The Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts, #1)
Trace Riley has been self-appointed guardian of the trail ever since his own wagon was attacked. When he finds the ruins of a wagon train, he offers shelter to survivor Deborah Harkness and the children she saved. Trace and Deborah grow close working to bring justice to the trail, but what will happen when the attackers return to silence the only witness?

The Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts, #1) Details

TitleThe Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts, #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764219290
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GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Christian, Romance, Christian Romance

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The Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts, #1) Review

  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    This was good. It didn't have me giggling like some of her others. And I didn't quite connect with the characters the way that I did in some of her previous books, but I still enjoyed it. It was a pretty quick read overall.
  • Trisha
    January 1, 1970
    What do you get when you have two children, two women, and three men? The Accidental Guaradian! Deborah and her sister join a wagon train headed West, which experiences trouble and only four survive. Trace, headed home from a cattle drive on his favorite horse, comes along at the right time to help the two women and two children. The closest shelter is Trace's home, also known as a one room cabin, where two other men work alongside him. How will Trace get them out of the cold and save them? Wher What do you get when you have two children, two women, and three men? The Accidental Guaradian! Deborah and her sister join a wagon train headed West, which experiences trouble and only four survive. Trace, headed home from a cattle drive on his favorite horse, comes along at the right time to help the two women and two children. The closest shelter is Trace's home, also known as a one room cabin, where two other men work alongside him. How will Trace get them out of the cold and save them? Where will they all stay once he gets them to his home? Will he be able to catch the bad men and warn other wagon trains before it is too late? Read the book "The Accidental Guardian" for a great story about Deborah and Trace. This is a really good story by Mary Connealy! I received a complimentary review copy by the publisher. This review is my honest opinion.
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    Like a moth to the flame, I was drawn into this book from the cover. The adorable little girl, the rays of sunlight, and the cowboy, all work together along with the title to pull you and leave you wanting more. I had to know the story the lived within the pages of Mary Connealy's latest novel!Trace Riley has been guarding the wagon trail in the high Sierra's for many years. He's no stranger to the rugged wilderness. He knows what it takes to survive the harsh elements because he's more than jus Like a moth to the flame, I was drawn into this book from the cover. The adorable little girl, the rays of sunlight, and the cowboy, all work together along with the title to pull you and leave you wanting more. I had to know the story the lived within the pages of Mary Connealy's latest novel!Trace Riley has been guarding the wagon trail in the high Sierra's for many years. He's no stranger to the rugged wilderness. He knows what it takes to survive the harsh elements because he's more than just survived, he's flourished in these mountains.  If there was ever someone you wanted in your corner, it would be Trace Riley!Deborah, her sister, and two toddlers are the only survivors of a vicious wagon train attack. Rescued and offered shelter for the winter, will they still wish to leave when spring arrives? Will the criminals from the attack continue on their rampage, or will they be caught in time to prevent others from being harmed?I have long been a fan of Mary Connealy's writing, and this newest story didn't disappoint. The characters are realistic and engaging. You won't want to put this story down once you start reading it!  (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    Take a man who survived to make his living on the Sierra Nevada range, two women & two small children who escaped a wagon train massacre, mix them up and you have an adventurous tale of epic proportions! Connealy’s imagination runs as wild as the mountainous terrain that Trace has made his home in this story. “I’m going to change, Gwen. I am. The West is different than where we came from. It’s a land that demands strength of people. A land that tests courage. One would think after the many Take a man who survived to make his living on the Sierra Nevada range, two women & two small children who escaped a wagon train massacre, mix them up and you have an adventurous tale of epic proportions! Connealy’s imagination runs as wild as the mountainous terrain that Trace has made his home in this story. “I’m going to change, Gwen. I am. The West is different than where we came from. It’s a land that demands strength of people. A land that tests courage. One would think after the many years Trace lived here that he was a rugged, rough mountain man with ill manners, but just the opposite is true. Once he encounters Deb and her sister Gwen and the two children after the massacre, he sets out to do what’s right by them. Pushing for home and shelter, he’s made it a lifelong vow to bring the men responsible to justice. A true hero in every sense of the word. Protective, defender of the weak, tender when needed but just as tough when situation calls for it, and he don’t take no guff. Deb was one character that surprised me! She was tough and had what it takes to survive with plenty of backbone and hard-working attitude to get by; she bucked up and did what had doing. These two definitely had plenty of sparks and banter between them! Fun to watch from the sidelines. “And…well, I can’t be kissing a man. That’s a good way to get tangled up….in forever.” Deb: “But men and women not understanding each other is a mighty common thing I’d say.” Trace: “It’s a wonder they don’t do a better job of avoiding each other.” One word description: Un-putdownable (if only real life didn’t interrupt)! I can’t say I’ve never met a book I didn’t like, nor a hero I didn’t fall in love with written by this author. Western adventure stories are her specialty! I know I’ll find a laugh or three, strong characters, a little faith mixed in, and romance brewing. This one also had a few heart-in-my-throat scenes when danger edged a little too close for comfort, and plenty of action to keep it going. She had me wanting more; but that’s just a common thing with a Connealy tale! I’m already anticipating the next novel, it can't come soon enough for me.*I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House via Netgalley and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
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  • Trisha Ontiveros
    January 1, 1970
    Mary Connealy has become one of my favorite authors!  I just love the stories and characters.  I really don’t want to give too much away but the level of the unknown when the wagon train is attacked as Deb and Gwen are away from the wagons with the kids… I could just put myself there and then when Trace comes along and all that unfolds after that.  I loved the strength that Deb showed and the relationships that developed.  I don’t want to wait for the next book.  I also love that it is set near Mary Connealy has become one of my favorite authors!  I just love the stories and characters.  I really don’t want to give too much away but the level of the unknown when the wagon train is attacked as Deb and Gwen are away from the wagons with the kids… I could just put myself there and then when Trace comes along and all that unfolds after that.  I loved the strength that Deb showed and the relationships that developed.  I don’t want to wait for the next book.  I also love that it is set near Lake Tahoe! I was just on a trail this past summer and we came across a momma bear and her two cubs. We also had a crazy snow storm! I could just picture Deb and Trace gasping as they looked out across the Lake!*I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley on behalf of the Publisher and was under no obligation to post a favorable review
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  • Denise Hershberger (100 Pages per Hour)
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come as a part of a blog tour :)
  • Bettys Welt
    January 1, 1970
    Auf dem Weg in den Westen überleben Deborah Harkness und ihre jüngere Schwester Gwen haarscharf und nur zufällig den Überfall auf ihren Planwagenzug. Bei ihnen sind noch das Baby der Familie Scott und deren dreijährige Nichte. Die Scotts hatten sie angeheuert, um sich während der langen mühseligen Reise um die Kinder zu kümmern.Unmittelbar nach dem grausamen Überfall kommt der Einsiedler Trace Riley des Weges. Er wurde vor zehn Jahren selbst ganz jung Opfer eines solchen Angriffs. Danach ist er Auf dem Weg in den Westen überleben Deborah Harkness und ihre jüngere Schwester Gwen haarscharf und nur zufällig den Überfall auf ihren Planwagenzug. Bei ihnen sind noch das Baby der Familie Scott und deren dreijährige Nichte. Die Scotts hatten sie angeheuert, um sich während der langen mühseligen Reise um die Kinder zu kümmern.Unmittelbar nach dem grausamen Überfall kommt der Einsiedler Trace Riley des Weges. Er wurde vor zehn Jahren selbst ganz jung Opfer eines solchen Angriffs. Danach ist