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Glowing Sun has never met a man she didn't pull a knife on—including the man who's determined to marry her.Glowing Sun, a white woman raised by the Flathead Indians, is one of a handful left after the people of her village are slaughtered. When those remaining blame her for bringing on the killing spree, she is forced to leave her tribe.With a vague memory of her life in tGlowing Sun has never met a man she didn't pull a knife on—including the man who's determined to marry her.Glowing Sun, a white woman raised by the Flathead Indians, is one of a handful left after the people of her village are slaughtered. When those remaining blame her for bringing on the killing spree, she is forced to leave her tribe.With a vague memory of her life in the white world, which eventually includes a name—Abby Lind—she declares her life as Glowing Sun over. But where does she now belong?Wade Sawyer, having broken ties with his cattle-baron father, makes himself responsible for Abby's survival. But can he win her heart when she pulls a knife at everything that moves?When Wade receives word that his father may be dying, he heads home, with Abby reluctantly following behind. Neither is aware that land-hungry killers slink in the shadows of the Sawyer Ranch. Will Abby be able to keep the mild-mannered Wade out of trouble? Will Wade's rescue reflex get in the way of his common sense? Can they stay alive long enough to fall head over spurs in love?...

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Wildflower Bride Reviews

  • Margaret Chind
    2018-11-28 23:05

    As the third book in the Montana Marriages series, "Wildflower Bride" brings another comedic romance off the pages an into the imagination of readers. Although starting the novel knowing that this was a story of a character that I despised in the beginning of the series it was amazing how author Mary Connealy was able to bring a character's personality into favor for me. The first two books in this series are my favorite from Mary so far. I cannot wait for future stories! Wade Sawyer, a man changed finds himself in love with Abby Linscott also known as Glowing Sun. Observing the changes in Wade's behavior and soul makes a painful yet hopeful example that anyone can change. Abby born to a white family yet raised by a Flathead Indian tribe after the early death of her birth family then finds herself alone again after the massacre of her tribe. Through the strength of God, Wade is able to return home to face his abusive father and Abby is given the opportunity to open her heart and trust that she will not be alone again. These pages provide a hopeful story of love that will entertain. *Thanks to Angie Brillhart of Barbour Books for providing a copy for review.*

  • Angie Lippard
    2018-12-09 22:30

    I think my other reviews have established the fact that I am a big fan of Mary Connealy mainly because I love her humor!All of the couples in this book have some really funny moments, not just the main characters. For example, Silas has to constantly repeat Belle's new last name to the townspeople over and over again and Cassie is trying to learn how to be tough and protect herself even though she is a marshmallow. One of my favorite lines in the book is when her little daughter says “Mama scary.” That just cracks me up! I loved the strong character of Abby juxtaposed against the sweet, submissive character of Cassie.This book is part of the Montana Marriages series so we see familiar characters resurface in this book, Wildflower Bride. The book is the conclusion of the romance between Glowing Sun, now named Abby, and Wade that was started in The Husband Tree. We also get to see Belle and Silas again (The Husband Tree) and Cassie and Red (Montana Rose).Hotness Factor: 3 stars Wade - our strong, manly hero - is kinda' scared of his woman. I liked that and it created a lot of physical tension, challenging each other and giving in. For instance “Wade was begging. He was planning on spending the rest of his life begging, because he was planning to spend it with the stubbornest woman he had ever known. He accepted it and looked forward to a lifetime of being overpowered.” That's pretty hot if you ask me! I think Husband Tree by this author was hotter but this is good stuff too!Series info: 4 stars You don't have to read the other books in the series to understand this book but it is highly recommended that you do. I still love The Husband Tree of all the books in this series but this is good in its own way.Overall Rating: 3 stars My heart just doesn't beat fast for stories with Indians but Glowing Sun/Abby really came alive for me when she came back to the “civilized” world and interacted with the “white man.” I loved how she was so different in her beliefs. Through her eyes, we see the foolishness of overusing natural resources and the complexity of fighting the land instead of living with it. I started wanting the simplicity of her life instead of the struggle to build bigger and better. I loved the idea of not wasting or consuming more than necessary too. I like this book better than I thought I would because the humor is stronger to me than Montana Rose or Wrangler in Petticoats so I am giving it a higher rating.Christianity: 4 stars In this book, the main character has not been a good guy most of his adult life. When he was led to Christ by Red Dawson, he changed his ways but it's not been an easy road. He struggles with maturing his faith and walk with Christ. He has to put his faith into action daily in order to live with his father who is an abusive tyrant. This book really helps us see the daily struggle of walking with the Lord.Summary Plot: Welcome to the wilds of Montana, where humor, romance, and suspense ride the range. Glowing Sun, a white woman raised by the Flathead tribe, has vague memories of her former life, including a name—Abby Lind. When she’s forced to sever all links with her adopted family, Abby wonders if she’ll ever find a home again. Tenderhearted Wade Sawyer, responsible for Abby’s survival during the village massacre, convinces the knife-wielding woman to return with him to the Sawyer Ranch, never realizing danger lurks behind every corner. Can they survive long enough to fall in love?

