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!

Friday, March 4, 2022

The Element of Love (The Lumber Baron's Daughters, #1) by Mary Connealy

The Element of Love (The Lumber Baron's Daughters, #1)

With their sharp engineering minds, Laura Stiles and her two sisters have been able to deal with their mother's unfortunate choice in husband, until they discover his plans to marry each of them off to his lecherous friends. Now they must run away--far and fast--to find better matches to legally claim their portion of their father's lumber dynasty and seize control from their stepfather.

When Laura befriends a mission group heading to serve the poor in California during their escape, she quickly volunteers herself and her sisters to join their efforts. Despite the settlement being in miserable condition, the sisters are excited by the opportunity to put their skills to good use. Laura also sees potential in Caleb, the local minister, to help with gaining her inheritance. But when secrets buried in Caleb's past and in the land around them come to light, it'll take all the smarts the sisters have to keep trouble at bay.


This new book by Mary Connealy introduces us to the Stiles sisters and their mother Margaret, along with their stepfather Edgar Beaumont. The primary focus of this book is Laura, a chemist who understands explosives and knows how to blow things up. Will she need to use this talent to save her mother and her sisters from the evil actions of Edgar?

This book has it all. Michelle, Jillian, and Laura have amazing abilities and they've been raised to 'manage a dynasty in a man's world' so there's action, danger, and suspense, but Connealy buffers the drama with moments of lightness. I found myself laughing out loud at some of their antics and cheering when Laura's meets Parson Caleb Tillman. Is this man of God the answer to their prayers?

How am I ever going to wait four months to learn more about these lumber baron's daughters? Laura's story reeled me in, and there are two more daughters waiting for their own chance to shine. Connealy is known for writing 'romantic comedy with cowboys' and The Element of Love certainly fits this description. It's a fun adventure with clean romance and a subtle faith message, and I can't wait for the next book in The Lumber Baron's Daughters series!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own 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 comment:

  1. Connie! thank you so much for this review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Laura's story