er in der Wildnis ganz alleine aufgewachsen und hat sich lange als heimlicher, unerkannter Rächer solcher Überfälle an diesem Trail betätigt. Nun sieht er sich plötzlich mit zwei Frauen und kleinen Kindern konfrontiert. Er ist ihre einzige Hoffnung die Situation zu überleben.Trotz der schrecklichen Grausamkeiten am Überfallort untersuchen Deborah und er alles auf Überlebende, Wertgegenstände, Nahrungsmittel, Hinweise auf Familienangehörige und Habseligkeiten. Diese Bilder wird sie nie vergessen. Neben der unmittelbaren Not zu überleben, sinnen alle auf Rache, denn Deb hat die Verbrecher gesehen und Riley kann die Spuren lesen. Er vermutet, dass es dieselben Täter sind, die auch vor zehn Jahren für die Attacke verantwortlich waren. Aber zunächst müssen sie sich auf Rileys kleiner Farm vor dem plötzlich drohenden Wintereinbruch in Sicherheit bringen. Als Leser ist man gepackt und gleich in der Geschichte drin.Die willensstarke Deb und der, im Umgang mit Frauen völlig unerfahrene, Riley haben in der Vergangenheit sehr schwierige Zeiten erlebt und finden aufgrund ihrer zunächst recht unterschiedlichen Einstellungen und Zukunftspläne nicht einfach zueinander. Das wurde von Mary Connealy in "The Accidental Guardian" sehr nachvollziehbar dargestellt. Der Leser kann das mitfühlen. Das Aufeinandertreffen der beiden und ihrer Welten hat teilweise sogar etwas Amüsantes. Das Buch ist leicht und flüssig zu lesen.Die Geschichte überrascht nach ungefähr dreiviertel mit einem relativ schnellen Happy Ende. Also ganz anders als üblich nicht erst zum Ende des Buches. Riley und Deb sind beide noch herrlich jungfräulich und wissen wenig darüber, was eine Ehe bedeutet. Das macht sie zusätzlich sympathisch. Dann nimmt das Buch eine unglückliche dramatische Wendung. Es kommt zum Show Down. Aber eine weitere Überraschung gegen Ende sorgt für ein in gewissen Weise etwas übereiltes oder offenes Ende. Es wird klar, dass hier der Grundstein für die neue High Sierra Sweethearts Serie gesetzt wird. Eine ganze Reihe der freundlichen und unterschiedlichen Nebenfiguren, wie die Farmarbeiter, wären für weitere Geschichten geeignet. Man kann sehr gespannt sein, wie der harte Winter in den Sierra Mountains für die Einwohner von Rileys Farm wird. Dieser Roman entspricht ganz meinem Beuteschema. Schon jung habe ich gerne die spannenden Geschichten über die Wagon Trains in den Westen und ihre Teilnehmer gelesen.Die Themen Gott und Religion sind sensibel eingearbeitet und können berühren. Ein Roman um die Themen Mut, Vertrauen, Glauben und Gerechtigkeit. Ich werde diese neue Serie definitiv weiter verfolgen, da mich der erste Teil, bis auf das etwas überhastete Ende, komplett überzeugen konnte. Trotz der Grausamkeit, Härte und Spannung war es für mich ein herzerwärmender Wohlfühlroman.Fazit: Sehr unterhaltsamer und gefühlvoller Liebesroman zu Zeiten der großen Wagon Trains.4,5 von 5 Punkten
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  • The Books and Biscuits Blog
    January 1, 1970
    The Accidental Guardian – Mary Connealy (4.5-5 Stars)In The Accidental Guardian, Ms. Connealy begins her High Sierra Sweethearts series. Deborah Harkness and her sister, Gwen, have travelled from the East to the area near Lake Tahoe under an agreement to serve as nannies for two children on their journey. When their entire wagon train is killed, Deborah, Gwen, and their two charges are left alone in the wilderness. Fortunately, Trace Riley stumbles upon them and brings them to his home for the w The Accidental Guardian – Mary Connealy (4.5-5 Stars)In The Accidental Guardian, Ms. Connealy begins her High Sierra Sweethearts series. Deborah Harkness and her sister, Gwen, have travelled from the East to the area near Lake Tahoe under an agreement to serve as nannies for two children on their journey. When their entire wagon train is killed, Deborah, Gwen, and their two charges are left alone in the wilderness. Fortunately, Trace Riley stumbles upon them and brings them to his home for the winter. Having made a home in the area after surviving a similar attack years ago, Trace has barely encountered women and children at any point in his life. However, he soon finds himself drawn to Deborah while they both search for the men who killed the children’s family. While he once thought to leave behind his self-appointed role as guardian of the trail, Trace will return once more to ensure that Deborah and those he has come to care about will remain safe. Ms. Connealy presents a fascinating story of survival and faith in The Accidental Guardian. With a high-stakes storyline and a heartwarming cast of characters, this novel offers a compelling start to her High Sierra Sweethearts series.Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Accidental Guardian. While I’m not entirely familiar with all of Ms. Connealy’s other works, this novel shows enormous growth from her earliest books. Her story retains some humorous moments and nice characters, but it has gained a tighter and more developed writing style that makes the entire novel an absolute delight to read! I also enjoyed reading the characters’ own description of the Lake Tahoe landscape, as it offers a memorable setting for the events of the novel. The cast of characters and the back end of this story also present an interesting opportunity to build out the series further in a natural way. Fortunately, readers will not have overly long to wait for the next book. Ms. Connealy will be releasing The Reluctant Warrior, as the second book in the series, in October 2018! Special thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for the complimentary copy of The Accidental Guardian! Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thanks!Brittany at the Books and Biscuits BlogPS. To see the full review, please visit http://booksandbiscuits.com/blog/2018.... Thanks!
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    “You are a blessed miracle from God, you and your men. You saved us and now you care for us. It’s the Bible’s very definition of a Christian.” --Deb HarknessIt is certainly no surprise that a woman who dedicates her book to her husband also known as her “very own romantic cowboy hero” writes about cowboys, ranching, and the west, three things she seems to know real well. This little western gem is set southwest of Lake Tahoe, Nevada in October of 1867.The Harkness sisters, Deborah and Gwen, are “You are a blessed miracle from God, you and your men. You saved us and now you care for us. It’s the Bible’s very definition of a Christian.” --Deb HarknessIt is certainly no surprise that a woman who dedicates her book to her husband also known as her “very own romantic cowboy hero” writes about cowboys, ranching, and the west, three things she seems to know real well. This little western gem is set southwest of Lake Tahoe, Nevada in October of 1867.The Harkness sisters, Deborah and Gwen, are on their way west through the Sierra Nevada Mountains when their wagon train is attacked. Fortunate enough to survive, the girls are left on their own with two small children until Trace Riley appears. Trace gathers up the women and children and heads for his desolate, rather run down ranch, tucked in a valley of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Being a single man living at the ranch with a couple of work hands, his priority to this point time has not been a house or housekeeping. The women have their work cut out for them. Two more awkward people have never inhabited the same space! In fact Trace and Deborah are so awkward they are endearing. A bit of romance runs through the novel as well as some intrigue! A great story that carries the themes of family, friendship, faith, and social responsibility! Readers of inspirational historical fiction and western fiction will like this novel. Read and enjoy! The Accidental Guardian is book one in the series and I personally can’t wait to get my hands on book two. This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
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  • Jaquelyn Scroggie
    January 1, 1970
    I should probably start this review with a disclaimer... I love everything I have read by Mary Connealy. Accidental Guardian is one of those books. It is a one of a kind story and I enjoyed every minute of it. I easily fell in love with Trace, so I don’t blame Deb one bit. Being a survivor of a wagon train massacre would be no easy trial. It is one thing that both Trace and Deb have in common. This book follows the pair as they seek to protect innocent wagon train travelers from cowards who stri I should probably start this review with a disclaimer... I love everything I have read by Mary Connealy. Accidental Guardian is one of those books. It is a one of a kind story and I enjoyed every minute of it. I easily fell in love with Trace, so I don’t blame Deb one bit. Being a survivor of a wagon train massacre would be no easy trial. It is one thing that both Trace and Deb have in common. This book follows the pair as they seek to protect innocent wagon train travelers from cowards who strike when least expected.When Trace arrives at the scene of the latest massacre, the last thing he expects to find is two women and two children who not only survived, but they might even be able to recognize the murderers if they saw them again. Trace hasn’t been around women or children at all, but one thing he does know, is he needs to protect them. Right now the only way he knows to do that is bring them home to his ranch. Little does he know, his life will never be the same. Can love be found amongst tragedy?Trace didn’t have an easy life, and I loved him right away. He was the sweetest and most respectful kind of man, and I loved him all the more for his lack of experience. I am dying to read the next book in this series! I already love all the characters and can’t wait to find out who we get to know even more next. