The Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts, #1) by Mary Connealy

The Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts, #1)

Trace Riley has been self-appointed guardian of the trail ever since his own wagon was attacked. When he finds the ruins of a wagon train, he offers shelter to survivor Deborah Harkness and the children she saved. Trace and Deborah grow close working to bring justice to the trail, but what will happen when the attackers return to silence the only witness?

Details The Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts, #1)

TitleThe Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts, #1)
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Christian, Romance, Christian Romance

Reviews The Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts, #1)

  • Dawn
    This was good. It didn't have me giggling like some of her others. And I didn't quite connect with the characters the way that I did in some of her previous books, but I still enjoyed it. It was a pretty quick read overall.
  • Trisha
    What do you get when you have two children, two women, and three men? The Accidental Guaradian! Deborah and her sister join a wagon train headed West, which experiences trouble and only four survive. Trace, headed home from a cattle drive on his favorite horse, comes along at the right time to help the two women and two children. The closest shelter is Trace's home, also known as a one room cabin, where two other men work alongside him. How will ...
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    Like a moth to the flame, I was drawn into this book from the cover. The adorable little girl, the rays of sunlight, and the cowboy, all work together along with the title to pull you and leave you wanting more. I had to know the story the lived within the pages of Mary Connealy's latest novel!Trace Riley has been guarding the wagon trail in the high Sierra's for many years. He's no stranger to the rugged wilderness. He knows what it takes to sur...
  • Trixi
    Take a man who survived to make his living on the Sierra Nevada range, two women & two small children who escaped a wagon train massacre, mix them up and you have an adventurous tale of epic proportions! Connealy’s imagination runs as wild as the mountainous terrain that Trace has made his home in this story. “I’m going to change, Gwen. I am. The West is different than where we came from. It’s a land that demands strength of people. A la...
  • Trisha Ontiveros
    Mary Connealy has become one of my favorite authors!  I just love the stories and characters.  I really don’t want to give too much away but the level of the unknown when the wagon train is attacked as Deb and Gwen are away from the wagons with the kids… I could just put myself there and then when Trace comes along and all that unfolds after that.  I loved the strength that Deb showed and the relationships that developed.  I don’t want ...
  • Denise Hershberger (100 Pages per Hour)
    Review to come as a part of a blog tour :)
  • Bettys Welt
    Auf dem Weg in den Westen überleben Deborah Harkness und ihre jüngere Schwester Gwen haarscharf und nur zufällig den Überfall auf ihren Planwagenzug. Bei ihnen sind noch das Baby der Familie Scott und deren dreijährige Nichte. Die Scotts hatten sie angeheuert, um sich während der langen mühseligen Reise um die Kinder zu kümmern.Unmittelbar nach dem grausamen Überfall kommt der Einsiedler Trace Riley des Weges. Er wurde vor zehn Jahren se...
  • The Books and Biscuits Blog
    The Accidental Guardian – Mary Connealy (4.5-5 Stars)In The Accidental Guardian, Ms. Connealy begins her High Sierra Sweethearts series. Deborah Harkness and her sister, Gwen, have travelled from the East to the area near Lake Tahoe under an agreement to serve as nannies for two children on their journey. When their entire wagon train is killed, Deborah, Gwen, and their two charges are left alone in the wilderness. Fortunately, Trace Riley stum...
  • Mary
    “You are a blessed miracle from God, you and your men. You saved us and now you care for us. It’s the Bible’s very definition of a Christian.” --Deb HarknessIt is certainly no surprise that a woman who dedicates her book to her husband also known as her “very own romantic cowboy hero” writes about cowboys, ranching, and the west, three things she seems to know real well. This little western gem is set southwest of Lake Tahoe, Nevada ...
  • Jaquelyn Scroggie
    I should probably start this review with a disclaimer... I love everything I have read by Mary Connealy. Accidental Guardian is one of those books. It is a one of a kind story and I enjoyed every minute of it. I easily fell in love with Trace, so I don’t blame Deb one bit. Being a survivor of a wagon train massacre would be no easy trial. It is one thing that both Trace and Deb have in common. This book follows the pair as they seek to protect ...
  • Crystal
    I truly admire the steadfast determination and strength of the people who settled the Old West. This story highlighted some of the many dangers travelers faced while also showcasing the bravery and courage many displayed. This bravery was evident in Trace's commitment to keep the trail and Deb and her family safe. However, there were unresolved issues left in the plot that bothered me. For example, even though Trace saw himself as saving lives on...
  • Linda Wilson
    When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes the hand behind the attack as the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he'd finally carved out a home and started a herd--while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail, driving off dangerous men. He'dhoped those days were over, but the latest attack shows he was wrong.Deborah Harkness saved her younger s...
