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, February 13, 2024

Chasing the Horizon (A Western Light, #1) by Mary Connealy

Chasing the Horizon (A Western Light, #1)

Upon uncovering her tyrannical father's plot to commit her to an asylum, Beth Rutledge fabricates a plan of her own--she will rescue her mother, who had already been sent to the asylum by her father, and escape together on a wagon train heading west. Posing as sisters, Beth and her mother join forces with other travelers and hope they can make it to Idaho before the others start asking too many questions.

Wagon train scout Jake Holt senses that the mysterious women in his caravan are running from something. When rumors begin to spread of Pinkerton agents searching relentlessly for wanted criminals who match the description of those on his wagon train, including Beth, she begins to open up to him and he learns something much more sinister is at hand. Can they risk trusting each other with their lives--and their hearts--with danger threatening their every step?

From bestselling author Mary Connealy comes a gripping and adventurous historical novel of survival, sacrifice, and romance on the Oregon Trail.


What would it be like to see your mother committed to an insane asylum by your vengeful father? How could you stop him from doing the same to you? This is Elizabeth Rutledges' dilemma as she attempts to free her mother and escape her father's evil plans. Assumed identities, a wagon train west, and the appearance of Pinkerton agents make this an exciting story that's worthy of being labeled as Western fiction. I even found myself humming the theme to the old TV show, Wagon Train, as I quickly turned the pages! I couldn't stop reading about their adventure!

Author Mary Connealy is known for her 'romantic comedies with cowboys' and Chasing the Horizon certainly doesn't disappoint. Jake Holt is the brave wagon train scout who senses that there's more to Beth and Ginny's story. I loved the flourishing relationship that develops between Beth and Jake as the wagons travel on. There's humor, the beginning of trust, and a sweet romance waiting to be explored as the journey continues. Will they end up chasing their horizons together?

"It's going to be a long winter in Hidden Canyon."

This ending sentence of this book suggests that there's more exciting adventure ahead in the second book of Connealy's A Western Light series! If you want Western adventure sprinkled with historical details, clean romance, a hint of mystery, and one of the worst villains ever, grab a copy of Chasing the Horizon. Well done, Mary Connealy!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys that also have a strong suspense thread. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy, and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist. 

Her most recent book series is Wyoming Sunrise.  Other series by Mary Connealy are: The Lumber Baron's' Daughters, Brothers in Arms, The Brides of Hope Mountain, Garrison’s Law, High Sierra Sweethearts, Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, and Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written four other series for Barbour Publishing. along with many novellas. 

Mary is the bestselling author of 70 books and novellas and she has nearly a million books in print! 

Learn more at her Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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