Friday, April 4, 2008
Review of Mary Connealy's debut novel, Petticoat Ranch
Petticoat Ranch by Mary Connealy
Published by Barbour, 2007
Take a very independent widow, Sophie Edwards, and her four very female young daughters, a headstrong mountain man who has no idea how to deal with girls, Clay McClellan, a villainous man, Judd Mason, determined to acquire the Edwards ranch, and a few travelers following a deeply disturbing voice and you have Mary Connealy’s refreshingly funny, and wittingly suspenseful debut novel, Petticoat Ranch.
Mary Connealy pulls off this intricate, humorous read, by interspersing mini scenes, in a couple of secondary characters’ POV’s, amongst the larger scenes written in the main characters’ POV. With each snippet, the association between the cast becomes a slight bit clearer, but leaves you surmising right until the crucial scene when they all come together and the connection is revealed.
Using conflict and humor, Petticoat Ranch delivers a fun, quick read that will leave you wondering what’s next for the mismatched newlyweds and their brood. This story reminded me so much of how my sisters and I acted as children. It’s true to life of little girls, for sure. And the chemistry between Sophie and Clay leaves you wanting a sequel.
One fun read, indeed!