What am I Reading – Wednesday: Forged in Love (Wyoming Sunrise #1) by Mary Connelly

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What Are You Reading Wednesday was created by Rhianna, Marissa, and Kendall. The idea is to create a space for book lovers to share, discuss, and recommend the books they are currently reading and loving. All you have to do is answer the questions about your current read and then head over to one of the host’s sites to link up your post! Have fun and don’t forget to check out everyone’s posts as well!


In 1870, Mariah Stover is left for dead and with no memory when the Deadeye Gang robs the stagecoach she’s on, killing her father and brother. As she takes over her father’s blacksmith business and attempts to move forward, the old-fashioned townspeople meet her new occupation with disdain.

Handsome and polished Clint Roberts escaped to Western Wyoming from the painful memories he left back east. In the hope of a new life, he opens a diner where he creates fine dishes, but is met with a harsh welcome from the townsfolk who prefer to stick to their old ways.

Clint and Mariah are drawn together by the similar trials they face in a new town, and Clint is determined to protect Mariah at all costs when danger descends upon her home. As threats pursue them from every side, will they survive to build a life forged in love?

Mary Connealy steals you away to the atmospheric American West with an adventure-filled, charming nineteenth-century tale.

Release Date: February 28, 2023

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1. Why did you decide to pick up this book–cover or content?

It sounded like a fun read.

2. Who is your favorite character so far, and why?

Um….Nell or maybe Becky?

3. Will you finish this one?


4. This book reminds me of…

I don’t really know….but the heavy handed women’s suffragette themes are starting to grate on me… As a woman I appreciate the chance to make my own choices, but there is a limit and I also know God ordained differences between men and women and this is also reflected in how we work, think, and where our limits stand. We are or equal in that we are just as good or strong or capable in all the ways a man is. If that were true, we wouldn’t need me. No, women are made to balance the men, to be strong where they are weaker or less talented, and vice versa that men have strengths in areas women struggle more at.

No, Isn’t to say a woman blacksmith is wrong, is has happened, but not all women are made the same. Neither are all men for there matter. A male cook is absolutely fine, but not all men can cook. Not all women are capable of being a blacksmith or filling other similar roles. There’s nothing wrong with that, in fact that’s actually a blessing. We were each blessed in unique ways to further support and strengthen each other as a community, no one is more or less valuable in God’s community than the others around them.

5. What type of read is this one? (Slow but interesting, cannot put it down…)

Ugh, probably much quicker if I’d just suck it up and finish it 😅

FINAL THOUGHTS ON: Rescuing the Rancher by Shanna Hatfield

I really wanted to love this one, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I ended up kind of skimming the last half and was glad I didn’t make myself suffer through the whole thing. I did read the first half or so but hated the romance/way Nate handled things in this one.