No Way Up, by Mary Connealy



If you’ve ever read a book by Mary Connealy then you know this lady’s humor is strewn throughout every novel she pens, and No Way Up is no exception. It is laced with odd-ball comments and hilarious narrative. Along with plenty of LOL moments, No Way Up is chalked full of mystery, romance, and danger in a setting I very much enjoy, he Old West. Characters are varied, historical content is rich and accurate, and the setting—the Mesa Vera area of modern day New Mexico—is described beautifully with mesas, desert mountains, and a reminisce of the ancient people of the land.

Since no author has ever written a perfect book, it is necessary to point out that No Way Up has flaws, but just one or two. 😉 At times the details of the mystery were difficult to track. I read Mary’s free novella, the Boden Birthright, which precedes this book, and found the links between the two books deepened the mystery.

You should read this book because it is a gritty, fun, romance set with moral tones and excitement at every turn of the page. If you love history, nature, westerns, family, and mystery (or you’ve read Mary’s Kincaid Brides Series) then No Way Up belongs in your to-read pile.

About the book:

The Fight for the Cimarron Ranch Has Just Begun!

When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg–and possibly his life–Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch’s will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance’s three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don’t live and work at the home for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative.

Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set–and that more danger lurks ominously. Finding his own future–and a desired future with Sadie–locked up in saving the Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all.

About the author:

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy…with cowboys. She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist. She is the author of bestselling Kincaid Brides Series; Out of Control, In Too Deep, Over the Edge. The Trouble in Texas Series; Swept Away, Fired Up, Stuck Together. The Wild at Heart Series; Tried and True, Now and Forever, Fire and Ice. Her work also includes Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, Montana Marriages Trilogy and Sophie’s Daughters Trilogy. And Novella collections; A Bride for All Seasons, Four Weddings and a Kiss, A Match Made in Texas, Hope for the Holidays Contemporary Collection, Hope for the Holidays Historical Collection, With this Kiss Contemporary Collection, With this Kiss Historical Collection and many more books. Under the pen name Mary Nealy, she also wrote Ten Plagues–a romantic thriller, and The Historical Society Murders–three cozy mysteries. Mary is married to a Nebraska rancher and has four grown daughters and a small bevy of spectacular grandchildren.

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