Book Rating: Best of the Best
I’m hooked, what can I say. I really love Connealy’s style. It’s fun and fresh--not a lot of fluff or hullabaloo. She gets me smiling a lot while I read her stories, and that’s exactly what I look for in a HCR—something that will take me away from the dishes and the laundry for a while. It’s heavenly!
Hannah Cartwright (another character you become familiar with in the previous book, CALICO CANYON) is sure her little sister will have a terrible future as the new adopted daughter of Grant—a man she just met at the train station. She will risk everything to save Libby and the rest of the children she hears are in his care.
Hannah is a very sweet and lovable character, I thought. The story overall, was exceedingly enjoyable. It’s an easy read, with very little heaviness. Yes, there’s the typical “bad guy” (and “bad lady” too, which is kinda fun!) and it’s sad to learn about how all those orphans lived, but Mary writes in such a way so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by the sadness of it and I greatly appreciated that!
Grant (no last name…at least to start…) is really fabulous, too. He isn’t the larger-than-life or untouchable kind of man, which you will sometimes find in a HCR...not that there's really anything wrong with that-- "I love you, Drew O'Conner!" Anyway, Grant is real and just plain awesome. His caring nature was endearing, and I thought his love for Hannah was very romantic!
As for the spiritual message, I thought it was just beautiful!!! I don't really want to give anything away--just go read it and let me know what you think!!
So out of the three books in this series, I think this one is the best. An easy read. I bet you could read this one in a day—if there are no chores or screaming kids occupying your time. *teehee * So, considering you most likely have both of those, you could read it in two days.
Buy it! (I've got the trilogy again here, folks. Look at Mary's site for the individual book.)