Author: Lorraine Heath
Back Cover Summary: She was his brother's bride...Arriving on the Fort Worth train, Miss Amelia Carson, mail-order bride, had never met Dallas Leigh, the Texan she promised to marry. The tall cowboy at the station wasn't Dallas. He was Houston, Dallas's brother, sent to escort her on the rugged three-week trek to the ranch where Dallas waited. Brought up in war-ravaged Georgia, Amelia thought Dallas's letters made Texas sound like heaven, a place for her dreams to grow with the right man beside her.
And his only love...By all appearances, Houston Leigh would hardly be considered the "right man." The war he survived had scarred him inside and out, and he was little competition for his handsome brother. But from the moment Houston met Amelia, he knew she possessed the courage this wild land needed. She had eyes that could see past his wounded face to his soul. And he would fight any man--except his brother--for her heart. Now he and Amelia were riding down dangerous trails, sleeping under the stars, and, God help them, they were falling in love...
"His was not the face women carried into their dreams..."
This first sentence alone gave me a glimpse of what this book would be like even before reading the back cover. This was actually the first romance novel I ever read and so it seemed appropriate for me to write my first review about it. (My first fiction review) I loved it back when I was ten, and I love it even more now. No, it is not appropriate for ten year olds, but I was curious.
So yesterday I picked this book off my shelf once again and gave it a good reading. And, just as every other time before, I found my heart racing as I laughed and cried along with the characters. A sucker for cowboys, this book gave me a full dose of them with the main character Houston Leigh. He is the epitome of what cowboys should be, mixed with a good dose of realism with the hurt he suffers. Though I've only really read a handful of books from her--I do admit that Heath has a knack for making us feel for her MC right from the start. And the way she makes us fall hard for the Leigh brothers, not just Houston, only makes the next books in the series (Texas Glory and Texas Splendor) more delicious.
If you love romance, you will love this book. It's not only a love story, but one of forgiveness and acceptance that sometimes can only come after years of regret. I would definitely reccomend this It's an older book, so you may have trouble finding it in a bookstore but your local library should have a copy. Of course, there's also Amazon. :)
Would I read this again?: Yes!
My rating: * * * * * (5stars)