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to escape on an adventure where you’ll both laugh, and bite your nails in nervousness. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    I truly admire the steadfast determination and strength of the people who settled the Old West. This story highlighted some of the many dangers travelers faced while also showcasing the bravery and courage many displayed. This bravery was evident in Trace's commitment to keep the trail and Deb and her family safe. However, there were unresolved issues left in the plot that bothered me. For example, even though Trace saw himself as saving lives on the trail, it did not seem that he ever reconcile I truly admire the steadfast determination and strength of the people who settled the Old West. This story highlighted some of the many dangers travelers faced while also showcasing the bravery and courage many displayed. This bravery was evident in Trace's commitment to keep the trail and Deb and her family safe. However, there were unresolved issues left in the plot that bothered me. For example, even though Trace saw himself as saving lives on the trail, it did not seem that he ever reconciled his hatred toward the outlaws' attack on his own wagon train. Also, I felt the story was rushed and unfinished at the end. The reader tagged along throughout the hunt for the outlaws, and even though one can guess the end result for two of the outlaws, the ringleader's fate is completely dismissed and dropped! In addition, two new characters were haphazardly introduced into the story at the end but the introduction was basically all that occurred with these two new additions to the story even though the children's fates would be profoundly affected by their presence. It seems like the story should have continued but was just cut off. Lastly, even though Trace and Deb's romance was sweet enough, it was disappointing. It seemed very rushed and immature. I honestly felt like their characters seemed more like two people with high school crushes than two people thinking about life-long commitments. The entire story had more of a "young adult" feel to it and did not quite meet my expectations.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required but was voluntary and contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work.
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  • Linda Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes the hand behind the attack as the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he'd finally carved out a home and started a herd--while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail, driving off dangerous men. He'dhoped those days were over, but the latest attack shows he was wrong.Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes the hand behind the attack as the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he'd finally carved out a home and started a herd--while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail, driving off dangerous men. He'dhoped those days were over, but the latest attack shows he was wrong.Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace offers the only shelter for miles around, and agrees to take them in until she can safely continue. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling--yet enticing.Working to survive the winter and finally bring justice to the trail, Trace and Deborah find themselves drawn together--yet every day approaches the moment she'll leave forever.Another good book by Ms. Connealy. Lighthearted humor with enough mystery to keep it interesting. Deborah takes her responsibility of protecting her younger sister and the two young children in her care seriously. She will do anything to keep them safe. Trace is trying to find the men who murdered his pa and others along the wagon train trail. He does what is necessary to keep them safe. He comes upon Deborah and takes them to his ranch. Then the fun begins. I highly recommend this book for everyone.I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
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  • Sally
    January 1, 1970
