The Accidental Guardian

The Accidental Guardian

She's the only witness to a wagon train attack. Keeping her safe, though, means his world is about to be turned upside down.When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes an attack by the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he's finally carved out a home and started a herd--while servi...

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Title:The Accidental Guardian
Author:Mary Connealy
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The Accidental Guardian Reviews

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I love Mary Connealy's writing style! I was immediately drawn into the story and it was nonstop from there. I loved the characters- strong Deb with her determination to take the burdens from others, motherly Gwen who nurtured everyone around her, Trace's protective nature and curiosity, and the cowhands at his ranch who would do anything for the ladies and children. The pace of the book was steady, with plenty of action and adventure as Trace and Deb race against a swiftly approaching winter to

    I love Mary Connealy's writing style! I was immediately drawn into the story and it was nonstop from there. I loved the characters- strong Deb with her determination to take the burdens from others, motherly Gwen who nurtured everyone around her, Trace's protective nature and curiosity, and the cowhands at his ranch who would do anything for the ladies and children. The pace of the book was steady, with plenty of action and adventure as Trace and Deb race against a swiftly approaching winter to track down the killers while preparing the ranch before getting snowed in. I loved their sincerity and gratitude for each other, and the way they so perfectly brought light and joy to each other's life. Their innocence with romance was endearing and made their special moments together sweeter. I'm so excited for this new series from one of my favorite authors!

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Kav

    Sometimes nothing else will do but a Mary Connealy Western. Her subtle humour crops up in the most unexpected places and I love that! It can be in the midst of dangerous action or a quiet reflective moment or even a tender romantic one and suddenly I find myself laughing out loud. Makes reading a Connealy a real adventure...as if there isn't enough of that in her stories already!

    From the heart-in-throat opening scene to the domestic chaos of the last chapter, The Accidental Guardian kept me turn

    Sometimes nothing else will do but a Mary Connealy Western. Her subtle humour crops up in the most unexpected places and I love that! It can be in the midst of dangerous action or a quiet reflective moment or even a tender romantic one and suddenly I find myself laughing out loud. Makes reading a Connealy a real adventure...as if there isn't enough of that in her stories already!

    From the heart-in-throat opening scene to the domestic chaos of the last chapter, The Accidental Guardian kept me turning pages faster than the quick draw of a wild west villain! And there are some bad 'uns in this story. And when they find out Deb is a witness to their dastardly deeds...shudder.

    Luckily she has Trace on her side. The self-appointed guardian of the trail suddenly finds himself in charge of women and children -- both foreign entities to him! Love Trace -- a bear of a mountain man who is decent and kind and totally out of his element when it comes to interacting with his unexpected charges. The romance that develops is tender and sweet -- and totally awkward. I'm grinning just thinking about Trace and Deb.

    The author has managed to leave some story threads dangling -- not enough to cause severe cliff-hanging reader anxiety but enough to make me anxious for the next book in the series which is coming out in October (and has the most awesome cover!)

    Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

  • Hannah

    4.5 stars

    While this story is a bit different from a normal Mary Connealy book—less humor, more reflective hero—I really enjoyed it. Trace's hesitation with women was endearing and it was cute to see him decide pretty fast that being around Deb was something he needed to keep in his future. There are a number of threads left hanging for the next book in the series, so I'm now eagerly awaiting book two!

  • Dawn

    This was good. It didn't have me giggling like some of her others. And I didn't quite connect with the characters the way that I did in some of her previous books, but I still enjoyed it. It was a pretty quick read overall.

  • Victoria

    Really liked it. Except for that part. 😬

    I loved how this was a fun interesting book and gave the first 1/2 five stars. The last half though, got 2-3ish. Yuck. I do not need those details, it made me way too uncomfortable.

    Dislikes:

    -Ending was too rushed and Deb and Trace hit hard really fast and it all went by in a blur

    -Some sexual content I didn’t feel necessary. ;)

    So overall. 3 stars.

  • Kellyn Roth

    The best way to describe this novel: Whoa, that was fast!

    I'm still not 100% sure about the rating. Here are my general thoughts:

    -I don't like to hear about married folks' bedroom habits. Not a bit. But if you make a point to say that both groom and bride are nervous about the wedding night and then just stop talking about it ... you kinda make a reader curious? Two problems with this. 1: Made me think about it more than I wanted to and search the text trying to figure it out. 2: DID THEY OR DIDN

    The best way to describe this novel: Whoa, that was fast!

