Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award finalist and a Carol Award winner. She is the author of the Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, the Montana Marriage Trilogy, and the Sophie's Daughters Series.
Mary lives on a Nebraska ranch with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters: Joslyn (married to Matt), Wendy, Shelly (married to Aaron), and Katy. And she is the grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren.
Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy...with cowboys. http://www.maryconnealy.com She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita and Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist. She is the author of bestselling Kincaid Brides Series: Out of Control, In Too Deep, Over the Edge. Her work also includes Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, Montana Marriages Trilogy and Sophie's Daughters Trilogy. She also wrote Ten Plagues--a romantic thriller, and The Historical Society Murders--three cozy mysteries, under the name Mary Nealy. Mary is married to a Nebraska rancher and has four grown daughters and two spectacular grandchildren.
are only three of the many, many words I could use to describe Mary Connealy's debut novel, Petticoat Ranch! Fun, unique, hilarious, and inspiring are other words that still fail to do the novel justice.
Mary has constructed a fantastic story that seems to breach all genres - who would have thought a suspenseful historical with a strong romance thread and a hilarious chick-lit voice would have been this great? This is one book that everyone can - and will! - read and enjoy.
A widow on the frontier, more daughters than she - or her new husband - can count, a dangerous surprise, and one stubborn cowboy make this story one you won't be able to put down!
I dare you to branch out today and pick up a copy of this fabulous book! You'll giggle, you'll sniffle, you'll constantly look over your shoulder...but most of all, you WON'T regret it!
Because a few horribly written books I have read in the past that were of the same genre (Christian Historical Fiction, set in the Frontier), I was leery of reading this novel. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that "Petticoat Ranch" is a lively, funny, sweet, & suspenseful book. It was filled with relatable, realistic, and multi-dimensional characters, which I find is often lacking in Christian fiction. Some bits are pretty cheesy, the relationships seem to progress rather quickly (and outside of the text), it is of course fairly predictable, and there's nothing terribly remarkable about the story, but overall it is still a well-written book that I was pleased to read, and couldn't put down!
What does a seasoned cowboy, rasied by mountain men and toughened by the trail, do when confronted by a feisty vision of femininity? Throw in a passel of cute-as-bug girls with tears that flow a-plenty, and just watch this self-assured cowboy crumble. Clay McClellan has his hands full when he vows to serve and protect Sophie Edwards and her daughters, and regain control of the ranch his brother called home before being lynched by a vigilante. Love and laughter fill the pages of Connealy's debut novel bringing joy back into the old West. A must-read novel, Petticoat Ranch offers a great start to a long, successful future for a most talented author.
Mary Connealy's gripping opening chapter puts the reader face-to-face with Sophie McClellan, the tougher-than-nails heroine of Petticoat Ranch. In a book rife with humor that pokes good, honest fun at men and the vagaries of a marriage of convenience (or any marriage!!!), Connealy hits the mark time and again with her unstinting faith, her well-drawn characters and her ability to showcase honest family interaction between a "go-get-'em" new husband and father with no experience around little girls, and a mopheaded crew of rag-tag daughters with no small bit of sass and overactive tear ducts, led by a mother who has shown her willingness to do whatever proves necessary to keep her family safe. Told in quick, conversational prose, Connealy came out of the gate with a delightfully told story.
Petticoat Ranch is a hoot! Connealy is one of the best writers I've read in a long time. She expertly weaves humor, adventure and hard-hitting lessons together in one unforgettable story! Everyone MUST rush to order this book! You won't regret it. Connealy is an author you'll be hearing a lot about in the future. I can't WAIT to read her future works.
Petticoat Ranch is a fun book. The humor is relaxed and satisfying. It all starts when Sophie McClellan rescues a stranger from a flash flood, and he is the spitting image of her deceased husband. He turned out to be Clayton McClellan, Cliff's long lost twin brother. Grateful to her for saving his life, he decides to stay and take care of Sophie and her four young daughters. Clay hasn't been around women very much, but he doesn't figure that will be a problem. All you have to do is give the orders and they obey, right? The man has a lot to learn.
Sophie is a strong willed woman, not used to taking orders, and her four young daughters are all as sweet and as pretty as angels, except when they're fighting or crying, which is pretty well most of the time. It's enought to drive a man out of his ever-loving mind. Clay has his hands full, and as if he didn't have enough problems with Sophie and the girls, the men who hung Cliff want the ranch and they don't mind killing a woman in order to get it.
I read this book in one afternoon. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. I'm looking for more from this very talented writer.
Petticoat Ranch depicted women back in the days of cowboys and cattle ranches. Women worked hard back then, sometimes even harder to survive being defiled by the men back then. This story shows how one woman protected her girls and showed them how to fend for themselves.
When Clay McClellan discovers his brother has been murdered he is set on revenge. But first, he believes, his Christian duty demands he marry his sister in law. After all, Sophie needs someone to protect her right? He would do the right thing by his brother's family.
The men that killed Clay's brother are still out to kill his family. Will they succeed in finishing the job they started? Stay tuned. This book will make you laugh out loud in parts. I can't wait for the next book to come out by to come out. This would make a great movie.