A single man and woman from very different backgrounds
Who are attracted to each other
And don’t want to be…
Three independent daughters and an infant
A rugged wilderness
And an impossible task
Then you have Mary Connealy’s newest novel, The Husband Tree.
Belle Tanner’s never been good at picking husbands…and she’s had her fair share of opportunities. The only good thing they ever gave her was her four tough-as-nails daughters.
New in town, and running from a shotgun wedding, Silas needs the work that Belle Tanner provides – but he doesn’t need to babysit four girls and a sassy mom as they steer stubborn cattle across the Rockies. The last thing he’s looking for is the noose of a marriage.
Can Belle learn to trust her heart with true love? Will Silas be willing to take a chance with his hard-nosed boss-lady and her suspicious daughters? Will they survive the hurts of the past and challenges of the present to make a future for themselves?
To find out – check out this book and learn more about Mary Connealy at: http://www.maryconnealy.com/
Mary excels at male-female banter, adventure, romance, and especially humor. The Husband Tree is no exception. With two strong characters leading the way, and a herd of great supporting characters, you’ll get caught up in this story just to see if Belle and Silas will end up killing each other, or falling in love. 🙂
I appreciate how Mary takes this hard-shell of a woman, and moves the reader past Belle’s façade, to a wounded heart that is now as callous as her hands. Watching her grow, break, and trust herself again is a beautiful process. And even more beautiful is how surprised Belle is when she meets a good man – who truly wants to care for her.
If there’s one thing Mary can write (of course she can write more than one thing) – it’s heroes. I’m always drawn to her heroes, even though I liked Belle too – I especially enjoyed reading about Silas. His struggles, his internal (and external) arguments, his desire to do the right thing, all make him such a believable and likable character. I rooted, laughed and hurt with him as I read. He’s one of those people you refer to as ‘a good soul’…and when he comes up with the ruse to pretend to be married to Belle (oops – gotta read to find out), it’s hilarious! Love it!
This book is about second-chances…or in Belle’s case a fourth chance 🙂 It’s also about trusting your heart. There’s something powerful about a wounded person making the choice to trust again, and both Belle and Silas must do that.
The Husband Tree is certainly a worthy addition to my shelf of Connealy classics and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the Montana Brides series – Wildflower Bride.