Oh! That awful Claude Leveque! You’ll want to string him up yourself once you read Mary Connealy’s Cowboy Christmas.
Annette Talbot needs help. Her life is in danger, but she doesn’t fear death. Claude Leveque has threatened to keep her alive and threatens a fate worse than death if she fights against him.
On a stagecoach ride back home to her father’s ranch, she meets Elijah Walker. His kindness almost makes her forget the other two on that stage, a wimpy lawyer and a quiet cowboy who won’t talk much. Elijah’s ma also shows Annette much kindness. It isn’t much of a surprise when the two women get along very well together.
Poor Elijah debates within himself whether to trust Annette since she reminds him of another woman in his recent past, a woman he believed was innocent and then proved to be evil. He must fight off the feelings he gets over this beautiful young woman who seems innocent, but can’t be trusted.
When Claude Leveque finds Annette after she manages to run away from him, he’s determined to take control of her once again. She hopes Elijah will help her stop Claude, but Claude could get away.
Mary Connealy’s characters brought a smile to my face as I read. I couldn’t help but cheer them on as they tried to help out lovely Annette. And I cheer for the author’s efforts in making me a fan – because she succeeded. You can imagine how excited I was to win Cowboy Christmas in one of Barbour’s Twitter contests.
Now I’m interested in finding Mary’s Lassoed in Texas series which includes Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon, and Gingham Mountain. For her list of available novels, check out her sites: MaryConnealy.com and MaryConnealy.blogspot.com. The Husband Tree is her January 2010 release.
I also love reading Mary’s blog posts for writers at Seekerville.