  • SheLove2Read
    2018-11-20 17:29

    I love Mary Connealy's books but this one was a bit of a disappointment for me. Not because of the storyline or the writing, which as usual, is always fabulous and innovative and entertaining, but just a personal dislike.We first met Glowing Sun, or Abby as she is now known as, in the last book. In this book, Wade (our hero) has been living in the wilderness in a small shack all winter, surreptitiously watching over Glowing Sun as she lives with her Salish (Flathead) tribe. One morning he hears gunfire and races to her tribe's encampment only to find a massacre has taken place. Glowing Sun, a small boy and Glowing Sun's future mother in law are the only survivors. As Wade tries to help them, her MIL decides she (Glowing Sun) is no longer Salish and banishes her. Glowing Sun is hurt but understands and leaves with Wade, now calling herself Abby. She agrees to travel with Wade back to his father's house, Wade having found out his father is badly injured and may die.I really liked the character of Abby. She was rescued by the Salish when she was 8, her parents having died from an illness. She barely remembers them and had fully embraced the Salish way of life. To be thrust into an unknown world feeling that nobody wants you has to be an awful feeling. Abby deals with it using bravado and anger. She is quick to pull a knife on almost every man in the book and while humorous at times, to me also showed a vulnerability. She was determined to take care of herself and be beholden to no man.My main problem with the book was with Wade. I am not, nor ever have been, a fan of the beta male. Wade is very much a beta male, even though he would like to be an alpha, even though at time she shows the potential for being an alpha male. Unlike Silas, from The Husband Tree, Wade seems to be content to let Abby call the shots to keep her happy and with him. I'm not saying he should have been a tyrant or mean to Abby, but it almost seemed a few times that Abby was the one making decisions for the both of them, instead of Wade. For the time period and the genre, it just seems as if Wade should have been a little more manly than he was.I also found Red Dawson to be a little condescending in this book to his wife Cassie. Not enough for me to dislike him, but I didn't find it necessary.All in all I would rate it 3.5 stars. Terrific writing, a good story and likable characters.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-18 23:31

    This was a sweet, gentle romance without all the physical stuff typically found in romance books.(view spoiler)[ Wade has fallen in love with Glowing Sun - Abby - so when her vollage of Flatland Indians is massacred, he takes her to his father's ranch to care for her and keep her safe. He also hopes to convince her to marry him. Wade has an ornery pa who was injured in a riding 'accident'. Wade begins to turn the ranch around because the foreman is pretending to be inept. With cattle rustlers running around, someone trying to hurt Abby, a ranch to run, and a mean pa to deal with, Wade finds himself turning to prayer over and over again in his times of struggle. In the end everything turns out just fine and happy.(hide spoiler)]

  • Zette
    2018-11-18 22:08

    After reading the first two books in this series, I was excited to read Wildflower Bride. Unfortunately it was my least favorite. I had a couple of major problems liking the main characters and I also felt that the main focus of the book was the mystery rather than the romance which is fine for others but not my thing. There was much more time spent finding the cattle thieves than spent developing any type of romance between Abby and Wade.Abby began as a likeable character in The Husband Tree (my favorite of the series) but in Wildflower Bride she came across to me as being disrespectful, rude and judgemental. I understand that she was coming from a different culture but I felt that her reactions were not true to that culture either. From what I understand, elders and males are respected in most indian cultures. I don't think she would ever have talked to Wade's father the way she did because of that, not to mention she was a guest in his house. Her disrespect for Gertie was also heartbreaking to me. Although her methods were wrong, Gertie had dedicated her life to caring for and loving Wade in a time when children and women were often abused and had no way of escape. I've always heard that respect is earned not forced and I felt that Abby was trampling over everyone else to get the respect that she felt she deserved because she considered herself a Flathead and not a disgusting white.In the beginning of the story, Wade was transforming into a strong male character who felt lead by the Lord to go and help his father but by the end was begging and groveling to Abby to try and get her to stay with him promising to leave his Dad and go anywhere with her if she would only marry him. He was well aware that he was begging and decided it was ok with him, "Wade was begging. He was planning on spending the rest of his life begging, because he was planning to spend it with the stubbornest woman he had ever known. He accepted it and looked forward to a lifetime of being overpowered.” What a turnoff for me! I have no problem with the woman being strong (I loved Belle in Husband Tree) but the man has to have enough backbone to at least do what the Lord is leading him to do!On a more positive note, I really enjoyed how the characters from the other two books in the series were still focused on and we were able to see how they all interacted. They added many light, humorous moments to the story.I hate to give a bad review but I barely made it through this one. Mary Connealy is a talented writer and I have enjoyed her other books immensely so I am not letting this discourage me from reading the other series. Sometimes a book and reader just don't connect and I feel like that is what happened here.

