wild west action and short on the civilizing presence of women. In Mary Connealy’s Fired Up, book 2 in the Trouble in Texas series, the local doctor has things stirred up. Between caring for ailing Indians and tending to the stomach aches of the local cowboys, Dare Riker has his hands full with Glynna, the feisty yet inept owner of the local diner, and her hostile son, Paul. But when his house is burned up with him inside, he and his friends, former Regulators at Andersonville Prison, take on the task of finding out just who wants the doc dead.

Fired Up is a rip-roaring romance set in the old West in the late 1860s. The country and the people are a bit wild and the action is non-stop. There are plenty of light-hearted moments for which Connealy is noted, but the very serious theme of forgiveness runs throughout the novel. More than one character is distracted by anger and fear, and the need to give it to God is very evident. While this book is a sequel, it can easily be read as a standalone. The author catches the reader up on just what went on in book 1. Because I live just 30 miles down the road from the site of the infamous Andersonville Prison, I especially liked the Regulators storyline. Connealy has done her homework, and I learned more than a few things about the prison. Life in an old West town and the practice of medicine are also very well researched.

If you like cowboys and romance with an authentic setting, Fired Up is the book for you.


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(I received this book from Bethany and LitFuse in return for a review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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Mary Connealy is back with the second book in her Trouble in Texas series. Fired Up is a rollicking wild west adventure you won’t want to miss. Romantic Times says, “This one’s a winner!”

Mary is celebrating the release with a Kindle Fire giveaway and a LIVE author chat party on October 8th.


One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HD
  • Swept Away and Fired Up by Mary Connealy

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 8th. Winner will be announced at the “Fired Up” Live Webcast Event on October 8th. Connect with Mary for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Mary will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Fired Up and join Mary and friends on the evening of October 8th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)