19 May 2010

Wildflower Bride | Mini Book Review

Book: Wildflower Bride Series: Montana Marriages Book 3
Authoress: Mary Connealy
Authoress tagline: "Romantic Comedy with Cowboys"
Pages: 320 pages Publisher: Barbour
Available formats: Kindle, Paperback
Goodreads: Wildflower Bride
Genre: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Western, Romance

My summary: After returning Glowing Sun to her people, Wade finds he is in love with her and can not bring him self to leave. So he sets up camp near the Flathead tribe. Little does he know that tragedy will bring Glowing Sun (Abby) and Wade back together.

My say: As you all know, I am a character fanatic and my book love is directly tied to my ability to connect or sympathize for the main characters. When I can not connect with the characters the book ultimately falls flat for me. That is exactly what happened with the Wildflower Bride. Despite my love and admiration for books 1 and 2 in the Montana Marriages series (Montana Rose and The Husband Tree), this one did not win me over. Abby drove me crazy.
However, I did love the way Mary Connealy brought back all the characters from books 1 and 2 (fans of Montana Rose are in for a treat) and Wade. Wade is a beautiful flawed complex character that is introduced in book one, evolves in book 2, and comes full circle in book 3. Mary continuously surprised and impressed me with Wade. I still can not believe she was able to take a character I detested and turn him in to someone I rooted for. His journey with God is beautiful and a testament to Mary Connealy's writing.
My star rating: 3 out of 5 stars

My recommendation: If you like Christian Fiction, give the Wildflower Bride a try. If you are considering trying Mary Connealy, try The Husband Tree.

My final say: If you've read the Wildflower Bride, I'm curious what did you think of Wade?



  1. cute cover. i've seen this series around. thanks for the review!

  2. ahh, i love the cover...i'm sorry the book fell kind of flat for you ~ i hate it when that happens! so terribly disappointing! but great review, as always! =]

  3. Ive never read this one...you know Im not a big western-cowboy book fan...I havent found one yet that Ive enjoyed

  4. That's disappointing when you just can't connect with the characters. Great review though!

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  6. I'm with you on the 'if I can't connect with a character' train...it makes me just want to put the book down forever. Nice little review!

  7. The cover is adorable. I’m sorry you weren’t able to connect with the characters. I hate when that happens.

  8. aww its always horrible when books don't meet your expectations,:(

  9. I'm a native Montanan, so I should check into this.

    Thanks for identifying the character fanatic--that is so true for me.

  10. Nice cover and great review!

  11. Your blog is so cute! I love it! I've never heard of these stories but it is something I'm definitely going to look into. Despite you not being pleased with this read it seems like the others should be looked into!

  12. I'm a character fanatic too! I would get irritated if a book doesn't work for me.

    Btw, I love how you change your blog BG color often! It feels so novel! :)

  13. Awww, too bad you didn't like this one as much as the others. I remember how much you liked the husband tree, and actually added it to my to read list based on your great review!!

  14. Carrie: This one is just ok but Husband Tree rocks. I hope you decide to read it. :)

    Aths: LOL Thanks :) I'm always afraid people will hate it.

    Jen: Welcome Jen! :) Thank you so much for your lovely compliment. And you are so right - MC is a great writer and the other two should definitely be checked out.

    Emma: Thanks darlin ;)

    Kim: Really? I've always wanted to visit. I hope you try the series.

    Blue, Christie, Celia, Cheryl, Chelley, and Stacy: Thanks for your support and comments. It ain't easy being a character fiend. ;)

    Tina: It's weird. I love the cowboy thing :)

  15. I find that one of the reasons I cannot connect with a character is when they act and behave so vastly different to how they are described in the book. I find that very irritating to read.

    Here is my two pence about this "inconsistent" issues: http://www.cherrymischievous.com/2009/09/burning-alive.html

  16. Cherry: Excellent point :) Thank you for the link. I LOVE when people take the time to link me something :)