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Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't all that upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. She prayed for a chance to get away, and then came the raging flood. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone... so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't all that upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. She prayed for a chance to get away, and then came the raging flood. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone... so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future. Luke is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men who killed his father are working hard to ensure Luke doesn't make it alive. He has no choice but to keep moving. Still, he can't just abandon Ruthy, so she'll have to come along. His friends—a ragtag group of former Civil War soldiers—take a fast interest in the pretty gal. Luke thinks that's rather rude—he's the one who found her. And the more time he spends around the hard-working young woman who is a mighty good cook, the more he finds himself thinking beyond revenge and toward a different future. For the first time in a long time, Luke is tempted to turn from his destructive path and be swept away by love.


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Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't all that upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. She prayed for a chance to get away, and then came the raging flood. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone... so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't all that upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. She prayed for a chance to get away, and then came the raging flood. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone... so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future. Luke is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men who killed his father are working hard to ensure Luke doesn't make it alive. He has no choice but to keep moving. Still, he can't just abandon Ruthy, so she'll have to come along. His friends—a ragtag group of former Civil War soldiers—take a fast interest in the pretty gal. Luke thinks that's rather rude—he's the one who found her. And the more time he spends around the hard-working young woman who is a mighty good cook, the more he finds himself thinking beyond revenge and toward a different future. For the first time in a long time, Luke is tempted to turn from his destructive path and be swept away by love.

30 review for Swept Away

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Wolf

    DNF at 17%: I am becoming increasingly more and more picky as I read the Christian fiction genre. I long to read a Christian book that has a good message, but is, almost more importantly, good. So many times I start reading a book only to find it's written poorly but is heralded as wonderful simply because of the good message. Swept Away was completely uninteresting and bland. Luke didn't feel like a true character to me. He spoke so often and moved the plot forward with his long speeches he was DNF at 17%: I am becoming increasingly more and more picky as I read the Christian fiction genre. I long to read a Christian book that has a good message, but is, almost more importantly, good. So many times I start reading a book only to find it's written poorly but is heralded as wonderful simply because of the good message. Swept Away was completely uninteresting and bland. Luke didn't feel like a true character to me. He spoke so often and moved the plot forward with his long speeches he was more like a simple plot device than a romantic hero. Also, Ruthy just came across as kinda boring and not too bright. If you want to read a good Christian fiction book, try Brentwood's Ward or The Wrangler's Inconvenient Wife.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    As a child, Ruthie MacNeil was taken in by a local farm family when her Ma and Pa died. This family was cruel and abusive, using Ruthie as a slave. Smart and a quick learner, Ruthie adapted to her environment and became a survivor. On a wagon train trek across the west, her adopted family and Ruthie are swept away by a flood. Ruthie trapped in the planking of the wagon ended up unconscious on a river bank in Texas. Luke Stone was heading home to reclaim his family farm. A scoundrel, Greer, claims As a child, Ruthie MacNeil was taken in by a local farm family when her Ma and Pa died. This family was cruel and abusive, using Ruthie as a slave. Smart and a quick learner, Ruthie adapted to her environment and became a survivor. On a wagon train trek across the west, her adopted family and Ruthie are swept away by a flood. Ruthie trapped in the planking of the wagon ended up unconscious on a river bank in Texas. Luke Stone was heading home to reclaim his family farm. A scoundrel, Greer, claims that his father sold him the farm but that’s impossible since Luke already held the deed and was the owner. Sure that Greer killed his father and is attempting to steal his farm, he is returning home with legal proof and friends to help him reclaim what is rightfully his. The last thing he expected was to find a ½ drowned spit fire of a woman in need of his assistance. With a group of Civil War survivors in tow, Luke and Ruthie (Rosie) make plans to help a beaten wife and recover the Stone farm. What Luke didn’t expect was to be swept away by his “Rosie”. Swept Away was a completely sweet and tender romance with purely vile villians. A wonderful adventure with fantastic characters, this wholesome story will touch your heart and leave you wanting more. Mary Connealy incorporated the savagery of the wild west with the faith and prayer of a believer to do what was right when it isn’t the easiest path. Marvelous Christian Romance! I look forward to the next book in this series. This ARC copy of Swept Away was given to me by Baker Publishing Group - Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a honest review. Publish Date March 1, 2013.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    3.5 Stars The plot for this book was really good. It was intense and well thought out, though a bit much at times as far as the villain went, and a bit romantic in several scenes (but I guess that's the point of a romantic-western-comedy, so...). I liked how she connected it to the Kincaid Brides series. It wasn't my favorite Connealy, but I would enjoy reading the rest of the series. I feel bad giving a book such a low rating when I did enjoy it, but sometimes I just have to go with my gut-ratin 3.5 Stars The plot for this book was really good. It was intense and well thought out, though a bit much at times as far as the villain went, and a bit romantic in several scenes (but I guess that's the point of a romantic-western-comedy, so...). I liked how she connected it to the Kincaid Brides series. It wasn't my favorite Connealy, but I would enjoy reading the rest of the series. I feel bad giving a book such a low rating when I did enjoy it, but sometimes I just have to go with my gut-rating :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This is the second book I have read by Mary Connealy and I just don't like her writing style. A lot of things get repeated. She states over and over that the bag guy is bad, by everyone and in our characters heads. The characters are flat and the story is very predictable. I usually don't mind a simple plot but the characters have to have depth and I have to grow to care for them. All her books are very clean with no preaching just good people who pray.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anne Campbell

