Review & Giveaway: The Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy


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The Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy

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9781493417209Title: The Unexpected Champion
Series: High Sierra Sweethearts, Book 3
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Genre: Historical Romance / Western

They’re as Different as Could Be.
But They’ll Need to Trust Each Other to Survive
the Wilderness . . . and the Dangers Chasing Them.

City dweller John McCall never expected to be out in the High Sierras of 1868 on a wild-goose chase to find the Chiltons’ supposedly lost grandson. But now that he’s out here, things have gotten even more complicated, mostly due to wildcat Penny Scott. She’s not like any woman he’s ever met–comfortable in the woods, with a horse, and with a gun.

When Penny and John are taken against their will by a shadowy figure looking for evidence they don’t have, both realize they’ve stumbled into something dangerous. With their friends and family desperately searching for them, Penny and John must make a daring escape.

When they emerge back into the real world, they discover their kidnapper just won’t stop. This city man and country woman must bring a powerful, ruthless man to justice, all while fighting a very inconvenient attraction to each other.

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The Unexpected Champion was a well-written conclusion to a fun series. It was full of adventure and danger in the wilderness, as well as plenty of romantic tension. The author did a good job of providing satisfying conclusions to all of the various threats that the characters of the three books in this series have been working to survive.

Each book in the High Sierra Sweethearts series definitely leads to the next story, so I would highly recommend starting with book one and enjoying the stories in order. Both of the previous books had a main threat that is overcome within the novel, yet there was always something that the reader knew would probably lead to trouble for the upcoming story.

The Unexpected Champion gives the exciting final wrap up and provides the reader with the satisfaction of seeing all of the main characters looking toward the future. I enjoyed this story and this series a lot.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


MaryConnealy by Ginger Murray Photography

Photo courtesy of Ginger Murray Photography

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.

CONNECT WITH MARY: website, facebook, twitter, instagram

You can also find Mary at these sites: Seekerville and Petticoats & Pistols

the unexpected champion giveaway


(1) winner will win

  • a complete set of all three High Sierra Sweethearts books (print, US only)
  • $20 Barnes & Noble gift card

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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12 Responses to Review & Giveaway: The Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy

  1. anxious58 says:

    Love Mary’s books and love this series.

  2. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading

  3. Debbie P says:

    This book sounds like an awesome read.

  4. Chanel M. says:

    Great review! I love that this series has an over-arching mystery. I can’t wait to read them!

  5. Kay Garrett says:

    Thank you for your review on ” The Unexpected Champion” by Mary Connealy and for being part of the blog tour.

    Love reading Mary’s books and always look forward to the next one with great expectations.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  6. One of my favorite authors!

  7. Robin in NC says:

    Western romances are the best! Thanks for being a part of this blog tour & sharing!

  8. carylkane says:

    Fabulous review! I enjoy Mary Connealy’s books!

  9. slehan says:

    Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

  10. There’s nothing like the High Sierras. I would love to read the whole series.

  11. Trixi says:

    I love Mary’s books! Nice review Brittany 🙂

  12. slehan says:

    The covers make me want to read them.
    Thanks for the contest.

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