Monday, October 1, 2012

Book Review - Over The Edge by Mary Connealy

Over The Edge, book 3 in Mary Connealy's trilogy, The Kincaid Brides was exactly what I anticipated.

After reading book 1, Out Of Control and book 2, In Too Deep, I have been eagerly awaiting the finale to Seth Kincaid's life story. His plot line was so intriguing through the first two books and Mary did a good job of finishing up with Seth, Callie and the surprise extras - Connor and Heath.

Over the EdgeSeth Kincaid survived a fire in a cave, but he's never been the same. He was always a reckless youth, but now he's gone over the edge. He ran off to the Civil War and came back crazier than ever.

After the war, nearly dead from his injuries, it appears Seth got married. Oh, he's got a lot of excuses, but his wife isn't happy to find out Seth doesn't remember her. Callie has searched, prayed, and worried. Now she's come to the Kincaid family's ranch in Colorado to find her lost husband.

Callie isn't a long-suffering woman. Once she knows her husband is alive, she wants to kill him. She's not even close to forgiving him for abandoning her.

Then more trouble shows up in the form of a secret Seth's pa kept for years. The Kincaid brothers might lose their ranch if they can't sort things out. It's enough to drive a man insane--but somehow it's all making Seth see things more clearly. And now that he knows what he wants, no one better stand in his way.

As with her previous books, Mary's brand of humour and romance made for a light and fun read.  I enjoyed the introduction of Callie, Seth's forgotten wife.  She was entertaining and unpredictable. The beginning of the story was incredibly thought up - a great way to jump into the story.

The new character in the story, Heath was also a fun addition.  I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it by explaining his role. Yet he provided a fresh set of eyes on the entire plot of the Kincaid brothers.  I would have liked more description of Heath to round out his character.  It will be interesting to see if he gets a book of his own some day.

One element that I did not enjoy as much was the ending.  It was predictable and felt repetitive.  I think that the elements Connealy needed to get out from the ending were there and it brought the story to a nice, complete closure.  However I would have liked to see something a tad more unique.  This should not deter you from choosing her book.

I would recommend this story to any fan of Christian historical fiction with a light, humorous side.

Book was given free of charge by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

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