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Woman of Sunlight

(Brides of Hope Mountain #2)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  560 ratings  ·  133 reviews
After years of isolation on top of Hope Mountain, Ilsa Nordegren may finally be ready to leave. Raised to fear the world, Ilsa and her sisters never planned on coming down, but when the Warden family arrived in need, they had to help. And it may cost them everything.

Having made his fortune, Mitch Warden returned home and found the family homestead abandoned. In a land grab
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Bethany House Publishers
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I was looking forward to this one a lot--Connealy to me is escapist fiction for when I don't want something to strike too deep--and my expectation of enjoyment did make my disappointment overly strong as well. Two stars for "okay." Most of the humor was centered around the misunderstanding of having a book of legends considered a "second bible" and after the first book the excessive "humor" about it was really heavy-handed and annoying. I also disliked that Mitch's mom thought it was okay to hum ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
It was a pleasure to continue the story of the Nordegren sisters from the first book. This one focused on Ilsa, the wood sprite who runs through the trees and gives Mitch what-for. They definitely have a volatile relationship in the beginning which is fun, but everything changes when they face assassins who are after Mitch. Ilsa's fearless defense of him shifts his realization of how he regards her with admiration and affection instead of frustration and guilt for getting her sick with chicken p ...more
Randi Annie Framnes
Afraid of people and disease, wild child recluse Ilsa Nordegren lives isolated on Hope Mountain when successful business man and neighbor Mitch Warden returns from New York. He brings danger with him as gunmen turn up to kill him. On a trip to the city to get help, Ilsa and Mitch’s relationship gets time to blossom in the midst of intense danger.

Woman of Sunlight is installment #2 in Brides of Hope Mountain Series. The story is about the three young Nordegren women living in isolation on Hope Mo
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a fun follow up to Aiming For Love. I really enjoyed the mysteries following Mitch and the adventure he and Ilsa are forced on when the danger following Mitch comes to close to home. The mysteries had few surprises and a satisfying conclusion. Ilsa was such an interesting character and after getting to know Ursula a little bit in this story, I am looking forward to her story later this year. All in all, this was a fun read, with mystery, humor and romance. Recommended.

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Susan Snodgrass
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'She'd swung in from the treetop. Into a gunfight. She'd brought a knife to a gunfight. What's more, she'd won.'

Mary Connealy adds to her Brides of Hope Mountain admirably with this second novel. I just adore Mary Connealy. The Nordegren sisters have lived on Hope Mountain all their lives, raised to be afraid of the world by their grandparents, who are now dead. Now they must learn that the world is a very odd place for them. This installment deals with the sister Ilsa. We came to know her in bo
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story was a fun read. I found it to be humorous, intriguing, lots of unexpected events, some suspense, and even a bit of action and danger.
Ilsa is quite the feisty, intriguing young lady. Completely ignorant in the ways of the world. Almost to the point of being unbelievable. And yet, when I think of the circumstances in which she grew up -- all alone like that, with her grandparents, and then just her two sisters, never venturing down into the outside world, ever. Well....then it does make
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This second story in the Brides of Hope Mountain series picks up right where the last story ended. I enjoyed spending time with Ilsa and Mitch in this story and getting to know them better.

I didn’t want to put this story down for a moment. The adventure, the mystery, and of course the fun banter between these two characters kept me wanting more and turning pages late into the night. I do have to admit that I didn’t like how this book ended. But with that said, I was thrilled to find out that the
Vera Godley
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can always count on a book authored by Mary Connealy to lighten my heart with humor, faith honoring characters, and general sense of goodness. Woman of Sunlight does not disappoint!

In book #1 of the Brides of Hope Mountain series we met the three sisters living extremely isolated lives atop a mountain. That story involves Josephine. Read my review here Book #2 gives us a delightful encounter and experience with Ilsa and how this isolated woman that is so naive, sweet and fierce, and beautiful
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book for my next read (well, listen, thanks to audible) because I'd just come off a stretch of heavy issue reads and I felt the desperate need to lighten up my fictional life a bit. Cue the dead-pan humour and quirky style of Mary Connealy and suddenly my whole world seems brighter.

