No Way Up

Title:  No Way Up (The Cimarron Legacy #1)

Author:  Mary Connealy

Pages:  304

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Bethany

My rating is 5 stars.

One of the first words that drew my attention was the author’s words to her mother before I even began to read the story.  What mother hopes when her babies are born that they will follow the Lord have good marriages or fulfilled lives?  There is no way to pay mothers for all they give so sacrificially without the children even really being truly aware of the cost to a mom’s heart.  So I am sure Mary’s mother was touched by her daughter’s words.  I like to think it really blessed her heart!

A good western book is this new series that starts right off with someone apparently trying to rid the Borden of their land.  The attempt made on the father of the family almost cost him his life, but the ranch hand named Heath provided assistance that probably saved the father’s life.  Now, the father lets his daughter know about a change in his will before he leaves to see a doctor in Denver in case he doesn’t make it.  The cost of hearing it was one thing, but for her and her older brother Cole to return to the ranch from places where they established their lives took the cake!

So at first the three siblings Cole, Justin and Sadie wrestle through what this revelation and demand means to each of them.  It brings tension right to the forefront of the story and continues to grow as the story progressed.  However, what was really interesting was seeing the siblings draw closer together in order to fight whoever is attempting to get them off the ranch they have owned for almost three generations.

There is a sequel coming up early in 2017 titled, Long Time Gone that I cannot wait to read.  I want to see how the parents react when returning from their trip to find Sadie’s life changed and how Cole ends up healing from wounds he sustained in a fight.  Justin is the one who tends to disagree with Cole most at first until the story focus changes to Sadie and some of the decisions she is making regardless of what her brothers think!

Mary’s novel really is like the fast draw of a gun because of the speed at which the action and danger start right from the get-go.  I like Sadie’s spitfire personality and how she is learning to mature in some ways that help instead of causing more problems for her older brothers.  Heath is a good ranch hand more so a good man, and the lessons he is learning by watching how the family interacts really impact his heart and life.  So I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for her fictional family and the Cimarron Ranch coming next year!

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