  • Rosina Ortwein
    2018-11-15 16:29

    Mary Connelly is such a fun writer. This was a great book. Abby and Wade are such a cute match! I like how Mary invites her sideline characters in her next books as the main focus. I kind of wish Abby became a touch softer towards the end of the book. Also, I didn't like how "the white man" was described as wasteful people or less than. Idk, but my garbage can has a huge recycling bin. Examples: Trees were used to build white man homes. Deer were used for t-pees and clothing. This all depends on who you ask on which people are wasteful... the person who is a tree hugger or the animal activist. One doesn't necessarily cancel the other one to be okay. Maybe this is what Abby was learning. People are just people trying to do the best within their environment. Just because you are comfortable within your peers doesn't mean another form of culture is wrong. Okay. I will go with that!

  • Cherie
    2018-11-18 21:05

    I had some difficulty before finally finishing this book. I found all too easy to put down. I think part of it it was because I did not care for the main characters. I found it difficult to relate to the heroine and to some of the other female characters. Wade's father was also especially difficult to stomach. I can well understand why Wade found it difficult to return to the ranch to help him out. I found Glowing Sun or Abby as she was also known as a bit abrasive and judgmental. The bad guys were truly evil. I also found that some parts of the stories dragged for me. I did find the insight into Golden Sun's life with the Flathead Indians was very interesting and it was obvious that the author did some research. That is something I can appreciate and approve of. All in all it was not a bad book. I was just hoping for more.

  • Cass
    2018-12-08 18:07

    Wild West Tale of . . . Love, mayhem, and murderous outlaws. Wade needs to find his backbone and Abby needs to find her soft side. Will these two unlikely people find what's missing in their characters when they find each other? Will said murderous outlaws mess everything and everyone up? This reviewer will never tell. The reader will have to discover for themselves what a gripping, good story The Wildflower Bride by Mary Connealy makes. Love, love, loved the Montana Marriages Series.

  • Flora Opal
    2018-11-18 15:29

    Good book.I really enjoyed this book. Wade and Abby's story was sweet , his faith and love of the Lord made this an enjoyable read. The book had action with the cattle thieves and massacre of the Indian village. Reminded me of the Western movies I used to watch as a kid. I highly recommend this book.

  • Mary Longoria
    2018-12-08 18:21

    Tha Wildflower Bride ( Montana Marriages)Great entertainment thriller, tracking the story line, not easy to put down. Interesting courageous woman, learning to fend for herself?

  • Carolyn Tye
    2018-12-16 19:11

    Cute read.

  • Bernie
    2018-11-22 15:21

    The Wildflower Bride reviewThe Wildflower Bride is the third book in the Montana Marriages series written by author Mary Connealy. I highly recommend this series.

  • Kim hansen
    2018-12-05 15:24

    Love the storyline.

  • Jennifer Pryke
    2018-12-12 19:05

    2 1/2 stars really.

  • Johazel Ehnes
    2018-11-18 15:23

    The story plot is well written but did not feel this was a Christian novel. The women's behavior toward their husbands are not like the Bible teaches us to be.

  • Leah
    2018-11-20 16:31

    It was interesting and a page turner-although too quickly resolved.

