Spotlight on Mary Connealy – Doctor in Petticoats

by | Apr 6, 2011 | Christian authors, Fiction Book Reviews, inspirational fiction | 7 comments

In summer 2010, Mary Connealy started a new series. Sophie’s Daughters series.

Taking the rambuncious and eclectic bunch of gals from Petticoat Ranch, Mary began a series related to the main character (Sophie)’s daughters varying romances. Without losing one bit of pace or humor, Mary charged right in with Beth’s story. Have fun reading this review from July 2010.

Yep, it’s another fabulous book by Mary Connealy. That woman can write books faster than Scarlet O’Hara can get into trouble…or maybe I ought to say, faster than Belle Tanner can fire a Winchester. Because when it comes to Mary’s books, it’s about cowboys, tough-as-nails women, romance, and loads of humor.

And I’m NOT talkin’ sugar-sweet romance either. I’m talkin’ the kind of romance where you’re not sure whether the two are going to kill each other or kiss each other. It’s that simple – and that funny.

Mary’s ramped up the adventure to full-throttle with her newest novel, Doctor in Petticoats. This book takes one of the daughters from her first book, Petticoat Ranch, and allows us to follow, no wait, we’re kind of dragged along on a fast-paced journey. From the first scene which ends in a stage-coach accident to the final scene in a fort prison, and all the near-death experiences in between, it’s nonstop action with a few kisses smashed in between.

One thing I appreciate most about Mary’s books (besides the humor) is how deep into the character point of view she gets. She’s brilliant at writing deep point of view, and allowing the reader to ‘feel’ and ‘experience’ the book. Fabulous. It’s why I keep coming back for more :-)


About the book:

When an unlikely pair have an electrifying connection, sparks are bound to fly.

All Beth McClellan wants to do is get home for her sister’s wedding. After spending four years out East training to be a nurse (with a physician as her mentor), she’s ready to put her hard-earned skills to practice. Unfortunately, no one will believe she’s the doctor, and the one guy who IS a doctor, doesn’t have the spine enough to use his gifts…unless she’s right beside him.

Alex Buchanan’s past as an army physician, and now deserter, leaves him frozen with the memories of the atrocities he saw on the frontier. Determined to leave his skills and memories as far in the past as possible, he hides within his own depression, but Beth McClellan won’t let him stay there. The bossy blond nearly drags him from his stupor and forces him to be the man he really is.

Now if they can just survive a bounty hunter and death sentence, all should be fine. Right?

You’ll just have to get the book. Buy it, borrow it, visit a library. It’s worth the effort to read the newest Connealy Classic.


  1. Pepper

    Are you talkin’ to me? Sweetie?

    Generally a tough time right now.
    But it’s ALWAYS good to hear from you 🙂

    • Audra

      Pepper, Mary – are you lonely? Great write up about DIP, Pep! When praytell, do you have time to do all the things you do? You do remember you have children to tend, right? Or have you put them in Ruthy’s daycare??

      • Pepper

        Oh Audra,
        To have Ruthy close enough to tend my kids?!? That would be sublime. Did she tell you that she’s adopted me as her writing daughter?
        I like the unexpected and somewhat intimidating, you know. Keeps life interesting 😉
        Love you, Audra. You are wonderful!

      • Pepper

        Hey Audra,
        So good to hear from you!!
        Oh my, I love the idea of Ruthy keeping my kids! Oh what fun they’d have. Did I tell you that Ruthy has adopted me as her writing daughter?
        We people to like to think outside the box (and somewhat torture others) have to stick together 😉
        Love you, Audra – so glad to ‘see’ you!

  2. Pam Kellogg

    This was the first book by Mary that I read, then I had to find more! I still haven’t read them all, but I’m trying to find them so I can. They are “must reads.”

    • Pepper

      Great first read, Pam. Good choice! I hear her newest book, Out of Control, is going to be a MUST read too 🙂


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