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Book Review: No Way Up by Mary Connealy

98When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Badly injured, Chance demands that his will be read and its conditions be enforced immediately.
Without anyone else to serve as a witness, Heath is pressed into reading the will. If Justin, Sadie, and Cole Boden don’t live and work at home for the entire year, the ranch will go to their low-down cousin Mike.
Then Heath discovers the avalanche was a murder attempt, and more danger might follow. Deeply involved with the family, Heath’s desire to protect Sadie goes far beyond friendship. The danger keeps them close together, and their feelings grow until being apart is the last thing on their minds.

What I Loved: From the very beginning, No Way Up is a fast paced, dangerous ride. Connealy takes into the New Mexico Territory and keeps you guessing. I liked the way No Way Up ended. It left you with the understanding that there is much left in store for the folks on Cimarron Ranch. The Cimarron Legacy will be an interesting series.

What I Didn’t Love: I’ve been a Connealy fan for a while now and I don’t believe I had ever found a complaint. I wish I didn’t have to complain now, but I do. At times, I found the characters to be too perceptive. This allowed them to read into another character a little too well and it came across as flimsy and unrealistic. I also felt like Connealy repeated some of the characters’ motives and attributes a little too often. These issues annoyed me to some degree, but I was still able to enjoy the story.

Rating and Recommendations: I recommend No Way Up to anyone who likes Christian Historical Fiction or Christian Western and I’m giving it four stars.

~I received a copy from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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