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Calico Canyon (Lassoed in Texas #2)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  1,450 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Let yourself be swept away by this fast-paced romance, featuring Grace Calhoun, an instructor of reading, writing, and arithmetic, who, in an attempt to escape the clutchs of a relentless pursuer, runs smack dab into even more trouble with the 6R's—widower Daniel Reeves, along with his five rowdy sons. When a marriage is forced upon this hapless pair—two people who couldn' ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Barbour Books
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Apr 02, 2009 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adventureous and advocates for justice
Recommended to Margaret by: FIRST, CFBA, Mary Connealy
When I got the background on this book, I was a little apprehensive about reading it since I knew that it was about Miss Grace Calhoun. Upon reading Petticoat Ranch Miss Calhoun was present, but only faintly. She was definitely not my favorite character, especially in comparison to the wonders of Sophie and her girls. But, upon reading the first chapter of Calico Canyon Grace came slightly off her pedestal and I began to have some compassion for her. It was by the beginning of chapter three that ...more
Another great one by Mary Connealy! I couldn't help laughing all through this one too. It's a great story, but not all great stories have those parts that are so funny you can't contain your laughter. This one did and I really enjoyed it.
Emily Beeson
Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy

I receive quite a few Review Copies of books I don't request. Because they are not books I choose to fit my personal tastes, few really appeal to me.

Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy is one that did.

Schoolmarm Grace Calhoun may seem like just another tightwad teacher at first, but there is so much more to her. Adopted by an abusive father, she has overcome many trials and discovered how brave she can be.

She always wanted to be a teacher, but now that she is realizing
Loved it. What really made this book so great for me was the characters. Grace,has a background and a personality. At first it was somewhat hard to keep all 5 little Reeves boys straight, but they were lovable in their own ways. I almost wish I had read the first book in this series more recently because the same characters from the first book, appear again in this one and I had to think back about what happened to them and who they were again. I dunno... I think it was just a both thoughtful an ...more
Jenni C
I did not read the first book in the series and therefore was lost when the story suddenly switched to Adam's story without warning.

Cons: I do not like stories about child abuse and there is some in here with some violent detail...SO I skipped that part, literally stopped reading those sections. I ALSO stopped reading Adam's story (the second love storyline in the book) and focused on Grace and Daniel.

Pros: Even though I read only 1/2 ish of the book I WAS impressed with Grace's innocent chara
Great Christian fiction and a fun read. I highly recommend.
Have you ever hated a fictional character so much you wanted to jump into the pages and pound the living daylights out of 'em? Or shoot him dead? Or give him a slow, miserable death? And then felt a little more than slightly glad they weren't saved?
Me too.
Throughout this novel, especially the last 100 pages. Parrish (yes, I longed for Parrish to perish) made my blood boil with anger, and possibly a bit of fear too. And the scene from his view on page 225 through 226 made me s
I solidly enjoyed this book, and there were a few moments that made me giggle out loud (which is a good thing, for a book. I don't quite understand why it is called "Calico Canyon" because I honestly don't remember much calico... but there was a canyon, so there you go. I understand this is part of a series but this is the first book I have read in it. It stood alone fine. Maybe a few things would have made more sense if I had started at the beginning, for example, the side stories.

The only thi
Mary Connealy has mastered the art of comedy in a Christian romance. Grace Calhoun is trying to teach her class when she is terrorized by five students--the Reeves brothers. They are rowdy and like to pull pranks, such as slipping a tack on her chair and hiding a snake in her drawer. This is how the book begins and it leads to her being fired and the boys thrown out of school. As if her day hadn't been bad enough, her abusive adopted father is in pursuit, so she runs and hides under a tarp in th ...more
Calico Canyon is the 2nd book in the Lassoed in Texas series. While these books don't necessarily need to be read in order, it does help a tiny bit if they are. At least, some side stories make more sense that way.

The same day after being fired from her job as schoolteacher because of the rowdy Reeves boys, Grace finds herself fleeing town as her abusive adoptive father has finally tracked her down. She stows away in the back of a wagon and later wakes up to find herself in the home of the Reeve
“Calico Canyon” takes place in Mosqueros, Texas in 1867. It centers a round teacher, Grace Calhoun, who settled in Mosqueros hoping to escape from her past. She is used to teaching girls, but when the five Reeve boys (twins and triplets) show up, she has her work cut out for her. Being typical boys, they play pranks and misbehave. Their widowed father, Daniel, is no better. When Grace confronts him about the boy’s behavior, he does not want to hear it. He takes it up with the school board who li ...more
April Erwin
Calico Canyon is book 2 in the Lassoed in Texas series. I was anxious to read this one, because Petticoat Ranch was fantastic. I know I mentioned the other day that I don't read westerns as often as I used to because I'm burned out, but Mary Connealy makes westerns readable. Calico Canyon is just as fantastic as Petticoat Ranch.

I love Mary's sense of humor! She has a way of writing about men and women and their relationships that has me laughing out loud. Her females are tough and sassy and com
CALICO CANYON by Mary Connealy is the second book in the Lassoed in Texas series. In it, we follow Grace Calhoun, a runaway adopted orphan, who is barely squeaking out a living as a schoolteacher in Mosqueros, Texas. She sends all her money home to her sister, Hannah, who is diligently caring for street kids in Chicago with the hopes of one day being reunited. With her adoptive father hot on her trail with a vendetta to settle, Grace is constantly looking over her shoulder praying she will be ab ...more
Grace comes across as a snotty school teacher who looks down her nose at everyone around her. But Grace is hiding her past. She is supporting her adoptive sister and brothers back in Chicago and is only living on 2 dollars a month! Her other secret her adoptive abusive father finds her and Grace escapes into the wagon of Daniel Reeves. He can’t stand the school teacher and she does not think very highly of him either. Daniel has 5 active boys and Grace does not know how to handle them. After sp ...more
Book #2 Calico Canyon in Mary Connealy's series "Lassoed in Texas"