    Another great story by Mary Connealy. Deborah Harkness is on a wagon train when it is attacked. She, her sister, and two little ones are the only survivors. But when the attackers realize she can identify them will she ever feel safe again? Trace Riley comes across the massacre and takes in Deborah and the other survivors. Trace will have to keep Deb safe as they track the attackers. Will they find love along the way? Or will Deborah leave as she's planned all along, taking his heart with her? M Another great story by Mary Connealy. Deborah Harkness is on a wagon train when it is attacked. She, her sister, and two little ones are the only survivors. But when the attackers realize she can identify them will she ever feel safe again? Trace Riley comes across the massacre and takes in Deborah and the other survivors. Trace will have to keep Deb safe as they track the attackers. Will they find love along the way? Or will Deborah leave as she's planned all along, taking his heart with her? My favorite scene in this story was of the salvaged Bible. Connealy does a great job with her characters. I could feel Trace's aloneness. The setting descriptions made me feel like I was right there in the story. And the connection between Deb and Trace kept me turning the pages to see how their story would end. If you love inspirational western romances with a touch of humor, you will love Mary Connealy's books. The Accidental Guardian is no exception. And it's the start of a series, so there are more stories to come! I received a free copy from Net Galley in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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  • Kathryn at Book Ink Reivews
    January 1, 1970
    A copy of this review can be found at Book Ink Reviews.Thank you to NetGalley, Bethany House, and Mary Connealy for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.What a perfect, cozy, sweet romance. Anyone who has followed these reviews for any amount of time knows I am a sucker for Hallmark Channel style Western Romances. I can't help myself. They're clean, they're sweet, and they're full of ruggedly handsome, morally sound cowboys. As a Wyoming girl, what more is there to love?Accidental Guardia A copy of this review can be found at Book Ink Reviews.Thank you to NetGalley, Bethany House, and Mary Connealy for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.What a perfect, cozy, sweet romance. Anyone who has followed these reviews for any amount of time knows I am a sucker for Hallmark Channel style Western Romances. I can't help myself. They're clean, they're sweet, and they're full of ruggedly handsome, morally sound cowboys. As a Wyoming girl, what more is there to love?Accidental Guardian is actually apart of the Hig Sierra Sweethearts series, and Mary Connealy has done great justice to the sweet romance. Though the romance itself moves quickly, this one was packed with action. Two broken people--one from a neglectful upbringing and one an orphan from a horrendous wagon train attack--meet under terrible circumstances and somehow survive. But it is in each other that they find happiness and peace once again. There were points where I was smirking--especially the men's fear of a diaper changing. And other points where I truly hurt for the characters and I read it in two sittings.<If you're looking for a sweet, quick romance with a dash of Christianity you've found the perfect recipe in Accidental Guardian.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars" . . .a voice crying out in the wilderness. . . " That voice had been Trace Riley when he was only fifteen years hold, the sole survivor of a wagon train massacre near Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Struggling to survive, he became a self-appointed sentry; carefully protecting others from bandits as their groups passed through the treacherous mountain passes. Ten years have gone by and the nightmare repeats itself, only this time Trace becomes the accidental guardian of two lovely young ladies an 3.5 stars" . . .a voice crying out in the wilderness. . . " That voice had been Trace Riley when he was only fifteen years hold, the sole survivor of a wagon train massacre near Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Struggling to survive, he became a self-appointed sentry; carefully protecting others from bandits as their groups passed through the treacherous mountain passes. Ten years have gone by and the nightmare repeats itself, only this time Trace becomes the accidental guardian of two lovely young ladies and two small children. What were they going to do? Everyone else in their wagon train had been brutally shot down in cold blood and the evidence burned. Deborah Harkness and her sister Gwen barely escaped with their lives when their two young charges had demonstrated a providential urge to use the wilderness "facilities" upon awakening. When they happen upon a seasoned cowboy, it never occurs to them how personal their experience might be to him. Now Trace is determined to not only provide his make-shift family with shelter for the winter, he is insisting on hunting down the three yellow-bellied killers responsible for their plight, only Deb may be in mortal danger; she can recognize one of their faces.Written with the sort of witty cadence that only Mary Connealy can provide, "The Accidental Guardian" is guaranteed to entertain and delight!
