Historical Fiction, Review

Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy

We’re kicking off a new series, Brides of Hope Mountain, from one of my favorite authors with a review of Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy!

about the book

Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy

Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy

Josephine Nordegren is one of three sisters who grew up nearly wild in southwestern Colorado. She has the archery skills of Robin Hood and the curiosity of the Little Mermaid, fascinated by but locked away from the forbidden outside world—a world she’s been raised to believe killed her parents.

When David Warden, a rancher, brings in a herd much too close to the girls’ secret home, her older sister especially is frightened, but Jo is too interested to stay away.

David’s parents follow soon on his heels, escaping bandits at their ranch. David’s father is wounded and needs shelter. Josephine and her sisters have the only cabin on the mountain.

Do they risk stepping into the world to help those in need? Or do they remain separated but safe in the peaks of Hope Mountain?

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my thoughts

The Nordegren sisters are living in a mountain paradise! This is not to say they have a physically easy life but you don’t have to be an awestruck flat-lander like me to appreciate their hard-core survivalist skills. After living cut-off from the outside world for the majority of their lives, these ladies take socially awkward to a whole new level and I love them for it!

Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy quote graphic by Faithfully BookishJo’s insatiable curiosity may not have killed the cat (especially since no kitties were mentioned in this story) but it certainly played a major role in ending the only way of life she and her sisters have ever known, secluded from the world in their mountain hideaway. Adventurous Josephine with her middle-child peacemaking heart is the perfect sister to lead the way into the terrifying new yet exciting territory of socialization. The sisterly relationships are genuine and loving despite their opposing viewpoints.

David’s shock, concern, and frequent befuddlement over the Nordegren sisters is one of my favorite parts of this story. His brute strength and heroics aren’t much needed by these self-sufficient women and that has to be a bit of a blow for his manly pride. David’s chivalry doesn’t allow him to simply forget the sisters yet the fact that he’s hard-pressed to keep anything other than his fascination with Jo on his mind is evidence of the kind of attraction that makes chivalrous behavior a challenge. Not to worry, Ma is on-site to keep everything proper.

Mary Connealy delivers a heartwarming, thought-provoking, and entertaining tale which is sure to delight readers from all elevations! I highly recommend Aiming for Love and eagerly anticipate the remaining installments of the Brides of Hope Mountain series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own. 


about the author

Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist. She is the bestselling author of over 50 books and novellas.

Her most recent book series are: High Sierra SweetheartsCimarron LegacyWild at HeartTrouble in Texas, and Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written a self-published contemporary series, Garrison’s Law, four other series for Barbour Publishing, and many novellas.

Mary has nearly a million books in print. Visit her website or find her at Seekerville and Petticoats & Pistols!


Brides of Hope Moutain series

Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy Woman of Sunlight by Mary Connealy

coming soon… book 2, Woman of Sunlight releases March 2020


High Sierra Sweethearts series

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy  


What are your thoughts on these breathtaking mountain settings?!
Are you adding Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy to your tbr?

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