Saturday, May 14, 2011

Deep Trouble



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?

My Review:

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!


  1. I was wondering where this post went and I see it has no made it back to the land of the living! lol :-) Thanks for a chance to win one of Mary's books, I love her writing!!

  2. I agree with Courtney--glad this post is back! ;)

    Wonderful review, Kav! I would love a chance to win this book--Mary is such a fun author! :)



    (I'll have to remember to use my school e-mail for your giveaways from now on! LOL)

  3. Count me in!

  4. Phew! It showed up over night. Blogger was having some hissy fit, wasn't it? You're all in for the draw ladies, but because of the blogger glitch I've moved the draw date to next Sunday instead of tomorrow.

  5. I always enjoy Mary's books and don't have this one yet. Please enter me.

  6. Please enter me in this giveaway!I have read a couple of Mary's books and enjoyed her humor:) Thanks!


  7. This sounds like such a interesting book. Am glad to see that the post is finally up.


  8. I love Mary's books! You have one of the best descriptions I've seen of her work: "A definite feel-good-laugh-out-loud-while-you-wince good read." So, so true. I love recommending her books to friends -- and giving them as gifts.

  9. oops. Forgot my email.
    snybev at gmail dot com

  10. Glad I wasn't the only one that couldn't get to this post, lol. Would really really love to win this book, I've tried so many times I've lost count. Love Mary's books!

    wfnren at aol dot com

  11. Phew -- yeppers it looks like blogger is back with a vengence! You're all in the draw now -- good luck everyone!

  12. I'm really looking forward to reading this book; Mary is one of my favorite authors so I would love to win a copy. My email is

  13. Thank you so much. Would love a chance to win a Mary Connealy book. I've enjoyed each and every one I've read. (That's saying quite a bit!)
    may at maythek9spy dot com
    Thanks for the meaty review. I concur! (did you hear the adorable Reese Witherspoon's voice in my head? Loved Legally Blonde)

  14. Hi everyone. Crazy day trying to catch up after a crazy weekend.I got to see BEV. I just love getting to actually see human beings!!! Mostly I just write. All alone. So very, very alone......

  15. Can't wait to get my hands on one of Mary's books!

    please enter me

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

  16. Hey Mary, thanks for stopping by. Faye, KC and Jenny, you're in the draw. Good luck everyone.

  17. I would love to win this book. Please enter me in the book give-away. Thanks


  18. Consider yourself entered, Judy. :-)

  19. I read a digital copy of this book but I would love to be included in the drawing to win a copy for my church library.



  20. I am a Mary Connealy fan... when I want a great story and to feel good, I grab one of her books. Please include me for Deep Trouble, I can't to read it! Thanks.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com