21 February 2010

Montana Rose | Book Review Mini & Contest

Series: Montana Marriages Book 1
Authoress: Mary Connealy
Pages: 318 Paperback
Genre: Christian Fiction | Romantic Western
Available formats: Paperback, Kindle

My summary: Cassie (a pregnant widow) is about to learn what a marriage built on love, respect, and faith is actually like when (to survive the harsh old west) she is forced to marry a young stranger just minutes after burying her abusive first husband.

My say: Despite the sticky sweet ending I really loved this book. Mary Connealy has a way with characters. They charm you. When you are not giggling at their dialogue you are feeling their urgency, desire, and restraint in your chest.

My verdict: I can't wait to read The Husband Tree (book 2 in the series) and see what happens to the loud saucy character that reminded me of me.

My recommendation: If you love historical Christian fiction definitely pick this one up.

My star rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My contest:
Want to win my gently used paperback of Montana Rose? Comment with your email address below. You must be a resident of the US and follower to enter.
Contest ends March 21st.

My final say: I am always fascinated by romantic westerns. In the same way I adore finding love in a dystopian novel - it marvels me how people use to find love and make families in a practically lawless time when survival and food were so cumbersome. I guess it's the hopeless romantic (and survivalist) in me.

A giant thank you to the lovely Camy Tang for making this review and contest possible.


  1. hmmm that sounds SO MUCH like the Love Comes Softly books... did you ever read those?
    Great review! (I'm glad you like Christian fiction, too! :D)

  2. Aw this one sounds interesting. Thanks for the review, I'll look out for it :) x

  3. Glad you really enjoyed this book.

  4. It sounds like a sweet book. The cover is great, cowboy stuff! :)

  5. Please don't enter me - I just wanted to say that it sounds like a good book and that one of my favorite books as a teenager was one where, in the old west,this young girl helped this YOUNG widow take care of the baby and they fell in love. This review reminded me of it.

  6. Jill: Thanks for sharing. That definitely sounds similar.

    Amelia: The writer actually dedicates the book to her inspiration Janette Oke (the author of the Love Come Softly series) :)

  7. Wow - 5 stars! I love this kind of book! I would love to win your copy!

    forevereading at gmail dot com

  8. Uh oh! I was signed in under my hubby's acct by mistake! LOL
    It was me - Wendy not Glen!

  9. Great review!! I've heard a lot about this book actually! I'd love to enter the contest :)

    inthehammockblog (at) gmail (dot) com


  10. wonderful review! Sounds great!


    Visit My Kingdom Anytime

  11. Great review. I've never read anything in this genre, but maybe I should.


  12. sounds like a good read. I like your final say comments - I too enjoy wondering about these things. I don't know how you keep track of all your contests - please enter me though.

  13. I'm so glad you liked this book! Mary's a good friend of mine. Thanks for posting a review of her book!

  14. Thank you for the kind words about Montana Rose.
    I did dedicate it to Janette Oke because it was inspired by her beautiful, classic love story Love Comes Softly.

    I like to tell people that because if I DON'T, they'd NEVER KNOW IT. Because as with all my books, Montana Rose veers directly into comedy, gunfire and general mayhem.

    Romantic Comedy with Cowboys.

  15. Great review. I'm not a huge fan of westerns (possibly due to the fact that my dad used to make me watch them when I was younger), but this one sounds really interesting.

  16. justpeachy36@yahoo.com

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

  17. Oh this sounds like a winner. Great review. Pls add my name to the hat.

    I am follower


    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot

  18. I have laughed my way through each one of Mary's books, beginning with Petticoat Ranch. Best humor. Love, love, love the fireworks between characters. (Nothing "love comes softly" there!) Can't wait to read Montana Rose. Hope I win it. The contest ends on my birthday. If I do win, I'm sending it to my best friend who lives in Montana. She loves Mary's books too.

  19. Juju you always review so many different books. It opens me to different genres! Thanks

  20. What an adorable review! I would say I am reading my first cowboy romance this month with Cowboy Trouble. New genre for me!

  21. Camy: It is I that should be thanking you for bringing this lovely book to my attention. Thanks for stopping by and being such an inspiration.

    Mary: I'm so honored that you passed by. Thank you! I LOVED your book and can't wait to see what happens to Belle! :)

    Michelle: I can't wait to see what you think :)

    Beverly: Excellent point! The fireworks are MUCH appreciated *wink wink*

  22. Oh this looks really good. Please enter me in this contest.


    Thank You!!!

  23. wohlh8988@hotmail.com

    Sounds like a good book!

  24. I have to say that The Husband Tree, Belle Tanner's story, is the most fun I've ever had writing a book. That woman will just say anything, run over anyone, to do what needs doing.

    The first line of The Husband Tree....
    Belle Tanner pitched dirt right on Anthony's handsome, worthless face.

    (she's burying husband #3 under the same tree where she buried her first two worthless husbands, swearing off men forever and her only regret is the harm she might be doing to the tree roots.)

  25. The book sounds great. Thanks for the review! :O)

    estrella8888 at roadrunner dot com

  26. I have been wanting to get this series of books. This one if the first of the series and then The Husband tree is the second! I have had my eyes on this one for a while but have not found it in the stores. Please enter me because I would love to read it. I found your blog through Mary Connealy's blog, which I check every day!

    I am a new follower


  27. Sounds like a great book! You can enter me. I'm a follower and my email is:


    ALSO....You have an award at my place!

  28. Virginia, if you can't find my books in the stores you have my permission to throw a tantrum.

    Lay on the floor. Hold your breath. Scream and cry.

    Call the TV News first.

    And make sure you spell my name right.

    And don't mention this comment, pretend like it's your own idea.


  29. LOL Mary :D
    Too funny!
    Thanks for making me laugh.

    Welcome Diane and Virginia :)

  30. This is a new author for me, but I know I would enjoy her books.

    I am a new follower.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  31. I would love to win a copy of Montana Rose. Please enter me into your contest.

    Thank you,
    Cindy W.


  32. Love this book. Will be a great series from your review and look forward to reading. I love lite, humorous and romantic books.

    Pls enter me in the Montana Rose contest.

    I am a old follower via GFC

    misskalllie2000 at yahoo dot com

  33. Would very much like to win a copy of Montana Rose.


  34. You make this sound like a good one. Please count me in. Thank you!

    (Thanks for stopping by my blog!)

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  35. Count me in, I'd love to read this one.

  36. ***Please note: This contest is closed. The winner was announced 3/25/2010 (http://www.talesofwhimsy.com/2010/03/contest-winners-montana-rose-and-titus.html) Thank you to everyone who entered. Please stay tuned and continue to check my right-hand sidebar for more upcoming contests.****