  • Brandi
    2018-11-21 22:24

    Wildflower Bride – Mary Connealy7/10/14 – 7/11/14For those who have yet to read this great book:This novel was really good. It was fun, and adventurous, and romantic, and hilarious. A traditionally wonderful Mary Connealy book.The characters were great. Abby was Miss Superwoman Indian-style. Wade was a romantic sweetheart. Sid was... well, an outlaw. Red and Cass were cute. Mort was a converting grouch. (Read the book and you'll know what I mean.) I liked all the characters but one of them was the reason I didn't give this book 5 stars. It was Abby. She was too awesome. Too independent. But I won't explain for the sake of spoiling the story.This book made me laugh. No tears though. I didn't laugh quite that hard and it wasn't sad enough to make me bawl.That's it. No more explanations. If you haven't read this book, do NOT keep reading.Unless you want to ruin it for yourself, that is.(*SPOILER ALERT!!!*)This book was good, no doubting that. It was romantic, and humorous, and adventurous.But Abby was annoying.She annoyed me. Sure, she was awesome. And cool. And smart. And daring. And sweet. (Okay, maybe sweet was the wrong word. Umm... nice, sort of kind, slightly sweet. She was sweet. Well, when she wasn't pulling her knife on someone, she was sweet.) But, despite her complete awesomeness, she managed to annoy me. Actually, I think it was her awesomeness that annoyed me. I mean, I love how she's so sturdy and strong, but I also don't like it. It made her too independent. Like she didn't need help from anyone (she really didn't). I like it when the woman needs the guy to save her. No, I don't want her to be a sick weakling who can't lift a finger much less save the day. I do enjoy it when they have some independence, but not so much to where the man doesn't have to rescue her. If he doesn't rescue her than what (the heck) is he there for? To stand by and let her rescue herself then kiss her in the end. I don't think so!Wade was a sweetheart. Though I seriously don't see how he could live with his father! I totally and completely understand his frustration and resentment. I'm glad he put the old bloke in his place from time to time. I would have so blown up at him, and way more than Wade did too. But Wade himself was great. I'm glad he finally admitted to himself that he was a brave man, not a coward.Mort – Goodness gracious, he was irritating! With a capital I-R-R-I-T-A-T-I-N-G!!! He just would not shut his big, fat, complaining mouth. The worthless grouch! But (calming down) he did make an effort. He was really starting to learn to control his temper. And the cruel hump of complaints was getting nicer. And, whether he cared to admit it or not, the old man's starting to love his son – probably for the first time in his life.Red was sweet. And Mary used a lot of her humor when it swung to his view. And the part about Abby at the last part of chapter 20 was so funny. I don't blame him for being afraid of Cassie with her knife. That sounded dangerous! And when her knife ended up in Paddy's boot – Oh, that was funny!Gertie was great. I always saw her as being sweet and kind. I never would've thought of her having a power like that over Wade though. I never would've thought of it if Abby hadn't said so. I wonder if she really liked Mort. I don't exactly see how she could, but it sounded like she did.Is it my imagination or does Mary seem to not like the name Sidney? I know of at least two Sids and they're both bad. The Sid in this book (who is a complete and total jerk of an idiot, if that makes any sense), and the Sidney in the Sophie's Daughters trilogy who wasn't very bright either. And was there another one? I think there might've been another Sid too, but I'm not sure.Outlaws:Sid – Idiot, as I've already noted.Paddy – Stupid, drooling, bloodthirsty baby.Boog – Savvy, scary, sneaky lowlife with a stupid name.Harv – Self-serving, cruel jerk.All in all, the book was great. The characters were fun. The setting was ruthlessly perfect. And it ended with a sweet “happily ever after”.

  • Fv
    2018-11-15 18:20

    The author has an issue with picking and choosing what Bible commands she wants to obey herself. As per her writings. First of all Psalms is clear about violence. If her books were movie rated, they would be rated R, ones I avoid because of the violence in them. (Psalm 11:5) . . ."God examines the righteous one as well as the wicked one; He hates anyone who loves violence".Also the attitude of the wives in the book, is a far cry from how God asks us wives to treat our husbands. (Ephesians 5:22-24) . . ."Let wives be in subjection to their husbands as to the Lord, because a husband is head of his wife just as the Christ is head of the congregation, he being a savior of this body. In fact, as the congregation is in subjection to the Christ, wives should also be to their husbands in everything."And how we all are to put on a personality like Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 4:22-24) . . ."You were taught to put away the old personality that conforms to your former course of conduct and that is being corrupted according to its deceptive desires. And you should continue to be made new in your dominant mental attitude, and should put on the new personality that was created according to God’s will in true righteousness and loyalty."(Ephesians 4:31, 32) . . ."Put away from yourselves every kind of malicious bitterness, anger, wrath, screaming, and abusive speech, as well as everything injurious. But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you."She can go through her books and add a few " I believe in God' "I read the Bible", getting her a publisher beyond the dime store novels. Yet none of her characters really act in a manner, by their actions and attitudes that they believe in God. Oh maybe for show, but not in their heart. Every one of her female characters are gun toting, knife wielding or both. they trust themselves to provide, not the God they claim to trust. (Ephesians 4:18, 19) . . ."They are in darkness mentally and alienated from the life that belongs to God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the insensitivity of their hearts. Having gone past all moral sense, they gave themselves over to brazen conduct to practice every sort of uncleanness with greediness."Her characters remind me of those Jesus mentioned. (John 8:44) . . ."You are from your father the Devil, and you wish to do the desires of your father. That one was a murderer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of the lie"I wish I could give her negative rating, because she will lead the average reader to lies about God, and will mislead them to how God feels about violence. And how wives and husbands should really treat each other. (all of her husband's do not take the lead, as being the head. The wives look at them, even the 'heros' and treat them like idiots.) Clearly against how God wants wives to treat their husbands and how husbands treat their wives. See verses above please. A writer simply cannot really represent God, if they represent the Satanic attitudes prevalent in the world today. (1 John 3:8) "The one who practices sin originates with the Devil, because the Devil has been sinning from the beginning."(1 John 4:5) . . ."They originate with the world; that is why they speak what originates with the world and the world listens to them."(1 John 5:19) . . ."but the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one."

