The Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy – Book Review, Preview

Posted March 8, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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What is in your bag?

Isn’t it interesting how we feel so differently about what is truly important to have with us at all times? There are some who carry the bare minimum – my dear friend carries just her credit card and phone. And others I know have so many things in their bags they are ready for anything. And I mean anything!

I tend more towards the minimalist, myself. It probably has something to do with my trusting, adaptable nature. I figure that if I need something, either someone else will have it or I can pick it up somewhere. I do, however, almost always make sure I have my Kindle with me!

The Unexpected Champion  by Mary Connealy – Book Review, Preview

The Unexpected Champion

by Mary Connealy

Series: High Sierra Sweethearts #3
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Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date March 5, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Action/Adventure, Western, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Nevada Written for: Adults
Pages: 353


City dweller John McCall never expected to be out in the High Sierras of 1868 on a wild-goose chase to find the Chiltons' supposedly lost grandson. But now that he's out here, things have gotten even more complicated, mostly due to wildcat Penny Scott. She's not like any woman he's ever met--comfortable in the woods, with a horse, and with a gun.

When Penny and John are taken against their will by a shadowy figure looking for evidence they don't have, both realize they've stumbled into something dangerous and complicated. With their friends and family desperately searching for them, Penny and John must make a daring escape.

When they emerge back into the real world, they are confronted with a kidnapper who just won't stop. They must bring a powerful, ruthless man to justice, even as this city man and country woman fight a very inconvenient attraction to each other.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: The Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts, #1), The Reluctant Warrior

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If you haven’t read the first two books of the High Sierra Sweethearts, hurry off and read them before you read this review! And when you’re done, hurry back – you won’t want to miss the fantastic conclusion to this series. This was the best of the set.

Penny was prepared for everything. Her cautious nature had her ready for any emergency in her bag. And that very thing saved her life. More than once. It could have almost been Marry Poppins’ bag for the amazing way she had just what was needed. I loved the way she was so resourceful, intelligent, strong, and yet willing to submit to others when necessary. She is one of my favorite spunky heroines!

John’s satchels were full of items he couldn’t be without as well, yet his preparedness looked so different from Penny’s. He carried with him the tools of his trade including disguises for every occasion. This Pinkerton detective, though more than just in his element in the city, was more like a babe in the woods there in the . . . um . . . woods.

John was admirable in so many ways. Not only was he resourceful, gallant, and handsome, he respected Penny despite her mistrust of him. He knew she was better in the wilderness than he was, and deferred to her when necessary. Still, he was fully able to take charge and had a cool head in the face of danger.

This fast-paced adventure had the two running and riding all over Nevada, escaping from their kidnappers and then tracking them down. The circumstances that they continued to find themselves in and the way they got out of the predicaments were such fun to read. Mary Connealy has a knack for balancing laugh-out-loud humor with high adventure and romance.

You can see some of her humor in the quotes here, yet there was so much more I wanted to share but didn’t because, outside of the context, it wouldn’t make sense.

This stunning conclusion to the series neatly wrapped up the loose ends from the previous books. I was so grateful the author didn’t find it necessary to rehash the details here. She sprinkled in enough to jog the memory when needed so it didn’t matter that it has been months and hundreds of books read since I read the first two books. Not to mention that they are the kinds of stories that simply stick with you.

About Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

You can also find Mary at these sites: Seekerville and Petticoats & Pistols

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2 responses to “The Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy – Book Review, Preview

  1. What a great book review. And I LOVE the quotes!!!
    I tried to share this to Facebook but I think Facebook is crashed right now. I’ll come back and try again.

  2. Thank you, Mary! I’ve become quite a fan of yours through this series. I’d be happy to send you the quotes via e-mail if it makes it easier for you to use them. Please feel free to use them as you wish.