  • Sally
    Another great story by Mary Connealy. Deborah Harkness is on a wagon train when it is attacked. She, her sister, and two little ones are the only survivors. But when the attackers realize she can identify them will she ever feel safe again? Trace Riley comes across the massacre and takes in Deborah and the other survivors. Trace will have to keep Deb safe as they track the attackers. Will they find love along the way? Or will Deborah leave as she...
  • Kathryn at Book Ink Reivews
    A copy of this review can be found at Book Ink Reviews.Thank you to NetGalley, Bethany House, and Mary Connealy for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.What a perfect, cozy, sweet romance. Anyone who has followed these reviews for any amount of time knows I am a sucker for Hallmark Channel style Western Romances. I can't help myself. They're clean, they're sweet, and they're full of ruggedly handsome, morally sound cowboys. As a Wyoming g...
  • Rebecca
    3.5 stars" . . .a voice crying out in the wilderness. . . " That voice had been Trace Riley when he was only fifteen years hold, the sole survivor of a wagon train massacre near Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Struggling to survive, he became a self-appointed sentry; carefully protecting others from bandits as their groups passed through the treacherous mountain passes. Ten years have gone by and the nightmare repeats itself, only this time Trace becomes the...
  • Adrienne
    Deb and her sister Gwen are heading to California to start fresh when their wagon train is attacked. The sisters, along with two young children, are the only survivors. When Trace Riley comes across the scene, he realizes that the attackers, who have now fled, are the same ones who killed his father and the rest of his wagon train years before. While he has honed his skills as a tracker and knows he could find and bring to justice their murderers...
  • Lisa Phillips
    This book has a lot of action and also romance . A great combination. Deb and her sister Gwen have joined a wagon train to head west for a new start. They are helping care for 2 small children in return. They leave the wagon to go and take one of the children to the rest room. During this time a gang comes through and kills everybody. They hide with the kids until it is safe to come out . Trace notices the tragedy below and investigates when the ...
  • Patti Whitson Stephenson
    Mary Connealy’s books always have many things in common: An intriguing plot; a western setting; action and suspense; romance; great dialogue, and a strong theme of faith in God during difficult times. This book has all of those things. I loved the story of Trace and Deb. Both are honorable people who have experienced tragedy, but find a way to do the right thing and help those around them. This is a clean, sweet, Christian novel. The action in ...
  • Velva Brown
    Trace Riley has taken on the responsibility of guarding a wagon train trail. He has a personal interest in this job. He basically raised himself and learned to live off the land. When he comes upon 2 women and children, he doesn't quite know what to do. Deborah Harkness and her younger sister along with 2 small children survive a wagon train attack. They find themselves at the mercy of Trace. They are the only females for miles, and although they...
  • Sherry Cross
    Off to a great startThe Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy is the lead off to her High Sierra Sweethearts series. I am mad that I read it so quickly and now have to wait a year for the next installment. But, like every single book I have read by Connealy, the narrative rides quickly along and makes it quite impossible to put down once you start. The writer has a knack for telling the story with great humor that pours naturally from the characte...
  • Stacey
    4.5 stars...This book has all the things I love about a Mary Connealy western. Well, it may not have as much female sass that I love in some of her older books, but I am still in love with these new characters and storyline. But let me mention this cover. So different from Connealy's previous covers...and I love it! A great capture of this story and hopefully of what's to come. I'm going to get a little giddy for a moment. I basically read this b...
  • Teresa Snyder
    I’ve read most if not all of Mary Connealy’s books. I’m a big fan of hers. It pains me to give one of her books such a low rating. This book was like reading a child’s book - young adult. The story line was great, the book could have been the same, but the writing was horrible. Hopefully the next book in the series will be better; otherwise I will have to skip this series.
  • Sarah W. Calvert
    Great new seriesThis story has less humor and more of a serious tone than Mary's other books. It does not disappoint those of us who enjoy reading her work. Great story!
  • Gladys Belcher
    The Accidental GuardianI loved this book hard to put down. Can't wait for #2 book.A good book to get into and not put down till the end and don't want it to end.
  • Tammi
    This beginning of a new series does not disappoint! I love the setting and the cast of characters.
  • Mandy Westeman
    Great bookThis is a thrilling book. I hope the author writes another book to continue the story to see what happens with the rest of the characters.
  • Dianne Sidebottom
    I like reading Mary's books. I like how she develops relationships in historical fiction. I'm guessing with all the people at Deborah and Trace's cabin another story develops.