    Have I ever told you how much I love this author's writing? Mary Connealy combines a grin-inducing sense of humor with a knack for creating a page-turning historical romance. This one is about an orphaned girl raised by a harshly critical family planning to marry this hard-working virtual slave off to their son--a greedy-eyed slithering skunk of a man. Ruthy prays for a chance to escape as they travel westward. A flood answers her prayers, washing their wagon and the rest of the family down a ra Have I ever told you how much I love this author's writing? Mary Connealy combines a grin-inducing sense of humor with a knack for creating a page-turning historical romance. This one is about an orphaned girl raised by a harshly critical family planning to marry this hard-working virtual slave off to their son--a greedy-eyed slithering skunk of a man. Ruthy prays for a chance to escape as they travel westward. A flood answers her prayers, washing their wagon and the rest of the family down a raging river. She's washed up on the shore half drowned. And then there's Luke Stone, the rightful owner of a beautiful spread in north Texas that's been taken over by the typical slithering sidewinder, Flint Greer. Lucas has proof he's the legal owner, despite Greer's claim that Luke's father sold him the place before conveniently dying. What with a posse after him, Luke's reluctant to take this soggy, unconscious woman with him. She'll only make his getaway that much more difficult, but what's an upstanding Texan gentleman supposed to do? Between making plans to get the ranch back, tending to the injured woman, and hiding from Greer (after losing the posse), he has his hands full. Literally. Greer has settled himself in the ranchhouse, taken a pretty wife, and set out to buy or steal (preferably the latter) every ranch in the area. He's well on his way to accomplishing that when Luke shows up. Only God knows how this tangled mess will sort itself out--but you can find out by buying Swept Away. Well worth every cent.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joleen

    Well, shoot! I wanted to like this book, I really did. I think the problem is I've read literally hundreds of books in this genre that unless it's truly exceptional writing or plot, I don't seem to really enjoy them. I clearly need to switch to another type of book. Don't get me wrong, I think for people who read a few books a year, I think this would be a good book. I would have loved this book 10 years ago. Pros: Relationships. Good friends who will do anything for each other. Conflict. Bad guys Well, shoot! I wanted to like this book, I really did. I think the problem is I've read literally hundreds of books in this genre that unless it's truly exceptional writing or plot, I don't seem to really enjoy them. I clearly need to switch to another type of book. Don't get me wrong, I think for people who read a few books a year, I think this would be a good book. I would have loved this book 10 years ago. Pros: Relationships. Good friends who will do anything for each other. Conflict. Bad guys, really bad guys... one of the best parts of the books, even though there's some serious abuse that happens, it's done well, and you have no sympathy for them. Story: A flood sweeps Ruthy away from a hard life, and Luke picks her up. His life has been hard and going to be harder with trying to get his property back from the bad guys. Ruthy is sucked into that drama, Meh: The relationship between the two main characters. Just so so, and it pretty much stays that way. Nothing earth shattering, or anything that makes you sigh. Just meh. Cons: The writing is adequate at best. Took WAY too long to describe something, and too many descriptions of what's happening. The fight scene at the end was easily 50 pages too long. I think it was supposed to add drama, but I thought it was just boring. I didn't hate it, I would just never read it again. Too many really good books out there. I will be deleting it from my Kindle.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Diana Montgomery

