Series: Texas Trilogy

HR Review: Texas Glory by Lorraine Heath

Posted July 23, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Texas Glory by Lorraine Heath
Series: Texas Trilogy #2
Genres: Western Romance
Source: Purchased
Texas Glory (Texas Trilogy, #2)

Texas Glory

by Lorraine Heath

Book #2 in the Texas Trilogy
Historical Romance/Western Romance
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RATING: ★★★★

Cordelia McQueen was a virtual prisoner in her father’s house. Until everything changed when she was shamelessly traded in a battle for land and water rights, and thrust into an unfamiliar world as the bride of Dallas Leigh.


Dallas had given his life to the land. Now he aimed to put West Texas on the map. But as he gazed into the eyes of the lovely stranger who belonged to him, he caught a glimpse of another ambition–a warm, radiant desire of the heart. Was this the woman who would walk beside him as, together, they carved out a rich future with all the promise of love?

REVIEW:

Dallas Leigh’s biggest dream was to have a son to share what he’d created. The problem was not being able to find a woman in his region of Texas. His last attempt to transport one from another state ended as a failure when she fell in love with his brother, Houston. When he discovered Cordelia “Dee” McQueen’s existence, he secured a deal with her miserable brothers and father in exchange for her becoming his wife.

This story of a marriage of convenience was brutally honest and sincere. Heath does an admirable job of creating empathy for both people in this marriage as they struggle to understand one another and find a way to a relationship. There are hardships and successes along the way that seem to be in keeping with the era. I loved the story and rooted for Dee and Dallas. You cannot help but have empathy for Dee when you learn more about her family and how she was treated. You can just imagine as she was traded to Dallas for land and water rights. And, Dallas becomes more likable as he makes personal adjustments to accommodate a wife.

I loved the characters from the first book in the series and they play a large role in this story, too. We get an opportunity to find out how Houston and Amelia’s lives are progressing as Dallas and Dee try to make their marriage work.

This is a book you’ll definitely want on your shelf. And, Heath really seems to capture the hardships and realities of living in the western frontier during that era. You’ll want to jump right into the final book in this trilogy.

About Lorraine Heath

Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies “won’t half make you cry.”

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor® during which she received a kiss from Caesar Romero–Joker on the original Batman TV series) and a Texan who was stationed at Bovingdon while serving in the air force. Lorraine was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, but soon after moved to Texas. Her “dual” nationality has given her a love for all things British and Texan, and she enjoys weaving both heritages through her stories.

When she received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.” Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today, Waldenbooks, and most recently, the New York Times.

The author of more than 60 novels, she writes historical and contemporary romance for adults and historical romance for teen readers. Under the names Rachel Hawthorne and Jade Parker, she writes popular contemporary, historical, and paranormal romance for teens readers. She also writes young adult with her son under the name J. A. London.


Review: Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath

Review: Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath

Posted July 3, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | 1 Comment

This is a touching, heartwarming love story that is also a lesson in courage. Amelia Carson is a true hero in that she looked beyond the surface of Houston Leigh and saw his heart, even when he couldn’t. I think she was incredibly brave and resilient to seek a new life for herself, especially during this era. She didn’t waste time feeling sorry for herself because of her circumstances but was determined to make the best of it and create the opportunity. Amelia was just lucky that it included Houston. Speaking of Houston, he epitomizes the tortured hero. One side of his face is terribly scarred and it has shaped him in some good and some unfortunate ways. The good way? He’s a sensitive man who […]