Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Chasing the Horizon by Mary Connealy

Posted February 15, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, giveaway, historical, Mary Connealy, romance / 39 Comments

Chasing the Horizon book review

Chasing the Horizon by Mary ConnealyCHASING THE HORIZON by Mary Connealy
A Western Light #1

GENRE: Historical Western Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2024
PAGES: 296


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A new series by Mary Connealy?

Insane asylums? Wagon trains? Sinkholes? Pinkertons? Hunky wagon train scouts?


I loved the character of Beth from the moment I met her on the pages of Chasing the Horizon, bravely rescuing her mother from the insane asylum to which Beth’s father had her unfairly committed. Not batting an eye (or much of one, anyway lol) when her mother brings along another escapee named Kat… or when Kat rescues a gunshot victim along the way and adds him to their ramshackle party too. Beth’s compassionate heart and warm personality make her a good friend to those they join up with on the wagon train, including a devastated family and that hunky wagon train scout I mentioned earlier. Her father is a formidable foe to be sure, but her inner strength ultimately makes her the bigger threat. I really admired Beth and the way she handled the situations life has handed her.

And of course I loved the romance thread between Beth and Jake, a bit more in the background of the story than I usually prefer but in the context of setting up this series it worked well and still had enough swoon to make me smile. Jake is a great guy, a hero in every sense – something we come to appreciate in ever-deepening ways as secrets are revealed and decisions are made. His steady & unquestioning support of Beth, her mother, and their makeshift family as they continue to run from Beth’s father makes him even swoonier, in my opinion. He – and the Collins brothers – stand in stark contrast to Beth’s father when it comes to integrity, courage, and heart, and I enjoyed getting to know them all.

Bottom Line: Chasing the Horizon by Mary Connealy is a delightful western frontier adventure! The plucky heroine and swoony hero are a good match, and their romance is sweet and straightforward. But it’s the hodgepodge of uniquely-layered supporting characters and the ever-present dangers from without (Beth’s father) and within (the Oregon Trail) that had me glued to the pages this time around. After all, we aren’t that far removed from the days when it was oh-so-easy to have an uncooperative relative (like a wife who spoke out against slavery and wouldn’t give her husband access to her trust fund) committed to an insane asylum based solely on your say-so, and I found that element of the plot quite intriguing. I can’t wait to learn more about Kat’s story in book two, and I’m just as eager to see what happens with several enemies that are still at large. An entertaining read from start to finish and a great series starter that has me impatiently waiting for Toward the Dawn‘s release in June!

(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 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy ( 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, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

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39 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Chasing the Horizon by Mary Connealy

  1. Colleen Hudson

    I have loved everything I’ve read by Mary Connealy and this looks like it will be just as good as all the rest!

  2. Roxanne C.

    A book about women on the run traveling via wagon train by Mary Connealy–yes, please! The cast of characters sounds interesting and will add layers to the story .

  3. Having lived 14 years in Cheyenne, Wyoming, my heart will always be western! By the way, I’ve seen the real Oregon trail, ruts from wagon wheels. Near Guernsey, a small town north of Cheyenne, is Register Cliff. It’s a massive sandstone cliff that has hundreds of names carved in it. As wagon trains moved through the area, individuals left their names and dates on the cliff.

  4. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on CHASING THE HORIZON by Mary Connealy.

    Love this author’s books! She never disappoints her readers. CHASING THE HORIZON is most definitely on my TBR list. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read and review it.

    Such a lovely cover that draws the reader in.

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