About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Woman of Sunlight by Mary Connealy

Woman of Sunlight (Brides of Hope Mountain, #2)ABOUT THE BOOK

After years of isolation on top of Hope Mountain, Ilsa Nordegren may finally be ready to leave. Raised to fear the world, Ilsa and her sisters never planned on coming down, but when the Warden family arrived in need, they had to help. And it may cost them everything.

Having made his fortune, Mitch Warden returned home and found the family homestead abandoned. In a land grab, a ruthless cattle baron had forced his family to escape up the mountain, and when he follows, the last thing he expects is to fall smitten to a black-haired woman who dresses like Robin Hood.

Warden is intent on helping his family reclaim their land, but doesn't realize the risks his past has brought. Dangerous men have tracked him, and rather than risk innocent lives, he's determined to end the danger. But that means a journey to the city--and when Ilsa insists on joining him, the mismatched pair suddenly find themselves on a venture they'll never forget.


I have come to expect fun and romance when I see a new Mary Connealy book and I certainly wasn't disappointed with Woman of Sunlight. This second book in the Brides of Hope Mountain series introduced another Nordegren sister and once again, I was drawn in by the tale of three sisters who had always lived on Hope Mountain and been warned by their grandparents to reject everything connected to modern civilization. Ilsa is the focus of Woman of Sunlight and she is a brave young woman who dresses like Robin Hood and swings from the treetops. As the book opens, she and her friend Mitch are recovering from chickenpox but this proves to be the least of their problems because they are soon involved in keeping Mitch safe from a would-be murderer. What follows is a lot of danger and adventure but oh, there is so much more. Ilsa leaves Hope Mountain with Mitch and sees and hears things that she's never experienced before. Lights in the houses, music like she's never heard, and people everywhere. She is even more surprised when they arrive in Chicago and she witnesses big city life. Food that she's never seen or tasted, coffee available all of the time, and clothes that make her look like a woman. Things that are so foreign to her but so common to all of us.

I found myself laughing out loud as I read Connealy's description of Ilsa's reactions to civilization and I was caught up in the danger and adventure of trying to discover who is after Mitch. And then, there was the romance---romance as only Connealy can write! Mitch soon realizes that this 'wild child' has stolen his heart but is there a chance that she will ever feel the same about him?

If you enjoy heart-warming romance, thrilling western adventure, and a story that will have you laughing out loud, look no more. Woman of Sunlight is just what you need!

I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House. I positive review was not required and I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. 

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  1. Thanks so much Connie. I loved writing Ilsa's story

  2. Thank you for this review! Looking forward to reading this book.