    Swept Away By: Mary Connealy Wasn’t sure about if I would like this book or not. I am not a big western type reader. Wow Mary Connealy changed my mind. I think of westerns I think of cussing , romances that go to far. I love the clean view that Mary did. Adventure throughout the book. It will keep you wanting to read so have plenty of time when you start. Starts off with Ruthy MacNeil getting separated from her family. Well people who took her n when her parents had died. I would say it was a bless Swept Away By: Mary Connealy Wasn’t sure about if I would like this book or not. I am not a big western type reader. Wow Mary Connealy changed my mind. I think of westerns I think of cussing , romances that go to far. I love the clean view that Mary did. Adventure throughout the book. It will keep you wanting to read so have plenty of time when you start. Starts off with Ruthy MacNeil getting separated from her family. Well people who took her n when her parents had died. I would say it was a blessing she was seeing their plans was to have her married to their son. She is found by Luke Stone who takes her with him. Luke has things going on in his life needs to get the land that is his back. Will Ruthy find true love and happiness? Will Luke get back what is his. Get this 5 star book and find out.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen Witemeyer

    This was another fun western adventure from Mary Connealy. It reminded me a bit of those old Louis L'amour westerns. Hard men facing harsh circumstances. There were a lot of characters to keep up with as she set up her new series, but there was plenty of action to keep the pages turning, especially for the last 70 pages or so. I felt the romance took a bit of a backseat, but I loved the concept of these men bonded in friendship/brotherhood because of their shared experiences as Regulators in the This was another fun western adventure from Mary Connealy. It reminded me a bit of those old Louis L'amour westerns. Hard men facing harsh circumstances. There were a lot of characters to keep up with as she set up her new series, but there was plenty of action to keep the pages turning, especially for the last 70 pages or so. I felt the romance took a bit of a backseat, but I loved the concept of these men bonded in friendship/brotherhood because of their shared experiences as Regulators in the Adersonville prison during the Civil War. Overall, it was good read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shannah Mauney

    I had forgotten how funny and entertaining Mary Connealy's stories can be! This one pulled me in from the time Ruthy gets swept away in a flood and kept me hooked until the very last page. With witty dialogue, an action packed story, and God's reminder that revenge belongs to Him, this is another fantastic story by Mary Connealy! View my full review here. I had forgotten how funny and entertaining Mary Connealy's stories can be! This one pulled me in from the time Ruthy gets swept away in a flood and kept me hooked until the very last page. With witty dialogue, an action packed story, and God's reminder that revenge belongs to Him, this is another fantastic story by Mary Connealy! View my full review here.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    My first Mary Connealy book, and goodness...it made me an instant fan of her writing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This first book of the Trouble in Texas series was a well-written and entertaining historical western Christian romance novel with good character development and a thread of suspense. I enjoyed this novel a great deal and smiled so much at Luke and Ruthy's banter. Mary Connealy always creates such fun characters. Also, I'm so glad that I chose to read this series after having the characters briefly appear in Runaway Bride, which I read earlier this year when I read the Kincaid Brides series, and This first book of the Trouble in Texas series was a well-written and entertaining historical western Christian romance novel with good character development and a thread of suspense. I enjoyed this novel a great deal and smiled so much at Luke and Ruthy's banter. Mary Connealy always creates such fun characters. Also, I'm so glad that I chose to read this series after having the characters briefly appear in Runaway Bride, which I read earlier this year when I read the Kincaid Brides series, and so now, I know Big John Conroy's friends much better.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Cooper

