MARSHALING HER HEART by Mary Connealy
SERIES: Wyoming Sunrise #3
GENRE: Historical/Western Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2023
Will their lives and romance survive the trouble coming their way?
Becky Pruitt has always prided herself on knowing everything that’s happening on her successful ranch, so an unexpected admission from her foreman, Nate Paxton, comes as quite a surprise. With the notorious Deadeye Gang on the loose, Nate–a former U.S. Marshal–believes Becky’s ranch is the best spot for a group of Marshals to use as a base to hunt them down.
The timing couldn’t be more crucial for the town of Pine Valley, and Becky feels obligated to help. But after escaping the grasp of her harsh father, she’s never liked giving up control, of her life or her ranch. If there’s anyone she can trust with her ranch, and her heart, it might be Nate. But the outlaws won’t go away quietly, and as danger draws ever nearer, Becky and Nate are faced with impossible choices that will test their growing bond.
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I have so enjoyed this Wyoming Sunrise, full of classic Mary Connealy mayhem, humor, romance, and faith. In Marshaling Her Heart, we at long last get to see Becky Pruitt fall in love and we learn who’s behind the Deadeye Gang once and for all. A particular moment in the book – when a character whispers the words, “To live is Christ, to die is gain” – is one of those moments when a story reaches out and grabs you in the heart, to linger with you for a long while after you’ve closed the last page. Those were some of the last words my dad said before he passed away, and seeing that character come to the same level of peace that Dad had was special for me and will be, I think, for all readers. Not having anything to do with my father of course but because it’s relatable and inspiring all at once.
If you’ve read the other books in the series, you’ve been well-acquainted with Becky who is best friends with Mariah and Nell, the heroines from Forged in Love and The Laws of Attraction, respectively. She’s the one who readily loans out her truly remarkable guard dog Brutus when he’s needed by her friends, and she is always ready to come to someone’s aid. She comes across as a strong, no-nonsense, independent young woman with a heart of gold, and in many ways that’s exactly what she is. But in Marshaling Her Heart, we get to see a more vulnerable side of her – one which will require her to rely on those who love her for help. It also will deepen her faith (and maybe ours too) and lead her to a happily-ever-after she didn’t see coming.
Which brings me to Nate Paxton, her trusty ranch foreman. He is steady and calming but also not a man to be messed with. Particularly if someone is messing with Becky. Even more particularly if that someone is Becky’s father. I loved watching him defend Becky in the wake of her father’s rage that she would no longer bend to his will – whether that means moving back home (I actually laughed out loud at her father for thinking she would) or helping with the suffrage movement. This puts both men – Nate as well as Becky’s father – in sharp contrast to each other, and even though I already thought Nate was a great guy he earned even more of my respect in this book. Not only for protecting Becky but for doing so without smothering her or diminishing her independence and strength. He – like Clint and Brand – is one of the truly good heroes, as only Mary Connealy can write them.
Bottom Line: If we must say goodbye to this delightful Wyoming Sunrise series by Mary Connealy, Marshaling Her Heart is the perfect send-off. Danger, humor, romance, more danger, more humor, more romance, a couple of the world’s best dogs, US Marshals, an outlaw gang, yummy food, at least one new baby, all the characters (including Brand’s girls) we’ve come to love, and a faith thread that was meaningful and sweet – its many layers kept me turning the pages, eager to see all things would end up for Mariah and Clint, Nell and Brand, and now Becky and Nate. The epilogue hit me in all the feels and left me with a satisfied sigh in my reader heart for a story well told.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion
Mary Connealy (maryconnealy.com) writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has sold more than 1.5 million books and is the author of the popular series Wyoming Sunrise, The Lumber Baron’s Daughters, Brothers in Arms, Brides of Hope Mountain, High Sierra Sweethearts, The Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.
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