Mary Connealy: Gingham Mountain

Not uite as good as the first 2 books in the series Petticoat Ranch Calico Canyon but still very good Gingham Mountain is the 3rd book in a series but I read it without reading the other two first There were parts that hinted to the previous stories and a sub plot about a former character but it wasn t completely awful having no prior knowledge about them in fact reading the synopsis and reviews for the other 2 helped a lotThere were so many parts in this book that made me laugh Mary Connealy s writing style is SO humorous I enjoyed this one Gingham Mountain is the third and final book in the Lassoed in Texas series While it s not as good as the first two Petticoat Ranch Calico Canyon it s still a fun read This book deals a lot with bullying and how to deal with a bully as well The message of the story is about the love and compassion of the Lord Overall this was a satisfying conclusion to the Lassoed in Texas series and I look forward to enjoying books by Mary Connea I desperately need to update my reviews on these I tell ou what this series is not perfect not extremely sophisticated and maybe a bit anachronistic at times and maybe a tad plot hole Redeemed (The MacKays y and maybe not perfectly consistent and a tad overblown at times BUT They are fun silly sweet uirky and downright enjoyable uick reads that will makeou smile laugh sigh and laugh again I ve read these books many times but after several ears I think I enjoyed them even Just what I needed I ve actually been craving this exact kind of story Some books are just plain fun to read Gingham Mountain is one of them It is the story of Hannah a oung woman who survived childhood as an orphan and Grant an orphan who was adopted shortly before his adoptive parents died who now adopts orphans Hannah a newcomer to town is sure that Grant like the man who took her in is abusing the kids and using them as slave labor However she learns the truth about him and despite her best effort finds herself attracted to him Though he has vowed to God never to marry so as to be able to care for orphans he finds himself falling for her Throw in a subplot about a couple of con artists who are trying to get Grant to marry one of them a woman so that when the other her husband kills Grant she will inherit his land on which they have found oil and the story moves away from the standard romance model While there are a few serious passages mostly the book is upbeat and funny It was just what I needed after working too much overtime to prepare for a trial that got postponed YET AGAIN Grant was such a uniue type of man Instead of getting married and raising a family of his own he spends his time finding orphans to adopt and raise some of them being only a few The Wedding (Lux, yearsounger than himself He adopted his first child at the age of 17 Reallywho does that I loved watching the interactions and the relationship that he had with his kidsHannah being an orphan herself is passing through this small Texas town on the way to find her sister Grace She ends up becoming the teacher there and is very stubborn and determined to succeed I love the way she is able to turn the hearts and minds of some of the townspeople by her gentle ways and new ideas As for the romance part of it things were very gradual et when they finally happened it was a little too sudden I really liked the little snippets we got of. All aboard for a delightful suspense filled romance where a Texan is torn between his attraction to a meddlesome schoolmarm and the charms of a designing dressmaker.

Perish es I m spelling it like that on purpose She was really annoying me as much as she was Grant though he did pay her back when he was reminding her of all the things she did wrong Now that was funnyPrudence Idiot She was so annoying She and Horace are so weird It almost seems like she wanted Horace to hurt her And how she hated children And her act was so obvious And how she clawed at Grant And literally tried to kiss him in public SCARY And he disgusted her and didn t even know her name three fourths of the way into the novel Ha And to think she was trying to make him fall in love with herCharlie was so smart the sneaky little rascal I can t believe he went right under their noses and no one noticed a thing His conversation with Grant was really good I didn t know the little guy knew so muchLibby is so adorable I love how she acts and talks And how she and Charlie stick together And how she first discovered Grant was ticklish Too cuteJoshua was really sweet He was strong and capable and trusting And very mature too And Sadie with her sass and generosity It was pretty clear they liked each other I had that impression nearly as soon as they were introduced They ll be great togetherMarilyn was sweet and sassy and stubborn and dependable She and Wilbur seemed cute togetherBenny was so cute I love his energy and exuberance and desire to make everyone feel welcome AdorableGrace was kind of weird in this book It was like she was suddenly allergic to her new home She just longed to be away from it Did it have to do with her being pregnant Or was the fact that knowing her sister was somewhat nearby and she hadn t seen her what made her go crazy And Daniel wasn t as sweet And the boys they re growing up so fast Yet at the same time they were exactly the sameThe Brewsters were really annoying and mean and obnoxiousThis book really was good It just seemed stifled If ou have not discovered the Lassoed in Texas series by Mary Connealy et then Mary Engelbreit (Leisure Arts you have been missing out First off lets examine the titles in the series Petticoat Ranch Can a widow and 4 girls run a ranch With some mystery Calico Canyon Grace gets much than she bargained for when she is forced to marry Daniel Reeves and becomes an instant mom to the 5 Horsemen of the Apocalypse and now Gingham Mountain Hannah doesn t take kindly to anyone mistreating orphans and Grant doesn t take kindly to anyone saying he does Aren t the titles just wonderful Now add in adventure romance a little mystery and loads of humor andou have Mary s books Great characters that continue throughout the series and a wonderful setting in 1870 Texas makes Gingham Mountain a real treat We met Hannah briefly in Calico Canyon when her sister Grace ends up marrying Daniel Reeves Hannah is on her way to meet up with Grace when plans change and she is forced to stay in Sour Springs and she becomes the local schoolteacher Of course she has never attended school and she owns one worn out dress and she doesn t like the way Grant takes to adopting orphans to become slave labor on his ranch I just hope we have not seen the end of the Lassoed in Texas series because few authors make me laugh out loud while I m reading but Mary sure does A truly enjoyable story about Hannah But I have to be honest and say that my favorite part of the book was at the end where Grace makes an appearance. Grant is determined to provide a home for the two kids brought in by the orphan train Can he keep his ragtag family together while steering clear of love and marria.