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  • Adrienne
    January 1, 1970
    Deb and her sister Gwen are heading to California to start fresh when their wagon train is attacked. The sisters, along with two young children, are the only survivors. When Trace Riley comes across the scene, he realizes that the attackers, who have now fled, are the same ones who killed his father and the rest of his wagon train years before. While he has honed his skills as a tracker and knows he could find and bring to justice their murderers, first he must get Deb and her little group to sa Deb and her sister Gwen are heading to California to start fresh when their wagon train is attacked. The sisters, along with two young children, are the only survivors. When Trace Riley comes across the scene, he realizes that the attackers, who have now fled, are the same ones who killed his father and the rest of his wagon train years before. While he has honed his skills as a tracker and knows he could find and bring to justice their murderers, first he must get Deb and her little group to safety. Having not been around many women in his life, Trace isn't sure at first how to even talk to one--but he quickly finds that he likes having Deb around and would like it if she'd stay. But Deb, having grown up a with a lazy father who never appreciated the work she did, is set on starting a newspaper in California--and never being subjected to working for a man again. This is an enjoyable historical romance. I liked Trace, who is a rough-around-the-edges mountain man with a tender heart, and Deb, with her fiery personality. I also thought the plot was interesting, with Trace and Deb trying to find the men who attacked the wagon train and keep other travelers safe.I read a copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Lisa Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    This book has a lot of action and also romance . A great combination. Deb and her sister Gwen have joined a wagon train to head west for a new start. They are helping care for 2 small children in return. They leave the wagon to go and take one of the children to the rest room. During this time a gang comes through and kills everybody. They hide with the kids until it is safe to come out . Trace notices the tragedy below and investigates when the women come out asking for help. He takes them back This book has a lot of action and also romance . A great combination. Deb and her sister Gwen have joined a wagon train to head west for a new start. They are helping care for 2 small children in return. They leave the wagon to go and take one of the children to the rest room. During this time a gang comes through and kills everybody. They hide with the kids until it is safe to come out . Trace notices the tragedy below and investigates when the women come out asking for help. He takes them back to his home until he can get them where they need to be. His farm hands help tremendously with a new shelter and much more . Deb and Trace go and try to find out who is responsible for the killing of all the victims on the wagon train. Everyone is working together to reunite the children with family and get the girls where they need to be also.I don't want to give away to much more . This book had me so involved it didn't take me 24 hours to read it. Look forward to book 2 in this series. This book was given to me as ARC, my opinions and review are my own
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  • Patti Whitson Stephenson
    January 1, 1970
    Mary Connealy’s books always have many things in common: An intriguing plot; a western setting; action and suspense; romance; great dialogue, and a strong theme of faith in God during difficult times. This book has all of those things. I loved the story of Trace and Deb. Both are honorable people who have experienced tragedy, but find a way to do the right thing and help those around them. This is a clean, sweet, Christian novel. The action in this one begins on the first page and draws you imme Mary Connealy’s books always have many things in common: An intriguing plot; a western setting; action and suspense; romance; great dialogue, and a strong theme of faith in God during difficult times. This book has all of those things. I loved the story of Trace and Deb. Both are honorable people who have experienced tragedy, but find a way to do the right thing and help those around them. This is a clean, sweet, Christian novel. The action in this one begins on the first page and draws you immediately into the story. Be aware that there’s a scene of a wagon train being brutally attacked. It’s handled in a very appropriate way, but for that reason I’d recommend it for no younger than senior high age. If you love western novels, you’ll love this story, too. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. I was not required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion about this book.
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  • Velva Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Trace Riley has taken on the responsibility of guarding a wagon train trail. He has a personal interest in this job. He basically raised himself and learned to live off the land. When he comes upon 2 women and children, he doesn't quite know what to do. Deborah Harkness and her younger sister along with 2 small children survive a wagon train attack. They find themselves at the mercy of Trace. They are the only females for miles, and although they are more than thankful for the help they have bee Trace Riley has taken on the responsibility of guarding a wagon train trail. He has a personal interest in this job. He basically raised himself and learned to live off the land. When he comes upon 2 women and children, he doesn't quite know what to do. Deborah Harkness and her younger sister along with 2 small children survive a wagon train attack. They find themselves at the mercy of Trace. They are the only females for miles, and although they are more than thankful for the help they have been a little burned by men in the past - their father. This is their story. It is very good! READ THIS BOOK!I was given this book and was under no obligation to post a review.
