Sharpshooter Mandy McClellen Keating is a self-sufficient widow who wants nothing more than to live on her mountain and raise her children--alone. But how long can she hold off outlaws determined to steal her gold? Tom Linscott has his hands full with breeding horses and raising cattle. Yet when he hears outlaws have Mandy trapped, he's danged if he's gonna leave her to fend for herself. But how can you rescue a woman who refuses to be saved? Who will win this battle of wills--Mandy, Tom, or the outlaws who want nothing better than to silence them both?
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Customer Reviews for Sharpshooter in Petticoats - eBook
A fantastic book with a dry humor that kept me laughing nonstop. At the same time, this author hides truths that makes this book wonderfully down to earth revealing a God who accepts us flawed humans and loves us with our shortcomings.
All through this book the reader keeps wondering how long Mandy is going to continue to cow-tow to her no good husband. She hunts, dresses game, tans leather, chops wood and all this while tending to 2 small toddlers and expecting a third. The scene where she is chopping wood and her water breaks prior to her baby's birth is really out in left field to me. She seems to be getting more and more paranoid as the book goes along and I wonder at the wisdom of Tom's continuing to pursue her. The book has a few unexpected turns which prove interesting, but the ending is not quite what I expected. It was sort of lack-luster after the buildup in the book.
I read all of Sophies daughters and all Montana marriages, they are really good. Mary Connealy makes every character so real and her humor is great. I couldn't stop laughing out loud at some of the conversations and the quiet thoughts of all of them. Red thought that the safest place to stand was in front of the target when Cassie was throwing the knife at it. I'm planning to buy more of her books.
This book is the third in the Sophie's daughters series. This author keeps a fast paced story with characters you easily love and bad guys you easily hate. I could barely put the book down, reading several nights well into the middle of the night. Well worth the buy!
I love this whole series of Mary Connealy books. They get you laughing from start to finish. Tough women can do anything they set their minds to.
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Review 14 for Sharpshooter in Petticoats - eBook
Date:September 20, 2011
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I thought about it for days after I finished it and discovered that it was the last of a 9 book series and ordered the whole set. You can't help but fall in love with all the characters! It makes you laugh, cry and rejoice! This is a book you'll read over again many times!
I just loved how real the people became, it was funny, serious, charming and all without a dull moment. When I was finished I was sad to find it was the last of a series so I called and order all the rest andl fell in love with them all over again. A great read by itself but if you are a lover of books get the whole series!
Mandy’s scoundrel husband, Sidney Gray, has been dead for a year, but fear and three small children have kept Mandy barricaded on the Montana mountaintop where Sidney had built Gray Tower. The Cooter family has declared a feud against the Grays and, even though Mandy is the fastest and most accurate gunslinger in the west, she refuses to take her children into danger.
Until Tom Linscott, whom she’s known since arriving in Montana with Sidney, climbs the cliff one starlit night to claim Mandy as his bride. Sparks begin to fly immediately, as Mandy is no push-over. Neither is Tom, who takes Mandy’s rifle then casually bundles up the children and begins to ride away, knowing Mandy will follow. As they ride the several day journey to Tom’s ranch, he teaches the children to call him Pa, to Mandy’s disgust. She’s loved Tom much longer than she ought to have, but can’t bear to put him in danger from the Cooter feud.
For indeed, the Cooters are coming from all across the land to join up and kill off the Grays–and anyone who stands by them. Tom Linscott has bought himself a barrelful of trouble, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Not only the Cooters are coming, but so are Mandy’s family, the McLennans, in this final novel in the historical western series Sophie’s Daughters. Sharpshooter in Petticoats is not a stand-alone book and (apparently) not only the closing tale to Sophie’s Daughters but to two other series Lassoed in Texas and Montana Marriages which I haven’t read. As such, things got a bit confusing for me when characters old and new poured onto the stage in the final chapters. Still, Connealy’s witty writing style made this a book I thoroughly enjoyed.
Hear me on this: Nobody writes historical romance with humor like Mary Connealy!! How do I know? Because I read A LOT and few authors are able to set my fingers atingle at the mere touch of their books like Ms. Connealy. Why you may ask? Because this woman is supremely capable of making me laugh, swoon and palpitate—and that’s just on the first page! From there it’s a high-speed chase with horses and buggies through a plot as wild as a bucking bronc and a love story just as crazy and fun. Which means on a sigh-worthy scale of one to ten, a Connealy love story is usually a twenty.
Who knows, maybe a twenty-five for her latest series entitled “Sophie’s Daughters,” which captures the romantic pursuits of the grownup McClellen daughters from another Connealy classic, Petticoat Ranch. It’s hard to say which of the three books in this series is the best—Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats or Sharpshooter in Petticoats— because this is clearly Connealy’s pinnacle work so far, in my humble opinion, and trust me on this—the woman just gets better and better! So if you like lots of laughs, thrills and … ahem … gentle passion in your romance, pick up some petticoats and “slip” into a great time!
I am assuming this is the last story, even though there is one more daughter. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and i liked how the other triologies were all brought together to conclude this story line. Mary did a great job tying everything together.
All I can say is Mary Connealy gets better with every book! SHARPSHOOTER IN PETTICOATS brings a nine-book saga to a close. We first met Sophie and her daughters in the Lassoed in Texas series, then got to know some new characters in the Montana Marriages stories, and finally saw the McClellen girls all grown up and forging their own paths in the Sophie's Daughters series. Ms. Connealy does a superb job of dovetailing all these characters' stories into a riveting and very satisfying conclusion in this book. The story centers on sharpshooting widow Mandy McClellen Gray, who fears she'll only bring death to anyone who comes near, and Tom Linscott, the rancher who can't live without her. Readers who love Mary's books for their charming blend of humor, history, and hair-raising gunfights--plus a whole lot of romance--won't be disappointed!