Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gingham Mountain

Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Barbour Books
February 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60260-141-3
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Grant used to be an orphan. Now his heart is set on adopting all the kids who are homeless. He’s had as many as twenty-five children pass through his home so far. Right now he has six kids living under his roof, but never has he has so much trouble as when the new school teacher decides he’s a child abuser and is determined to get the kids out of his care.

Hannah Cartwright knows what its like to be an orphan too, but her adoptive father was abusive, so she is convinced that Grant is as well. And when he adopts Hannah’s little sister off the orphan train, Hannah is determined to take her sister – and all the other kids – to safety. So she lands a job as the town school teacher, and has Grant in her sights.

When a couple criminals discover oil on Grant’s land, they are willing to go to any length to get it…including murder or forcing him into marriage. Will their plans succeed before the secret of oil is discovered?

GINGHAM MOUNTAIN is the third book in award winning author Mary Connealy’s Lassoed in Texas series, and it is excellent. Mary is an extremely talented author who knows how to weave in the unexpected and the hilarious into a well-written story that will hold your interest to the very end.

I loved Grant, he is a very real, very sweet hero that any woman wouldn’t help but love. Hannah had her prickly moments when I just wanted to slap her, but she definitely had good reasons for harassing Grant and his family. GINGHAM MOUNTAIN is definitely a book on the lighter side. It will make you laugh until you cry. $14.95. 285 pages.

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