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When a cowboy focused on revenge encounters a woman determined to distract him, there’s going to be trouble in Texas!
Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn’t terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they’ve ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she’s rescued by Luke Stone…so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.
Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men currently on the property won’t let it go without a fight. Luke plans to meet up with friends who will help him take back the land, and since he can’t just leave Ruthy in the middle of nowhere, she’s going to have to go with him.
But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love?
The years immediately after the American Civil War were a tumultuous time. With so much upheaval, it is little wonder that the period of Reconstruction is so often used as the setting for an historical romance. Swept Away takes place over several days in October 1868. Luke and his friends are former inmates of the notorious Andersonville prisoner of war camp and have formed a bond from their time there. Now Luke is headed home to reclaim the family’s ranch that was stolen by coward and carpetbagger Flint Greer. His friends have already infiltrated the nearby backwater town of Broken Wheel, Texas and Luke is on his way to join them when he comes across Ruthy. She doesn’t appear injured but she is dehydrated, almost unconscious, and very pretty! Her appearance complicates his plans but he can’t leave her to die, and so she becomes another accomplice to his cause.
Swept Away is a light romantic western that I was able to read in a couple of hours. The characters are likeable, although Ruthy is portrayed as the stubborn female who believes she can do anything Luke and the others can do. Greer is the stereotypical villain and his last words are suitably cliché. The romance does feel slightly forced, mostly due to the short time span of the book. The action, however, moves along with some breathtaking moments. There is also a heart wrenching scene between one of Luke’s friends and a local woman.
This is the first title in the new Trouble in Texas series. The next title is called Fired Up and will be released in September. An excerpt of it is included at the end of Swept Away.
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 01 March 2013
Page Count: 320
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Thank you to Litfuse for my free copy of Swept Away, which I received in exchange for an honest review.