    Another good audio book! I had a hard time remembering the many characters' names because names have become hard to remember. Having a Brain Tumor before and after surgery made names VERY difficult for me to remember. The story was great though. It might have been easier with the names if I was reading the book because then I could have written notes about the characters. I'll definitely listen to book 2 in this series. I want to hear the next part of this story!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    OK, so I wasn't sure I was going to like this book at first, I mean it looked and sounded like a light historical book without much substance. Well, I was definitely WRONG about that! What I thought I was getting: Fluffy historical romance. What I actually got: A wonderful western! I will step on some toes and irritate a few people here, but I feel that generally speaking women can't write westerns very well. And so often Christian authors miss the boat, eerrr wagon, on writing good western storie OK, so I wasn't sure I was going to like this book at first, I mean it looked and sounded like a light historical book without much substance. Well, I was definitely WRONG about that! What I thought I was getting: Fluffy historical romance. What I actually got: A wonderful western! I will step on some toes and irritate a few people here, but I feel that generally speaking women can't write westerns very well. And so often Christian authors miss the boat, eerrr wagon, on writing good western stories, tending to tame down the bad guys and leave out the shoot-outs. OK, OK, maybe I have watched too many John Wayne movies, but.... Mary Connealy was right on the money with Swept Away! This book had all the grit and tumbleweeds of a good western without the lack of morals. The main characters were Christians but didn't shy away from defending others with various means of force. Yes, they tried to do everything within the bounds of the law but they also did what it took to get the job done. So, we have good characters but what else? In my opinion, excellent descriptions of the scenery, but not overdone. The action sequences were fast paced and well placed, kept me turning the next page. I felt the story was believable, emotions, actions, plot, all good. There are some difficult issues in this story, specifically physical and verbal abuse, I felt the author handled this very well, contrasting the harshness of it with the gentle love of a mother for her children and the kindness of strangers. This book most definitely has the 4-E's. Engaging, Engrossing, Entertaining, Enjoyable. This is the first Mary Connealy book I have read but it will not be my last and I am anxiously awaiting the release of the 2nd book in this series. (I received a copy of this book from the Publisher via The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    I’m thankful for a review copy of a book that reminded me of the movie Silverado. It has a great cast of characters mixed together with an action packed western just like the movie. Inside Swept Away you’ll see the good, the bad, and the ugly up-close and personal! I enjoyed the leading man and woman in this story. They made me smile! I truly cared for their situations and enjoyed how Luke and Ruthy found each other. It was a definite divine appointment. Luke Stone is on a mission to bring justice I’m thankful for a review copy of a book that reminded me of the movie Silverado. It has a great cast of characters mixed together with an action packed western just like the movie. Inside Swept Away you’ll see the good, the bad, and the ugly up-close and personal! I enjoyed the leading man and woman in this story. They made me smile! I truly cared for their situations and enjoyed how Luke and Ruthy found each other. It was a definite divine appointment. Luke Stone is on a mission to bring justice to his father’s death and reclaim the family ranch. Luke was prepared to do whatever it took to over-throw the people that stole his family’s inheritance- legacy. Ruthy MacNeil has a mission of her own. She’s tried to escape a family that took her in after her parents died. She had thought they did this out of the kindness of their heart but she soon learned they had another agenda she didn’t want any part of. She often looked for ways to escape. Luke literally stumbles upon Ruthy MacNeil! She was hurt bad. He couldn’t just leave her behind. He wasn’t raised that way. Helping her put a cramp into his plans but he’d make it work out some how. Mary Connealy pens a suspenseful, page turning western that gives readers a climatic conclusion and an ending that satisfies your soul. If you love a good western you’ll enjoy this first book in the trouble in Texas series! Be sure to add this western to your summer reading list! Disclosure of Material Connection: #AD Sponsored by publisher. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St.Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    I was swept right into the story of Swept Away when I started reading the book. Ruth is living with the Reinhardts, a family who has raised her. She is promised to be married to their son, yet they treat her like their slave, forcing her to do all their work. When their wagon was crossing a river, a huge wave came and swept them down the river. Ruth has escaped the family and she doesn’t regret it. She still lives in fear of them finding her, even though they are probably dead. However, when Luke I was swept right into the story of Swept Away when I started reading the book. Ruth is living with the Reinhardts, a family who has raised her. She is promised to be married to their son, yet they treat her like their slave, forcing her to do all their work. When their wagon was crossing a river, a huge wave came and swept them down the river. Ruth has escaped the family and she doesn’t regret it. She still lives in fear of them finding her, even though they are probably dead. However, when Luke fishes her out of the river, she doesn’t realize she’s still walking into more trouble. Luke’s ranch was stolen from him by a man he believes killed his father. Luke and Ruth arrive in town and have to hide out so that Greer doesn’t find out Luke is back in town. Luke gathers the help of some of his closest friends as they try to make a plan for getting Luke’s ranch back. Eventually, they have their plan set, they just have to set it in motion. Will Ruth find happiness away from the Reinhardts? Or is she destined for a life full of trouble? Will Luke get his ranch back? Will Luke ever find out how his father really died? Swept Away was a wonderful story full of laughter and fun. I really enjoyed each part of the book and had a hard time putting the book down. Each chapter leaves you wondering what will happen next so you want to keep reading to see what’s going to happen. I had only read one Mary Connealy book before so this was a great introduction to her writing. I look forward to the rest of the books in this trilogy and also reading some of Mary Connealy’s past books. This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers through bookfun.org in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    The Overweight Bookshelf