  • Melissa
    2018-12-14 15:26

    I had read one of Mary Connealy's works before and really liked it. Sadly, this one did not charm me in the least. There were a lot of poor elements to this book that left me not liking the characters, plot, or really just about anything.Wade Sawyer has been camping out in an old cabin one winter and ventures out straight into the aftermath of a massacre. Not everyone is dead however, Glowing Sun, a white woman who has been raised by the tribe is still alive and driving off her attacker. When Wade saves her, she agrees to come with him back to his father's house who has recently become paralyzed. There, Wade struggles with his difficult father, lazy wranglers who haven't been doing their job, and someone who's out to kill he and Abby (Glowing Sun). But he also is falling in love with her and she's ready to kill anything that twitches an eye wrong.The characters were completely out of whack in this book. None of them had truthful motivations. Wade who supposedly had a harsher past and dealings with his father was too saintly; when he wasn't trying to control Abby yet saying he didn't want to control her. Abby was my most liked character but even she, wild as she was, acquiesced to everything pretty easily and then does a complete turn around in mind set towards the end. I just didn't see the attraction the two held for each other. The side characters were actually better than the main characters in this instance.There was a lot wrong with the plot, so much so that there will probably be some spoilers for the book in this paragraph, so reader beware. My first problem was the fact that an entire Native American tribe could be massacred by four somewhat bungling outlaws. Just doesn't seem realistic. There also was the notion that instead of going to the tribe for help along with the injured like they planned, they just go somewhere else instead when another plot instance happens and never trouble themselves about the situation again. This continues throughout the story with unlikely things happening at inconvenient times just for the sake of the plot. Another big alarm for me was the cavalier treatment of past abusive and current abusive situations. I'm pretty sensitive to things surrounding abuse right now which could account for my disgust of the way the book made it seem like you could just preach God at the abusers and they'd see the light, but I really thing that Connealy did not handle it well. She tries to say that showing the right way through God is all that is needed to change an abuser and that staying in the situation and trying to change it is best. Which segways me into the fact that this was a Christian fiction book and it was overly preachy and not very naturally Incorporated into the book. It was more of the characters announcing they were Christian rather than showing.The more I think about the book the more I dislike it. I'll probably return to some of her other works. But this one just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.Wildflower BrideCopyright 2010318 pagesReview by M. Reynard 2011More of my reviews can be found at www.ifithaswords.blogspot.com .

  • Paula-O
    2018-11-21 16:21

    Montana Marriages series by Mary Connealy book #3 "Wildflower Bride"I really like this series and book #3 did not disappoint me, this was the story of Wade Sawyer who had always been a disappointment to his father, he just could no nothing right according to the man. He grew up being abused and feeling little love on a ranch after his mother died with his father and lot of cowhands. Wade always dreamed of having courage and strength but knew little of how to get it. He went from bad to worse when he started drinking and stalking Cassie whom he thought he loved. He finally met Red and made some changes in his life that led him to finding the Lord and living a different life. He left the ranch and his father and lit out on his own. It was on this journey that he met "Glowing Sun".Glowing Sun was a beautiful young white woman that had been found by indians after her folks died and she was left alone at the tender age of 12. They took her to live with them and raised her with their families. She had almost forgot all about her white heritage by the time she met Wade. The chiefs son wanted to marry her and her life was moving forward in the indian village. She carried a knife and was very very good at pulling it when she needed to.Wade saved her from couple men who had taken her from her village and then when she didnt want to go back to the white world, Wade took her home to her village. He wanted to find a way for them to be together so he stayed in the wilds himself - reading Bible and coming closer to the God who would give him strength.After much time Wade awoke to gunfire and knew it came from the indian village so he rode hard and fast to get there to help, upon arriving Glowing Sun was being abducted and he was able to save her once again and this time she went with him to the white world. Wade had had word that his father was dying and wanted him home so because of his faith and knowing he should honor his parents , wade took glowing sun and returned home to help.This time Glowing Sun had realized her white name had been "Abby" so she left the indian village - after her family there had been killed and would try to live as white woman "Abby". There is much mystery in this story as the men who killed the indians were some mean bad guys who terrorized the little town near Wade's ranch. There was talk of rustlers and murders and Wade and his friends Red and Silas became involved in sorting out all of this mayhem. I enjoyed reading of Silas & Belle, Red & Cassie, Wade & Abby in these 3 books. Wade and Abby never thought they would ever marry but now we can read the story of how Wade made Abby his Wildflower Bride..