Mary sure has a way with words with these comical characters in her wooly west series. this one is the story of Grace the mild mannered school teacher who has ran away from a man that had adopted her then cruely misused her. Her life was no better then the ones left to roam the streets trying to exist from day to day on little...little food...little warmth in cold weather.
She did not fare much better in Mosqueros Texas, as a schoo
Well. Normally speaking when I'm reading an American Historical Christian Romance I like there to be a school marm involved. I don't know I like old timey school marm romances. So I was excited for this. Except. I'm not sure what happened but this should have really been much shorter then it was. It felt like the obstacles between the two leads--mostly on the male's part after a while--were so forced feeling. He had a good reason to be worried. Except instead of communicating this reasoning to h ...more
Calico Canyon
by Mary Conneally

Grace Calhoun has not had a good day. In addition to a heart-pounding encounter with a snake, she has sat on a tack and publicly lost her skirt—twice! She can attribute all of her woes to five rowdy students and their hard-headed father, Daniel Reeves, who manages before the awful day is finished to get her fired from a teaching job she needs worse than anyone knows.

Just when she’s convinced the day can’t go any further downhill, 17-year-old Grace’s past shows up in
"Calico Canyon" by Mary Connealy is the second book in her Lassoed in Texas series and such an enjoyable book and really right up there with what I have come to expect from Ms. Connealy. Although this is part of a series, it can be completely read as a stand alone book, or even out of order like I did the first time I read the series. Again this is the second time that I have read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it the second time around like I did the first time around.

In "Calico Canyon" we a
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!! Oh my!!! I laughed so hard reading this book. Anyone who knows me and how many boys I have will understand why this is my all time favorite book of Mary Connealy. Read it out of order and you won't regret giggling and gafawing, (I really don't know if that's a word, but it aptly describes my reaction I am having as I write this review), at the completely realistic way Mary describes what's it like to be around boys, allllll day every day, and to try and save your sanity i ...more
Heather Manning
As with every book of Mary's that I have read, I loved it.
Everyone in town has the impression of Grace as the snooty, proper teacher who newly moved into town.
She struggles to control Daniel Reeves' five rambunctious boys--three are a set of triplets, and the other two are twins. When, one day, everything in class gets completely out of hand, Daniel pays a visit and ends up getting Grace fired and his boys kicked out of school for the semester.

The same day, Grace's abusive adoptive father pays
This was a pretty good book to me. I had heard that this author had a lot of humor in her books; I however did not find that. I enjoyed Grace as a main character as well as Daniel. The children in the book might have gotten on my nerves while reading. It made me want to skim through some pages. I probably would not re-read this one.
Kathy Heare Watts
We learn in Calico Canyon that stiff school marm, Miss Grace Calhoun, is actual a very naive 17 year old who has lived a hard and cruel life due to her adopted father, Parrish. She flees Parish in middle of the night and hides in Daniel Reeves wagon and ends up nearly frozen to death where he keeps her along with his 5 sons until the Parson and his wife show up the next morning and force marriage upon them. It's a rough and challenging time for all 7 of them, but they learn love and forgiveness. ...more
Expected this matchup based on the breakdown at dinner after Sunday service at Sophie and Clay's house. With a passel of children already, it took a Texas Blizzard to bring this family together. Now I need to know what became of Hannah and Libby! Constant fighting, avalanche, and lots of secrets. Adam and Tillie side story.
Elizabeth Little
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love Mary Connealy's books. She writes real characters and fun stories. My only gripe about this book is the age of the leading lady. I realize it's probably accurate for the setting but I just couldn't get past the fact that she was 17. Otherwise, one of my new favorites.
Jan 01, 2015 Tweety rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Tweety by: Dorcas
Another reread of one of my favorite Mary Connealy book! As in all her book, my only complaint is that I tire of hearing things from the villein's point of view. But the great main characters make up for that.
I liked this book better than the first one in the series. It has several different story lines that kept my interest through the whole book and kept me up WAY too late last night finishing it. I love all these characters!

p.s. Warning...this book can cause dreams of evil triplets. :)
Captivating story that I didn't want to put down. I was finding times that I could break away to read more. It was a quick read that was very entertaining. I was laughing out loud sometimes because I could just imagine myself there.

I would like to have read the 1st book before this one in order to catch onto part of the storyline as I was reading. The author seemed to have some of the characters refer to something that had happened previously.

The references to God and directing your life based u
Kind of a goofy plot. HOwever her use of violence was toned down a bit in this book so I could rate it higher than a one.
Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Romance adventure danger suspense ... What more could u ask for in a book!
Seriously the funniest book I think I have ever read! And it was heartwarming to boot. Definitely a recommend!
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I wrote my first book when I was about twelve. A romance novel. I shudder to think what a twelve year old could know about romance. I have no idea what happened to the manuscript. I suppose my mother found it, and burned it while screaming in horror, but I’ve always been afraid to ask. Was it a hundred pages? Two? I have no idea, but I seem to remember just writing FOREVER! So I’m guessing two pag ...more
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“The man had the intelligence of the average fence post, the personality of a wounded warthog, and the stubbornness of a flea-bitten mule. Grace silently apologized to all the animals she’d just insulted.” 0 likes
“No, Grace, it’s not ‘Miss Calhoun.’” Daniel had heard her say those words many times. They’d always set his teeth on edge. “It’s Mrs. Reeves.” Daniel added with angry triumph, “And guess what? I’m calling you Grace and the boys are calling you Ma.” 0 likes
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