Belle Tanner just buried her third worthless husband under a sprawling tree. Now she needs to move her cattle to market before winter sets in. But is the aimless cowpuncher Silas Harden worth hiring on? Silas just escaped the matrimonial noose-only to lose his ranch in the process. Although he's glad for the job, he doubts five females can survive a treacherous cattle drive across the Rockies. With both Belle and Silas determined never to get tangled up with marriage again, love seems bound to lasso them in. Will they survive the drive and make it into the winter unhitched?
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When I want to read a top-notch western romance, I need not look any farther than Mary Connealy. Her books have that punch of humor that I love to get the occasional taste from, as well as a spine-curling romance that makes me sigh every time.
The Husband Tree was no exception. It had a great mixture of humor and romance, and a likeable hero and heroine in Silas and Belle. Both of 'em were stubborn as mules, and as hard-headed as they come about the opposite sex. But each one had a very tender side, and showed genuine affection for the other as their relationship progressed to the (inevitable) next level. :o)
The only, and I mean, the ONLY thing that keeps me from giving this book 5 stars was all the kissing. Normally, that is not something that bothers me one whit, but it seemed like every time Silas and Belle turned around, it was Smooch City. It just didn't seem to give their relationship a good foundation, nor was it believable. Like I said before, I don't mind it. I'm not some ol' fuddy-duddy. Kissing is a normal part of any relationship, real or fictitious. But in this case, there was just too much of it.
Will that stop me from reading more of Mary's works? Absolutely not! My funny bone gets tickled so much that I'd miss out on a lifetime of laughs if I didn't read her books! No worries there...not a single one. :o)
Who could resist a book entitled "The Husband Tree"? The book contained light as well as serious situations. I read many of the humorous lines aloud to my husband, and he laughed. Even though this is #2 in the Montana Marriages series, it could be a stand alone, as scenes from the first book were referred to occasionally.
Belle Tanner’s made a career of burying no-count husbands…and doing man’s work alongside four beef-jerky tough daughters scratching out a living on unforgiving South Dakota ranchland. And she’s sick to death of it. When Belle shovels dirt over the third spousal varmit under the watch of The Husband Tree, she vows to wear widowhood like she does her fringed jacket...or risk the ire of her shotgun-toting, skillet-wielding girls.
Equally sworn to single-hood, Silas Harden flees a New Mexico Territory shotgun marriage and hightails it to Divide, Montana, where he runs smack dab into Belle, who’s hiring ranch hands to drive the dogies to Helena’s stockyards. Suddenly the vow to remain single squeezes worse than jeans left to dry out by the campfire.
While set in 1876 Big Sky Territory, Mary Connealy draws you into a rollicking romance spiced with salty characters and Western charm. Don’t figure Connealy for a light read. The Husband Tree explores feminist issues, abusive situations, prejudice, reliance on God, “marital bliss,” and the age-old plight of the working mom. I laughed, I felt my throat get tight; when I turned the last past, I stomped my boot heel and demanded more. Praise God, Connealy’s signed a multi-book deal with Bethany House, so we can keep our homesteads well stocked with good reads! Not to be missed!
Confession time. I was perturbed at Belle when I met her character in Montana Rose, book 1 of the Montana Marriage series. I mean, come on now! Good, honorable guys wanting to be a family man and she was choosing the bums! When that happened, I honestly was a little reluctant to read her story in The Husband Tree and was highly tempted to skip straight to Wildflower Bride, but since I'm a complete sucker for reading a series in order, I gave it a go. Mary Conneally is such a talented, fantastically seasoned, witty author that she turned an unlikable character into a completely likeable-no, loveable- character. Now that's FANTASTIC! From page one, we get a great dose of that territory humor and a fabulous trip into history. It pick ups right where book 1 left off, taking us into the crazy ranch life of 3x's a widow, single mother of 4 Belle, who wants nothing more to do with men. I love how I saw myself in Belle! But then she meets Silas and woowee! Out comes the humor and the sparks start to fly! Now Silas, I will admit, is a man that any woman would love! (Can you make him real, Mary? )I can't even begin to tell you the number of times I found myself laughing out loud at this entire story! It's messages stand out of letting go of the past, moving on, trusting and forgiving. They are absolutely amazing! God's love really shines in this book. What are you waiting for?! GET A COPY OF THIS FABULOUS 5 STAR BOOK RIGHT NOW! Especially if you've read Montana Rose. I can't wait to dive into Wildflower Bride...these books just get better and better!