  • Brittany
    2018-11-29 22:29

    So I started reading this book and from the very beginning I can tell you this is a hard read for me. I don't have that compelling feeling to finish in one shot, like I can't put it down. I've picked it up read three chapters and back down. The chapters read very quickly it's just not the book I typically buy. So far the story is about a man who is estranged from his father and lives as a wild man on his own basically and lives to see this white woman raised by indians. kind of a last of the mohicans but w a girl kind of thing. He's totally in love w her and taught her English. Her whole tribe is slaughtered by these horrible men who think there is gold in the land. This man and this white indian woman's lives are intertwined more than they realize. I've read half the book. I'm hoping the second half is a more compelling read---------------------------Update as of June 7 2010The book definitely gets better as you read more of it. I've had some things pop up and haven't been able to read much which is why it's taking me so long. However I am now 3/4 of the way through the book and will update and give a full review when i'm done. ------------------------------Update as of June 10, 2010FULL REVIEWWildflower Bride (#3 in the series of Montana Marriages) has the themes of romance, the old west and faith all throughout the book. You are introduced to this deeply religious cowboy who has run away from his abusive father to live his own life and has found God. He falls in love with this white woman who was raised by Indians. Her people are murdered and they find common ground in many things. They both have a love for religion and the west. They realize that more than ever they can rely on eachother and have a lot in common. I would label this a pretty good western romance with a faith theme. The first couple chapters were a little slow going but once Wade (the cowboy) and Abby (the white indian girl) go back to visit Wade's father who has been pushed off a horse by horrible men who supposedly are loyal to him and work for him....the book moves much faster and is far more interesting.

  • Chelsea
    2018-12-15 15:23

    Glowing Sun, or Abby, has lived with the Salish tribe longer than she ever lived with her white father's family. When her tribe is attacked and slaughtered, she is rescued by the one man she didn't think she would see ever again. Despite the tragic events which brought them together again, Wade Sawyer is thrilled to have Abby in his sights once more. But he has to reconcile with his dying father first. And throughout it all, he and Abby will have to learn to see each other for who they really are, as well as deal with their growing attraction for each other.Wildflower Bride opened with a brutal scene that sucked the air right out of my lungs. There is a lot of clash between the historical white and Native American cultures in this book, and it shows that Mary Connealy spent a lot of time researching before writing. The feelings Abby has towards the people she meets are strong and often lead to very dramatic scenes. I have also mentioned before how well Connealy writes her villains. She rounds out their characters so their intentions and motivations are deep, however flawed and tragic they may be. Her descriptions are light but thorough, so that I can almost smells the fields of flowers and feel the dirt settle into my clothes. I never fail to get fully lost in her books, the real world around me disappearing as long as my nose is stuck between the pages.One last thing to mention about the Montana Marriages series is that I feel Mary Connealy truly understands how to create characters, families, and settings that the reader can really immerse themselves into. This three-book series manages to feel like it could go on forever, that the reader has known the characters for a lot longer. Often in trilogies like these, each book is about another couple, and while it is nice to have different stories, I do enjoy the fact that Connealy kept all of her lead couples involved till the end. Seeing Cassie and Red Dawson interact with Silas and Belle as established couples was such a joy!As much as I have really enjoyed this trilogy, I am SO looking forward to Doctor in Petticoats, up next from Mary Connealy!

  • Christy
    2018-12-02 17:32

    "Don'tcha just love a good western?" That question just kept running through my head over and over again as I flew through another fun tale by the talented Mary Connealy. There is something about her style that always keeps me coming back for more. Mostly it's her knack of telling a hilarious story, but I usually end up loving the romantic elements and the action pretty equally, too.But, I must confess...I'm not usually a fan of Indians in fiction. I don't know why that is. I don't have anything against them, but I think it's just a matter of relating with them. Being a city girl and accustomed to living indoors, I can't imagine what it must've been like to live in a tepee 24/7, not to mention moving from place to place to live off the land. I'd die in no less than a week! But in spite of all that, this tale with it's inclusion of an Indian heroine just had me glued to the pages. I empathized with Abby (initially known as Glowing Sun) after she dealt with the heartache of a massacre of her people by the white man. I understood her reluctance to trust any white man, even one who had shown her nothing but kindness from the first day they met. And I marveled at her ability to take care of herself in any situation. (I lost count of how many times someone met her at knifepoint!) Her relationship with Wade blossomed slowly, but surely, and it fit the story perfectly. Normally, Mary's characters have an instant passion and attraction for one another that has a tendency to take over, but thankfully, that was not the case between Abby and Wade. Each one had their own inner struggles to sort through first before they could begin to fathom a relationship, and I appreciated that Mary delayed the romantic attraction between them just enough to make the story that much more enjoyable.Now that I've got two series by Mary under my belt, I'm anxious to dive into another one. I've been trying to read her full-length novels in the order of their release, so next up will be the Sophie's Daughters Trilogy beginning with Doctor in Petticoats. I have no doubt it will be another rip-roaring adventure in the west that will be enjoyed thoroughly!