    Full review here: http://www.overweightbookshelf.com/20... When I pick up a Mary Connealy book, I know what I'm going to get even before I crack the cover: a quirky western romantic comedy with a predictable character and plot arc. But I get lassoed in every time by her spunky heroines and stubborn heroes, even if there isn't a great distinction between the new and old characters. Mary uses the same tried and true ingredients with a different presentation, which is a guarantee for a consistently Full review here: http://www.overweightbookshelf.com/20... When I pick up a Mary Connealy book, I know what I'm going to get even before I crack the cover: a quirky western romantic comedy with a predictable character and plot arc. But I get lassoed in every time by her spunky heroines and stubborn heroes, even if there isn't a great distinction between the new and old characters. Mary uses the same tried and true ingredients with a different presentation, which is a guarantee for a consistently entertaining reading experience. Like all good westerns, the plot of Swept Away runs he breakneck speed of a galloping horse outrunning shotgun fire. Luke is seeking revenge to reclaim is life whereas Ruthy is fleeing to restore her freedom. Instead of bidding "Thank you and gidday" to her rescuer, Ruthy decides to aid him and his Civil War veteran friends on their vendetta to wrestle Luke's inheritance from the vile and abusive man who has seized it. What starts as a partnership of circumstance swiftly becomes a battle of restrained passion and gentle affection. With plenty of Mary's trademark bickering and wisecracks the obvios themes and plot trajectory can be forgiven because you will not be able to hold back a few unladylike snorts as you read. Rating: 7.5/10 **Disclosure: ARC provided by publisher for review consideration**

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    From the title of the book Ruthy MacNeil is the one swept away. She is dragged for miles down stream by a flash flood. Having her arm wedged in some wood saved her life. Luke Stone is on his way home to redeem his property, when he stumbles upon a muddy mess of a girl, Rosie aka Ruthy. Because of her beautiful red hair Luke insists on calling her Rosie!! Others do also, but she is quick to correct them. A vicious man by the name of Flint Greer, has stolen the S Bar S Ranch that was owned by his Fa From the title of the book Ruthy MacNeil is the one swept away. She is dragged for miles down stream by a flash flood. Having her arm wedged in some wood saved her life. Luke Stone is on his way home to redeem his property, when he stumbles upon a muddy mess of a girl, Rosie aka Ruthy. Because of her beautiful red hair Luke insists on calling her Rosie!! Others do also, but she is quick to correct them. A vicious man by the name of Flint Greer, has stolen the S Bar S Ranch that was owned by his Father. He not only stole the ranch but is responsible for killing his Dad. Luke is not some young kid anymore, he is a survivor. He fought for the North during the Civil War, and was in Andersonville Prison, and has forged lasting friendships with a Preacher, a Doctor, A Lawyer, and a Texas Ranger. There all there waiting for him in Broken Wheel, TX, a small town, with not many people. I found the faith of these people to be outstanding....even when they wanted revenge they listened to their Lord, and decided to do what was right! There was such compassion shown to Greer's wife and family, they wanted to help them no matter the cost. I hope that in the next book there will be further updates, but this book was a keeper, and I didn't want it to end. I received this book through the Revell Book Bogging Program, and wasn't required to give a positive review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dora Hiers

