Montana Rose (Montana Marriages, Book 1)
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.
The very same day Cassie Griffin's husband dies, the men of Divide, Montana practically fall all over each other trying to determine who will marry her! When the richest rancher in town tries to force the visiting parson to perform the wedding ceremony, Red Dawson intervenes...but he's not quite sure it's God's will for him to do so. Cassie has already decided that she hates Red, due to a previous encounter with him, but she quickly discovers that she hates the other townspeople more. To save herself from a terrifying situation, Cassie reluctantly accepts Red's offer of marriage.
This is a wonderful story about learning to be the person God has created you to be ~ not the person others may want you to be. I found Cassie and Red's story to be heartwarming, as well as, encouraging. Red is constantly seeking God's help in his new marriage ~ while Cassie is busy keeping her thoughts concerning her new husband to herself, or so she thinks!
There are no slow, or boring, parts in Montana Rose; I read it in about 2-3 hours! Cassie and Red will have you laughing, and crying, right along with them. There are also some interesting secondary characters ~ I especially enjoyed Belle Tanner, and her daughters. We will be reading their story in The Husband Tree ~ Mary's second installment of her Montana Marriages trilogy. I can't wait to find out what happens next!
I highly recommend this book ~ if you enjoyed Petticoat Ranch, then you will love Montana Rose! Be sure to watch for books 2 and 3:
The Husband Tree, Book 2 - releases January 1, 2010
The Wildflower Bride, Book 3 - releases May 1, 2010
To find out more about Mary Connealy, visit her at: www.maryconnealy.com
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