I loved this book. That poor Belle was awful at picking men. The idea of this Husband Tree was funny business. I would have thought the 4th guy would have been a little worried that he'd be next to be planted under it. But he was a different kind of guy. It was wonderful that things turned around for Belle and those little girls. Can't wait to get into the next book in this series. Good writing skills, Mary.
Sigh! A hunky hero bent on kissing senseless certainly holds my attention! I love Mary Connealys heroes and Silas Harden is an amazing one. I also love how she wraps up the romance with humour one line zingers that had me howling out loud. The tight plot along with plenty of romantic tension and some unexpected twists and those touches of humour make this a very, very, very satisfying read.
Just when I think Mary Connealy cant possibly get any better, she writes another book. Her latest offering, The Husband Tree, is the story of feisty and independent Belle Tanner, a three-time widow who swears off men until a marriage-shy drifter drifts into her life. What ensues is a funny and fast-paced tale of an unlikely love that once again marks Connealy as a master at weaving cowboy romance with all the crackle and pop of a cattle-drive campfire. From Wild West wit that warms the heart, to romance that sizzles and sparks, Mary Connealy knows how to light a fire under her readers better than anyone in her genre today, deftly weaving in a spiritual message that always leaves a warm glow. My favorite so far of all Connealys delightful books, The Husband Tree is another sure-fire read from an author who is truly red-hot.
This is perhaps my favorite of all the Mary Connealy books I've read to date. Belle and Silas stole my heart from the start. Mary has a way of weaving important truths into a story of troubled, misguided, but always spunky, determined characters--and laced with a skillful touch of humor. Burned by a series of good-for-nothing husbands, Belle is determined never again to fall for a man's charms. After barely dodging a sham of a shotgun wedding, marriage is the last thing on Silas's mind. Watching these two fight their growing attraction to each other is a treat.Even more fun, throughout the story, Mary Connealy lays the groundwork for her next novel in this series, a story featuring the "villain" from her previous book, Montana Rose. In The Husband Tree and the upcoming Wildflower Bride, Wade is a changed man, falling in love as he seeks to help a white girl adopted by an Indian tribe to find her way back home. A 2009 Christy Award finalist, Mary is fast becoming one of the hottest authors of inspirational fiction. Her books are not to be missed.
Mary Connealy rocks the roots of The Husband Tree! She takes humor, wit, hardship, a calloused female rancher, and a good looking cowboy, mixes them all together and whips out a fantastic read. Yep, she's done it again. Belle Tanner is in a pickle. Just having buried her third "worthless" husband, she needs to get her cattle to market before the snows hit or she will lose it all. She hires Silas Harden, a drifter running from his own problems, and the two, along with her passel of 4 children, go on an adventurous cattle drive. The hardest part for Belle is not the work, but the attraction she feels for her new hired hand. There's no way she is going to get trapped in another marriage. Not this time. But God has other plans...I love how Mary takes the hardened Belle and slowly brings her heart to a place she can trust Him for a worthy husband. I love how she uses Silas, a man not afraid to stand up to Belle, to show her that there are men who are not worthless and are man enough for her strong spirit. There is fun and witty banter and the sparks fly as Belle and Silas have a hard time not kissing each other on the trail. Oooo-la-la, Mary can write romance!I am definitely eager for the next installment of the Montana Series...Wildflower Bride. These are all keepers on my overflowing bookshelf!
The best of Mary's books yet, and that's saying something, as I have loved all her work so far. I can't wait for her next release because her novels get better with each new story. The Husband Tree is an engaging, romantic, heartwarming and hopeful read. I enjoyed every word.
Mary Connealy's The Husband Tree is a fabulous read that kept me turning pages well into the night. The book opens with Belle Tanner burying Anthony, the last of her worthless dead husbands, under the tree overlooking her cabin. Or so she promises herself. She has no intention of marrying again, something her four daughters appreciate. But alas, along comes Silas Harden and all Belle's good intentions meet an honest, hard-working, caring man. I loved watching Belle and Silas dance around their attraction on the trail and overcome the strong conflicts separating them. Ms Connealy carved her story deep into my heart with her wonderful humor, lively action-packed plot and fabulous characters. Don't miss The Husband Tree!I received a copy of the book from the publisher.
Mary Connealy has done it again. I knew the Husband Tree was going to be great when we met Belle in Montana Rose. And I was not disappointed. The Husband Tree was riotous fun as well as fascinating. Mary always entwines the characters in the most interesting historical episodes. Women and children working a cattle drive fascinated me. Mary brings out the strength of those pioneers/settlers of the Old West. Not only does she enlighten us with interesting history, but she always provides a good laugh. She writes humor well. I can hardly wait for Wildflower Bride.