A Model of Devotion is the final book in Mary Connealy’s The Lumber Baron’s Daughters series. As always expected, it is filled with plenty of action, danger, suspense, and yes, romance.

Remaining unmarried daughter Jilly Stiles is determined to remain that way. Haunted by nightmares about her cruel stepfather, she wants no part of marriage. Unfortunately circumstances already in play demand that she marry in order to protect herself from a dangerous man. Nick Ryder is not only willing but eager to marry Jilly but can she trust him?

Once again this author has provided me with several hours of delightful entertainment as I kept turning the pages to see how everything would turn out. I was solidly in Nick’s corner as the perfect candidate for Jilly’s husband. Although I had a good idea about the inevitable conclusion it was nevertheless fun to follow Nick and Jilly as well as her sister and mother to that point.

As always, I thoroughly enjoyed the latest offering from this author and look forward to her next one.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the author’s launch team through the publisher. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


She’s finally claimed her independence . . . how far will she go to keep it?

A brilliant engineer, Jilly Stiles has been educated since childhood to help run her father’s lumber dynasty. With the company safe from her stepfather after the marriages of her two sisters, Jilly can now focus on her dream of building a mountaintop railroad–and never marry.

Nick Ryder came into Jilly’s life when he saved her mother from her no-good stepfather, and he’s prepared to protect Jilly from anything that threatens to harm her–as long as he keeps his heart from getting involved.

But when a cruel and powerful man goes to dangerous lengths to make Jilly his own, she must make a decision between her safety and her hard-won independence.

Read an excerpt HERE.


Mary Connealy ( writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has sold more than one and a half million books. She is the author of the popular series Brothers in Arms, Brides of Hope Mountain, High Sierra Sweethearts, The Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.