Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Husband Tree ~ book review

The  Husband Tree

The  Husband Tree cover

Belle Tanner buries her third worthless husband and makes a vow over his shallow grave. She’s learned her lesson. No more men.

Silas Harden just lost his second ranch because of a woman. The first deserted him when times got tough. Now he’s had to quit the whole state of New Mexico to avoid a trumped-up shotgun wedding and the noose of matrimony. He’s learned his lesson. No more women.

Belle needs hired hands to move a cattle herd late in the season and there’s no one around but seemingly aimless Silas. She hires him reluctantly.

Silas signed on, glad for the work, though worried about a woman doing such a thing as hiring drovers, only to find out he’s the lone man going with five woman, including a baby still in diapers. After the cattle drive is over, he might as well shoot himself to speed up the process of being embarrassed to death.

A fast approaching winter.

The toughest lady rancher you’ve ever seen.

A cynical cowboy who has to convince five women he’s right for their ma. . .and then convince himself.

And one thousand head of the crankiest cattle who have ever been punched across the backbone of the Rockies.

My thoughts about the book:

Well, I sat down yesterday to start reading this book and could not put it down, so needless to say I read the whole 320 pages and loved every minute of it. After burying her last Husband under the tree, Belle promised her girls that she would not remarry. Her past 3 marriages were not good ones and she had decided that she was done trying to be a wife to another no-good husband.

Before winter were to set in, Belle realized that she needed to get her cattle to Helena so that she could sell them. It was late in the season and she was having a hard time finding some hands to help her on the cattle drive. She came across a man named Silas Harden, whom she hired to help her and her girls out.

Silas had not had very good luck with women himself and he also decided that he was never going to marry either. But their was just something about Belle that Silas enjoyed and something about Silas that Belle enjoyed.

I loved this book just as much as I did the first book of the series. It was definitely a fast read for me and one that I didn't want to put down. Another great book by Mary Connealy! Thanks to Angie Brillhart at NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for this book.

The Husband Tree
Author: Mary Connealy
Subtitle: Montana Marriages Book 2
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc
Publish Date: 1-1-2010

You can find this book online at:

If you would like to read my review of the 1st book in the Montana Marriages series, called Montana Rose, you can do so here.

Images and excerpt are from Mary Connealy's website.
I was not paid for this review, I did however receive a copy of the book in return for the review. The opinions of this book are mine and mine alone.



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