    In my humble opinion~ Ruthy MacNeil is a hard worker, and her "adoptive" family takes advantage of that. They also intend for her to marry their son once they reach their destination. Ruthy's not so fond of that idea, or the family, and is looking for an escape when the wagon she's steering gets swept away (don't you just love the title?) from the train. Luke Stone refuses to leave her behind, even if it means hauling her into the middle of his fight to win back his ranch. Both characters, along In my humble opinion~ Ruthy MacNeil is a hard worker, and her "adoptive" family takes advantage of that. They also intend for her to marry their son once they reach their destination. Ruthy's not so fond of that idea, or the family, and is looking for an escape when the wagon she's steering gets swept away (don't you just love the title?) from the train. Luke Stone refuses to leave her behind, even if it means hauling her into the middle of his fight to win back his ranch. Both characters, along with the supporting cast, are sure to wiggle their way into your heart. Ever read a book where you alternated between smiling and biting your nails? Well, if I bit my nails, this would be the book. Fast-paced action mingled with just the right amount of romance and humor will keep you turning pages long after your bedtime, and is sure to leave you with a smile on your face after you've shut down your kindle. Recommended for all historical lovers, and even those who aren't. Give Mary Connealy (the master of "romantic comedies...with cowboys") and Swept Away a chance. You might become a Connealy fan like me. Disclaimer: A huge thanks to NetGalley and Baker Publishing Group/Bethany House for providing me with a free copy in exchange for my fair and unbiased review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Regina Jennings

    Multi-tasking must be one of Mary's particular skills because she's got a lot going on here. Not only is this an action-packed book, but Connealy has laid the ground work for a rip-roaring series. Luke Stone has returned to Texas with revenge on his mind. The man who killed his father has taken possession of the Stone family ranch and Luke aims to rectify the situation. But before he gets to Broken Wheel he stops to pull Ruthy MacNeil out of a river. Ruthy isn't upset that she was swept away from Multi-tasking must be one of Mary's particular skills because she's got a lot going on here. Not only is this an action-packed book, but Connealy has laid the ground work for a rip-roaring series. Luke Stone has returned to Texas with revenge on his mind. The man who killed his father has taken possession of the Stone family ranch and Luke aims to rectify the situation. But before he gets to Broken Wheel he stops to pull Ruthy MacNeil out of a river. Ruthy isn't upset that she was swept away from the cruel family she was traveling with, but now she is alone. Luke doesn't want to drag her into his war, but she might not give him a choice. As always, Connealy uses snappy dialogue and cowboy voice to bring her characters alive. The ensemble of supporting characters (future heroes in the other books I suppose-I hope) reminds me of Dee Henderson's O'Malley series or Karen Witemeyer's new series with Short-Straw Bride. I can't wait to hear their stories as well as more of their past together in Anderson Prison during the Civil War. Swept Away is a fast read. If only it weren't such a long wait until I can get swept up in the next book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melina

    This was a very good book. It was action packed from the very start. I'm not much on Western's, but I love Mary Connealy's writing. Luke is on his way to reclaim his father's ranch that was stolen by a ruthless rancher. Ruthie is on a wagon-train headed to California with a family that expects her to marry their son, when they get caught in a flash flood. Luke finds Ruthie on his way to Broken Wheel and has no choice but to take her with him. They arrive at his friend Dare's house. Luke, Dare,Vi This was a very good book. It was action packed from the very start. I'm not much on Western's, but I love Mary Connealy's writing. Luke is on his way to reclaim his father's ranch that was stolen by a ruthless rancher. Ruthie is on a wagon-train headed to California with a family that expects her to marry their son, when they get caught in a flash flood. Luke finds Ruthie on his way to Broken Wheel and has no choice but to take her with him. They arrive at his friend Dare's house. Luke, Dare,Vince, Jonah, and Big John were regulators in a Civial War prison camp and are close friends still. They set out to reclaim Luke's land, and in the process they have to save the ruthless rancher's wife and her children from him. This story has a strong sense of friendship that I really liked. The "regulators" stood by each other no matter what. Also, Ruthie and Luke have a very storng connection and they stick by each other no matter what also. They also realize they need to listen to GOD and he will deliver them. A great read and I look forward to the next book in this series. Great job Mary. I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Swept Away is a great piece of romantic, western fiction. It is a wild ride, has some light-hearted moments and definitely delivers on the happily ever after. Luke Stone heads back to his family ranch to avenge his father and take up on the land that is rightfully his. On his way home, he comes upon Ruthy MacNeil, who had been swept away in a flood while her wagon train attempted a crossing. Luke and Ruthy are such likeable characters. There is an attraction between the two of them that is easy t Swept Away is a great piece of romantic, western fiction. It is a wild ride, has some light-hearted moments and definitely delivers on the happily ever after. Luke Stone heads back to his family ranch to avenge his father and take up on the land that is rightfully his. On his way home, he comes upon Ruthy MacNeil, who had been swept away in a flood while her wagon train attempted a crossing. Luke and Ruthy are such likeable characters. There is an attraction between the two of them that is easy to love. Both have had some rough times in their background and they desire to make things right for Luke, while also trying to save a woman and her children from a violent husband. There are many great characters in this story, one of whom is Dare Riker. I look forward to reading his story in the next book, Fired Up. I also really enjoyed the deep friendship that The Regulators share in this story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Snyder

