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Montana Rose by Mary Connealy

Reviewed by Vickie McDonough

"...a rollick in the old west that will pull at your heart strings and is sure to keep you smiling."

When her husband died, Cassie Griffin wanted to crawl in the grave with him. No sooner had the last shovel of dirt covered him than a tug-of-war begins among the local unmarried men as to who will be Cassie’s next husband. The fact that she’s big with Griff’s unborn child is of no matter to anyone. When a harsh but wealthy landowner snatches her up and lays claim to her, Cassie know a fear she’s never faced before. But then Red Dawson steps in and asks her to marry him. She doesn’t want to get married again but it seems that choice has been taken from her. She says yes to Red because he’s the only man who’s shown her any kindness and marrying him will save her from marrying the man she fears.

Griff trained Cassie well to be an obedient wife, and she vows to be the best wife Red has ever seen. Bus Red isn’t happy with her sweet, compliant attitude. He wants a wife who can think for herself and be the soul mate God intended her to be. Another tug-of-war begins as Red seeks to show Cassie that Griff was wrong. That a man should never abuse a woman or punish her if she doesn’t bend to his will. And he just might get through to her—if only she’ll stop being so—agreeable. Will Cassie ever realize that she’s now free to be the woman God made her to be? Can she overcome the past to grasp the wonderful future God has set in front of her?

Montana Rose is a rollicking western set in the Montana Territory in the days where few women lived there. A good woman was as valuable as a gold mine back then, and Cassie is the only person who doesn’t seem to know that. It’s easy to see how her childlike obedience could drive a man crazy. Red wants her to think for herself, but when she tries to do that and helps him with the ranch chores, he’s certain one of them won’t survive the problematic events that occur.

Readers will enjoy seeing Cassie blossom like a tight bud opening up to the sunlight under Red’s love and encouragement. The book both humorously and dramatically illustrates the difference a harsh man and a kind, caring man can make in a woman’s life. As Cassie learns to receive Red’s love, she also opens up to accept that God loves her. Montana Rose, the first book in Mary Coneally’s Montana Marriages series, is a rollick in the old west that will pull at your heart strings and is sure to keep you smiling.


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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.