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Texas Splendor (Texas Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Lorraine Heath
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The saga of the Leigh family continues. After spending five long years in a Texas penitentiary, Austin Leigh is free to return home, only to find his sweetheart is now married. Despondent and alone, Austin sets out to clear his name of the crime he didn't commit. En route to the state capitol, he meets a young girl and her dog, the survivors of a mysterious tragedy. Together, the young couple will find redemption, forgiveness, and a true love greater than either could have imagined.

Product Details

  • File Size: 616 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (November 9, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V1WSKK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another pleasing book by Heath. May 24, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lorraine Heath writes Texan heroes like no one else. Austin Leigh is the youngest brother of the three Leigh boys (all named after the well-known cities in the Lone Star state). He's grown up a lot since the first in this trilogy, when he was 15. When Texas Splendor starts, he gets out of jail after spending 5 years in the slammer for a crime he didn't commit. And he doesn't know what to do with himself other than find the person that really did commit the crime. Life has changed in his hometown - his nieces and nephews have grown up, his brothers have changed, and he can't hear the music in his head that he used to hear so he doesn't play his violin anymore.
It is in searching for the real killer that Austin runs across Loree. She, too, has not had an easy life. Her family was killed by someone a few years back and she's very scarred from the incident.
Both of these characters are well-written. Heath does a good job of developing their pasts, their motivations, and their actions. Austin's journey to finding the music is very poignant. I enjoyed reading about a character was was really trying to find *himself* - his place in life, and a way to express himself. This is the best part of the book, and sets it apart from its predecessors in the series, because both of Austin's older brothers knew what they were doing in life, and finding love was just something extra. Austin finds love and himself along the way.
The only thing missing from this book was that added layer that I know Heath can add (she did an excellent job of it in Texas Destiny, and later in Never Love a Cowboy). The conclusion of Texas Splendor seemed a bit pat. I would have liked a little more exploration of Austin and Loree's burgeoning trust. But, as I've said before, a good Heath is a great anything else. So all in all, Texas Splendor is a success and I highly recommend it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tortured hero, tortured heroine...touching love story. September 22, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Right up front, I'll confess to being a big fan of Ms. Heath's. She writes heart-warming romances that just make me feel good. I felt good with this one, too. Austin is that particular species of Western male hero who is big on honor and justice, and not always ruled by logic. He is more heart than head. The heroine is good of heart, strong of conscience and lovingkindness (hence the degree of her torturedness over an act she is hard-pressed to live with). They end up filling the voids in each other --as couples will in good romances.If someone goes into this novel primarily wanting the who-done-it aspect, they're going to find the middle slow. Why? The book puts romance FIRST, and the middle is mostly the unfolding emotional story (with its attendant internal conflicts) of Austin and Loree. For romance lovers, that fills the bill very nicely. The who-done-it doesn't take precedence again until the couple is well-established. I would have given it five stars if I really believed that someone would prefer years in prison over telling the truth about a lover's tryst that might hurt a gal's reputation. Sorry, but I can't buy it totally. No true self-respecting woman and no brain-alive man is going to put up with torture and deprivation for five years to cover up some youthful sexual escapade. But I still loved the story and read it straight through til the end. I've read all of Heath's TEXAS novels. They're all good romantic reads and I recommend them to lovers of romance, particularly Western romances.I sure hope Ms. Heath has a story coming for Rawley, the abused adopted son of Dallas Leigh--the eldest of the three brothers. MAN..I sure want to see that novel!!! **Mir**
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Conclusion... February 14, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After 5 long brutal years of spending time in prison for a murder he didn't commit Austin Leigh is finally a free man. He is anxious to return to his home & the only woman he has ever loved. Upon returning home Austin learns that his first love has married another. Heartbroken, Austin sets out to find the real killer to clear his name. At the start of his journey he makes a stop at a small house owned by a woman named Loree. Austin is hoping to fill his belly but after a few short days he discovers that his heart is also quickly filling with love.

I absolutely loved this 3 book series. I highly recommend all 3. Book #1 Texas Destiny, Book #2 Texas Glory & Book #3 Texas Splendor.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Austin's Story - The final in the trilogy June 8, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the third book in the Texas trilogy of the Leigh brothers. In the last story we are left with Austin going to prison for killing someone who he didn't kill. When he gets out he finds that 5 years is a really long time to be gone. His promised love has married another and there are a lot of changes that he doesn't understand.
In addition some people don't think 5 years was long enough for him to be in prison, and try to kill him.
He sets out to Austin to find who the real killer is but along the way he finds a kindred spirit and the closest friend he has ever had.
I admit that I saw the ending coming long before the ending but how it was dealt with was wonderful and helped to lead to the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The most wonderful book I've ever read! A roller- coaster of emotions, it will make you laugh and cry. I loved the hero and the heroine! Makes you want to know them in real life. If you liked Texas Glory and Texas Destiny you'll love this one. A great love story that will make you want to read it again and again!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Missymaam
3.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the Texas Destiny and Texas Glory so I was ...
This was the 3rd book of the triology of the Leigh brothers. I really enjoyed the Texas Destiny and Texas Glory so I was looking forward to the this story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Leslie B.
5.0 out of 5 stars She is honestly one of my favorite authors and I have read many of her...
I don't ever give Lorraine Heath less then five stars. She is honestly one of my favorite authors and I have read many of her books over and over. This is one of them.
Published 6 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Lorraine Heath
Came very quickly. I adore this series and was very happy to find it in hardcover.
Published 7 months ago by Jessa
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Splendor Is A Splendid End
A delightful finish to top off the story of the three brothers and their women. Honor bound and true to his word, Austin finally meets his match; the woman who will fullfill the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Marcia Lancaster
5.0 out of 5 stars MYST READ SERIES
Great conclusion to series. Fast moving and not too detailed. Lorraine is the best
She is always on my must read now list! }
Published 8 months ago by K J Green
4.0 out of 5 stars A enjoyable read
The first book in this trilogy was my favorite. more believable somewhat, the characters well drawn out. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mary
2.0 out of 5 stars This book is skippable. Not a good story. Not good relationship...
The author’s goal was to write three books about three brothers. But when she sat down to write this book - the third one- she couldn’t think of a good story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
This is the third book in a series about three brothers who rebuild their lives after the Civil war. All have great love stories, but that is just a part of the stories. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd installment - a perfect finish to the series
Perfectly capable of reading this without reading the other two, a great cap on the series. If I would take anything away from it, it would probably be the drawn out ending, sort... Read more
Published 13 months ago by M. Qureshi
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Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases for a publicist, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. In 1990, she read a romance novel and became not only hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She's been writing about them ever since, for both adult and young adult readers (as Rachel Hawthorne, Jade Parker, and with her son as J. A. London). Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards including RWA's RITA(R), a HOLT medallion, a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and four Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards. Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today and the New York Times.

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