Cassie’s husband took the easy way out.
He died. Leaving Cassie with nothing.
Well, now, that’s not exactly true. He may have left her without teaching her anything about the life or chores of the ranch but he’s left her with the ranch he bought with her money. He left her in Montana with beautiful silk dresses, of course, they can’t be worn when milking a cow. He made sure that she was never seen anything a ‘lady’ wouldn’t do including talking to the lowly. Then again, no one in Montana ever measured up t his standards so she had no friends. He let her pregnant but without protection.
Worst of all, he left her completely unprepared. Cassie wasn’t prepared to saddle a horse and ride to town for help because he didn’t think riding was ladylike. He made sure to tell Cassie what he wanted to be buried in, how she was to dress, and how much to pay the gravedigger but he forgot to mention how she was to pay him. He forgot to mention that the single men in the area would literally fight over her at his graveside service or that she’d be married again with hours of his death while standing on his grave. He also forgot to mention that he’d mortgaged everything they owned – even her family bible, family portraits, and clothes – and hadn’t even begun to pay.
What a way for Cassie to start her new life – in shock.
Another book I picked up and just couldn’t put down. I’ll have to read it again soon so that I can more fully appreciate the intricacies.
What I liked about this book: I really enjoyed watching Cassie grow from a frightened child into a woman. It was truly something to enjoy. I loved Red! What woman couldn’t fall for someone who prefers sass to a china doll?
What I didn’t like about this book: It was hard reading about Wade as he was in this book. I’ve read the Husband Tree so it just hurt to see what made him be that person.
What I realized while reading this book: I never fully realized until I read this book after Husband Tree (the next book in the series) exactly how talented this author really is. She started this book with a main characters but she had other characters so intermingled that sometimes you wonder who this book really is about. Then one set of characters finalizes their story in this book while the other’s life continues in the next. The talent in that comes in that when you’re finished with the first book you long for the second but if you read the second book first you don’t feel like you’ve missed anything. I think I’ll mix it up a bit more – I’ve been grabbing books as I find them but then holding them until I can read them in order but that’s not necessary with Mary Connealy!
|Buy or Borrow:||Buy|
|Steam:||There are some romantic places but nothing to worry about. The ‘wedding night’ and birth were tactfully done so that anyone would feel comfortable reading about them. A couple of references to ‘husbandly rights’ though.|
Wow! This was a long one – thanks for bearing with me!
** Many of the books I review are Advance Review Copies. These books are loaned to me for my review. I am in no way compensated for my time nor am I asked to give anything but my honest review.
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