Bwahahahahaha! That about sums up this read. Ilsa is such an unconventional heroine. Mitch is both appalled and intrigued by this strange barbarian Nordegren woman. Wily and stubborn, she's as comfortable
Paula Shreckhise
Book two, Woman of Sunlight in the Brides of Hope Mountain series, takes us back to the mountains outside Bucksnort, Colorado in 1873. Mary Connealy has long been a favorite author in the Slapstick Historical Western genre. Yes, I just made that up! How could she not have fun with three girls raised by their grandparents and isolated on a remote mountain and then thrust into civilization?
This book is about Ilsa Nordegren, the youngest sister who has learned the art of healing from her grandfath
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! It picks up right where the first one left off. I loved Ilsa’s character! She is so innocent and feisty. She and Mitch made such a great pair! I’m looking forward to reading the next book!

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Once again Mary Connealy penned a historical western fiction that is filled with humor yet so realistic. Ilsa Nordegren lives near the top of Hope Mountain in Colorado with the nearest small town Bucksnort. But because her grandpa raised she and her two sisters, he repeatedly told them to stay away from the lowlands as they were dangerous. So Ilsa and her sisters grew up uneducated and unladylike, but strong Christians.

So many phrases that we take for granted such as hogtied and chip on your sh
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ya'll this book! This author!! I just love her and her stories! They are amazing!
I think the reason I love them so much is she adds humor and wit to her stories. They are feel good books that just makes you want to laugh right out loud no matter where you're reading the book at. I love it when people give me weird looks.
I first "met" this author when I picked up The Husband Tree. When I finished I knew I was a fan for life. It too is funny. All of her books are.
This new series is awesome! I me
Sherri Ferguson
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable series. I highly recommend it.
Ruth Ann Lingwall
I haven’t read the first book, Aiming for Love, so it took a few chapters to grasp what was happening in this novel.

Woman of Sunlight starts amusingly with Mitch Warden trying to get Ilsa Nordgren to rest even though she is recovered from chickenpox. She is upset with him for spreading the chickenpox to her when he returned to his family. The Wardens were Ilsa’s nearest neighbors but had been driven out of their home so were staying with Ilsa when Mitch returned home.

As they moved along, Mitch l
Suzie Waltner
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Diving into any book written by Mary Connealy is a delight because of the combination of romance, western, humor, and mystery that is so unique to this particular author. Woman of Sunlight has everything I expect in a Connealy book and then some.

Ilsa Nordegren is a strong woman. She and her two sisters have to be as they’ve survived alone on a mountain top. Yet, she’s also endearingly naïve about the ways of the world. I mean, once this woman who loves the outdoors, handles a knife better than m
This book continues the story of the same three sisters and family that removed themselves from society to protect themselves from bad people, situations, and disease, but this story focuses on the next sister, Ilsa and another Warden brother, Mitch. This is the story of their sudden marriage and the adventures they are on together to find a murderer. The story is confusing in a few places as it randomly switches to the point of view of some of the side characters a bit too frequently, when the ...more
Janice Sisemore
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Woman of Sunlight

Woman of Sunlight is an amazing story. I enjoyed Ilsa and Mitch’s story. I loved that they got married early in the book. Ilsa helps Mitch fight a lot of battles. Someone is trying to kill him. Who is it? It was a surprise to me.

In Woman of Sunlight there is also a mystery involving the Bible. Ilsa was told that there was two Bibles. Mitch tries to figure out why.

The book is an historical set in 1873. I love reading this type of book, how different the traveling was. Mostly b
Maria Chapman
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am reviewing the audio version of this book...
This is the second book in the brides of hope mountain series.
Just like the first book, I totally enjoyed this one.
It had all the things that were in the first book, pluss the mystery aspect of the ookk deepened.
There were a few twists I wasn't expecting.
Ilsa was totally adorable.
I am hoping for a third book.
Again, the topic of fear and faith was covered. The fact that people need each other was also illustrated.
This was like watching a cowbo
Ian Mcnamara
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really great book, loved the second book in this series and it was also lovely to see secondary characters also go on there own journeys of discovery also. Set up really well for the third book. can't wait for it to come out. ...more
Rachel Kokes
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Woman of Sunlight is book two in the Brides of Hope Mountain series by Mary Connealy.
Summary: Ilsa Nordegren and her sisters have only ever known living on Hope Mountain, and fending for themselves.
Now that Mitch Warden and his family have arrived, everything is changing.
As much as Ilsa loves her home, she is curious about the outside world, and wants to explore it.
Mitch Warden thought he had escaped his dangerous past, but it seems he has brought his troubles home with him. Now, the past is thr
Cindy Green
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is Book 2 in Mary Connealy’s Brides of Hope Mountain series. I only just finished Book 1 (Aiming for Love) 2 weeks ago, and I was so excited to be able to review this next book as a part of Mary’s launch team. I did receive a copy of this book for free in an exchange for an honest review.