Grace s life In Calico Canyon we meet Grace and see her romance but it was fun to see her happily ever after and how she s faringAll in all I did enjoy this last installment of the Lassoed in Texas series but wish that there was a little romance to support the endingContent a little mild violence some kissing CleanKatie s Clean Book Collection GINGHAM MOUNTAIN is the third book in the Lassoed in Texas series by Mary Connealy In GINGHAM MOUNTAIN we follow Hannah Cartwright an orphan herself who mothers Libby an orphan she has cared for and protected Stowing away on an orphan train she is shocked when she and Libby get to the end of the line in Sour Springs Texas and finds out a bachelor rancher has adopted Libby When she finds out Grant is known for adopting orphans she is sure he is abusing this children and only using them for laborers on his ranch She decides to stay on in Sour Springs masuerading as the new school teacher in order to keep an eye on Libby and prove Grant is up to no goodGrant a man with no last name knows firsthand about the life of a discarded child Growing up most of his life as an orphan he vows to help give a home to any child that he can He is unnerved by the constant interference by Hannah Cartwright the new school teacher Knowing she thinks of him as a taskmaster to his adopted children he tries to put her interference out of his mind But somehow he can t uite ignore the lovely woman who is determined to prove him to be a fiend GINGHAM MOUNTAIN is a fun read much like CALICO CANYON and PETTICOAT RANCH though I did think the portrayal of Grace Hannah s older sister did her no justice If Die Journalistin you hadn t read CALICO RANCH previouslyou would ve thought by her actions in GINGHAM MOUNTAIN that Grace was a crazy woman who cared nothing for her husband and family The side story of the seamstress after Grant for his land was an interesting twist but somehow unnecessary Overall an easy read with colorful characters Gingham Mountain Mary ConnealySPOILER ALERTI didn t care for this novel as much as the one before it It wasn t as romantic as I would ve liked which I ve begun to discover in Mary s earlier books Enough action but not so much romanceAnd that was another thing where did all the excitement go There wasn t much action in the book I felt my heart race at Joshua s accident and at the scene where Prudence faked their affair But there s usually action than that Grant was never really in physical danger and Hannah wasn t eitherThis book was actually pretty I can t believe I m saying this calm A calm Mary Connealy book That s like finding an upside down tornado in California I m used to it starting out with a fist flying brawl and ending with a muffled laugh and breathless kiss They fought all right but it wasn t very heated It did make me laugh but not much They did kiss but it wasn t breathless at least not for meIt was still good but Mary s definitely done betterGrant s great I love how devoted he was to his children How he dedicated his life and happiness to their care Talk about love He was so sweet and kind and gentle and protective of his children His tender love for Joshua was so painfully sweet I nearly started bawling along with him That was cute how being in love with Hannah drove him crazyHannah really irritated me at first I wish she could just see that not everyone was like. When Hannah Cartwright meets Grant she's determined to keep him from committing her orphans to hard labor on his ranch How far will she go to ensure their welfare.

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