An entertaining historical novel: "No Way Up" by Mary Connealy

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about the book....

The Fight for the Cimarron Ranch Has Just Begun!

When Cimarron Ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg--and possibly his life--Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch's will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance's three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don't live and work at the ranch for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative. 

Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set--and that more danger lurks ominously. Finding his own future--and a desired future with Sadie--locked up in saving the Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all.

my review....

The Cimarron Legacy series starts off in fine form with Mary Connealy's latest novel "No Way Up". Hired hand Heath Kincaid is a downright heroic character who you can't help but like from the get go as his quick-thinking saves his boss, Chance, who owns the ranch Heath is working on. As he suddenly finds himself in the centre of a maelstrom of intrigue and danger surrounding the ranch - not to mention the arguing taking place between Chance's children Justin, Sadie and Cole - Heath rises to the challenge in a way you can't help but admire. The sparks that are soon flying between Heath and Sadie lead to some hilarious and witty dialogue that had me grinning many times, and I can guarantee that readers who love a good romance are going to enjoy this one indeed! I was particularly intrigued by the historical setting of the novel in the New Mexico Territory and by Heath and Sadie's efforts to conquer climbing the Mesa in their pursuit of the truth of exactly what is going on at their ranch. Now, I did find myself having to suspend my disbelief a couple of times as I pictured Heath and Sadie scaling the sides of the Mesa, as I wasn't totally convinced that people in that day and age would place their lives in such danger like that. But then again, who is to say what people would do for the right motivation? Despite my feelings about these scenes, my enjoyment of the novel was not impacted at all. The overall plot is filled with action and adventure, and the book was difficult to put down.

"No Way Up" is a great historical novel and I award it a solid 4 out of 5 stars. Make sure you give this book a try, because there are sure to be more great novels coming in this series - and I'm glad there are!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the author....

Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie's Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. Learn more at

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