In this book, we take up with Mitch Warden and Ilsa Nordegren where we left off with them in book 1. These two characters were introduced in the first book, and they continually butted heads. In the next bo
Amy Tyner
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful and delightful experience! If you are looking for a great and light hearted experience then this book will not disappoint!
Ilsa and Mitch constantly find themselves fighting with one another. Mainly due to Ilsa wild way of climbing trees and her insistence on the belief in 2 Bibles. Mitch is almost killed until Ilsa comes swinging in to his aide. Thanks to her help one killer is killed and the second is rendered unconscious. Thus leading to a trip to town to turn them in to the sherif
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Living in the quarantine era, I'm actually enjoying a little slower pace of life and those quiet moments in the evening when I'm able to read. In light of all that's happening in our world right now, this book was just the escape I needed! "Woman of Sunlight" is about love, courage, loyalty, and trusting God in the face of evil and uncertainty. Mitch is not going to sit around and wait for head hunters to take him down...he's going to fight back. In one of those heated battles, he sees the fairy ...more
Kris Johnson
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book does not disappoint. The journey of the unknown continues with Ilsa. I laughed. I couldn’t put the book down. Ilsa reminds of my younger sister. Not afraid to speak her mind. Protective of those she cares about. Mitch is wanting to protect all those he cares about, even if it means he has to leave. When the two join forces nothing will stop them.
Kelly Bridgewater
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The synopsis for Mary Connealy's current series, Brides of Hope Mountain, captured my attention. really like the covers too. Lots of bright colors and beautiful woman grace the wilderness. I throughly enjoyed Aiming for Love, the first book in this series. Jo was an unique and different style of character. Connealy does it again with Ilsa. She is not like any heroine I have ever read. And I read a lot of suspense novels. She is brave and unfamiliar with the new world outside her mountain home, b ...more
Connie Saunders
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have come to expect fun and romance when I see a new Mary Connealy book and I certainly wasn't disappointed with Woman of Sunlight. This second book in the Brides of Hope Mountain series introduced another Nordegren sister and once again, I was drawn in by the tale of three sisters who had always lived on Hope Mountain and been warned by their grandparents to reject everything connected to modern civilization. Ilsa is the focus of Woman of Sunlight and she is a brave young woman who dresses li ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have long been a fan of Mary Connealy’s books. This series is different from her previous ones, but still keep me intrigued page after page.

Woman of Sunlight is book 2 of Mary’s Brides of Hope Mountain series. It follows 3 sisters that have grown up very sheltered and away from other people. It focuses on Ilsa, she is such an interesting character- full of life, love of nature ,the woods and very stubborn. She finds herself annoyed with Mitch quite often.

Mitch, finds himself just as agitated
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was looking forward to this book and it was even better than I’d hoped. Ilsa is such a fun character. She reminds me a bit of Mowgli in the Jungle Book when he sees civilization for the first time. Mitch takes Ilsa, the woman who likes to fly through the trees like Tarzan, to some big cities and of course, it’s confounding to her. I hadn’t thought about the noise of a big city until she pointed it out but it’s so true.

I liked the way Ilsa is determined to protect Mitch and that she has the ski
Jerrye Bell
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Woman of Sunlight by Mary Connealy

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Story Notes

Mary Connealy’s second book in the Brides of Hope Mountain is a hilariously fun read with a little suspense thrown in to keep things interesting.

Mary Connealy knows how to keep readers entertained with her wonderfully created stories, smart characters and witty conversations. This latest story is no exception and unlike many second books in a trilogy,
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Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist.
She is the bestselling author of 48 books and novellas.
Her most recent three book series are: Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written fo

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