Saturday 23 April 2022

Book Review The Element of Love


From the Back

She mixed danger, desperation, and deception together. Love was not the expected outcome.

With their sharp engineering minds, Laura Stiles and her two sisters have been able to deal with their mother's unfortunate choice in husband until they discovered his plans to marry each of them off to his lecherous friends. Now they must run away--far and fast--to find better matches to legally claim their portion of their father's lumber dynasty and seize control from their stepfather.

During their escape, Laura befriends a mission group heading to serve the poor in California. She quickly volunteers herself and her sisters to join their efforts. Despite the settlement being in miserable condition, the sisters are excited by the opportunity to put their skills to good use. Laura also sees potential in Caleb, the mission's parson, to help with gaining her inheritance. But when secrets buried in Caleb's past and in the land around them come to light, it'll take all the smarts the sisters have to keep trouble at bay.

My Reflections: Who doesn't love a novel filled with spunky characters and a daring escape?

These sisters are smart and they know it. Running from their stepfather Edgar's mistreating, these girls risk their lives to get out and get help for their battered mother who is left in the hands of this despicable man. 

This book centers around Laura Stiles and her relationship with Caleb the minister she meets after her harrowing escape. Laura is a firecracker... literally. She knows how to use explosives well, her father trained all his girls to take over the lumber business before he died an early death. I enjoyed Laura's antics and bold ways. 

Laura pretty near throws herself at the unsuspecting Preacher. The thing is the lumber dynasty can only be transferred to the girls and out of the hands of their stepfather if they marry. So marry she must and fast! Will Caleb take her up on her offer? 

Caleb signs on to be the preacher of a small ragtag group of missionaries. As he stumbles along and does his best to minister to those around him Laura shows up and turns his world upside down. As things start to develop into a relationship with Laura his past is the only thing holding him back.

I cannot wait for the next two books of this series. The story ends quickly leaving us in suspense as to what happens to the other sisters, Michelle and Jilly. If you are after a new Mary Connealy book this one is sure to please!

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

Mary Connealy ( writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has sold more than half a million books. She is the author of the popular series Brothers in Arms, Brides of...

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