    Absolutely loved this book! It reminded me of Mary's older books. I preordered book 2 in the series before I even finished reading book 1. Mary is an awesome writer. She is able to tell a story without a lot of unnecessary fluff. The two main characters in this book, Luke and Ruthy, are very likable. Ruthy is an adorable little spit fire, who can out do most me; and does. Luke is an honest, God fearing man determined to right a wrong with the assistance of his friends. The "friends" are equally Absolutely loved this book! It reminded me of Mary's older books. I preordered book 2 in the series before I even finished reading book 1. Mary is an awesome writer. She is able to tell a story without a lot of unnecessary fluff. The two main characters in this book, Luke and Ruthy, are very likable. Ruthy is an adorable little spit fire, who can out do most me; and does. Luke is an honest, God fearing man determined to right a wrong with the assistance of his friends. The "friends" are equally enjoyable. Can't wait to read not only their stores, but more about Luke and Ruthy, in future books. If you're a fan of Mary Connealy's, and who's not, you'll love this book. If you've never read her prior books, you'll not be disappointed with Swept Away.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I got swept up in the excitement of 1886 Texas. This is a western adventure that I wanted to ride along with from page one until the end. Luke and Ruthy must survive corrupt lawmen, lecherous family, a flood, and a land rustling villain and his gang to save not only their future but the future of the town. The characters are tough as leather but still vulnerable and real. I was invested in not just Luke and Ruthy but the entire town of Broken Wheel. Usually I feel a bit sad when a book ends, eve I got swept up in the excitement of 1886 Texas. This is a western adventure that I wanted to ride along with from page one until the end. Luke and Ruthy must survive corrupt lawmen, lecherous family, a flood, and a land rustling villain and his gang to save not only their future but the future of the town. The characters are tough as leather but still vulnerable and real. I was invested in not just Luke and Ruthy but the entire town of Broken Wheel. Usually I feel a bit sad when a book ends, even if there's happily ever after. I don't want to say goodbye to my new friends. But there are two more books in the Trouble in Texas series. Next up is Dare and Glynna's story. I can't wait for another visit to Broken Wheel.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Colletta Miller

    I was really looking forward to reading this book. I love series and especially the first book of a new series. It started off great! Very fast paced and moving right along. Then it slowed down considerably. There was a lot of introduction to new characters that I felt could have come along more organically through the book. I realize that these characters are probably being set up for the next books in the series but it really put a drag on action. It did pick back up and was enjoyable even thoug I was really looking forward to reading this book. I love series and especially the first book of a new series. It started off great! Very fast paced and moving right along. Then it slowed down considerably. There was a lot of introduction to new characters that I felt could have come along more organically through the book. I realize that these characters are probably being set up for the next books in the series but it really put a drag on action. It did pick back up and was enjoyable even though a bit predictable. You can see the full review at: http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot....

