Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Boden Birthright | No Way Up by Mary Connealy

I’ve always loved Mary Connealy and her stories. They are funny, mysterious, and always provide a nice lesson I need to learn! These two are no exception. I decided to review both The Boden Birthright and No Way Up together since the novella is a precursor to the novel. Sorry for the long post!

The Boden Birthright | The Cimarron Legacy, Book 0.5 | Bethany House | May 2016 | 9781441228789

A lonely father whose grief almost cost him his son
A feisty young frontier’s woman who wants the son and may have to take the city slicker father to get him.
A little boy who needs a home.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING THIS NOVELLA BEFORE READING NO WAY UP. Ok, so you don’t have to, but it provides the background story for the parents featured in No Way Up, as we as an explanation as to why the legacy is so important to Chance. It’s a quick read, with Mary’s customary witty banter and I loved it!

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No Way Up | Cimarron Legacy, Book 1 | Bethany House, A Baker Publishing Group | July 2016 | 9780764211812

When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Badly injured, Chance demands that his will be read and its conditions be enforced immediately.

Without anyone else to serve as a witness, Heath is pressed into reading the will. If Justin, Sadie, and Cole Boden don’t live and work at home for the entire year, the ranch will go to their low-down cousin Mike.

Then Heath discovers the avalanche was a murder attempt, and more danger might follow. Deeply involved with the family, Heath’s desire to protect Sadie goes far beyond friendship. The danger keeps them close together, and their feelings grow until being apart is the last thing on their minds.

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My Review: What can I even say about this book to make you understand how much I loved it? Mary Connealy takes her books to a whole new level. While the book still provides us with the customary wit and banter we have come to expect in a Connealy novel, there is an underlying seriousness that is, to me, new and exciting.

The interactions between Heath and Boden clan kept me in stitches. He certainly has a brotherly relationship with Justin and Cole! The romance between Sadie and Heath was very well spaced between the mystery surrounding the avalanche and the danger lurking in the shadows.

Overall, the legacy of love and faith Chance and Veronica Boden left their children is beautiful and I hope we see the Boden clan come together over the next few books! I can’t wait to read more!

Mary Connealy is the bestselling author of romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Carol Award winner and a Rita and Christy and IRCC Award Finalist.

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