Thursday, June 18, 2015

Now & Forever by Mary Connealy

Book Description

Shannon Wilde is the middle sister—and the one who loves animals. She’s established her own homestead and is raising sheep for their wool. Things are going fine…until Shannon gets swept over a cliff by Matthew Tucker.

Tucker seizes every opportunity to get away from civilization, but one particular walk in the woods ends with him sprinting away from an angry grizzly and plunging into a raging river, accidentally taking Shannon Wilde with him. Their adventure in the wilderness results in the solitary mountain man finding himself hitched to a young woman with a passel of relatives, a homestead, and a flock of sheep to care for.

As Tucker and Shannon learn to live with each other, strange things begin to happen on Shannon’s land. Someone clearly wants her to drive her off, but whoever it is apparently didn’t count on Tucker. Trying to scare Matthew Tucker just makes him mad—and trying to hurt the woman he’s falling in love with set off something even he never expected. 

My Review

I picked up this book as soon as I finished Tried & True. Mary Connealy wasted no time in this amazing sequel. She hits the floor running!

Shannon Wilde is the more tender hearted of her two sisters. Being in the war wasn’t easy. Fear and guilt still haunt her dreams. It’s wounded her spirit. Now she just wants to find some peace. 

Matthew Tucker is as wild as I’ve ever seen. He cracks me up! His mountain man friends almost made me crack a rib. He’s passionate and strong and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect Shannon. He’s the perfect match for her. 
I loved getting to know his mother, Sunrise, too. She is a character I just love to read.

After Slaughter River—it’s as scary as it sounds— a more heinous threat lurks in the shadows. Mary Connealy doesn’t waste a minute is showing who this new villain identity. Hiram Stewbold, the new land agent taking over for Aaron Mastersons. I thought Nev was bad in the first book when he was stalking Kylie, but this guy is the real psychopath. I couldn’t go to sleep if the chapter ended from his point of view, I had to keep reading and leave off with Shannon and Tucker (or finish the whole book). He still makes my skin crawl. 

My absolute favorite part in the entire book was when Tucker finally managed to get Shannon to share her story of being in the war. He said something to her that hit straight home, deep enough to make me cry. 

“You’ll never shake my faith. So you don’t have to fear saying the wrong thing. I’m strong enough to listen and not be hurt by your doubts, and, Shannon,
—I’m I’m strong enough to listen, then for certain God is.
—How could you go through something like that and not have doubts? God understands that. Not talking about them…well, God still knows.”

God always wants us to come to even, even if we are in doubt of his goodness and love. 

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.” 
– 1 Peter 5:7 NLT 

He doesn’t want us to runaway and hide in shame. Tucker really said it when he said, 

“There ain’t much in this life that’s a bigger waste of time than trying to hide things from God.”

Now & Forever has become a new favorite in my collection. It’s filled with excitement, romance, laughter, a tad bit of thrill, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you haven’t read the first book “Tried & True” yet, I highly suggest you get on it. I can’t wait for final book, Fire & Ice

I highly recommend this book. 

I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

I received this book for free from the publisher’s in exchange for this honest and unbiased review as part of Bethany House Review program.

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