Hector, a recalcitrant and odourous donkey is the only male allowed near the hidden cabin of widowed Sophie Edwards and her four young daughters until Clay McClellan literally tumbles into their lives, wounded and unconscious.
Once revived, Clay reveals he is the twin brother of Sophie’s murdered husband, follows through with his intention to marry Sophie and gives his protection to her and the girls. While pleased to have a man about to ward off inappropriate suitors, Sophie and her daughters find their hard fought independence and well honed farming skills constantly stifled by the well meaning but clueless Clay, at least when it comes to the fairer sex!
Clay himself is captivated and frustrated by the influx of femininity into his male dominated life and fears the adjustment may just be beyond him!
Mary Connealy has infused the familiar tale of a marriage of convenience in the Wild West with genuine humour, entertaining characters and the right balance of danger, attraction and really nasty bad guys! While Sophie’s immediate acceptance of Clay into her home and bedroom was a little disconcerting, the verbal interplay between the newly married couple and that between Clay and his “daughters” is delightful. Mary has added a fresh vibrancy to the historical romance genre with Petticoat Ranch and I look forward to more of her entertaining storytelling in the future.