    I'm still not 100% sure about the rating. Here are my general thoughts:

    -I don't like to hear about married folks' bedroom habits. Not a bit. But if you make a point to say that both groom and bride are nervous about the wedding night and then just stop talking about it ... you kinda make a reader curious? Two problems with this. 1: Made me think about it more than I wanted to and search the text trying to figure it out. 2: DID THEY OR DIDN'T THEY IT'S DRIVING ME CRAZY BUT I FEEL TERRIBLE EVEN THINKING ABOUT IT HELP HELP!!

    2 - WILL SOMEONE PLEASE SPANK THE SNOT OUT OF THESE TWO KIDS?!? I know they're only 2 and like eighteen months, but they are super badly behaved and no one is dealing with it.

    3 - Things were not wrapped up. I'm sensing they will be in the next book(s) of the series, so that's all right.

    4 - The pacing - perhaps inspired by the brief writing style - was kinda hectic. I worried for one thing that the hero and heroine barely knew each other and their relationship moved too fast. On the other hand, I was super excited to see a romance without hate, lust, or unnecessary complications involved.

    5 - I don't believe that Trace would have survived for several years in the Sierra Nevadas by himself. Sorry ... I just don't. xP Especially since he wasn't used to the terrain or weather. Or the animals. Or anything about the area at all. Even the plants would have been different.

    And ... that's it! It was pretty cute and it had some fun adventure, but it wasn't super deep. I don't know that the themes ever got fully resolved, but they were cool.

    Further review to come!

    ~Kellyn Roth

  • Brittany

    I enjoyed this first novel in the beginning of a new series. The characters were likable and I appreciated their honesty toward each other. Deb and Trace opened up about themselves and their backgrounds as they got to know each other. I enjoyed their interactions and the sweet nature of their growing attraction and relationship.

    This book very definitely sets the reader up to jump right into the next book in the series by the events that occur at the end of the book. It was not a cliffhanger. It

    I enjoyed this first novel in the beginning of a new series. The characters were likable and I appreciated their honesty toward each other. Deb and Trace opened up about themselves and their backgrounds as they got to know each other. I enjoyed their interactions and the sweet nature of their growing attraction and relationship.

    This book very definitely sets the reader up to jump right into the next book in the series by the events that occur at the end of the book. It was not a cliffhanger. It simply made me look forward to seeing how future relationships could develop. I am definitely anticipating the next story!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

    You can read this review on my blog:

  • Terrie's Just Another Book B*tch

    My first novel by this author and I found it to be a sweet and easy read. It carries an innocence about it that would make any grandmother smile. Not by first Christian romance. But it has been years since I’ve read one...

    I found

    to be a simple and uplifting read perfect if you're coming off of a heavy book and need some sweet simplicity in your life.

    Trace is our brave western hero with morals and a gentleness about h

    My first novel by this author and I found it to be a sweet and easy read. It carries an innocence about it that would make any grandmother smile. Not by first Christian romance. But it has been years since I’ve read one...

    I found

    to be a simple and uplifting read perfect if you're coming off of a heavy book and need some sweet simplicity in your life.

    Trace is our brave western hero with morals and a gentleness about him that I think many should find appealing. Though he’s not used to being around women and I think he did come off a bit “oafish” but I suppose that’s what the author wanted you to see...

    Deb (or spunky and independent heroine) survives a horrible ordeal and while very thankful for everything and everyone’s help she’s determined to stand on her own and not be a bother.. I did enjoy Deb’s character, however, I feel like for someone who was so independent she fell short and would appear to bend a bit too easily at times. I believe a little more inner turmoil would have strengthened my enjoyment of this book and her character.

    It’s a solid three star from me. It’s the first book in this series and I have to say that if the next in the series deals with Cam and Gwen I wouldn’t mind continuing on with the High Sierra Sweethearts.

    (Sorry for any typos. I’m writing this on my phone w/o my glasses)

    Thanks to Bethany House Publishing for a final copy/ARC and Mary Connealy for the opportunity to review.

  • Sarah Grace

    What on earth did I just read? Rtc

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