Woman of Sunlight – Mary Connealy

Woman of Sunlight by Mary Connealy
Also by this author: Aiming for Love
Series: Brides of Hope Mountain #2
Published by Bethany House on March 3, 2020
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Historical
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After years of isolation on top of Hope Mountain, Ilsa Nordegren may finally be ready to leave. Raised to fear the world, Ilsa and her sisters never planned on coming down, but when the Warden family arrived in need, they had to help. And it may cost them everything.

Having made his fortune, Mitch Warden returned home and found the family homestead abandoned. In a land grab, a ruthless cattle baron had forced his family to escape up the mountain, and when he follows, the last thing he expects is to fall smitten to a black-haired woman who dresses like Robin Hood.

Warden is intent on helping his family reclaim their land, but doesn't realize the risks his past has brought. Dangerous men have tracked him, and rather than risk innocent lives, he's determined to end the danger. But that means a journey to the city--and when Ilsa insists on joining him, the mismatched pair suddenly find themselves on a venture they'll never forget.

Mary Connealy’s Woman of Sunlight is a fun read – humorous, intriguing, lots of unexpected events, some suspense, and even a bit of action and danger. This entire story is quite the adventure. Ilsa joins Mitch in an unforgettable journey. Chasing killers a very long way – from Colorado to Chicago. She is a heroine that you wouldn’t want to have as an enemy. Having grown up with a knife in her hand, knowing how to fight anything that came her way, she was very much a formidable ally to Mitch, and puts up quite the fight against their opponents.

Ilsa is a feisty, intriguing young lady. Completely ignorant in the ways of the world, almost to the point of being unbelievable. And yet, when I think of the circumstances in which she grew up — all alone like that, with her grandparents, and then just her two sisters, never venturing down into the outside world, ever. Well….then it does make it seem a bit more likely.

I liked seeing the sights of a big city like Chicago through her eyes. An unlearned, outdoorswoman with nothing to compare to the busy streets, crowds of people and tall buildings. Even the many stairs left her gaping in awe. It’s a unique perspective, for sure.

Connealy takes her characters on an adventure that brings out their true colors. Ilsa shows herself to be a very loyal, dependable, and trustworthy friend. In spite of Mitch and Ilsa not knowing each other at all at the beginning of this book, they rather quickly grew to know and trust each other.

This is just a fun story: Mary Connealy has once again brought those early American days to life. The days of the Pinkerton Agents, the days of the Wild West, and the early railroads, Woman of Sunlight is an enjoyable read.