Saturday, June 27, 2015

Book Review - Now & Forever

Now and Forever by Mary Connealy is book two in the Wild at Heart series.  Shannon and her sisters have been posing as men while fighting in the Civil War and homesteading.  Shannon has a love for sheep like The Good Shepherd.  Matthew is a mountain man who lives by himself.  His skills have made him a legend.   He prefers to be alone and only deals with people when necessary.

They met before, but their relationship is established by a wild adventure.  How could a couple not be bonded after running from a bear and falling into a dangerous river?   For about three chapters, we read about Shannon Wilde and Matthew Tucker as they struggle to survive.  Matthew learned that Shannon can take care of herself and him.

Many people are involved in their search and rescue - Shannon’s sisters & Matthew’s mountain men friends and family.  The teasing done by Matthew’s friends was so funny to me once they were found.   It also reminded me how different things are today.  A woman alone with a man back then for a long period of time almost means marriage.

The rest of the book is about Shannon and Matthew learning how to get along and figuring out who is trying to drive her off her land.   The villain in this book is scary.  You know who he is at the beginning, but he becomes more intense and dangerous as the story progresses.  

I like how the women in this book are very capable of taking caring of themselves during a time that was made for men.  Shannon learns how to make room for Matthew in her life.   He learns that living alone in the mountains is not as good as it was before getting to know Shannon.  You will enjoy this clean romance set in the 1800s.   The heroine is not frilly and dainty and the hero is not dashing and elegant.   Shannon and Matthew is the right combination of brave, strong, caring and sweet.

Rating: 4 stars

This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a review.  

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