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Product Details

  • Series: Trouble in Texas (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209147
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

When a cowboy focused on revenge encounters a woman determined to distract him, there's going to be trouble in Texas!


Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone...so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.

Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men currently on the property won't let it go without a fight. Luke plans to meet up with friends who will help him take back the land, and since he can't just leave Ruthy in the middle of nowhere, she's going to have to go with him.

But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love?

"This new series, TROUBLE IN TEXAS, will add to her list of successes if the first installment is any indication... Connealy's style is fast-paced and spritely and sure to keep drawing fans." --Publishers Weekly

"Carol Award-winner Connealy ("THE KINCAID BRIDES" series) has created a strong, independent heroine who meets her match in Luke, the strong, silent type. They clash at first before finding solace in each other, which makes for humorous moments that will please readers who enjoy romantic comedies with a Western flavor." --Library Journal

Known for her bestselling historical romantic comedies, Mary Connealy has sales totaling more than half a million copies. She lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her husband, Ivan, and enjoys spending time with her four grown daughters and their families.

About the Author

Known for her bestselling historical romantic comedies, Mary Connealy has sales totaling more than half a million copies. She lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her husband, Ivan, and enjoys spending time with her four grown daughters and their families.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

A great read and I look forward to the next book in this series.
Melina Mason
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, western fiction and/or comedy and romance.
Tegan H. Vandenbosch
The rest of the story is filled with good characters and a great plot and gentle humor.
Becky Dietz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on March 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
Having loved the three prior books I've read by Mary Connealy (Out of Control, In Too Deep, and Over the Edge), I could hardly wait to read Swept Away, book one in her new "Trouble in Texas" series. While I did still really like it, there was just something that kept me from loving it like I did the "Kincaid Brides" series.

I liked the new group of characters and found all of the "Regulators" individual stories very interesting. I loved how close they all were and that they were willing to die for justice. I felt really bad for Ruthy and all she had to go through in her life - she was such a strong woman.

I loved how Swept Away's story was slightly tied into the Kincaid Brides series - even though none of those characters were in this one, the connection was still neat. One thing I didn't like was when it seemed as though the characters would repeat themselves needlessly.

Swept Away had a lot of action and some suspenseful scenes. There were a few twists and my attention was held throughout. I also liked the humor in this novel - I couldn't stop myself from chuckling a few times.

Overall, a great read.While it's not my favorite Mary Connealy read to date, I did really like it and am looking forward to reading book two which is set to release September 2013 - it sounds like it's going to be fantastic! I recommend Swept Away if you enjoy historical books with romance, humor, and cowboys. :)

*I received this book for free for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dora Hiers on February 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Augustine on April 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
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.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raya on July 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
If there is one thing Mary Connealy does well, it's a romantic comedy. Clean, exciting, and just plain fun, her novels can beat your average chick flick film any day.

Just as her "Lassoed in Texas," "Montana Marriages," and "Sophie's Daughters" trilogies were all connected, now her new series Trouble in Texas follows the Kincaid Brides trilogy. Luke Stone, the brother of Over the Edge's heroine Callie, is planning to start something akin to the next civil war when he heads home to reclaim his ranch from a land-grabbing murderer who killed his father. On the way home, he encounters the half-dead Ruthy MacNeil who had just taken a trip downriver from her wagon train during a flash flood. Since the nearest civilization outside of Broken Wheel, Texas (if you can call an Indian Territory town containing a whole three women civilization), is a couple days ride away, he brings her home with him and she buys into his fight for his ranch, along with some old friends of his from the War Between States.

Luke certainly have their struggles with vengeance toward Flint Greer, and his friend Dare, a secondary voice in the novel, has some trouble reigning in his hate toward the wicked wife-beater. No matter the temptation, though, these are good men trying to act within the boundaries of the law. Judging by the men introduced, I believe we can expect them to be the leads in the subsequent novels. Already the second novel, "Fired Up," starring Dare and the Widow Greer, is being advertised.

Of all Connealy's "romantic comedies with cowboys," Swept Away most fully embodies the spirit of a good old-fashioned Western, complete with a good old-fashioned, Wild West shootout in the suddenly deserted town. This novel reads like a film, but no movie could capture Connealy's witty narration that typifies her books and makes them such a pleasure to read.

Highly recommended for all lovers of westerns and comedies!
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