  • Deana
    2018-11-22 15:15

    Another wild Montana ride is in this 3rd and last book of Montana Marriages. It picks up about a year or so after Montana Rose ended. We still have our Divide, Montana territory community of Belle and Silas Tanner..I mean, Harden, and Cassie and Red Dawson and, now, Wade and Glowing Sun (Abby) Sawyer. Just to give you an idea how funny this series of books is, take a look at what Belle Tanner (a Calamity Jane type) is saying to Cassie Dawson (the extremely sheltered china doll type):“We’ll work on roping and busting steers and the other chores any decent woman (italics mine) oughta know. It’s unbelievable you’ve never learned bronc riding. What is Red thinking? .... Have you ever cracked a bullwhip?” Cassie shook her head. she’d never even seen one. “I’d love to have you visit.” My hiney would fall off from all the laughing, if only....you know, 'laugh my hiney off'? I must not be a decent woman then, how about you? Anyways, just as Red Dawson has to kiss Cassie to distract her from a rant, Abby threatens Wade after every kiss and she's very good with a knife!I couldn't connect with the characters in this installment as well as I could the previous two books though and I'm not sure why. The Wade character is very developed, more than Abby is actually. I wondered a few times why it wasn't named Wildflower Groom. It has everything I like in good book so, it must've been me.4 Stars for a Good Story- there are subplots galore and all good.3 Stars for Chemistry-As my dear friend Angie's new banner says, 'I like my books the way I like coffee, Hot and with Chocolate.' This cup of joe was only lukewarm for me, alas...but I any kind of coffee too.4 Stars for God's Influence-Wade's sadistic, abusive tyrant of a father even begins to soften a bit with some tough love and Christians all around and I gotta love that.

  • Shannon
    2018-12-02 20:31

    I recently won this book in a giveaway. It is the third in a series called Montana Marriages, but it can be read by itself, without previously reading the other two books.Wildflower Bride is considered Christian fiction, and I have to say, it was a much better read than the last Christian fiction book, (title and author will remain nameless), I won on Goodreads. The characters in this book were much more believeable.Glowing Sun is a white woman raised by a Flathead Tribe. She has very few memories of her white family as they died when she was very young. However, these vague memories do provide her with her previous name, Abby Lind, a name that she takes once again after white men murder most of her tribe and a surviving member of her tribe blames her for what happened.Wade Sawyer hears the shots fired on the village and rushes to the scene to find Glowing Sun bravely hacking away at a man who has tried to capture her. Wade steps in and comes to her rescue. At this point, we discover that Wade already loves this wild white woman.Shortly thereafter, Wade receives news that his father has been injured and may be dying. Remembering the commandment to honor thy father and mother, Wade returns home to run the ranch for his abusive father. Abby, having nowhere else to go, joins him and helps to run his father's house. Of course, what happens next is predictable. Wade's father finally softens, Wade succeeds in running the ranch, and at the end, he and Abby finally get married. Oh, and the murders end up being cattle rustlers that Wade's father has hired on as hands on his ranch. They are dealt with accordingly.This book is definitely not one I would have picked off the shelf myself, but it was a good story and definitely entertaining. It's probably geared toward middle school or early high school students, but I still enjoyed it.

  • Angela
    2018-12-06 18:34

    Sometimes you just have to be in the right place in your life.... I love Mary Connealy! I've read nine of her novels and still have nine more sitting on my shelf to be read! I've read Montana Rose and The Husband Tree twice and both times I've started Wildflower Bride and struggled with the story, finally putting the book down after the first couple of chapters. I didn't like Wade. I didn't like Glowing Sun (Abby). I felt like the book started with so much death and devastation with the Indian massacre that I just couldn't see a beautiful romance coming out of it!Sometimes you just have to be in the right place in your life.... this time I started the book and couldn't put it down!! I loved Wade and Abby! I loved the way they stood up to Mort, searched for murderers, and fell in love along the way! I loved that the Dawsons and Hardens from the previous books were central characters in the story also (Cassie is hilarious)! I'll admit I kept trying this book because I love Mary Connealy's writing style and other books so much!! I am so glad I kept trying because it was so completely worth it!!Classic Connealy style, here's one of my favorite lines from the beginning of chapter 15,"Belle, honey, I might need you to shoot a man.""Now Silas? Or can it wait until after lunch?""After lunch is probably soon enough... I need a couple of sharpshooters though.""I want to go! I'm a good shot." Cassie smiled eagerly.Suppressing a groan, Red went to his new bloodthirsty wife's side and slid an arm around her waist. "You are a good shot. But someone's gotta stay here with the young'uns.""We can take the children."Silas shook his head and scrubbed his face with his gloved hands. "No babies allowed in our posse. That's final."Sometimes one enjoys a story so much that all a girl can do is just sit back and grin like an idiot. I did a lot of that with this one. No regrets!!

