I really enjoyed Montana Rose by Mary Connealy. It ran me through the full gamut of emotions, from sadness and anger to happiness and God’s love.When I saw the dedication where Mary Connealy said that she patterned this book after Love Comes Softly I thought, “uh-oh.” As I read I realized that only the very, very basic storyline was repeated and lots of good stuff was added – even a bit of surprise at the end.
The hero, Red Dawson, stays the same, but the heroine, Cassie Griffin, is transformed throughout the book. I loved Red as much as I hated Griff. I’d love to sit with Cassie, Muriel, and the other ladies. I’m hoping the next book in the series will be about the eccentric neighbor, Belle. The physical and spiritual stories well combined; I enjoyed Red’s Bible teaching and Cassie’s spiritual discoveries.
Here’s the back cover copy:
When surrounded by a mob of ill-bred, foul-smelling, women-hungry men, the newly widowed and seemingly spoiled Cassie “China Doll” Griffin has no choice. Marrying handyman Red Dawson seems the only alternative to Cassie’s being hitched to a brutal rancher. But can this “China doll” bear exchanging smooth silk for coarse calico? Red was reluctant to be yoked to an unbeliever, but sometimes a man has no choice. Will Red change Cassie’s heart by changing her name? Wade Sawyer is obsessed with saving Cassie from a marriage of convenience. How far will he go make her his own?