About the Book
She mixed danger, desperation, and deception together. Love was not the expected outcome.
With their sharp engineering minds, Laura Stiles and her two sisters have been able to deal with their mother’s unfortunate choice in husband until they discovered his plans to marry each of them off to his lecherous friends. Now they must run away–far and fast–to find better matches to legally claim their portion of their father’s lumber dynasty and seize control from their stepfather.
During their escape, Laura befriends a mission group heading to serve the poor in California. She quickly volunteers herself and her sisters to join their efforts. Despite the settlement being in miserable condition, the sisters are excited by the opportunity to put their skills to good use. Laura also sees potential in Caleb, the mission’s parson, to help with gaining her inheritance. But when secrets buried in Caleb’s past and in the land around them come to light, it’ll take all the smarts the sisters have to keep trouble at bay.
In My Opinion
With The Element of Love Mary Connealy begins a new series featuring three intelligent sisters who are on the run and on the hunt for husbands. And in true Connealy fashion, there are a few laughs and plenty of conundrums along the way.
My favorite parts in the book are when the sisters are together plotting and planning. You really see the strengths of their personalities shine through. And while the girls are all extremely book smart the life lessons need some honing. I also appreciated that we got some glimpses of Mama Stiles and the sacrifice she made to ensure her daughters’ safety.
While his heart is in the right place in serving the people in the small mining camp, he also has a couple lessons to learn. He and Laura are a good match and Caleb’s strength of mind is match by his physical strength.
This is a series you will definitely want to read in order as we’ve already gotten a few hints as to what comes next for Michelle (and I’m very curious to learn more of Jill’s story), so get an early start and pick up The Element of Love now.
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