No Way Up

27066689The Fight for the Cimarron Ranch Has Just Begun!

When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg–and possibly his life–Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch’s will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance’s three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don’t live and work at the home for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative.

Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set–and that more danger lurks ominously. Finding his own future–and a desired future with Sadie–locked up in saving the Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all.

**I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**


4 Stars

This book ended up being a bit different from what I expected. So many times, I look for Mary Connealy’s novels when I want a rollicking good western with plenty of humor along the way. This one had some of that humor missing, but there was still a wonderful story here.

The novel starts out with some pretty good action and we meet many of the main characters right off the bat and get to know Sadie and Heath quite well. Sadie’s brothers, Cole and Justin, are also main characters and we learn quite a bit about them. Along the way, there are some twist and turns into what is happening on the ranch and the sinister man who may be behind them. But by the end of the novel, it is clear that there are more threats for the Bodens on the horizon and the story isn’t finished.

While I enjoyed the book, this isn’t one that I think will stand out as very memorable for me. The plot flowed, and the characters are pretty well written, but between exciting moments, there is a lot of backstory to take in. Thankfully, that story is pretty interesting (and there’s a novella that covers some of it that is a pretty good read). But it was occasionally a lot to take in and keep sorted.

All in all, it was a good book that I would reccommend to someone really looking for a novel that falls a bit more into the western category and something that will be a quick read.

About the Author:

Mary Connealy is an awardwinning, bestselling author known for her fun and lively historical romantic comedies. An author, teacher, and journalist, Mary lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her husband and enjoys spending time with her four daughters and two grandchildren.


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