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Gingham Mountain by Mary Connealy

Reviewed by Vickie McDonough

"...a comical romance with quirky characters that you’re sure to enjoy."

Grant has a heart as big as the state of Texas. He grew up an orphan and is determined to provide a home for as many orphaned children as he can find and care for. He has four now, but when the Orphan Train stops with two leftover children, he doesn’t hesitate to take them, even if the townsfolk think he’s crazy. Grant knows what it’s like to be an orphan and doesn’t want any child to have to go hungry or suffer because they have no parents.

Hannah Cartwright is sure that Grant uses orphans as slave labor on his Texas ranch. She takes a job as the town’s schoolmarm so she can keep an eye on Grant. Something isn’t right with the strange man, she is sure of it. She’s determined to not let any orphans endure what she did when she was forced to toil long hours for the cruel man who took her in.

But the more Hannah gets to know Grant, the more she sees how much he cares for his orphans. Maybe he truly does have the welfare of the children at heart. Just as Grant begins to steal her own heart, Hannah sees him carrying on with the town’s dressmaker. Devastated, she gets on her high horse again. If it’s the last thing she does, she’ll make sure that Grant’s orphans are safe, even if she has to take care of them herself.

Gingham Mountain is a comical romance with quirky characters that you’re sure to enjoy. Grant is determined to save every orphan he can, even if it means he must wear rags and do without. He doesn’t understand why the new schoolmarm is so interested in protecting his orphans, but he admires her spunk. Hannah and Grant clash from their first meeting, and things escalate from there. There’s lot of romantic tension between them that is sure to delight readers. Toss is a creepy bad guy and a hussy determined to capture Grant and make him marry her, and you have an intriguing mystery element. Readers of the Lassoed in Texas series will enjoy finding out how the characters of the previous books in this series are faring, as well. Gingham Mountain is a fun read that will keep you smiling.

Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.