- File Size: 3454 KB
- Print Length: 247 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 3, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 3, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CRHOTJQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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In this brief story, we see what drives Chance Boden to leave Boston for the wilds of the New Mexico Territory on a mission to reconnect with his four year old son, Cole, and with God. We meet the woman he marries to hold the land her father gave his blood to protect. We learn the roots and see new seeds planted for future threats and conflicts, while the characters of the three Boden children (Cole, Justin and Sadie) are established. But what I feel is the main take-away is the strong sense of the devotion to family that leads Chance to build a legacy for his children - both the ranch and a love of God.
Though this at times suffers from the rushed feel that many novellas have, a too common side effect due to the brevity of the form, it is well worth reading. While more somber and serious in tone than I expected from Connealy, it does have moments of humor that are simply precious. Having a four year old interrupt a tender moment and later question certain aspects of married life is the perfect touch of humor from an author who says she writes "romantic comedies with cowboys."
If you are a fan of clean historical romances set in the American Old West, western stories and/or romances in general, or just an enjoyable and uplifting story, then this is well worth reading. Especially recommended for fans of Mary Connealy, of which I count myself one having adored her Wild at Heart trilogy.
I'm looking forward to the novels of this series with great anticipation.
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Plus there is the old trope about grandparents wanting to steal their grandchild away from a heretofor responsible and successful parent. Who are these grandparents? Most of my friends don't even want to babysit and do handstands when the kids get picked up. Not that we don't love them but get serious. Who wants to go through acne, first love and mouthy teenagers if there is a perfectly good parent available? Go ask you father if you can stay out all night. Let him deal with it.
I guess you can add a star if your a die hard Conneally fan. Or if your secret fantasy is raising your grandchildren. Or it's no big deal if your father gets shot and the killer gets away with it.
The Boden Birthright is the PREQUEL to Mary Connealy’s new series The Cimarron Legacy. It was written to give you a bit of the history of the parents. There are storylines that are not completed in this book but are meant to get you interested enough to read the rest of the series.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have every single book that I have read of Mary’s. The characters are unique and interesting, the plot is believable and as always there is some of Mary’s unique humor (snort coffee through your nose, laugh out loud, pee your pants). Chance Boden escapes from his controlling in-laws with his four year old son by going west. He finds some land he is interested in and talks to Frank Chastain to see if there is any land nearby for him to buy. He ends up working with Frank and meeting his daughter, Veronica Chastain. Veronica immediately falls in love with the four year old Cole.
One example of Mary’s humor revolves around Cole telling Veronica about the time he walked into his parents’ bedroom during a private moment. I won’t totally spoil it for you.
I saw other reviews that didn’t like the length of the story, unfinished story lines, etc. but as I said, it’s a prequel and sets up the series for you. I think you could read the series without reading this book but would recommend readings it to get the background info. Love Mary’s books and looking forward to the series.
Since I have the entire Cimarron Legacy by Mary Connealy to read, I decided to start with the prequel novella. This sets up the background nicely for me! Chance Boden doesn't deal well with his grief after his wife passed away. Leaving the care of his son Cole in the hands of his in-laws, who treat him poorly. Deciding to leave at the first opportunity and go as far West as the trail will take them, he ends up in New Mexico under the roof of Francois Chastian. And as they say, from there the rest is history! Of course he has a beautiful daughter Veronica (aka Ronnie) who falls in love with little Cole first and marries Chance later after tragedy strikes. But really these two had an underlying attraction to fan the fire of love. An enjoyable short story to set the pace of this series.
I really like prequels because it gives you a glimpse of what happens before the full length novels! I look forward to seeing Cole grow up and Chance running the Cimarron Ranch in No Way Up, and meeting other characters in all three stories.
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