Growing up in Colorado, Josephine Madson has been fascinated by but has shied away from the outside world–one she’s been raised to believe killed her parents. When Dave Warden, a rancher, shows up to their secret home with his wounded father, will Josephine and her sisters risk stepping into the world to help or remain separated but safe on Hope Mountain?

Out October 2019

304 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Feeling like a “western,” and not my favorite genre as I began to read, I continued reading for the sake of the review. I really wanted to give this book a chance simply because (and other writers need to pay attention to this) of how the book blurb was written. To change a hater of westerns into a curious reader takes a huge talent of writing. Even if I didn’t finish the book, this alone should award the writing at least 3 stars.

And that is where it ends.

A female archer… my dad was a naturalist who loved archery contests, fishing and such. I have followed in his footpath. So seeing that the female character of this first book of Connealy’s new series was an archer, caught my attention right away. Sadly, that’s where my liking of Jo ended. She wasn’t complete as a character, in fact, none of the sisters were. I believe this was due to the conflicting story plot that seemed to trail off in directions unresolved by the end of the book. The contradictory moments of the story were confusing and had me shaking my head. I know I’m not a big romance genre reader, but seriously to have a naïve woman like Jo not fear men in general, especially if you look at her and her sisters’ upbringing, had be dumbfounded. The romance just wasn’t believable and then rushed into and developed fracturally, left me once again shaking my head with disbelief.

Many traits of the sisters just didn’t jive, the background story introduced seemed weak and missing valuable information that would have developed the characters completely. The setting was incredible and well-written.

I could go on, but I think this turned out for me as I should have expected. I should have stayed away from a book that was both a western, or had a western vibe, and a romance…

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