Monday, July 6, 2009

Calico Canyon *Lassoed in Texas, #2 by Mary Connealy (a review)

Calico Canyon (Lassoed in Texas #2)

Let yourself be swept away by this fast-paced romance, featuring Grace Calhoun, an instructor of reading, writing, and arithmetic, who, in an attempt to escape the clutchs of a relentless pursuer, runs smack dab into even more trouble with the 6R's - widower Daniel Reeves, along with his five rowdy sons. 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?

My Review:

When I got the background on this book, I was a little apprehensive about reading it since I knew that it was about Miss Grace Calhoun. Upon reading Petticoat Ranch Miss Calhoun was present, but only faintly. She was definitely not my favorite character, especially in comparison to the wonders of Sophie and her girls. But, upon reading the first chapter of Calico Canyon Grace came slightly off her pedestal and I began to have some compassion for her. It was by the beginning of chapter three that I was enthralled and ready to commit a full friendship, and by the end of chapter five, I was ready to stand behind her and beat off all the bad guys. Grace is a real person, and just one more example of what you should not just a person by their first impression they leave with you. Grace is so much more than what she seemed and I'm so thrilled that I gave her a chance.

But this book is about so much more than just dear Grace. We meet new characters with Tillie and a plausible romance that just makes sense. Tillie and Grace come from completely different backgrounds, but at the same time could not have more in common. Then there is Hannah and the others in Chicago with their own lives of triumph and struggles. This book captures so many real issues and does it in a wonderful fashion and light. Briefly to mention, there is slavery, and child abuse, and death, and love, and do not forget the idea of multiples!

Mary did a great job with this story, and I was not at all let down! As a matter of fact I was nervous, to see what would happen. I am curious and anxious now about Hannah and Libby and I do hope that there will be more stories of their lives coming from our great author Mary Connealy. I strongly urge you to take the time to read Calico Canyon, it will not disappoint.

  • published
July 1st 2008 by Barbour Publishing

  • binding
Paperback, 288 pages
  • literary awards
2009 Christy Award Historical Romance Nominee
  • isbn
1597899380 (isbn13: 9781597899383)

3 comments and creative thoughts:

Lynnette Bonner said...

Mary Connealy is an excellent author. I haven't gotten to Calico Canyon yet, but I really enjoyed Petticoat Ranch! Thanks for the great review, I'm going to have to read this one now. :)

Hope you had a great 4th.

CherryBlossomMJ said...

The entire series is fabulous! As is everything Mary writes. :)

I did have a nice relaxing 4th. Then the local town square did a huge fireworks display that we could see from our driveway. It was fabulous to watch.

Mary Connealy said...

My family drove to a near-by hill top to watch the fireworks. All but me and my granddaughter who had fallen asleep. I stayed home to guard her. She's better than ANY fireworks. Even asleep in another room.

Thanks for having me on, and the wonderful review of Calico Canyon.

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