*Disclaimer: I received this book as a review copy from Celebrate Lit. All opinions expressed are my own.
This book had all the fun for me. Three girls, alone on a mountain, no contact with the outside world, living off the land and being content with that.
When I was in college, one of our English assignments was to do free-write journal entries from a specific question. One of those questions was: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? My answer: On a deserted island, by myself. Hah.
Seriously, though, the teacher even wrote on my page that she agreed with me! Looking back it makes me laugh so much, because it’s still somewhat true today. I mean, I recognize my own need to have meaningful, human interaction, but the whole idea of living off the land, not having to worry about our crazy world, it sounds like a piece of Heaven (just not totally Biblical as I know we are to live in the world to be lights). It just sounds good.
So when I read this book, the story-line somewhat struck a chord with me. Some of the rest of the book felt a little forced and unreal, to be honest. Especially the passage of time. Within a matter of a week or two, the main characters meet, fall in love, and get married. That quickly. It just seemed completely unrealistic, since the girl has had absolutely no contact with the outside world. But it makes for a good story! My mom used to call this type of book a bubble-bath book and it’s perfect for relaxing!
As a fairy tale, this book was enjoyable to read. I loved the idea of the ranch up on a mountain with little access. The cave that the oldest sister retreats to later in the book. The mystery of the furnished house they find. I felt the book had some really great elements.
You can read more about the book and the author below. Scroll all the way to the bottom for a pretty awesome giveaway!
About the Book
Book: Aiming for Love
Author: Mary Connealy
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: October 2, 2019
Josephine Nordegren is one of three sisters who grew up nearly wild in southwestern Colorado. She has the archery skills of Robin Hood and the curiosity of the Little Mermaid, fascinated by but locked away from the forbidden outside world–a world she’s been raised to believe killed her parents. When David Warden, a rancher, brings in a herd much too close to the girls’ secret home, her older sister is especially frightened, but Jo is too interested to stay away.
David’s parents follow soon on his heels, escaping bandits at their ranch. But his father is wounded and needs shelter. Josephine and her sisters have the only cabin on the mountain. Do they risk stepping into the world to help those in need? Or do they remain separated but safe in the peaks of Hope Mountain?
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About the Author
Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. Learn more at www.maryconnealy.com.
More from Mary
What it would do to someone to run wild from nearly their earliest memory?
What if three young girls had the basic skills to survive a rugged life but no adults to guide them?
Would they grow up to be a completely odd and untamed version of themselves, or the truest, in some ways most honest version?
I wanted to explore that idea: wild children, tough young women, afraid of the invading world, but lonely, too. So I created the plot for my Brides of Hope Mountain series by mixing the three little girls who’d grown up wild on the top of a mountain with some fairy tale ideas.
Book one, Aiming for Love, is Josephine Nordegren’s story. I had this vision of Ariel the mermaid seeing a man for the first time when strangers invade the high valley she lives in with only her two sisters. Curiosity is her besetting sin, or so she’s always been told. She has wilderness skills, mainly in the form of owning a bow and arrow and understanding wild animals, but for the first time, she is drawn to a man.
Jo needs to be tamed, or Dave, the man she can’t stop watching from in the woods, needs to learn the ways of the wild, because they’re out of place in each other’s worlds.
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To celebrate her tour, Mary is giving away a grand prize package of a $20 Amazon gift card, a copy of Aiming for Love, and a copy of Fairy Tales from Around the World!!
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