Aiming for Love Review, Guest Post and Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Celebrate Lit Blog Tour for Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy! I am so excited to share this book with you. First of all, I love the cover. Then there’s the fact that Mary Connealy authored the book – instantly know I am going to love it, which I did!! Make sure you enter the giveaway at the end of the post for your chance to read it 🙂

Aiming for Love

Book: Aiming for Love

Author: Mary Connealy

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: October 2, 2019

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 is especially frightened, but Jo is too interested to stay away.

David’s parents follow soon on his heels, escaping bandits at their ranch. But his 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?

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Connealy has outdone herself this new series! She has brought genres together, and classic stories together, all in one magical and wonderful novel. Josephine’s character really grabbed my attention from the first chapter. Her curiosity, different background and surroundings just pulled me right into the story. Connealy has the ability to write in a way where the reader doesn’t just see the story, they feel it. When Josephine was sneaking around camp, I found myself holding my breath. When illness came to some of the characters, I found myself wanting to help, and nervously tapping my toes until I knew whether or not they were going to make it. I don’t know that I can describe exactly how fun yet nerve-wracking it was for me to read this!

Amidst the adventure was a beautiful faith theme and powerful message. Two opposite worlds have to learn how to live together, and with a little work from each part, it can be done! With ups and downs, misunderstandings, and a little romance here and there, this story is sure to capture the hearts of readers. Josephine and her sisters have a lot of learn, and honestly couldn’t be more different. But one thing is for sure – they love each other and only want to protect each other. It was nice seeing that theme, instead of just having a romance story. Sometimes the power of family bond really speaks to my heart more than the romances do. But don’t worry romance fans, there are several parts that will appeal to you as well!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. Learn more at

What it would do to someone to run wild from nearly their earliest memory?

What if three young girls had the basic skills to survive a rugged life but no adults to guide them?

Would they grow up to be a completely odd and untamed version of themselves, or the truest, in some ways most honest version?

I wanted to explore that idea: wild children, tough young women, afraid of the invading world, but lonely, too. So I created the plot for my Brides of Hope Mountain series by mixing the three little girls who’d grown up wild on the top of a mountain with some fairy tale ideas.

Book one, Aiming for Love, is Josephine Nordegren’s story. I had this vision of Ariel the mermaid seeing a man for the first time when strangers invade the high valley she lives in with only her two sisters. Curiosity is her besetting sin, or so she’s always been told. She has wilderness skills, mainly in the form of owning a bow and arrow and understanding wild animals, but for the first time, she is drawn to a man.

Jo needs to be tamed, or Dave, the man she can’t stop watching from in the woods, needs to learn the ways of the wild, because they’re out of place in each other’s worlds.

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To celebrate her tour, Mary is giving away a grand prize package of a $20 Amazon gift card, a copy of Aiming for Love, and a copy of Fairy Tales from Around the World!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Do you like it when authors put some old fairy tale bits into their stories? What are some of your favorites?

5 responses to “Aiming for Love Review, Guest Post and Giveaway!

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Aiming for Love” by Mary Connealy and for being part of the Celebrate Lit Blog Tour.

    I do enjoy when they are bits of fairy tales woven within a tell from time to time. I think I would really enjoy this story and can’t wait for the opportunity to read it. Love the cover.

  2. James Robert

    So happy to have gotten to know about your book. Thanks so much for sharing.