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Publisher's Note:

When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes the hand behind the attack as the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he'd finally carved out a home and started a herd--while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail, driving off dangerous men. He'd hoped those days were over, but the latest attack show…

The Accidental Guardian

by Mary Connealy

Overall Book Review:

Mary Connealy begins her High Sierra Sweethearts Series with The Accidental Guardian.  The story begins in a rather brutal, but realistic fashion.  The author really uses her characters’ experiences to help them grow and learn.  She manages to make things interesting while teaching life lessons.

The first part of the novel is the funniest part as Trace learns how to speak to women.  After this part of the story is resolved, the book takes on a more serious tone.  Characters deal with difficult situations and have to make choices about how to improve themselves and become better people.  Religion and God are often parts of these decisions.

Readers will find historical information, romance, and danger upon these pages.  The most disappointing thing is the ending, because it left a lot of unanswered questions and uncertainty about whether or not these questions would be covered in subsequent installments of the series.  If the author follows the stories of the other characters in the next book in the series, then all will be forgiven.

Review of digital Advanced Reading Copy from Bethany House Publishers

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Members of wagon trains are shot and killed by robbers; this is referred to often; a man contemplates shooting people, a person is kidnapped and tied up; gunfire is exchanged and results in a fatality. 

Sex/Nudity:  Non-married characters kiss and hold hands; married characters vaguely reference the upcoming wedding night; a married couple wakes up touching in the same bed, no sexual activity described; it is implied that married people are thinking of intimacy.

Mature Subject Matter:

Murder of family and friends, revenge.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Mention of characters exiting a saloon and indication that alcohol was consumed.

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About the Reviewer

I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.