  • Laura
    2018-11-24 17:31

    This is the 3rd book in the Montana Marriages series. Wade Sawyer was first introduced in the first book, Montana Rose, with his obsession over Cassie Dawson. He was the "villain" in that book, but at the end he found God and changed. In the second book, The Husband Tree, Wade is completely reformed and meets Glowing Sun, a white woman living with the Salish since her family died when she was 10. She had been kidnapped and Wade helped her return to her family. Wade continues with his obsessive ways and stays near the Salish's summer camp site waiting for their return. He accepts he is being a little obsessive and vows to stay away, but still waits for her return. When he next sees her, her entire village has been murdered save her and her mother-in-law and one other young boy. Glowing Sun is blamed for the massacre since she is white, so she is rejected and forced to leave. Wade takes her in and vows to help her. She reluctantly accepts his help to find a place for her.Again, I enjoyed the stories from Divide, Montana. I really liked the return of the characters from the first two books. I laughed when Silas had to keep repeating that Belle's name is Harden, not Tanner. Cassie is cute, but maybe a little too naive (she didn't know she was pregnant for the 3rd time while Red did? huh? not very believable). I liked both Wade and Abby as individual characters, but I found the romance to be a bit weak for my liking. I just did not understand the attraction. It just didn't develop as well as I would have liked.Overall, a good story that was developed and well written. I enjoy Mary Connealy's writing and look forward to reading more from her.*I received this book from the publisher to review via netgalley.*

  • Laura
    2018-11-18 19:13

    Title: WILDFLOWER BRIDEAuthor: Mary ConnealyPublisher: Barbour BooksMay 2010ISBN: 978-1-60260-144-4Genre: Inspirational/historical romanceWade Sawyer is a Christian now, and trying to live his life as pleasing to God, not his money and land hungry father. Now Wade had found a woman he can love, blonde, blue-eyed Glowing Sun, a girl who was raised by the Indians and now believes she is one. A girl who doesn’t understand a word of English. Glowing Sun was raised by the Flathead Indians and is one of only a few left when men slaughter her village. When the few remaining blame her for the attack, she has no choice but to leave. Glowing Sun used to be Abby Lind in the white world, but Glowing Sun has no memory of that life. When her life as Glowing Sun ends, where does she belong?Wade loves her, but how can he win her heart when she pulls a knife at everything that moves? And will Wade be able to reconcile with his father before it’s too late? I met Wade in Ms. Connealy’s first book in this series, Montana Rose, but he was a bad guy in that book. I enjoyed getting to know him better in The Husband Tree, and was looking forward to reading his story. WILDFLOWER BRIDE is the third book in the Montana Marriages series, but it easily stands alone. I didn’t really care for Glowing Sun as much as I would have liked to, and the romance in this book was kind of added as an afterthought, at least it read like it, but otherwise, I enjoyed the story, and laughed out loud in a few places. If you are looking for a good historical romance, then pick up a copy of WILDFLOWER BRIDE today. $12.99. 320 pages.

  • Amber Stokes
    2018-11-25 23:31

    This book certainly delivers on "humor, romance, and suspense," as Barbour Publishing's description suggests! Connealy's word choice, her descriptions of the characters, and the crazy situations they find themselves in are very clever, and many of the lines are laugh-out-loud worthy. I enjoyed reading this book!There were a couple of aspects of the book that bothered me a little, though. While there was certainly a realistic element to the story with Wade's father's temper and anger, I felt that Abby's reaction--the words she said to him and her attitude towards him--was disrespectful and uncalled for, especially because Mort was Wade's father, not Abby's. Also, I felt that the situation with the Native Americans was unresolved, and while that is understandable to some extent, I think it could have been addressed a bit more before the end of the story.However, I really enjoyed reading more about the characters from the previous two books in this series, and their parts of the story were just as intriguing--and very sweet and fun! Reading about the relationship between Cassie and Red made me wish I had read the first book. I think it must be a compelling read!I think that of the two I have read in this series, I liked The Husband Tree better (mostly because of the characters in that book, I think). However, I still think this is a fun read! (And I adore the cover--lovely color scheme!)

  • Tina Pinson
    2018-12-08 17:09

    Having finished Mary Connealy's Wildflower Bride, book #3 in the Montana Marriage Series, I would have to say that Miss Connealy is up to fine writing form. Wildflower Bride pulls you in from the onset when Wade Sawyer, awakened by gunfire, jumps from bed, grabs his gun, and runs out into the dusk of early morning to rescue Glowing Sun. Readers familiar with Mary Connealy's stories will remember the main characters for Wildflower Bride, Wade Sawyer and Glowing Sun. Wade was the creep who wanted Cassie for his own in Montana Rose. He also made a brief appearance in the Husband Tree. Now with a change of heart, he's softened, matured and he's after the new woman of his dream. Glowing Sun, Abby. Of course, Glowing Sun, wants nothing to do with him, but when her camp is massacred she has no place to go. She wants to find the murderers of her people, but Wade won't let her go alone. When they are pit together against cattle rustlers things begin to change and secrets come to a head. Belle Tanner and her brood make an appearance in Wildflower Bride too. The ride is wild and funny. And you can't let go of the book till the end. You don't want. No, and even then when reach the end of the story you want more. Unfortunately Wildflower Bride was the third and last book out in the series for now.