by Mary Connealy
Josephine Nordegren is one of three sisters who grew up nearly wild in southwestern Colorado. She has the archery skills of Robin Hood and the curiosity of the Little Mermaid, fascinated by but locked away from the forbidden outside world–a world she’s been raised to believe killed her parents. When David Warden, a rancher, brings in a herd much too close to the girls’ secret home, her older sister especially is frightened, but Jo is too interested to stay away.
David’s parents follow soon on his heels, escaping bandits at their ranch. David’s father is wounded and needs shelter. Josephine and her sisters have the only cabin on the mountain. Do they risk stepping into the world to help those in need? Or do they remain separated but safe in the peaks of Hope Mountain?
Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy is the first book in the Brides of Hope Mountain series, and is a fun new historical fiction read. It’s the story of three sisters, the Nordegren girls, who grew up on the mountain. All they know is that life. Warned by their grandparents of the terrible dangers of venturing down into the lowlands, they have never even tried to see what the outside world looks like.
Then Jo (the main heroine of this particular book) meets up with some ranchers, and gets to know these outsiders. She begins to realize that all people are not necessarily evil or dangerous, as she was led to believe. She wants to know more about the rest of the world, and is quick to make friends with David Warden and his parents.
Because David’s father has a serious injury, the Nordegren girls go way beyond their comfort zone and allow them to stay in their home until they can get other living arrangements made. You see, the Wardens have fled to the mountain to escape bandits that have taken over their own ranch down in the valley.
Jo is a literal Robin Hood with her mad archery skills. Her pluck and personality make her an extremely fascinating heroine.
I found this book to be a fresh new story line, quite different from any other historical fiction I’ve had the privilege of reading.
Trying to imagine what it must have been like for Jo and her two sisters to grow up like this, isolated from everyone else, seeing the world through their eyes, the author did a fantastic job at bringing this to life in front of my eyes.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and look forward to reading it’s sequel.
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