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This is the beginning of a story that is different from most other Western romances. I enjoyed learning more about life in a gypsy, or Tinker, caravan. As I read some of Cenora’s conversations, I could hear the Irish lilt in her speech, and her enthusiasm for life. The author conveyed the difference in life styles beautifully.
Discovering how two such different people can work out a life together will keep you interested in this story to the end. Very nice writing, great storyline, and two appealing lead characters all add up to a very good book which I recommend.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I simply could not put this book down and, in fact, stayed up until 4 am to finish it. This author balances romance fiction and history with a delicate hand as well as an obvious love for the western genre that transports the reader. The characters of Cenora Rose O'Neill and Dallas McClintock are written so beautifully that you cannot only visualize them, but swear you also hear their voices as your read their words. She skillfully weaves in a back story to her characters which, when combined with their personality traits and unique mannerisms, gives the reader a hero and heroine you cannot help but love.
The Texan's Bride really is a page-turner and I became so engaged in the characters and their journey as a couple facing daily struggles and dangerous challenges that it was impossible for me not to read it cover-to-cover in one sitting. Caroline Clemmons has given us a beautiful western romance with unforgettable characters that will take your breath away and touch your heart.
Ms. Clemmons' inclusion of Irish superstitions and dialect is delightful. I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical western romance and all things Irish.
First, I am quite sure I have never read a period western with Irish Travelers. The gypsy-like, nomadic lifestyle and strong family connections were a strong component to this book. Kudos to Caroline Clemmons for giving readers a different twist. Was it accurate? I have absolutely no idea.
Second, the hero has faced a series of prejudices in his young life, but for once we don't get an embittered, tough, wandering loner. Dallas is a rancher, tied to his land, and ambitious to see it succeed.
Third, there are several protagonists in this story, and all of them are caricatures. They are so bad, you love to hate them.
Fourth, the secondary characters are numerous, diverse and enrich the story a great deal. Therefore, elements of the plot reach beyond the interaction of Dallas and Cenora. As cute as they are exploring their sudden marriage, there is a LOT going on around the young lovers. I enjoyed the camaraderie and the interplay of family. It struck me as slightly-over-the top, but genuine. Boisterous is the word that comes to mind. Don't we all know families like that?
My subtle criticism is reserved for the dialogue voice. Occasionally, it felt stilted and overly explanatory. The author tried awfully hard to bring out backstory and internal feelings through dialogue and it just wasn't successful at all times. The antiquated Irish dialect was also forced and felt false. It didn't fit the uneducated nature of the Travelers and was far too formal.
However, I am interested to hear more about the O'Neills and the McClintocks and look forward to reading more about these two exuberant families.