Aiming for Love (Brides of Hope Mountain #1)

By: Mary Connealy

Publisher: Bethany House

Release Date: October 1st, 2019

Genres: Christian fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

Pages: 320 pages

Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Christian Book, Lifeway, and anywhere else books are sold!

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Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars) 


Growing up in Colorado, Josephine Madson has been fascinated by but has shied away from the outside world–one she’s been raised to believe killed her parents. When Dave Warden, a rancher, shows up to their secret home with his wounded father, will Josephine and her sisters risk stepping into the world to help or remain separated but safe on Hope Mountain?

My Review

I enjoyed this book, I really did. The plot and storyline were very unique and entertaining to read. I just wish I could have liked it more.

The characters I felt were a but dull at points and I had a rather hard time relating to them. I really like all the characters but I felt that their development could have gone deeper than what it did.

I had to continue to remind myself that the girls were very sheltered as I was reading this because I found myself growing annoyed at parts, lol. It’s not the authors fault or anything, this was just me wanting to shake a few characters. I like Jo’s and Isla’s characters a lot. I am hoping that we get to see them grow more in the future books.

The faith content was there and it was subtly which was prefect for this book. I cannot wait to see some of the characters, hopefully, come around from some of their views. I am hoping that they change in the future books.

Dave and Jo’s romance seemed very rushed and not very well paced. I felt just a tiny bit of chemistry at one point and then a whole bunch of chemistry a few chapters later. I liked their relationship though. I thought that they were cute and made for each other. I enjoyed seeing their romance blossom, I just wish it could have been better paced.

I felt like the middle of this book was rather rushed in a whole as well. The first part was okay but then everything felt rushed and then the book was over. I feel like this book could have easily have been longer.

I will definitely be reading the second book because I want to find out what happens next with the Walden’s ranch. The suspense is actually really good. I almost feel like the second book can be better than the first if Ms. Connealy can nail down the action and suspense that I feel building up.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Sure, it was not a favorite but I am still going to read the next books and maybe some of the author’s other work.

*FTC: I received this book from Bethany House through Netgalley and Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.*

About the Author


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.



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 here to enter.

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