Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy: Book Review
About the Book
Book: Aiming for Love
Author: Mary Connealy
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: October 2, 2019
Josephine Nordegren is one of three sisters who grew up nearly wild in southwestern Colorado. She has the archery skills of Robin Hood and the curiosity of the Little Mermaid, fascinated by but locked away from the forbidden outside world–a world she’s been raised to believe killed her parents. When David Warden, a rancher, brings in a herd much too close to the girls’ secret home, her older sister is especially frightened, but Jo is too interested to stay away.
David’s parents follow soon on his heels, escaping bandits at their ranch. But his father is wounded and needs shelter. Josephine and her sisters have the only cabin on the mountain. Do they risk stepping into the world to help those in need? Or do they remain separated but safe in the peaks of Hope Mountain?
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Beautiful story, wonderful setting, and characters who I would love to sit down and chat with for days.
Aiming for Love is the beginning of a new series, and it certainly starts off with a bang. Three sisters who have never experienced life outside their remote mountain home suddenly find themselves neck deep in culture overload.
Mary Connealy does a fantastic job with her descriptions. Long enough to immerse you in the setting but short enough you don’t lose track of what’s happening around the characters.
I can’t wait to hear more from Jo, Ilsa, and Ursula. Ursula especially intrigues me, even as she frustrates me because of the insane amount of fear she possesses. I think that will make a very promising story arc when it’s her turn to step into the spotlight.
Jo’s character is fresh and sincere while remaining naive, a unique combination when you add in her deadly skill with bow and arrow along with her wilderness savvy.
There’s still a lot of ground for the series to cover, but this first installment hit the ground running and I never looked back.
Jo and Dave show a rock-solid strength and belief in God, and the theme I took away from Aiming for Love was that we cannot live in fear. Bad things happen no matter where you live. You shouldn’t let fear drive you away from those you love, and you should be willing to put your faith and trust in a God who is bigger than all our troubles.
If you enjoy historical romance, especially of the wilderness variety, you should read this book. You won’t regret it.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. Learn more at www.maryconnealy.com.
More from Mary
What it would do to someone to run wild from nearly their earliest memory?
What if three young girls had the basic skills to survive a rugged life but no adults to guide them?
Would they grow up to be a completely odd and untamed version of themselves, or the truest, in some ways most honest version?
I wanted to explore that idea: wild children, tough young women, afraid of the invading world, but lonely, too. So I created the plot for my Brides of Hope Mountain series by mixing the three little girls who’d grown up wild on the top of a mountain with some fairy tale ideas.
Book one, Aiming for Love, is Josephine Nordegren’s story. I had this vision of Ariel the mermaid seeing a man for the first time when strangers invade the high valley she lives in with only her two sisters. Curiosity is her besetting sin, or so she’s always been told. She has wilderness skills, mainly in the form of owning a bow and arrow and understanding wild animals, but for the first time, she is drawn to a man.
Jo needs to be tamed, or Dave, the man she can’t stop watching from in the woods, needs to learn the ways of the wild, because they’re out of place in each other’s worlds.