First Line Fridays: The Accidental Guardian

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy. Behind this gorgeous cover with the adorable little girl and the handsome cowboy, is page-turning adventure on the western frontier that you won’t want to miss.


Southwest of Lake Tahoe, Navada
October 1867

          Deborah Harkness came awake with a snap, her hand already steady on the six-gun under her pillow.


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First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books


April 2018 – Month in Review

Spring has finally arrived here in the northern hemisphere! I’m enjoying the warmer weather and reading some outside in the sunshine. There have been some wonderful stories that I’ve enjoyed reading this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in April.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

ThePirateBride The Pirates Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #2) by Kathleen Y’Baro

StartingFromScratch Starting From Scratch by Kate Lloyd

ALoyalHeart  A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund

TheAccidentalGuardian The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy

The Weavers Daughter  The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd

AmongstTheRoses  Amongst the Roses by Meghan Gorecki

FallingForYou  Falling for You (A Bradford Sisters Romance #2)


Author Interviews:

2754194 Michelle Griep

Meghan Gorecki  Meghan Gorecki


Author Spotlight:

RachelFordham  Rachel Fordham



img_0321 Bookishly Ever After by Sarah Monzon

IMG_0325 Teach Me to Love by Kari Trumbo

StepheniaHMcGee&Timeless The Heart of Home by Stephenia H. McGee

IMG_0329 This Freedom Journey by Misty M. Beller


Cover Reveal:

HerPlaceInTime Her Place in Time: A time travel romance by Stephenia H. McGee


I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in May?

I have a full schedule of books I’m looking forward to sharing with you in May!

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy


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’d
hoped 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.

My Thoughts:

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.)


Read an excerpt of The Accidental Guardian (Click Here)

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About the Author:

MaryConnealy    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 48 books and novellas.
Her most recent three book series are: Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written four other series for Barbour Publishing and many novellas and several stand-alone books for multiple publishers.
Mary will be a published author for ten years in 2017 with nearly a million books in print. She has a degree in broadcast communications with an emphasis in journalism and has worked at her local newspaper.

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  The Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts #1)