Book Review: Swept Away

Swept Away by Mary Connealy is the first book in the Trouble in Texas series. Set 1868, Ruthy MacNeil is traveling west with her adoptive family in a wagon train. She's desperate to escape from this family that has never treated her kindly and is planning her way out when the wagons are suddenly swept away in a torrent of water while trying to cross a river. Ruthy is the only one to survive. She's found on dry land after the incident by Luke Stone, a man heading back to reclaim his home that was unjustly taken from him - and just like that, Ruthy is a part of Luke's mission as well. Their partnership is definitely unexpected but works surprisingly well.

This book is full of adventure and suspense while still remaining enjoyable and witty. In addition to Luke and Ruthy, the reader is introduced to a full cast of characters, many of whom are friends of Luke's from their time together at Andersonville Prison after the Civil War. The characters are interesting and complex and their interactions along with the action of the novel make this a fast-paced read. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys action-packed historical fiction with just a touch of romance.

I did receive a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.