Monday, June 18, 2012

In Too Deep by Mary Connealy ~ review

  • Paperback: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209123

From the Back Cover

He casually agrees to a marriage of convenience...never expecting to fall in love with his bride.

Ethan Kincaid proposes marriage with the same detachment he gives every decision. Audra Gilliland accepts his proposal so she can stop being a burden to her newly married stepdaughter.

But Ethan never expected Audra to affect him so profoundly, and it terrifies him. Someone he loved was once seriously injured on his watch, and he won't let that happen again. If Audra will just do as he says, he can keep her safe from the dangers that lurk on the ranch.

Audra has been cared for all her life by one man or another--and they've done a poor job of it. Now she's planning to stand up for herself. And her new husband had better agree or get out of her way!

Can two fearful hearts--wary of getting in too deep--become two trusting hearts, willing to let go and fall in love?

My take on this  book:
I always enjoy reading historical fiction, and when there's a bit of drama, humor and mystery woven into the mix well it becomes a page turner for me, and after figuring out the characters in this story I became immersed in the story.The plot moves along at a very brisk pace, and I found myself laughing out loud on a few occasions. While the plot was a bit predictable the characters made up for it. As I got to know their background I learned that each was carrying some hurts from the past.

Audra Gilliland's father as good as sold her to her husband Wendell  to settle a gambling debt, and Wendell had never been good to her. So when he dies she doesn't grieve him.Thing is she now feels like she is a burden to her stepdaughter but she really has no place to go, that is until her son in law Rafe comes up with the idea for her to marry his brother Ethan and move to the Kincaid Ranch. How will things work out for  Audra and Ethan, especially when their hearts get involved?

"In Too Deep" is the second book in The Kincaid Bride series and while you can read this book as a stand alone work I really felt like I would have enjoyed the beginning of  the book more had I been "up" on the characters, otherwise this was a great little historical fiction that was well worth the read!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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