Review: ‘The Element of Love’ (The Lumber Baron’s Daughters, Book 1) by Mary Connealy

About The Book
She mixed danger, desperation, and deception together. Love was not the expected outcome.

With their sharp engineering minds, Laura Stiles and her two sisters have been able to deal with their mother’s unfortunate choice in husband until they discovered his plans to marry each of them off to his lecherous friends. Now they must run away–far and fast–to find better matches to legally claim their portion of their father’s lumber dynasty and seize control from their stepfather.

During their escape, Laura befriends a mission group heading to serve the poor in California. She quickly volunteers herself and her sisters to join their efforts. Despite the settlement being in miserable condition, the sisters are excited by the opportunity to put their skills to good use. Laura also sees potential in Caleb, the mission’s parson, to help with gaining her inheritance. But when secrets buried in Caleb’s past and in the land around them come to light, it’ll take all the smarts the sisters have to keep trouble at bay.
About Mary Connealy
Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is independently publishing a contemporary romantic suspense series called Garrison’s Law, book one is Loving the Texas Lawman. Her new historical series, High Sierra Sweethearts begins with The Accidental Guardian. She is also the author of these series: Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Wild at Heart, Cimarron Legacy, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages and Sophie’s daughters, and has man other books.
She is a two-time Carol Award winner and has been a finalist for the Rita and Christy Awards. She’s a lifelong Nebraskan and lives with her very own romantic cowboy hero. She’s got four grown daughters and four spectacular grandchildren.
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My Rating: 5 Stars!
‘The right thing for him might be to run for the hills.’

Well, Mary Connealy had done it again. She has once again written a cowboy comedy that brings much enjoyment and hours of great reading. I have been a fan since I first read a book by her. Her books sit proudly on my shelves. And do indeed take up a lot of room.

Connealy has created a cast of characters here that I surely enjoyed getting to know. And look forward to know more of, to be sure. These three sisters really are a cool trio. I can’t wait to see what happens in the lives of Michelle and Jilly. And to see if old mean Edgar gets what is coming to him. I just enjoyed every single minute. Now I have to wait a long time to read the next one.

My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book via the Net Galley platform. The review here is expressly my own opinion.

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: March 1, 2022
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