  25. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Tidwell

    This book hooked me from the first page and kept me going until I finished it and even after I finished it I was sad that it was over because I really loved the characters. I can't wait to read the other books in this series because I love this one so much. I loved the main characters and the author does such a good job at making you feel like you are there with the characters in the story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Daws

    I enjoyed this cast of characters and the close bond between the men who've seen plenty of trouble before. It was a lot of people to keep up with, but the author did a great job of differentiating them in different but believable careers to help keep everyone straight. This was a ton of action with an appropriate amount of romance and a touch of humor that I've come to expect from Mary Connealy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura Jean

    Generally, not my cup of tea, but I enjoyed it despite myself. I liked the amount of humor that the author wove into the fabric of the story. I liked that the female protagonist was pretty tough and not a shrinking violet.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cara

    Cheesy Western If you're looking for a western with a corny romance this may be the book for you! This book tells the story of the main character Luke, and his 4-5 closest friends. There is also our heroine, but she's more of a side character who has a POV. The book switches between Luke and Ruthie's POV, along with one of his friend, Dare and the last being the bad guys wife, which was an interesting choice. Her POV was one of my favorites but it didn't fit in with the rest well. The main plot o Cheesy Western If you're looking for a western with a corny romance this may be the book for you! This book tells the story of the main character Luke, and his 4-5 closest friends. There is also our heroine, but she's more of a side character who has a POV. The book switches between Luke and Ruthie's POV, along with one of his friend, Dare and the last being the bad guys wife, which was an interesting choice. Her POV was one of my favorites but it didn't fit in with the rest well. The main plot of this book is Luke trying to take back his family ranch. Then you had the romance between Luke and Ruthie, the villain's wife who is being abused, and the doctor trying to save her. I could tell that the book was being set up for a book of a romance between the abused wife and the doctor, which is the sequel to this book. There story overshadowed Luke and Ruthie's stories and it was hard to know who I was supposed to be focused on. Although they had back story, Luke and Ruthie both felt underdeveloped to me. I liked them to an extent, but some of their characteristics and skills were exaggerated to the point where they felt unbelievable. I had a hard time believing that a woman who had been doing chores and hunting could successfully sneak up on and be a good a shooter as former military. They both just fell flat. The other thing I wasn't a fan of in this book was the romance. I thought the characters belonged together and had a good thing going for them. However, Luke decides he wants to marry Ruthie, who says no, and he doesn't take no for an answer. Instead, he kisses her for 15 minutes and I guess those kisses were so magical that she changes her mind and they elope immediately. I wanted to put down the book then and there, and I nearly did. Even though I was looking for a cheesy western, this book fell short for me due to a jumble of characters and plot that felt very thrown together. Mary Connealy is a great author, but this book doesn't show that. I'm going to give this 1.5 stars because I found the story of the villain's wife to be interesting. I might take a peek at the sequel just to read about her.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    DNF at 37%. I was just too bored reading this. Whatever action the story had was told after the fact. Ruthy’s family dying, the Reinhardts kidnapping her, Greer stealing Stone’s ranch and killing Stone’s father - any of that would have been far more interesting. But the characters just talk about it after the fact. No action or anything exciting. Stone talks about getting his ranch back, but that’s it. Also, very little chemistry between Ruthy and Stone. She’s just annoyed by him, but she has to DNF at 37%. I was just too bored reading this. Whatever action the story had was told after the fact. Ruthy’s family dying, the Reinhardts kidnapping her, Greer stealing Stone’s ranch and killing Stone’s father - any of that would have been far more interesting. But the characters just talk about it after the fact. No action or anything exciting. Stone talks about getting his ranch back, but that’s it. Also, very little chemistry between Ruthy and Stone. She’s just annoyed by him, but she has to stay with him. I don’t care if they end up together or not. The one time there *might* have been some small spark between them, I didn’t get the sense there was any kind of connection, romantic or otherwise. I dunno - this just wasn’t for me. Too bland.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    I enjoyed this book. The action moved at a good pace; it was lively without feeling rushed. I appreciated that the romance was very mild; no one being discussed as 'hot' and not a lot of time spent drooling over each other. It was more of a natural attraction and seeing where it went. It was clean and sweet, not steamy. I was disappointed in one area. This book was shelved as inspirational fiction. God was mentioned, but there wasn't much mention or consideration of Him as a part of the characte I enjoyed this book. The action moved at a good pace; it was lively without feeling rushed. I appreciated that the romance was very mild; no one being discussed as 'hot' and not a lot of time spent drooling over each other. It was more of a natural attraction and seeing where it went. It was clean and sweet, not steamy. I was disappointed in one area. This book was shelved as inspirational fiction. God was mentioned, but there wasn't much mention or consideration of Him as a part of the characters lives. I felt He was mentioned as a minor character when He should be central to our lives. Overall, a good book and easy read.

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