Book Review – The Accidental Guardian

High Sierra Sweethearts – One

About the Book

She’s the Only Witness to a Wagon Train Attack. Keeping Her Safe, Though, Means His World Is About to be Turned Upside Down.

When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes an attack by the same group who left him as some survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he’s finally carved out a home and started a herd – while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail. He’d hoped the days of driving off dangerous men were over, but the latest attack shows otherwise.

Deborah Harkness saves her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace becomes an accidental guardian when he offers the only shelter for miles around and agrees to take them in until they can safely continue their journey. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling – yet enticing. Trace and Deborah find themselves drawing ever closer as they work together to bring justice to the trail and help the group survive the winter – but every day closer to spring means a day closer to leaving the mountains forever.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Author: Mary Connealy

Publisher: Bethany House

My Review

I’ll be honest. This book took a while to get into. What happened in the beginning was kind of engaging, but I knew what would happen because of what I read on the back cover (the About the Book part up top) and it was, frankly, a little bit too predictable.

Everything that happened in the next half of the book I felt could’ve been said just as well in a chapter or two, but was instead drawn out into several chapters. That part was a little bit boring too read.

I’m glad I stuck around for the ending, however. The ending was not predictable at all! Well, in a way I guess it was, since it is romantic fiction with a side of murder but it was pretty captivating to read.

So all in all I would say, if I don’t compare the book to anything, it’s a pretty good book – a good read for a beach day or road trip. If one would compare, well there’d be other books who’d get picked first. But then again, comparison is the thief of all joy, right?

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