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Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2013
These books were ok, I'd say 2 1/2 stars.
The positive- The first one especially had a great storyline and the other two had good ones. These books wrap up the story of Sophie and her family (see Petticoat Ranch) as well as involve some other characters from past books, which is always fun. Mary Conneally writes of strong women who don't faint at the drop of a hat, and men who protect (as much as possible) the women they love.
The negative- the writing was just plain bad. Normally Mary Conneally keeps me enthralled and has great flow and grammar. In these books the grammar was bad, the format was off, and she had random phrases thrown in repeatedly at inoppurtune times. There was a lot more "bedroom talk" in these, however no explicit details (thankfully). Still, these books were borderline and involved a LOT of passionate kissing. The Christian aspect of this book was ok but I felt that the characters didn't always listen to what God wanted for them, but no one is perfect. I felt like the characters were stereotypes and overdrawn and shooting is definitely a big part of this series. The end was also super cheesy.
Overall- if you have read some of Mary Conneally's other books, like the Montana Marriages trilogy (I highly recommend buying that series instead of this one) then you may be able to put up with this set, however, if you are reading her for the first time, buy some of her other books first. She is a great writer, but these books are not her best work. I would read this only to find out what happened to Sophie's daughters. If you are a devoted fan dying for answers, buy this, if not, skip it.