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  • Sherry Cross
    January 1, 1970
    Off to a great startThe Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy is the lead off to her High Sierra Sweethearts series. I am mad that I read it so quickly and now have to wait a year for the next installment. But, like every single book I have read by Connealy, the narrative rides quickly along and makes it quite impossible to put down once you start. The writer has a knack for telling the story with great humor that pours naturally from the characters. Write fast, Ms. Mary, your readers are now wai Off to a great startThe Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy is the lead off to her High Sierra Sweethearts series. I am mad that I read it so quickly and now have to wait a year for the next installment. But, like every single book I have read by Connealy, the narrative rides quickly along and makes it quite impossible to put down once you start. The writer has a knack for telling the story with great humor that pours naturally from the characters. Write fast, Ms. Mary, your readers are now waiting not very patiently for book 2!
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars...This book has all the things I love about a Mary Connealy western. Well, it may not have as much female sass that I love in some of her older books, but I am still in love with these new characters and storyline. But let me mention this cover. So different from Connealy's previous covers...and I love it! A great capture of this story and hopefully of what's to come. I'm going to get a little giddy for a moment. I basically read this book in less than 24 hours. I couldn't put it down! 4.5 stars...This book has all the things I love about a Mary Connealy western. Well, it may not have as much female sass that I love in some of her older books, but I am still in love with these new characters and storyline. But let me mention this cover. So different from Connealy's previous covers...and I love it! A great capture of this story and hopefully of what's to come. I'm going to get a little giddy for a moment. I basically read this book in less than 24 hours. I couldn't put it down! I have been reading this author's books for so long now, some of which I've reread because I loved them so much. Connealy knows how to amp up the romantic tension in a way that keeps it clean but fun. In The Accidental Guardian, the character I loved most was Trace. His vulnerability just leapt off the page, yet he had a complexity that gave him room to grow through the story. The story begins when Trace picked up Deb, her sister, and the children they were protecting and took them in after their wagon train was attacked. Deb was the heroine in this story, showing courage in the midst of hardship and heartache. She wasn't the gun slinging, sassy female that I tend to lean towards, but her perseverance, and quiet strength really complemented Trace's character. This novel is obviously the beginning of a new series, so don't be too disappointed if it leaves you wanting more at the end. I can't wait to read what is going to happen next! I would definitely recommend this book. Personal takeaway...God can redeem any person or situation. If we put it all in His hands, He is the true Guardian of our hearts and lives.**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley so that I could share my personal opinions. I was not required to give a positive review.**
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  • Teresa Snyder
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read most if not all of Mary Connealy’s books. I’m a big fan of hers. It pains me to give one of her books such a low rating. This book was like reading a child’s book - young adult. The story line was great, the book could have been the same, but the writing was horrible. Hopefully the next book in the series will be better; otherwise I will have to skip this series.
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  • Sarah W. Calvert
    January 1, 1970
    Great new seriesThis story has less humor and more of a serious tone than Mary's other books. It does not disappoint those of us who enjoy reading her work. Great story!
  • Gladys Belcher
    January 1, 1970
    The Accidental GuardianI loved this book hard to put down. Can't wait for #2 book.A good book to get into and not put down till the end and don't want it to end.
  • Tammi
    January 1, 1970
    This beginning of a new series does not disappoint! I love the setting and the cast of characters.
  • Mandy Westeman
    January 1, 1970
    Great bookThis is a thrilling book. I hope the author writes another book to continue the story to see what happens with the rest of the characters.
  • Dianne Sidebottom
    January 1, 1970
    I like reading Mary's books. I like how she develops relationships in historical fiction. I'm guessing with all the people at Deborah and Trace's cabin another story develops.
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