It is 1867. Grace Calhoun has fled her abusive father and taken a position as a schoolteacher in the West Texas town of Mosqueros. When her father discovers her whereabouts, Grace is so desperate to escape his fury that she hides in the back of a wagon owned by widower Daniel Reeves. Daniel does not realize he has a stowaway on board until he arrives at his home in an isolated canyon far from town. By then, the extreme cold has caused Grace to lose consciousness. A heavy snowfall soon seals off the canyon, and Grace is forced to spend the winter with Daniel and his five young sons.
Calico Canyon is a charming retelling of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Daniel’s boys (a set each of twins and triplets) are dismayed that their “new ma” is the prim teacher who was responsible for their expulsion from school, and are determined to make her so uncomfortable that she will leave as soon as the weather permits. Although the pleasure of Connealy’s writing is diluted by the addition of several irrelevant plotlines, she has written a heartwarming inspirational romance that will be enjoyed by many.