Sara Daniel Romance Author: Reading Romances Challenge - May

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Reading Romances Challenge - May

May's theme was Summer Loving or Nurse Back to Health. I decided to read the second choice where the hero/heroine is injured near death and the other saves his/her life by nursing her back to health. Over the Edge by Mary Connealy is historical inspirational romance, in other words about as far from my normal reading material as possible while still belonging to the romance genre.

Seth Kincaid survived a fire in a cave, but he's never been the same. He was always a reckless youth, but now he's gone over the edge. He ran off to the Civil War and came back crazier than ever.

After the war, nearly dead from his injuries, it appears Seth got married. Oh, he's got a lot of excuses, but his wife isn't happy to find out Seth doesn't remember her. Callie has searched, prayed, and worried. Now she's come to the Kincaid family's ranch in Colorado to find her lost husband.

Callie isn't a long-suffering woman. Once she knows her husband is alive, she wants to kill him. She's not even close to forgiving him for abandoning her.

Then more trouble shows up in the form of a secret Seth's pa kept for years. The Kincaid brothers might lose their ranch if they can't sort things out. It's enough to drive a man insane--but somehow it's all making Seth see things more clearly. And now that he knows what he wants, no one better stand in his way.

This book would definitely qualify for an amnesia themed romance, which gave it a great hook: "Seth Kincaid remembers everything...except getting married!" The heroine is about the toughest frontier woman you can imagine, but after holding off outlaws who tried to rob the stagecoach she is riding in, she is near death and has to rely on the husband who married her, abandoned her, and can't remember her to nurse her back to health. So, it fits this month's theme too.

Trust me, it's a good thing for him that she's near death because otherwise she'd have shot him dead along with the outlaws! I really liked the spunky heroine, and the Kincaids have a good family saga going. The paternalistic, condescending attitude toward women grated on my nerves, which is probably why I don't normally read this genre.

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