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Book Review: The Husband Tree by Mary Connealy

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Belle Tanner is sick of no-good, lazy men. She has married and buried her very last one. Being alone with her daughters, suits her just fine. Therefore, she promises never to stand in front of the justice of the peace again. However, when she needs to hire cowhands to help her move her cattle to market before the winter sets in, Belle may have a hard time keeping her promise.

Mary Connealy has outdone herself with The Husband Tree, book two in the Montana Marriages series. Action, adventure and plenty of romance ooze from every page. Once you get started reading this book, you will not want to stop. Then you’re going to be mad like me ‘cuz you’ll have to wait until the next installment. (More on that later.) 

If you thought you would never enjoy a prairie romance, try this one. Trust me; I never ever thought I would like them until I tried one during a book blog tour. And you don’t have to worry about reading book one, Montana Rose, either because this book stands alone quite nicely.

I enjoy reading about strong, don’t-take-any-sass female characters. Belle has backbone, and doesn’t take any stuff! I instantly liked her when she appeared in book one, and was happy when I found out she was going to “tell” her own story. At first, I cringed at the familiar I-don’t-need a man attitude most authors give independent women of Belle’s time. However, Belle’s reasons were different. You’ll have to read the story to find out what happened. Oh, and when you read how Belle’s daughter teaches Belle a lesson about love, a lump just may form in your throat. Just heartwarming.

The message that everything you go through in life, good and bad, makes you the unique person you are today stayed with me for a while. It seems nothing comes easy for me, but I’m confident God has a good plan for my life.

Finally, the secondary story line about Wade and Glowing Sun was just enough to have me salivating to read their story. Question: Why did I think Glowing Sun was a little girl when she was first introduced? I wanted to slap Wade up side his head until it was clear she was a young woman. I can’t wait for their story to continue in the next book in the series, Wildflower Bride.

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  • Pepper

    The Husband Tree, besides having one of the best titles ever, is definitely one of my favorite Mary Connealy books. The humor is wonderful and topped with just enough romance to make it a delicious treat. Mary’s good at that. Humor, romance, and history – with some homespun lessons of faith woven throughout.
    Thanks for the review.

  • http://www.booksplurge.blogspot.com CeeCee

    Thanks Pepper. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in the Wildflower Bride.