Inspired by the Andersonville Prison Regulators of the Civil War, Swept Away by Mary Connealy is the first book in the series Trouble in Texas. The story takes place in the late 1800s in the small canyon town of Broken Wheel, where the Regulators join together to help take back a ranch that belongs to one of their own.
“Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone...so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.
Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love?” (Bethany House)
I loved that this first book of the series was some what of a spin off from Mary Connealy’s last series, The Kincaid Brides. Its always fun to learn more about characters you loved. The main storyline follows Callie’s (from Over the Edge) brother, Luke as he reclaims their family’s ranch. On his way home he stumbles upon Ruthy who in unconscious and had been washed away from her wagon train in a flash flood. Ruthy is a hard working women who knows how to take care of herself, so it wasn’t surprising how quickly she jumped in to help Luke.
Even though the story’s main focus was on Luke and Ruthy, Connealy did a great job of introducing the rest of the Regulators. A matter of fact Swept Away is full of intriguing characters. Characters that I know will be cracked open as the series progresses.
Overall, there were no surprises in this story, but the action in the last few chapters was definitely my favorite part .
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