Book Review: Long Time Gone, by Mary Connealy

From the Back Cover

Someone Will Stop at Nothing to Claim the Boden Homestead!

The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they uncovered the real plot to take their 1880s New Mexico ranch? Justin Boden is a top rancher and a rugged man, but with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn’t help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on.
With her and the doc’s timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend, and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers facing them. It’s clear now that everything that’s occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades old secret. Can they uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine?

About the Author

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. Learn more at
My Thoughts:
Long Time Gone is the second book in The Cimarron Legacy series. This book is best read after reading the first book in the series, No Way Up.
This was a fun book to read. It was well written and the characters were interesting, which is typical for one of my favorite authors, Mary Connealy. I enjoyed the suspense aspect of the story as well. I appreciated that the mystery of the book was pretty much solved, but the big overall suspense keeps me anticipating the next book in the series.
Here are a couple of quotes from the book that show Mary’s humorous style, but don’t give away and of the plot.
        “Heath’s blue eyes flashed with mischief. Justin didn’t bother to punch him.”
        “Shaking his head, Chance muttered, “That had to terrify the undertaker.”
        “The bright side was that Cole hadn’t even come close to punching him. It probably meant he was still a little slowed down from being shot.”
I have to be honest and share the few things that I didn’t particularly like. There was one thing in the book that I felt was a little cliche for a western, cowboy romance. I can’t tell you what it was with giving a spoiler. But really it wasn’t bad enough for me to say I didn’t think it was a good book. I actually thought the book moved a little slowly in parts also.
I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. Mary Connealy is a wonderful author, and I think you would be quite pleased if you read this book, or any of her others. So, go read!
Bethany House Publishers provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About Norma Downing

Christian romance author Norma Downing has been writing for years. She writes both contemporary and historical. She currently has a contract with CrossLink Publishing for her first novel, A Promise Made, set in Kansas in 1899.
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