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Monday, June 4, 2012

Book Review: “Out of Control” by Mary Connealy

“Finally, the water covered even the highest mountains on the earth, 
rising more than twenty-two feet above the highest peaks.” 
Genesis 7:19-20 nlt

I have wanted to read one of Mary Connealy’s books for quite some time, but just never  got around to it. The combination of cowboys and humor is what peaked my interest. So when I saw “Out of Control” available Kindle, I grabbed it. If, however, I’d read a few of the online reviews, I might not have been so impulsive.

It’s not a bad book. It’s not a plot-less story. But like the caves they explore looking for an illusive man, the plot wonders about rather aimlessly at times. A few reviewers said “it lacks rhythm and flow.” I agree. Some even said they had trouble finish reading it. I did not.

I admit it took me a few chapters to get hooked. But when I did, it was not because of the characters, but by the mystery. Once I let go of my expectations of cowboys and humor, the secrecy in the mountains and the caves drew me in. When I ignored the rocky love story and focused on the manhunt, I couldn’t stop reading this book.

It’s not a character driven story…in fact, they get in the way with their quirky traits. Mr. OCD meets Miss OCD/ADD, which is why there is a control issue. He plans every detail and barks out orders. She dreams of fossil research. He assumes. She ignores. Two minor characters seem normal and quite patient with their quirky counter parts. Then a couple of real lunatics are thrown into the mix. And I grew to love them all.

The men are cowboys, just not as I expected. The peculiar personalities brought the humor—dry rather than the ROFL kind. The mystery and intrigue held my attention.

Would I recommend it? Yes; just leave your logic trailside.

About the author:
Mary Connealy is a Carol Award winner and a RITA Award finalist. An author, journalist, and teacher, she lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters—Josie, married to Matt; Wendy; Shelly, married to Aaron; and Katy—and two spectacular grandchildren, Elle and Isaac.

You can find more about her and her books at:


  1. Hmm, I don't think I could read a book like that. But thanks so much for the interesting review.

    1. From all the reviews I’ve read since, I think I just started the wrong Mary Connealy book because her other works get rave reviews. I hope you’ll check them out.


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