Aimless and wandering...
Gabe Lasley abandoned his ranch in Wyoming because of his strong feelings for a married woman, wanting only to be left alone. Then he finds a treasure hunter stranded in a mountaintop cave and offers to help.
Fearless and fixated...
A determined Shannon Dysart is on a quest to prove her father's research isn't the work of a madman and that he really did find treasure in the Wild West. Then she finds herself stranded, with an aimless wanderer her only way out.
Now the unlikely pair is out to find a city of gold...together...with trouble hot on their trail.
When a band of villains threatens to steal Shannon's maps, will she be able to see past the gold that colors her every decision, and will Gabe accept his surprising need to protest a woman who doesn't seem to have a lick of common sense! Or will they discover that a true treasure rooted in love and faith has been within their reach all along?
If you don't think it's possible to cloak nail-biting action with humour, you haven't read Mary Connealy. The woman is full of surprises and she keeps getting better and better with each book release. Only Mary would open the entire book with a literal cliff hanger! Brilliant leap into action which doesn't let up until the very last page.
I loved the unique angle to the Wild West setting and Connealy did a marvelous job of painting images with her words. The scenery she pens is awe-inspiring and the historical detail about the exploration of the Grand Canyon brings an added depth to the story.
Gabe is just plain hero material a thousand times over. A little bit cranky, a whole lot of tender and completely in over his head, he doesn't stand a chance against Shannon...not that he wants one!
It's Shannon who is struggling with her priorities. What does she value most? What motivates her? Do those motivations consume her or is she strong enough to break free of them? I think of all the characters, Shannon grows the most. She's likable and funny and stubborn right from the very beginning of the book, but as the story progresses, Shannon develops a new understanding that brings her a peace and maturity which makes her stronger.
Connealy finishes Deep Trouble with just as much action and angst as the beginning of the story. A definite feel-good-laugh-out-loud-while-you-wince good read.
I'm giving away a copy of Deep Trouble by Mary Connealy this week. If you would like a chance to win leave a comment below. Please include your email address using (At instead of @ and Dot instead of .) so I can contact you if you are the winner. Draw will be held and announced on this blog on Sunday May 22 and stay tuned for more giveaways this week!