Friday, November 21, 2008

Gingham Mountain (Lassoed in Texas, Book #3) by Mary Connealy: a raving review

Gingham Mountain (Lassoed in Texas, Book 3) Gingham Mountain by Mary Connealy

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! This is the best from Mary Connealy yet, and quite possibly the best book I have ever read (under 300 pages). You have to understand... This is one of those books that you read when you have some time by yourself. First off is the matter of time, because once you start I promise it is impossible if not painful to put it down. Then, secondly, by yourself because otherwise you are going to be quite embarrassed by the looks that you will earn. I read it with only my two cats nearby and they still looked at me as if I were crazed. *snicker*

Upon starting the story there are a couple little giggles, but shortly there after they turn in to little chuckles, and then every once in a while a snicker. Once, finally it is under hand, then comes the shaking silent laughs that turn to out right snorts. Once you are sure that nothing could make you laugh anymore and you are fully in control of your senses, well then she goes and causes laugh out loud gasping and crying from laughter tears. Covering your mouth and slapping the desk as a reader you are stuck with the amount of pure glee and humor that your body has endured.

With that said, I guess I should not be surprised. Not at all really.

Petticoat Ranch (Book #1) was everything that a good historical fiction should be, and I'm glad to have read it. I so feel for the characters, they are completely real to me, and I'm fully on their side! When I first read it, I said this book was incredible. I cannot count the times that I giggled, or rolled my eyes. I am quite unsure of how many times I snickered and had a little evil laugh, feeling I'm sure the emotions of Sophie and her girls. In all cases, it was plenty, and I definitely was smiling through out the novel. As much as I enjoyed book #1, Calico Canyon (Book #2) was ever so much better! It started with a character that I was not found of from book one, and by chapter three I was swearing loyalty to her and wishing her well.

So far, everything that I have read by Mary has been a complete success in my mind, and I cannot wait to read more! Not only are her stories a good laugh, but they contain such heart beating romance that you blush and giggle with the emotions going through the characters as they trip over themselves in pure beginning steps of love. The bad guys are horrors, and you are almost screaming aloud for justice to be seen. Hardships of real life are touched on in the stories and lessons and the heart of Christ come through in the characters.

Earnestly, I cannot recommend the books and their stories strongly enough!

Click here to order it for yourself!

Go to Barbour Books to find more authors like Mary or at least to see more about the Lassoed in Texas series. Also check out Heartsong Presents to see some of Mary's new titles coming soon such as Buffalo Gal, Clueless Cowboy, and Bossy Bridegroom. Oh! And check out Heartsong Presents Mysteries to find some of her coming soon pieces for Nosy in Nebraska such as Of Mice and Murder, Pride and Pestilence, and The Micemen Cometh.

Click here to go read my review of Petticoat Ranch.
Click here to go read my review of Calico Canyon.
Click here to go back and read a great Q&A with Mary Connealy.

View all my reviews.
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing (February 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602601410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602601413

8 comments and creative thoughts:

Mary Connealy said...

You've read it? Really? I didn't realize it had gone out.

This is the first review I've read.


CherryBlossomMJ said...

I cheated.

I read it via NetGalley thanks to Angie Brillhart from Barbour for letting me be a reviewer. *grin*

CherryBlossomMJ said...

But you better believe I'll read it again when I have a real print copy. Reading a PDF with NetGalley in big gray letters down the side was not fun. BUT IT WAS THAT GOOD!!! I just couldn't stop. Too impatient!

Mary Connealy said...

You're brave to battle the PDF. :) Thanks so much, I'm going to send everyone I know over here. :)

CherryBlossomMJ said...

I welcome them all with open arms!

Anonymous said...

I've heard her books are great. I'll have to check them out!

Nise' said...

I love to read books that cause me to laugh out loud! Will put this series on my TBR list.

Julie Lessman said...

Margaret -- Oh, man, now you have me chomping at the bit, girl!! Telling me "This is the best from Mary Connealy yet" really revs my engines because even though I loved Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon literally blew me away, so I cannot even imagine what Gingham Mountain will do!

Mary and I are blessed to share the same agent, and I told our agent that Mary Connealy is one of those great authors who just just gets better and better with every book ... not just a little, but by leaps and bounds. Pretty intimidating for another writer, let me tell you! Sure glad I love her to pieces!!

Go, Mary!!


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