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Kylie was sick and tired of wearing pants. Yep. Pants. She’d had enough.

Although, being up on her roof hearing thunder, that would have been a fine time to have had a pair of them on. Nonetheless, Kylie has got to get her roof repaired before the rain hit. triedandtrue

But roofs are tricky. She’d need a ladder. And she didn’t have one on hand. Her Pa had a ladder.

“Talk about someone Kylie didn’t want to ask for help! Cudgel Wilde would scold and snarl and in the end make Kylie want to jump on her horse and ride off and never come back.”

And, he’d make her wear pants.

Kylie was sick of pants.

Sisters Bailey and Shannon wore pants and didn’t mind. Of course, it was all part of the disguise….. Disguised as boys, the three sisters went off to war after their brother died during his service. Their pa demanded they go, so then they could homestead using the special exemption for having served in the Civil War- as boys. And being a boy meant wearing pants. Did I mention Kylie was sick of pants?

And that brings us to the present situation- Kylie on top of her roof in a skirt, with a thunderstorm coming. But before the rain came, there was thunder- and lightening. That meant Kylie had to get down without repairing the roof. Kylie hated roofs just as much as she hated pants.

“A sprinkle hit the back of her neck. Just how slippery did a roof get? Could she survive a fall? What if she broke her leg? Would she have to lie in the yard until help came? Or wolves came?

“Dear Lord,” she cried as she glanced at the dark clouds and spoke past them to God, “don’t let me be eaten by wolves because I was too stubborn to ride over to Shannon’s and wheedle her into fixing my roof.””

As she slipped and worked her way down the roof, she repeated the same mantra, “Three years to earn the life I want….”  Down to the furthest point she could reach with her hands around her stove pipe,  she realized the ladder back chair she had used to climb up with- is missing.

“She began losing her grip on the pipe, feeling her fingernails scraping along its length, and then lost her hold completely and fell. Solid arms closed around her legs. “I’ve got you, miss!””

And thus, her introduction to Aaron Masterson, land agent for Aspen Ridge. Land agent, as in, the person responsible for inspecting homestead claims and making sure there’s a cabin on the homestead after 6 months. As in, the homestead claim Kylie’s pa forced her to make for her two years of service during the Civil War. And, the homestead claim only men were allowed to have……..

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One of the reasons Mary Connealy is one of my all-time favorite authors is because of her humor. I was laughing pretty much from the get-go, and didn’t stop until the satisfying end. This title is classic Mary Connealy, through and through.

This is the first book in the Wild at Hearts series. You can bet I’m going to read about sisters Shannon and Bailey. Don’t miss it!

As usual, I give this title 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from Bethany House publishers (www.bethanyhouse.com) for this review.

 

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Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.

The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She’s changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life.  unspoken

She’s never said a word–to the cops, to her doctors, to family–about those four years.

A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn’t find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years.

Bryce Bishop doesn’t know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather’s estate–and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her. But nothing else is working in his favor–she’s decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she’s willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She’s not giving him much of an opening to work with.

Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved, has only opened another chapter…

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The description had me thinking this sounded a Jaycee Dugard story, and I thought I would review it just because it piqued my curiosity.

Well. Thankfully, it was not like that story.

It was, however, very good.

Events a decade ago led Charlotte to change her name. She didn’t want anyone to know. She hadn’t talked then and she wasn’t about to start now.

Her life moved on in relative anonymity, and she wanted to keep it that way. As the sole heir to her grandfather’s fortune, she has the responsibility of liquidating his multi-million dollar inventory of stuff- including 60 million in rare coins.

As part of her grandfather’s estate, another piece of the pie are the investment dollars from the sale of his early companies, now worth even more than what he had in his compound’s vaults. Charlotte doesn’t need the money, of course, and it’s a burden to even think about. She won’t get that money, though, unless she marries.

And after what happened those many years ago, Charlotte has vowed never to marry. Ever.

As Bryce comes on board to help her sell the coins, can he help her find a place of healing, too?

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While there was a lot about coins in there, I wasn’t completely bored. The premise of this was interesting, while not being completely realistic. I suppose it could happen, though, and it’s fun to think about what you would do if this landed in your lap. I am not a coin collector, so I don’t know if all the information was completely accurate or not, but it sounded good.

This had all the right stuff- another mystery going on at the same time in the form of a cold case the super sleuths were trying to unravel. I was hoping it would all get tied up with a neat little bow at the end, and I wasn’t disappointed.

If you don’t mind coin talk, you will love this book. If coin talk makes you fall asleep, you’ll have to start and stop to get through this.

I loved it, though, and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I received this book for free from Bethany House publishers (www.bethanyhouse.com) for this review.

You might really enjoy the trailer for the book. 🙂

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OylK0PN1ak8%5D

 

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