Sunday, June 19, 2011

Deep Trouble by Mary Connealy

My Review
4 STARS 


Mary Connealy is turning in to one of my favorite authors with every book I read.  Although, because I know how great some of her books are I was a bit disappointed with Deep Trouble but I still loved it even though!  This is about a young wealthy woman Shannon Dysart who decides to follow her dad's maps to treasure after he passes away.  She wants to find out why her dad was so obsessed with his quest and she also wants to prove that he did find treasure among the Grand Canyon and that he wasn't crazy like most people thought.  When trouble finds Shannon, rancher Gabe Lasley finds her and rescues her and then decides to follow along with her on her quest to treasure which turns in to one dangerous event after another.

One of my favorite things about Mary Connealy's writing is the adventure that goes on while the romance is brewing and of course the humor.  Deep Trouble has a lot of adventure, some sweet romance but really lacks in the humor aspect.
 
I didn't find myself truly invested in this story as much as the other books I've read by Connealy.  I think most of the reason I didn't fully connect was due to the multiple story lines/angles going on at the same time.  I didn't like how she switched over to the other stories when I was really interested in the current setting.

The characters were all well-developed and I wanted to see Shannon succeed right from the get-go but I never really loved her all that much.  At times I was frustrated with her with anyone else that liked her. 

She always has a spiritual message going on throughout her books and this one was no different. It reminded me of looking at my life to see what I rely on more than God and to get my focus back on Him!

Even though this wasn't one of the good Mary Connealy books, this will not sway me from reading any of her others and I do think others might enjoy this book more than I did.

Book Blurb:

Get ready for a Grand Canyon tour de force by award-winning author Mary Connealy. Gabe Lasley and Shannon Dysart are an unlikely pair. He’s an aimless wanderer who wants nothing other than to be left alone. She’s a fearless female determined to find a city of gold. When they are forced together the mayhem begins. As they set out to find the treasure, trouble is hot on their trail. Will the dream of gold color every decision Shannon makes? Will Gabe fail yet another helpless female in his life? 

Get ready for a Grand Canyon tour de force by award-winning author Mary Connealy. Gabe Lasley and Shannon Dysart are an unlikely pair. He’s an aimless wanderer who wants nothing other than to be left alone. She’s a fearless female determined to find a city of gold. When they are forced together the mayhem begins. As they set out to find the treasure, trouble is hot on their trail. Will the dream of gold color every decision Shannon makes? Will Gabe fail yet another helpless female in his life?

About Mary Connealy:

I wrote my first book when I was about twelve. A romance novel. I shudder to think what a twelve year old could know about romance. I have no idea what happened to the manuscript. I suppose my mother found it, and burned it while screaming in horror, but I’ve always been afraid to ask. Was it a hundred pages? Two? I have no idea, but I seem to remember just writing FOREVER! So I’m guessing two pages long at least.

As a new bride I marched straight out of journalism school and into the kitchen, I did a lot of scribbling. I still have those heartbreaking works of staggering genius, Ode to Roast Beef, things like that, all born out of the ‘Write What You Know’ school of literature.

I began writing more seriously when my baby went to kindergarten. Not writing well of course, but just putting words on paper. No one does anything well the first time. I’m sure Babe Ruth missed the first ball pitched to him. I’m sure Picasso smeared pages with paint-y fingers when he was a kid—as I remember he went back to that later in life. I’m sure Beethoven played the eighteenth century version of Chopsticks before went for the sonatas.

My writing journey is similar to a lot of others. Boil it down to persistence, oh, go ahead and call it stubbornness. I just kept typing away. I think the reason I did it was because I’m more or less a dunce around people—prone to sit silently when I really ought to speak up(or far worse, speak up when I ought to sit silently).

So, I have all these things, I want to say, in my head; the perfect zinger to the rude cashier, which you think of an hour after you’ve left the store, the perfect bit of wisdom when someone needs help, which doesn’t occur to you until they solve their problems themselves, the perfect guilt trip for the kids, which you don’t say because you’re not an idiot. I keep all this wit to myself, much to the relief of all who know me, and then I write all my great ideas into books. It’s therapeutic if nothing else, and more affordable than a psychiatrist.

So then a very nice, oh so nice publishing company like Barbour Heartsong comes along and says, “Hey, we’ll pay you money for this 45,000 word therapy session.” That’s as sweet as it gets.

My journey to publication is the same as everyone’s except for a few geniuses out there who make it hard for all of us. And even they probably have an Ode to Roast Beef or two in their past.
   

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