Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Calico Canyon

Mary Connealy's second book in the "Lassoed in Texas" series is Calico Canyon from Barbour Publishing.

Here's a synopsis from the official press release:

Schoolmarm Grace Calhoun has her work cut out for her with the Reeves boys--five malicious monsters of mayhem who are making her life miserable. Things couldn't get any worse . . . or could they?

When Grace finds herself out of a job and facing financial ruin - thanks to the Reeves and their widower father, Daniel - a man from her past shows up and this time she's afraid he'll pursue her to the death.

Seeking safety, she crawls into the back of a wagon at the general store, unaware that the wagon belongs to the Reeves. When Daniel unwittingly totes her home, Grace is knocked unconscious and wakes up in an underground cave.

When a marriage is forced upon this hapless pair - two people who couldn't dislike each other more - an avalanche isn't the only potential danger lurking amid the shadows of Calico Canyon. Will they make it out alive? Or end up killing each other in the process?

I have to say, Calico Canyon seemed quite a bit rougher to me than Petticoat Ranch. I read Petticoat Ranch last year and enjoyed it. Grace's story seems rougher. She certainly has had just as many bad times as Sophie, yet it seems worse. She endured quite a bit of abuse from the aforementioned "man from her past" and it's tough to read; not because the author goes into too much detail, but precisely because she doesn't. Thankfully, we have some wonderfully humorous moments in this story of a woman out of her element, and five boys who are just as adorable as they are annoying. We also get to see a few glimpses into how Sophie and Clay are faring on the Petticoat Ranch.

Suffice it to say, I enjoyed this book and am so glad I read it!

Don't just take my word for it, however: it got 4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times.

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Mary Connealy said...

Hi, Pattie. I'm glad you enjoyed Calico Canyon.

Did I really make Grace's life sound hard? It's so difficult to tell. I love hearing from people whom I haven't bribed at ALL say they liked it. :)

Ausjenny said...

good review. I Grace has had a harder life than Sophie in many ways. but i hadn't noticed this when I read it but then everyone takes different things out of the book. Now you mention it I can see what you mean about Grace.