Sunday 22 July 2018

Book Review: The Accidental Guardian

From the Back:

She's the Only Witness to a Wagon Train Attack. Keeping Her Safe, Though, Means His World Is about to be Turned Upside Down.
When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes an attack by the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he's finally carved out a home and started a herd--while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail. He'd hoped the days of driving off dangerous men were over, but the latest attack shows otherwise.

Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace becomes an accidental guardian when he offers the only shelter for miles around and agrees to take them in until they can safely continue their journey. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling--yet enticing.

Trace and Deborah find themselves drawing ever closer as they work together to bring justice to the trail and help the group survive the winter--but every day closer to spring means a day closer to leaving the mountains forever.
My reflections:
Mary Connealy is known for her witty, touching stories. Her newest book "The Accidental Guardian" in her "High Sierra Sweethearts" series is no exception. 
I am a sucker for the dramatic wagon trail themes. Add this to the predicament of being stranded with little ones to care for and you have the perfect backdrop for a dynamic story!

From the first page to the last I was entrapped within its pages, the action and tender romantic moments were equally captivating. I always find it interesting to see how Connealy develops her characters throughout the book.  She has the ability to weave together seemingly unrelated events and make a tapestry of beauty. That is why this authour is number one on my list of favourites.

Rancher Trace Riley never expected to welcome women and children into his quiet, rugged life, but welcome them he did, and it proves to throw his expectations upsidedown!

Deborah Harkness with her determined mindset. She is bent on relieving other burdens, and helping where she can.

Sweet motherly Gwen, her nurturing spirit and ability to put others at ease draws people to her.

Trace's ability to take charge makes the perfect "guardian." This hero is not above doing what it takes to keep those in his care safe, and this proves to cause its own set of problems.

A little intrigue, a little romance, a whole lotta country makes for a fast read. I was hoping for more information to be included in this novel. I am a happily ever after kind of girl and this story does leave some dangling bits. It does, however, leave the reader well set up for book two in this series "The Reluctant Warrior" set to be released in October 2018. I will most certainly be watching out for that one! 
Looking for action, adventure and some laugh out loud moments, this book is for you!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."

Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas,...
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