Item description for Petticoat Ranch (LASSOED IN TEXAS) by Mary Connealy...
Overview Widow Sophie Edwards is doing fine, until a headstrong---and oddly familiar---mountain man enters her life. When Clay McClellan learns his brother is dead, he's determined to bring the killers to justice. But first his Christian obligation is to marry his sister-in-law. Can faith and love help them find common ground on the Texas frontier? 320 pages, softcover from Barbour.
Sophie Edwards is doing just fine alone, until a strange-yet oddly familiar-man rides into her life, insisting on rescuing her and her four daughters. Can she find a way to love a headstrong mountain man? When Clay McClellan discovers his brother has been murdered, he's bent on finding the killers and seeing them properly hung. But first his Christian duty demands that he marry his sister-in-law. After all, Sophie needs someone to protect her - right? Faith and love help unruly wed newlyweds find common ground and a chance at love on the Texas frontier.
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Studio: Barbour Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.7" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2007
Publisher Barbour Books
Series Barbour Value Fiction
ISBN 1597896470 ISBN13 9781597896474
Availability 0 units.
More About Mary Connealy
Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters series, and her novel Calico Canyon was nominated for a Christy Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Petticoat Ranch (LASSOED IN TEXAS)?
Fun Read Oct 28, 2008
MacGyver meets Little House on the Prairie would sum up this adventure. Loved every page!
Two strong-headed people equals great comedy Oct 19, 2008
Sophie Edwards is used to taking care of herself and her four daughters after her husband's death. Her constant prayer is, "Help me, Lord" while she does what needs to be done in the small shack they live in. Then one night, a stranger shows up and almost dies. She and the girls rescue him and find out he is Clay McClellan, the twin brother of her deceased husband. Feeling obligated to care for the woman and children his long lost brother left behind, he corners her into marrying him. She puts up a fight but decides to go along with it in order to have her ranch back.
However, there's trouble brewing. Judd Mason wants that ranch and makes a plan to kill them in order to get it. Meanwhile, Clay feels inferior to his brother who seems to have done everything right while he (Clay) keeps messing things up. Sophie is determined to do the chores and fix up the place as she's always done, and her daugthers, who adore Clay, pretend to be helpless in order to soothe his ego. So Sophie and Clay constantly butt heads and argue, but even in the midst of it, there's humor.
Mary Connealy does a remarkable job with comedy, and this light-hearted book will be a fun read for anyone in the mood for a little romance and suspense.
Calico Canyon: Lassoed in Texas, Book 2 (Truly Yours Romance Club #24) Golden Days: Alaskan Historical Series #2 (Heartsong Presents #744)
very good read Oct 4, 2008
This is a very good book. As a person whom reads many different varieties of books, I found this to be a good read. I also have read the next book in this series and it is worth reading also.
A New Favorite for my Library! Jun 20, 2008
Historical fiction is my favorite Christian fiction genre I believe. It is how I got started reading Christian fiction, one problem with it, is that some how I seem to have started with the best and often have a hard time finding anything that really meets the par. Things are great and enjoyable, but not quite as exciting as those first Liz Curtis Higgs or Tracie Peterson and even Francine Rivers' Redeeming Love. Well, boy is that not the case with Mary Connealy! Welcome to my favorites' shelf! (Literally I do have a favorites' shelf, if my mom didn't have half my books from it, I'd post a picture). (Ugh, it was a library book... I'll have to get a copy to put on my favorites' shelf....)
Petticoat Ranch is everything that a good historical fiction should be, and I'm glad to have read it. I'm a southern gal through and through, and I'd like to think myself a Southern Belle. I'm really invested in my genealogy, and I have my family tracked for years to the late sixteen century in the Carolinas, and Virginia, and then later Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Texas. I guess one way to put it, is to say that I'm completely biased. I love the bumper sticker that says "North 1 South 0 Half Time". Not that I'm saying "yay to slavery", but I know the stories, and have read journals of my own family members and have seen how cruel some of the North was against them. Not saying the South were angels, but I'm partial to my rebels, as they are my own blood. With that said... It's often hard for me to ever feel much for a story with Norther ties and empathy.
Not at all the case with this book. I so feel for the characters, they are completely real to me, and I'm fully on their side! This book was incredible. I cannot count the times that I giggled, or rolled my eyes. I have no recollection of how many times I scoffed or said, "MEN!". I am quite unsure of how many times I snickered and had a little evil laugh, feeling I'm sure the emotions of Sophie and her girls. In all cases, it was plenty, and I definitely was smiling through out this novel. That is, when I wasn't scowling and wanting revenge for my own self. The sermons were perfect and powerful, and so true to how God works. The reactions of the characters was real, and the men were not overly flowery, but were such "men". (A problem often found with women authors, but not so with this book in my opinion. With that said, usually male authors have problems with their female characters in my mind too.)
Sophie is such a strong woman, struggling to keep it all together, and I just love her personality. The girls are fabulous, and I really giggle and evil giggle with Beth loving what she's up to. I really cannot praise this story enough, now that I think about it. So many different personalities are captured within the different characters, and the main two commandments of Love from Jesus Christ reverberate through the pages. Even the most stubborn of a person can see a little insight into themselves through these pages.
Petticoat Ranch Apr 27, 2008
PETTICOAT RANCH is a fun, entertaining read about Sophie Edwards and her determination to survive the difficulties of living the life of a frontiersmen while protecting herself and her four girls. The difference in PETTICOAT RANCH is the way it is written with such a whimsical flow. Even when difficulties arise, you know quick-thinking Sophie will battle through whatever comes her way.
A light read. And though I felt some areas needed to be explored deeper, (i.e. her immediate relationship with the brother of her deceased husband), I enjoyed the carefree pace of the book.