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No Way Up (The Cimarron Legacy) Paperback – July 5, 2016
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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.
"The first in the series maintains a suspenseful pace as Heath and Sadie and the Boden brothers try to catch the villain threatening their future." --CBA Christian Market
"Connealy provides us with another amazing, fast-paced, suspenseful read."--RT Book Reviews
About the Author
- Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (July 5, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 296 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0764211811
- ISBN-13 : 978-0764211812
- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.76 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #133,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I thought several time while reading this book that it felt like I was watching a fun western TV series that, while not accurate for the supposed time period, was still a lot of fun. I could almost hear the music, or picture the characters in typical Hollywood costumes. Sometimes the story felt more modern, other times it felt right.
The characters were a mixture of likable, irritating, and just plain enjoyable.
Chance’s manner of getting his grown up children to do what he wanted bugged me because it was so high-handed and dictatorial. Yes, I did sort of understand why he wanted to bring his children back to the ranch, but they were grown up.
Cole and Justin have to win the award for the most childish behavior for two grown men and brothers. At times I liked them, other times I really wanted to march up to them and give them a piece of my mind face to face. But I did like their protectiveness of their sister, even if it was a little extreme. There were a few times when they were just rude.
Sadie was probably my least favorite of the main characters. She always wanted to do everything her brothers did and didn’t want to be protected. I can sympathize with her to some extent, but it didn’t make me like her much more. She wore pants at times, insisted on doing things her older brothers said she couldn’t do, and sometimes acted kind of juvenile.
Heath made me chuckle. I could picture the mischievous look in is eyes when he would pick on Cole and Justin just because he knew he could get a rise out of them. His loyalty to the Bodens and his desire to return to his own family and make things right made me like him even more.
The mystery on the ranch reached a climax, but didn’t really resolve. Things kind of ended in confusion and I guess I have to read the next book if I want to know how things really turned out.
There were several kisses between Heath and Sadie, some just mentioned, others with a bit of detail. I didn’t care for the whole “let’s get married even when everyone is against it and the parents don’t even know" bit. To me that felt disrespectful and more modern. They could easily have sent a message to the parents or waited until the craziness of things had died down a little. It almost felt like it was just the passion of the moment even though they had both been thinking about it for a little while.
Overall, I did enjoy this story more than I thought I would, which rather surprises me since I usually want my books historically accurate. And I am eagerly waiting for the next book to be available at the library so I can read it too.
So, how did I like the Cimarron Ranch, you ask? It was awesome. Mary weaves her settings flawlessly. It's great to see the appearance of Heath Kincaid and follow his story arc not only to romance, but love and understanding in several different relationships. The story has depth and heart that isn't always obvious in the moment because your too busy slapping your knee with laughter, but that heart and strength is what proves them all wrong when they're sure there is No Way Up.
Loved it and the prequel The Boden Birthright. Great new adventure for long time Connealy fans or for those just discovering her.
Difficulties continue to arise and hired hand, Heath Kincaid, is thrown in the midst of them with the three siblings. Danger lurks and he'll do whatever he can to protect the woman he has had his eye on for quite some time. Only problem is, she hasn't noticed him. Will she come to think of him as more than just a protector?
Mary Connealy has a great start to the Cimarron Legacy Series with No Way Up. I found this book difficult to put down. It's one you'll definitely want to read.
This book was provided free for review by Bethany House Publishers, 2016
Top reviews from other countries
The will forced all three of his children to live on the ranch for a year otherwise they loose everything.
It’s an ok story, not happy with the ending because it leaves questions unanswered.